Catch up on what California and Nevada credit unions are accomplishing within their communities!

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Christian Community CU, in alliance with Operation Mobilization (OM), now offers the OM Visa Card, an affinity credit card that could generate thousands of dollars in helping OM bring God’s love and hope all over the world. Additionally, the credit union also offers another affinity card for The Freedom Challenge (FC), an organization founded by OM. The Freedom Challenge Visa Card will help rescue women and children from trafficking and slavery.

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Star One CU received the Member Benefits Top Performance Award for the fourth consecutive year at the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) Governmental Affairs Conference in Washington, D.C. on February 27. Star One ranked first among credit unions nationwide in providing its members the highest average financial benefits by charging less for loans, paying more on deposits, and charging fewer or lower fees. Total benefits delivered to all of Star One CU’s members were $69,833,298, the highest ever reported by Star One CU or any other credit union.  

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Ventura County CU was selected to receive the “Business of the Year” award at the 50th Annual Top Ten Community Awards hosted by the Camarillo Chamber of Commerce. Recipients of the award were chosen for their positive impact on the business community in the past year.  The credit union is one of 12 businesses being highlighted by the Camarillo Chamber for its important contributions toward the improvement of the business community.

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Cabrillo CU’s President and CEO Robin Lentz will retire on March 31, 2017.  Lentz was hired as CEO in 1979, and at that time, the credit union had $6 million in assets.  Under Lentz’s leadership, Cabrillo CU has grown to more than 22,000 members and more than $250 million in assets. 

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Altura CU recently renamed its headquarters in Riverside, Calif., after long-time CEO Mark Hawkins upon his retirement in February.

Altura CU honored CEO Mark Hawkins for his 29 years of service by renaming its headquarters the “Mark W. Hawkins Operations Center.” The ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on Feb. 22, Hawkins’ last day as CEO before handing the reins to new CEO, Jennifer Binkley. In other news, employees from Altura CU recently helped teams of high school students in their bid for academic recognition at the 34th Annual Riverside Academic Decathlon. For the eighth consecutive year, a team of Altura CU employees volunteered as proctors for the Super Quiz portion of the Riverside County Office of Education’s academic decathlon. Teams of nine students compete in written tests, speeches, interviews, essays and the Super Quiz. Finally, Altura CU employees visited Riverside County elementary schools to read to students as part of annual “Read Across America Day.” 

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Kinecta FCU has launched a new line of credit card products that are currently available to members. The four credit cards present a unique design and product line, and improved member benefits. Entirely different from what the credit union has offered in the past, all credit cards come with benefits that focus on Kinecta FCU’s targeted consumer needs. Members now have access to Cashback Rewards, Cell Phone Insurance, Price Protection, and Extended Warranty, to name a few key benefits. The upgrade comes as Kinecta FCU announces MasterCard as its exclusive credit card brand.

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San Diego County CU is hosting monthly Biz Kid$ Bashes at YMCA of San Diego locations throughout 2017 as part of Financial Wellness Wednesdays. The bashes are free, fun and interactive sessions that are open to parents and children. Attendees will learn about money and business skills, how to write a business plan and how to create a successful business.

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Redwood CU’s Sonoma County Flood Relief Fund received more than $17,700 from generous donors and grants from PG&E and Verizon, to aid those impacted by the severe Sonoma County floods in the first few months of 2017.  The fund was created by the RCU Community Fund, Inc. (RCUCF), in partnership with the Press Democrat and Sonoma County Supervisors James Gore and Lynda Hopkins. In other news, Redwood CU will celebrate Credit Union Youth Month in April with giveaways and two contests that promote good savings habits in children and teenagers.

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Dozens of volunteers meet at Junipero Beach in Long Beach, CA to clear the sand, parking lot and bluffs of litter as part of the Adopt-A-Beach Program.

LBS Financial CU held an Adopt-a-Beach event on Saturday, March 18, 2017, bringing together more than 50 volunteers to clean to clean the sand and parking lot at Junipero Beach in Long Beach, CA. While at the beach, the employees and their guest volunteers covered an area of over twelve acres, freeing the sand of harmful pollutants. In related news, eight LBS Financial CU employees from the Bixby Knolls/Long Beach branch volunteered at the Long Beach Senior Center on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017 to greet, register, and assist seniors receiving food from the food bank. Additionally, five LBS Financial CU employees volunteered at the Su Casa emergency shelter in Long Beach on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017 to clean, prepare and replant the shelter’s garden. 

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Members 1st Credit Union announced the promotion of Jacob Carpenter to Chief Financial Officer.

