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America’s Christian CU has partnered with Olive Crest once again to help bring awareness to the foster care crisis in Los Angeles County, with approximately 35,000 children in the system which represents the largest number of any county in the U.S. 

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Shannon Maciel, Compass Community CU Henderson branch manager in Eureka, CA. 

Compass Community CU welcomes Shannon Maciel as branch manager for the new Henderson Center branch in Eureka, CA. The branch will open this spring and serve members in the local area.

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Silver State Schools CU’s 2019 scholarship program for high school seniors is now open and will award seven high school seniors with $2,000 scholarships renewable for up to four years, for a total of up to $8,000, to use towards higher education.

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Point Loma CU was awarded the 2018 Business of the Year by the National City Chamber of Commerce during their 109th Annual Installation Award Ceremony.

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Christian Community CU’s 2019 Scholarships for Success program is awarding $70,000 in scholarships. Awardees will receive multi-year scholarships of $1,000 per year! To date, the credit union has given more than $874,000 in scholarships.

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California Coast CU, the longest-serving financial institution in San Diego County, is celebrating its 90th Anniversary with a community-wide “Day of Service” and other events to build upon its legacy of giving back to the community, including a “Countdown to 90 Days of Giving.” The Cal Coast Cares Foundation, the credit union’s 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, will also increase the amount it awards in scholarships to $90,000 for local high school students and college-bound seniors, as well as foster youth and area colleges in 2019. Cal Coast CU will also offer a Celebration Certificate for current and new members, featuring a special offer tied to the 90-year milestone.

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Financial Partners CU makes a donation toTrue Lasting Connection.

Financial Partners CU made a recent donation to Downey True Lasting Connections (TLC)—a family resource center on a mission to support the emotional, physical, and financial wellbeing of local families. Financial Partners CU will also be partnering with TLC as the showcase sponsor for their 2019 Stay Healthy Downey 5K Walk/Run on Feb. 23.

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Redwood CU Senior Vice President of Information Technology, Aaron Collier.

Redwood CU welcomed Aaron Collier as their new senior vice president of information technology. In his new role, Collier is responsible for strategically planning, developing, directing, and evaluating all information technology and ecommerce initiatives for the credit union. He also oversees the credit union’s information technology staff.

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Redwood CU has hired Sunni York as marketing manager. In her new role, York oversees the staff and daily operations of the credit union’s marketing department, including brand and product promotions, advertising, online and other marketing efforts for the North Bay and San Francisco counties Redwood CU serves.

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Patelco CU activated its Government Shutdown Response Program to aid its 10,000 to 25,000 members potentially affected by the federal government shutdown. Patelco CU’s Government Shutdown Response Program provided immediate access to financial resources to any member in good standing that works as a federal employee. This program includes access to low interest loans, reversal of non-sufficient-funds (NSF) fees or late fees, and more.

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Frontwave CU has received the “Award for Workplace Excellence” by Peter Barron Stark Companies (PBS) based on the results of their 2018 employee opinion survey. This is the sixth time that Frontwave CU has won this award for Workplace Excellence. The survey, conducted at the end of 2018, measured employee engagement and job satisfaction. Frontwave CU’s 2018 survey had an overall satisfaction score of 89.0, a significant increase of 4.4 percentage points from the 2016 survey, and 4.1 percentage points ahead of PBS’ 2018 Best of the Best PBS Benchmark.

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SAFE CU President and CEO Dave Roughton was named the 2019 Businessman of the Year by the Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce. He will receive the award at a Feb. 1, 2019 ceremony.

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Silver State Schools CU’s financial results for the quarter ending Dec. 31, 2018, reflect excellent results, as the credit union reported its 27th consecutive quarter of positive earnings. Silver State Schools CU reported net income of $5.03 million in the fourth quarter of 2018 and net income for the year ended Dec. 31, 2018, of $12.36 million.

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CoastHills CU Chief Wealth Officer Bruce Altheide.

CoastHills CU’s Chief Wealth Officer is once again being recognized for his premier performance as one of the nation’s leading financial advisors. Bruce Altheide has been named to LPL Financial’s Patriot’s Club, an award presented to less than eight percent of the firm’s approximate 16,000 financial advisors nationwide.

