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Cabrillo CU raised $40,000 to benefit Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego, during a month-long fundraising campaign in May. Cabrillo CU also received a $10,000 grant from CO-OP Financial Services through their Miracle Match program.

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Patelco CU recently launched its new member-facing website, designed to focus on member needs within the context of their respective personal financial goals and wellbeing. The responsive, unified website offers the same user experience on mobile or desktop, tying together Patelco CU’s suite of personal finance tools to provide members a single online view to efficiently manage personal finances.

First Financial CU staff participate in Red Nose Day.

First Financial CU raised $500 for charity by taking part in Red Nose Day.

The Redwood CU Marin Shred-a-Thon team.

Redwood CU hosted a free document shredding event at Novato Community Hospital where approximately 700 local residents brought old financial documents and other confidential paperwork—37,500 pounds in total.  Shred-IT provided shredding trucks.

Members of Redwood CU’s Marketing and Communications team display the three MAC awards.

Redwood CU received three awards for their marketing efforts by the Marketing Association of Credit Unions (MAC). Redwood CU received a gold award in the Community Engagement category for providing significant support to North Bay communities during a time of serious crisis—the October 2018 fires. The silver award was given to Redwood CU in the Outdoor category, for its welcoming, house-shaped mortgage loan billboard that read, “Home Sweet Loan.” In the Product Development category, Redwood CU won the bronze award for RCUpay.

America's Christian CU President and CEO Mendell L. Thompson with Scholarship Award recipient, Amy Elzik.

America’s Christian CU has awarded $15,000 in scholarships. This year’s scholarship prompt celebrated the credit union’s “60 Strong” anniversary by asking students to share where and how they are building stronger communities, futures, finances, families, and ministries. 

L-R: Riverside Mayor Rusty Bailey; Assemblyman Jose Medina, (D-Riverside 61st District); Riverside Art Museum Board of Trustees Chair Lucile Arntzen; Actor, Comedian and Art Collector Cheech Marin; Altura CU CEO Jennifer Binkley; and Ofelia Valdez-Yeager, Chairwoman for “Reach for The Cheech” community campaign.

Altura CU made a $600,000 donation to the Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art, Culture & Industry of the Riverside Art Museum, helping the project meet a key fundraising deadline. Actor, comedian and renowned art collector Cheech Marin was on hand to accept the donation at a gathering of donors and supporters at the credit union’s downtown Riverside branch.

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Great Basin FCU will host a five-week seminar series in collaboration with 120 West Strategic Communications to help small business owners start, build, and grow their businesses. The series is presented at no charge and begins June 27. Let’s Talk – Small Business Success features Ira M. Gostin, MBA who is an entrepreneur and president of 120 West Strategic Communications, a regional marketing and public relations firm based in Reno.

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North Bay CU has named Steve Sanders to oversee the credit union’s construction loan program. In addition to construction loans, Sanders will also oversee mortgage lending for the credit union’s new Sonoma Valley branch, scheduled to open in Nino Marco Square this summer.

L-R: Tara Morlett, Chris Andrus, and Robert Whitton III from Altura CU; MSRPAC Executive Director Carrie Ridgway and Development Director Katie Pickett, and Altura’s Tina Covington and Kara Adams.

Altura CU donated $5,000 to the Mary S. Roberts Pet Adoption Center (MSRPAC) in Riverside, Calif., fulfilling a promise made during Altura CU’s annual spring auto loan promotion and car sale to donate $25 for each loan to the center. Held at Altura CU’s Riverside headquarters, the annual spring car sale also partnered with Mary S. Roberts Pet Adoption Center to offer on-site pet adoptions for the second time during the spring sale.

Dave Upham, new Redwood CU vice president of Member Experience. 

Redwood CU has hired Dave Upham as senior vice president of member experience.  Upham will lead the team in ensuring members receive exceptional service and positive interactions across all channels, including telephone, email, social media, and in person at branches. He will also serve on the senior leadership team.

L to R: Therese El Khoury, Community Relations Director, recipient Onya Konovaloff and Suyen Campos, West Covina First Financial CU Branch Manager.

First Financial CU celebrated Education Appreciation Month with members and announced the recipient of the 2018 Teacher Appreciation Award, Onya Konovaloff of Norte Vista High School in Riverside. Konovaloff was nominated by Angela Tenneriello, a First Financial CU member and a member of Riverside County Office Teachers Association.

Jennifer Nguyen, Vice President/Branch Manager of LBS Financial CU’s Newport Beach branch.

LBS Financial CU has hired Jennifer Nguyen as its new vice president/branch manager for its Newport Beach branch. Nguyen has 18 years of experience in the financial industry.