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San Francisco Federal Credit Union announced today that Rosa-Linda Advincula has joined the credit union as the community relations manager.

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Xceed Financial CU

Xceed Financial CU recently announced that Todd Helmerson has been named Chief Sales Officer.

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Star One CU

Rick Heldebrant, President and CEO of Star One Credit Union announced his planned retirement. Gary Rodrigues, Executive Vice President, has been appointed by the Board of Directors to replace Mr. Heldebrant upon retirement.

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Upward CU

United Health Credit Union has unveiled a new brand as Upward Credit Union. The new name and logo for the credit union that serves healthcare professionals throughout San Mateo County was announced at the credit union’s 60th annual meeting.

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Cabrillo CU

Cabrillo Credit Union recently completed a transformation of their Chula Vista branch, located in the Terra Nova Plaza. 

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Patelco CU

Patelco Credit Union recently activated its Member Disaster Relief Plan to aid members affected by weather-related events in Northern California. Patelco’s Disaster Relief Program provides immediate access to financial resources to any member in good standing who has been affected by natural disasters. This program includes access to no- or low-cost loans, reimbursement of non-network ATM fees, deferred loan payments, and more.

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Coast Central CU

Coast Central Credit Union has been able to record another year of substantial growth, as announced at the credit union’s annual membership meeting held in February. In other business, elections were held for the volunteer Board of Directors and Supervisory Committee. 

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SAFE CU

In an effort to support communities impacted by the evacuation orders along the Feather River Basin in Butte, Sutter, and Yuba counties, SAFE Credit Union donated $5,000 to the Salvation Army, Del Oro Division, which directly serves the affected region.

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Christian Community CU

Christian Community Credit Union’s 2017 Scholarships for Success Program is awarding $60,000 in scholarships. Awardees will receive multi-year scholarships of $1,000 per year.  Scholarships will be awarded by mid-May.

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Pacific Marine Credit Union

Pacific Marine CU recently announced the appointment of Jim Dages to serve as Senior Vice President/Chief Lending Officer.

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Retiring President and CEO of San Diego Metropolitan CU, Stan Abrams

The Board of Directors of San Diego Metropolitan Credit Union (METRO) announces today that it has selected Lisa Paul-Hill to take over as the Credit Union’s new president and CEO effective April 1, 2017, succeeding the retiring Stan Abrams, who has served as METRO’s president and CEO since March 1, 2010. Ms. Paul-Hill and Mr. Abrams will be working closely through the end of March to ensure a smooth transition.

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Americas Christian CU

America’s Christian Credit Union hosted its third annual “Pause for Paws” pet adoption event in Glendora. During this free community event at ACCU’s Home Office, hundreds of guests, undeterred by drizzly weather, roamed the venue in search of the perfect four-legged valentine. Within the span of a few hours, ten (10) animals found their forever home.

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Bay Federal Credit Union’s annual silent auction generated $8,561 to support the Walnut Avenue Family & Women’s Center at the Credit Union’s annual employee appreciation celebration in January.

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CoastHills CU Board Chairman, Hugh Rafferty, was recently recognized as the Lifetime Honorary Commander of Vandenberg Air Force Base’s 4th Space Launch Squadron

CoastHills CU Board Chairman, Hugh Rafferty, who also serves on several volunteer boards in the local area, was recently recognized as the Lifetime Honorary Commander of Vandenberg Air Force Base’s 4th Space Launch Squadron, which is responsible for the primary methods of launching U.S. military satellites. It’s a tremendous honor for Rafferty, who spent much of his civilian career working with the military after he was honorably discharged from the U.S. Marine Corps. In other news, the credit union is unveiling plans to build a 90,000 square-foot corporate headquarters at a landmark location in Santa Maria. This announcement comes on the heels of a year in which the credit union not only saw its assets climb above $1 billion for the first time in the organization’s 58-year history, but also opened its first branch in Ventura County in the fall.

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Firefighters First CU President and CEO Mike Mastro has announced plans for retirement. In his 36-year tenure, the credit union has grown to more than $1.1B in assets with in excess of 37,000 members. The credit union’s current executive vice president, Dixie Abramian, will succeed Mastro. In other news, the credit union’s charitable hand, Fire Family Foundation dispersed,  more than $350,000 in assistance to firefighters and fire families in need in 2016—more than double from the previous year. Serving firefighters, their families and fire victims, the Foundation ensures donations directly support those in need, covering medical expenses, mortgage payments and daily living costs; assistance was distributed to numerous individuals, families and communities impacted by fire.

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