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Orange County Chapter mixer.

The Orange County Chapter held a 2019 Kick-Off Mixer where credit unions mixed and mingled with colleagues to learn about the chapter and how to grow their network.

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Compass Community CU will offer two programs to assist current members affected by the government shutdown. A skip-a-payment option is available with no fees on consumer loans. The second option is a 0% interest, short-term loan. Certain restrictions and requirements apply so members are encouraged to contact the credit union for additional details.

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Altura CU staff, in Altura T-shirts, deliver employee donations to The Salvation Army for its Angel Tree holiday program.

Altura CU employees helped fulfill Christmas wishes of more than 300 local families in crisis this holiday season through The Salvation Army’s annual Angel Tree holiday program. In addition, it fulfilled 50 Christmas wishes through its own Angel Tree.

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Bay FCU is set to merge with Coast-Tel FCU. The legal merger of the credit unions will take place on Feb. 1, 2019, with the operational combination of accounts by the mid-year 2019. Coast-Tel FCU will become a division of Bay FCU and continue to serve its members as “business as usual” at their branch location. Bay FCU will assume the branch and ATM location in Salinas when the operational combination is finalized.

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SchoolsFirst FCU and Schools Financial CU have reached a tentative agreement to merge. Following approval by Schools Financial CU membership and regulatory authorities, the merger will be completed before the end of the year. The combined credit union will operate under the SchoolsFirst FCU name and charter. Bill Cheney will serve as president and CEO of the combined SchoolsFirst FCU organization, which will maintain its headquarters in Santa Ana, CA. Tim Marriott will join the SchoolsFirst FCU executive leadership team.

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L-R: Yenifer Gonzalez, Reyana Hill and Justin Hoff.

First Financial CU once again proudly wore their “ugly” Christmas  sweaters to celebrate National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day in December 2018.

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Christian Community CU’s David Estridge, Executive Vice President, will retire effective Feb. 1, 2019. Estridge joined the credit union in 1978 as a Commercial Lending Specialist. He later became the Marketing Director in 1984 and then Vice President of Marketing in 1992. Estridge then became the Senior Vice President in 1996 and has served as the Credit Union’s Executive Vice President since 2002. After the retirement of President/CEO John Walling in 2017, Estridge served as the Interim CEO while a search was conducted.

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On Dec. 19, 2018, Richard Lie, Los Angeles FCU President/CEO (standing, center), posed with members of the Glendale Fire Department (Station 21) after the credit union donated bikes and toys to the Glendale Firefighters Association’s Family Holiday Program.

Los Angeles FCU donated bikes and toys to the Glendale Fire Department’s Family Holiday Gift Program. This program coordinates with community agencies to identify low-income families who need toys during the holiday season.

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During the Black History Month event, Ivan Houston, a WWII veteran, shared stories of his heroics in the European theater during the conflict.

California Bear CU sponsored Caltrans District 7’s Diversity and Disability Awareness Day festivities in October and their Black History Month event in February in 2018.

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L-R: Danielle Neilson, Special Programs Coordinator at Santa Clara County FCU; Vince Bautista, Recreation Specialist with the City of Gilroy; and Ariana Orozco Lopez, is a Community Worker with the Santa Clara County Probation Department.

Santa Clara County FCU’s Teddy Bears on Patrol holiday program brought 2,100 stuffed bears to cheer up needy children. For more than 20 years, Santa Clara County FCU has sponsored the Teddy Bears on Patrol Program along with local law enforcement agencies, school districts, and organizations such as Santa Clara County Social Services, Parents Helping Parents, and the Rosa Elena Childcare Center (part of Respite & Research for Alzheimer’s Disease).

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Compass Community CU has once again been awarded BauerFinancial, Inc’s. highest (5-star) rating for financial strength and stability. Earning a 5-star rating indicates the credit union excels in areas of capital adequacy, profitability, asset quality and much more. Earning and maintaining this top rating for 35 consecutive quarters, makes its status indisputable as one of the strongest credit unions in the nation.