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Cabrillo CU has named Matthew Ficco as Chief Financial Officer for Cabrillo Credit Union. Ficco is a seasoned business leader with more than 17 years of investment, financial, and executive management experience. He has worked across the corporate spectrum from blue-chip Fortune 50 corporations to boutique private equity and venture capital firms across the globe. 

The Mission FCU team representing the Branch Network, Educational Services, Business Development and Senior Leadership.

Mission FCU received two special awards: the San Diego County School Boards Association’s DeDe Alpert Award, nominated by Lemon Grove Unified; and the ACSA Region 18 Partners in Educational Excellence Award, nominated by Poway Unified School District. The credit union was awarded during the recent Honoring Our Own Awards.

Nicole Johnson, Social Media Coordinator for Clark County CU.

Clark County CU hired Nicole Johnson as the first Social Media Coordinator with the credit union. Her main responsibilities will be creating and maintaining social media pages and profiles, as well as assisting with other communications and marketing activities. She will also build and execute social media strategies designed to help reach new Clark County CU members through research, benchmarking, messaging, and audience identification. 


First Financial CU awarded $500 Scholarships to 12 members.  First Financial CU’s Board of Directors established the Scholarship program to recognize and assist members who are continuing their education by attending an accredited College, University, Community College, Trade School or Technical School each fall.

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America’s Christian CU concluded its annual Patriot Week festivities on Thursday, May 24, with the Family Day & Awards Ceremony hosted at the credit union’s Glendora headquarters. Throughout the week, the credit union honored local veterans, U.S. military, military work dogs and first responders in partnership with Operation Community Cares and Project Glendora Yellow Ribbon.

L-R: Meg Cadiz, AVP Community Programs, Redwood CU; Robin McKenzie, SVP Marketing & Communications, Redwood CU; Ryan Beach, VP Branch Experience, Redwood CU; Cynthia Negri, EVP, Chief Operating Officer, Redwood CU; Mitchell Carter, Asst. Principal, Hidden Valley Elementary School; Mike Kallhoff, President & CEO, United Way of the Wine Country; and Tracy Condron Weitzenberg, Communications & PR Manager, Redwood CU. And in front: Mckenzie Condron, Luca Beach, and Mason Condron.

Redwood CU sponsored a Little Free Library and donated it to Hidden Valley Elementary School where 132 elementary students lost homes in the October fires. The campus itself lost its satellite location, which housed 80 of its elementary-level students.  Embracing the take-a-book/leave-a-book philosophy, several of these stand-alone libraries are going up this spring thanks to the partnership of The United Way of the Wine Country Women United members, the Career Technical Education (CTE) Foundation Sonoma County, and local high schools.

Altura CU employees gather at the starting line for the 5K walk, which creates awareness of homelessness and assists the city by generating funds for to assist homeless individuals transition to stable housing.

Altura CU participated in and sponsored the 5th Annual “Walk to End Homelessness” in Riverside, CA. Hundreds of people walked in a downtown park to raise $35,000 to fund city programs that help people transition from the streets to stable housing, and to fill gaps in state and federal funding.

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Greater Nevada CU has awarded more than $320,000 in scholarships since 1999.  This year the credit union received 108 scholarship applications, and 28 students were selected to receive $2,000 each for the 2018-2019 school year. The scholarship program, sponsored and administered annually by Greater Nevada Credit Union, is available to Greater Nevada members and their families. Scholarships are awarded based on each applicant’s financial need, academic performance, community involvement, and educational and career goals. 

Walt Cox, AVP Payments, Redwood Credit Union, receives award from NACHA, The Electronic Payments Association.

Redwood CU has won an award for RCUpay from NACHA, the Electronic Payments Association®, which celebrates proven accomplishment and leadership in the payments industry and recognizes innovations defining the future. RCUpay is a mobile-first solution that allows customers to send money to anyone in the U.S. via email or text. Competing with person-to-person (P2P) players such as Venmo and PayPal, RCUpay sets itself apart by streamlining payments in real-time between members. RCUpay also foregoes the burdensome registration process common with other P2P services to claim funds. 

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Compass Community CU will open a new branch in Henderson Center, Eureka, CA. Last fall, Compass Community CU was granted approval to expand membership to anyone who lives, works or worships in Humboldt, Del Norte or Trinity counties.


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Redwood CU has been ranked the 2nd healthiest credit union in the United States (out of approximately 5,600 credit unions), according to Glatt Consulting’s Credit Union HealthScore, which measures credit union strength and growth. Redwood CU is the only credit union to have been ranked in the top five in each of the last four years.

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Fresno Fire Department CU has been branded Central Valley Firefighters CU. Over the past several decades, membership has expanded to include firefighters and their families in Fresno, Madera, Merced, Mariposa, Kings and Tulare counties. The credit union changed its name to better reflect its regional membership.