Credit Union Times Magazine March-02, 2005

In Other News

  • DONATIONS

    White Crown Federal Credit Union, Denver, Colo., has donated more than $8,000 to Urban Peak, a nonprofit agency that provides services to homelss youth and those in at-risk situations. Urban Peak provides such services as overnight shelter, healthcare, education, evening cultural arts activities and job placement. Funds were raised through...

  • AWARDS

    Michigan State University Federal Credit Union, East Lansing, has recognized its top-performing employees during the Annual Crystal Award Dinner. Fellow employees nominated the winners with final selection made by the executive committee. This year's winners include Deb Premoe, senior class specialist; Lea Ammerman, manager of the Westside branch; and Paula...

News

Tech Bytes

Opinion

From the Board Room

  • Firestone FCU Board Draws on Many Years in CU Service

    AKRON, Ohio - Don't talk to Firestone Federal Credit Union about younger board members. The $210 million credit union stands behind the wisdom/value that comes with age and the over 33 years of credit union service under its board members' belt - so it is a source of pride that...

  • CUES Offers Self Assessment for CU Boards

    MADISON, Wis. - CUES has launched The Self-Assessment for Credit Union Boards to help credit union boards determine if they are operating at optimum performance. Designed jointly by CUES and BoardSource, the online program touts that it takes the guesswork and bias out of the board evaluation. Here is how...

  • Langley FCU Names New Director

    NEWPORT NEWS, Va - Langley Federal Credit Union has recently elected E. Andrew Keeney board director. Keeney brings over 25 years of real estate and credit union law experience to the board and currently practices as an Attorney with Kaufman & Canoles. Keeney is a 1976 graduate of The American...

  • Las Vegas Setting for 28th Annual National Directors' Convention

    ROCKVILLE, Md. - The National Center for Credit Unions 28th Annual National Directors' Convention will be held August 2-5 at The Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas. Given climbing interest rates dampening mortgage lending and the fierce competition, this year's convention focuses on providing solutions to credit union board challenges with...

Publisher's Column

  • CEOs Make the Credit Union World Go Around

    When it is time to give out accolades for the success credit unions have enjoyed over the years, the line up of potential recipients is bound to be a long and diverse one. However, at the head of such a line would be credit union CEOs. Granted, credit union CEOs...

Letters to the editor

  • Don't Underestimate Value Of Small Credit Unions

    Mike Welch's recent publisher's column, "Waving the Flag for Small CUs Not Smart," touched on the comparison of small credit unions to the mom and pop businesses that have disappeared amidst the propagation of chain restaurants and mega stores. Given the sensitivities of this issue, I think it's important to...

  • Only Selfish Interests Driving CU-to-Bank Conversions

    Mike Welch's column in the Feb. 9 issue and the accompanying letters it spurred from two long-time friends, Jack Dublin and Dick Robertson regarding credit unions converting to banks, sparks another "old timer" to add to the resistance force. I simply cannot believe that non-credit union people would use such...

  • Let's Take PR to the Next Level

    A few weeks ago, publisher Mike Welch addressed missed opportunities in public relations within the credit union system. Senior Reporter Myriam DiGiovanni continued the discussion last week with a report on the marketing power of good PR. Given this recent interest in public relations, I think it's important to share...

Beyond the Job

  • Diana Dykstra, Wine Connoisseur

    SAN FRANCISCO - Nobody knows if Miles Raymond belongs to a credit union, but chances are if he had his druthers, he'd be a member of San Francisco Fire Credit Union. That's because Raymond - the character in the critically acclaimed motion picture "Sideways" - would have loved talking, sipping...

  • Sailing Teaches Holub Some Life Lessons

    ST. LOUIS - Rosie Holub has been sailing since she was seven, and the lessons the sport has taught her are things she continues to apply to her professional and personal life. Growing up in Delafield, Wis. on Lake Nagawicka, Holub's father made his living building inland racing boats, primarily...

  • Man in Stripes Also Calls IS Shots for Washington Credit Union

    VANCOUVER,Wash. - When it comes to multitasking, Jim Morrell's got it coming and going. By day, he's the vice president of information services at iQ Credit Union, helping shepherd the growing list of high-tech services and responsibilities at the $282 million community institution. He also is active in the industry,...

  • Simpson Takes Pride in his "Illness"

    KAYSVILLE, Utah-A newcomer to historic home preservation and renovation, Scott Simpson, president and CEO of the Utah League of Credit Unions, calls the 1884 Queen Anne-style home he and his wife purchased a couple years back "a painful subject." This was something he always wanted to do, Simpson explained. "This...

