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South Bay CU staff member delivers pies to local high schools. 

South Bay CU, in honor of #ENOUGH National School Walkout on March 14, celebrated Pi Day (pi being the mathematical constant representing the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter, whose first three digits are 3.14) and delivered a dozen pies to staff and students at Redondo Union High School and elsewhere in the South Bay region served by the credit union.  

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Richard Wada joins Patelco CU as senior vice president, chief lending officer.

Patelco CU has hired Richard Wada as its senior vice president, chief lending officer, headlining executive leadership changes at the credit union that includes the promotion of Sue Gruber to executive vice president, chief financial officer.

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Wescom CU is promoting financial education among Southern California students and providing free modules, resources and tools to help them make smart financial decisions, in support of Financial Literacy Month, by continuing its partnership with Bite of Reality, a fun and interactive financial education program targeting teens, to help prepare students for future financial issues they may face. 

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Compass Community CU has once again secured the highest, 5-Star rating by BauerFinancial, Coral Gables, Florida, the Nation’s Premier Bank and Credit Union Rating Firm. (A five-star rating indicates this institution excels in areas of capital adequacy, profitability, asset quality and much more.) Compass Community CU has earned and maintained this top 5-Star rating for 32 consecutive quarters.

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L-R: VP of Corporate Services Darren Thompson, Pastor Craig Coulter - Oro Valley Church, President/CEO Mendell L. Thompson.

America’s Christian CU donated more than $35,000 to Kingdom-building organizations during the first quarter of the year.

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1st United CU has appointed Steve Stone as its new President and Chief Executive Officer. Stone will assume responsibilities beginning April 2, 2018, succeeding Victor Quint, who has announced his retirement.

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Vernon Powers, Safe 1 CU Board of Directors chairman.

Safe 1 CU has elected Vernon Powers as Board of Directors chairman.  Powers severed on the Board of Directors of Chevron Valley CU for nearly 33 years.  Chevron Valley CU merged with Safe 1 CU in 2017.

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Thinkwise CU was honored with CUNA’s 2017 Benefits of Membership award for being amongst the nation’s best in providing financial benefits to members. These benefits include low loan interest rates, higher than average deposits yield and fewer/lower fees compared to other banking institutions.

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Steve Stone has been appointed as 1st United CU CEO.

1st United CU has appointed Steve Stone as its new President and Chief Executive Officer. Stone will assume responsibilities beginning April 2, 2018, succeeding Victor Quint, who is retiring.

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Representatives from Redwood CU accepted the awards. L-R: Robin McKenzi, SVP Marketing & Communications; Suzanne Knowlton, Marketing Manager; Matt Ostling, Senior Graphic Designer; Priscilla Jaworski, Senior Marketing Specialist; and Lonica Furniss, Assistant Manager Marketing.

Redwood CU received four CUNA Diamond Awards: Membership Marketing: membership acquisition campaign; Outdoor: home loan billboard; Point of Sale Display & Retail Merchandising: Mill Valley “Branch of the Future”; Video: introductory video for RCUpay—Redwood CU’s custom P2P payment service.

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Technology CU was named the number three best-performing credit union among 538 credit unions in the U.S. by S&P Global Market Intelligence, a leader in multi-asset class research data and insight. The credit union was also ranked no. 1 in California. The report ranks the nation's credit unions using five core financial performance metrics: member growth, market growth, operating expense as a percentage of operating revenue, net charge-offs as a percentage of average loans and delinquent loans as a percentage of total loans.

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Kinecta FCU formed a comprehensive marketing partnership with Major League Soccer’s LA Galaxy and the team’s home stadium, StubHub Center in Carson, CA. The multi-year agreement strategically aligns the brands and establishes Kinecta FCU as the exclusive financial services partner of the LA Galaxy. The credit union also will serve as a Founding Partner of StubHub Center and the first-ever naming rights partner of the LA Galaxy’s Torrance, CA.-based indoor soccer and recreational facility.

