Credit Union Times Magazine June-16, 2004

News

Letters to the editor

  • CUNA Mutual Adapting to Change

    Most CUNA Mutual employees have been with the company for 10, 20 or even more than 30 years. I on the other hand, have not yet celebrated my fifth year anniversary with the company. As a result, I can tell you first-hand that life on Mineral Point Road is far...

  • Columbia CU Conversion: Death Knell or Siren Call?

    In the June 2, 2004 edition of Credit Union Times in his weekly column, publisher Mike Welch added an extraneous comment to an otherwise coherent message. He said: "As even supposedly impartial bank regulators encourage more credit unions to convert to bank charters, don't expect those (conversion) numbers to go...

  • CUNA Mutual One of Wisconsin's Best Employers

    I am writing in response to recent letters about contract negotiations at CUNA Mutual Group. Since 1935, CUNA Mutual has enjoyed success and has been one of Madison, Wisconsin's best employers. We have provided valuable insurance and financial services products to credit unions and their members and have been important...

  • CUNA Mutual Has Evolved For the Better

    I have read with interest the coverage and commentary regarding the negotiations between CUNA Mutual and the Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU) Local 39. Like many employees at CUNA Mutual, I've spent my entire career here - more than 17 years. I started in an entry level job...

  • Show Bankers' Hypocrisy on Taxation Issue for What It Is

    As a former banker who's now working as marketing vice president at Charter Oak FCU in Groton, Conn. I have to comment on testimony that a Connecticut banker, Mark Macomber, CEO, Litchfield Bancorp, offered before Congress on May 12 on behalf of America's Community Bankers (ACB). I was personally irked...

  • CMG and OPIEU are Both Right and Wrong

    I am a 20-year employee of CUNA Mutual Group and a member of the union. I want to thank Mike Welch for his May 19 column, "When CMG and OPIEU Have a Standoff, CUs Lose." With all of the mud-slinging that is going on between the two sides, it is...

Publisher's Column

  • CU Merger Ends Up In Divorce Before Marriage

    Mergers among credit unions are no big deal. Dozens occur every year. Usually they involve a larger credit union swallowing up a much smaller credit union. Not always. But regardless of size, virtually all credit union mergers in recent memory have gone off without a hitch. Mergers are one reason...

News Briefs

Publisher's Notebook

  • Worth Reprinting

    Readers may not all be aware that Credit Union Times now handles more requests for professionally produced reprints of articles first appearing in these pages than all other credit union publications combined. In the past year alone, the number of reprints of individual stories produced has more than doubled. We...

Marketing

  • Pan Am Horizons FCU Brand Awareness A Jingle Away

    MIAMI - Recognizing that speaking the members' language is just one key to building better relationship, Pan Am Horizons Federal Credit Union is letting members know We're Here for You! Designed to increase brand awareness, the bilingual radio advertising campaign focuses on how the credit union makes members' lives better....

  • First Educators Credit Union "Smartens Up" with New Name

    HOUSTON -First Educators Credit Union has made a "smart" move to a new name. Effective July 1 the $260 million credit union will change its name to Smart Financial Credit Union. For First Educators Credit Union, entry in the name change game has been sparked in part by its members....

In Other News

  • SCHOLARSHIPS

    West Community Credit Union, Brentwood, Mo., recently awarded five $1,000 scholarships to local high school seniors. Applicants were evaluated on grade point average and class rank, ACT or SAT college entry exams, curriculum and extracurricular activities, financial need, and personal and school recommendations. This is the ninth year West Community...

Tech Bytes

People

  • EAST

    Chartway Federal Credit Union, Virginia Beach, Va., has named Janet Lawson vice president of finance. PSECU, Harrisburg, Pa., has named Christian Devine marketing communications unit manager. Luso American Credit Union, Peabody, Mass., has elected the following officers to its board: Edward Martins, chair/president; Gaspar Simoes, first vice chair/first vice president;...

  • SOUTHWEST

    Fort Bliss Federal Credit Union, El Paso, Texas, has elected the following board directors: Christian Heinemann, Gilbert Tijerina and Dr. Kevin Boberg. U.S. New Mexico Federal Credit Union, Albuquerque, Board Chairman W. Charles Bennet has retired after 17 years of service. The following officers have been elected to the board:...

  • MIDWEST

    Guardian Credit Union, West Allis, Wis., has named Bruce Walker assistant vice president of lending, and Kevin Correa human resource manager.

  • SOUTH

    Jackson VA Federal Credit Union, Miss., has appointed Stephen E. Pollman, Jr. president/CEO. In addition the credit union has promoted Donna Albright to vice president of operations and Tracey Hitt to member services director. Barksdale Federal Credit Union, Bossier City, La., has promoted Laura Johnson to Leesville Center manager. Local...

  • WEST

    Redwood Credit Union, Santa Rosa, Calif., has elected the following officers to its board: Robert Wieck chair; Dave Imoto vice-chair; Kathleen Sowers secretary; and Rod Dole treasurer. In addition, June Steeves-Funk and Robert Steele have been elected board directors. RCU has also elected Steve Sharpe supervisory committee chair and James...

Pictorial

  • Johnson Gets Quite a Turn Out for Capitol Hill Reception

    WASHINGTON-A throng of congressional and credit union dignitaries turned out for NCUA Chairman JoAnn Johnson's inaugural reception on Capitol Hill June 3. The reception in the Lyndon B. Johnson Room on the Senate side of the Capitol was hosted by the entire Iowa congressional delegation. Congressmen Tom Latham (R-Iowa), Steve...

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