  • Got Land? Add Some Cows, says Foster

    TAMPA, Fla. - When GTE Federal Credit Union Vice President of Real Estate Management Stephen Foster and his wife purchased a 3.5-acre property last year he had no idea that he'd be raising cows. "I'm very involved with my church and one of my friends at church happens to raise...

  • Credit Union Leaders Do a Lot `Beyond the Job'

    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - So many of the people appearing in the pages of Credit Union Times are known for just one thing - the role they play in the credit union industry. But what happens when they're not conducting credit union business? In Beyond the Job, Credit Union...

News Briefs

Marketing

  • Texas Partners FCU ADDY Winner

    KILLEEN, Texas - Texas Partners Federal Credit Union has walked away from the Central Texas Ad League Annual Advertising Awards Banquet with four ADDY Awards for creative excellence. Texas Partners FCU took home a Gold ADDY for the "Texas Partners Brochures", a Silver ADDY for the "Need an Extension? Campaign",...

  • PSB Offers Savings Campaigns

    LAKE FOREST, Calif. - Turnkey marketing solutions provider PSB, The Marketing SuperSource has unveiled its latest marketing campaigns for Bump-Up Certificates and Individual Retirement Accounts. Each campaign includes print ads, direct mail and in-branch support materials along with television and radio spots, which can be customized. Playing off metaphors the...

  • EECU PR Director Named Keller Chamber Member of the Year

    FORT WORTH, Texas - EECU Public Relations/Business Development Director Jan Smith has been named Member of the Year by the Greater Keller Chamber of Commerce. Smith is currently serving her third year on the Keller Chamber Board of Directors and counts as one of her major accomplishments chairing the 2004...

  • Credit Union Superbowl Promotions Generate Big Returns

    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -They may have been on opposite sides of the field but both Scranton, Pennsylvania-based Tobyhanna Army Depot Federal credit union and Massachusetts-based Saugus Federal Credit Union scored big when it came to their SuperBowl promotions. For TADFCU, although their football team lost, the promotion itself was...

  • MSU FCU Launches New e-Commerce Department

    EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State University Federal Credit Union has unveiled a new e-commerce division headed by April Clobes, who has been promoted from e-commerce manager to assistant vice president of e-commerce. Over 550,000 visits are made monthly to the MSU FCU Web site and plans are underway to...

People

  • SOUTH

    Keesler Federal Credit Union, Biloxi, Miss., has promoted Larry Mayo to vice president of information technology and Chris Sliga to systems support specialist.

  • MIDWEST

    Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union, St. Paul, Minn., has promoted Sarah Sackett to vice president of relationship management.

  • IN MEMORIAM

    Bayer Federal Credit Union, Elkhart, Ind., former board director Margaret Michiels has died at the age of 94. Michiels served on the board of Michiana Federal Credit Union from 1956 through 1999 and served as board president for nearly half those years. She retired from service following Michiana FCU's merger...

  • VENDORS

    Aimbridge Lending, a provider of financial products through partnerships with credit unions, has named Kimberly Gray business manager for the sales/marketing department of its Missouri market. The FCUL Service Group, Inc., the service corporation for the Florida Credit Union League, has named Lisa Hammock staff development consultant for HRx and...

  • SOUTHWEST

    Fort Bliss Federal Credit Union, El Paso, Texas, has named Brian Cedergren executive vice president of administration.

  • WEST

    Kitsap Community Federal Credit Union, has named Lynne Bowman real estate operations manager. Redwood Credit Union, Santa Rosa, Calif., has named John Pavelka business relationship officer. Nevada Federal Credit Union, Las Vegas, has appointed the following employees: Jennifer Brown executive office secretary/receptionist; Susan Browning financial service associate; Denise Fernandez, Norma...

Special Report

People Feature

Publisher's Notebook

  • Something for Everyone

    At 152 pages, this weekly issue of Credit Union Times sets another record for most pages and advertising in a single weekly issue. We are proud of that. We are prouder still of what this and virtually every issue contains. Letters for example. Over two dozen have been run so...

Pictorial

  • Special Pictorial: Mica's Guided Tour of the Capitol Building

    WASHINGTON-When members of the House saw his interest and skill in showing visitors around the Capitol, CUNA President and CEO Dan Mica, a former Democratic congressman from Florida became the natural choice as a tour guide to VIPs. When in town, one should take up an offer for a guided...

  • Secret Chambers

    The tour also covered the House and Senate Chambers. Photos are not permitted at anytime in the chambers. Mica said that there are still bullet holes in the ceiling and in a desk from when Puerto Rican separatists stormed the House chambers in the 1950s. He also recalled a day...

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