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Redwood CU is celebrating Credit Union Youth Month in April with giveaways and two contests that promote good savings habits for children and teenagers.  Jr. Rangers (members ages 12 and under) are invited to participate in a coloring contest that features outer space and robots to help the children learn about “The Science of Saving.” One winner from each branch will receive $100. Jr. Partners (members ages 13-17) are invited to share—via song, imagery, or poetry—a savings goal they’re working to achieve. One winner will be selected to receive $250.

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Members 1st CU raised $3,000 for Make-A-Wish in the foundation’s annual fundraising radiothon. The donations from credit union staff and members exceeded Members 1st CU’s goal by $1,000 and was the highest donation amount ever in its past six years of giving to Make-A-Wish.

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California State & Federal Employees’ CU has officially changed the name to Compass Community CU. Last fall, the California Department of Business Oversight approved a field of membership expansion to allow the credit union to serve those who live, work or worship in Humboldt, Del Norte or Trinity counties. The new name and logo incorporates both attributes from the surrounding area, as well as the new tag line, “Guiding you to better banking”.

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Technology CU won two CUNA Diamond Awards in the categories of commercial video and radio ads. Additionally, the company won its first Communitas award for efforts in community service and corporate social responsibility.

 

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L-R: Council Member Karen Davis, Mayor Pro Tem Judy Nelson, America's Christian CU and City Mayor Mendell L. Thompson, Council Member Gary Boyer, Council Member Michael Allawos.

America’s Christian CU president and CEO Mendell L. Thompson was appointed the 41st Mayor of the City of Glendora. Thompson was first elected onto the City Council in a special election early in 2015.

 

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Christian Community CU has named Doug Martinez as its new CEO effective Feb. 12, 2018. Martinez succeeded John Walling, who retired in 2017 after faithfully serving for 45 years, including 39 years as President and CEO.

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North Bay CU will award scholarships of $1,000 each to five local students who plan to study agriculture in college. To be eligible, students must be North Bay CU members 23 or younger and live in the North Bay. They should have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50, and currently be attending, or plan to attend, a post-high school accredited university, college or educational system with an emphasis in agriculture. 

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CalCom FCU is celebrating its 50th anniversary. 2018 will be a milestone year filled with special events and reasons to celebrate, including the grand opening of its new Long Beach Corporate Office.

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Rachel Clerico, Greater Nevada CU Marketing Manager.

Greater Nevada CU has named Rachel Clerico as its Marketing Manager. In her new role, Clerico oversees Greater Nevada CU’s marketing department staff and manages initiatives and activities, including database marketing and research, advertising and community relations for Greater Nevada CU and its subsidiaries Greater Nevada Mortgage, Greater Commercial Lending, and Greater Nevada Insurance.

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Tracy Weitzenberg, Redwood CU Manager of Communications and Public Relations.

Redwood CU has hired Tracy Weitzenberg as Manager of Communications and Public Relations. She will lead a growing communications team charged with sharing information and news about the credit union and its subsidiary RCU Services Group in a timely and transparent way through member and community communications, public relations and social media.

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Delta Schools FCU is celebrating their 65th Annual Meeting April 13 at the Lone Tree Golf Course in Antioch CA. The event will feature dinner, DJ, dancing and raffle prizes

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America’s Christian CU President and CEO Mendell Thompson with Rev. Karen Davis and Lynn Hendricks of First Christian Church.

America’s Christian CU partnered with First Christian Church of Glendora to sponsor the 15th annual Empty Bowls Soup Supper Benefit. A grand total of 224 bowls were purchased and $6,300 was generously donated to aid those in the local community in need of hunger relief. Since 2003, this fundraising event has provided over 100,000 meals and raised over $70,000 for local food pantries and food vouchers

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1st United CU launched its business banking products and services. Created with the local, small business owner in mind, these products are designed to make banking simpler and more convenient for its members.

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