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South Division Credit Union, Evergreen Park, Ill., President/CEO Geraldine Burek has been named Executive of the Year by Illinois CUES chapter. A pro-active credit union executive in the state of Illinois for the past 22 years, Burek joined South Division Credit Union as CEO in 1987 where she helped transition the credit union from an Ameritech employees owned financial institution to one that embraced the Southside community and its working families, growing from $9 million to $49 million in assets over the last 18 years. In focusing on modern, family financial needs, Burek has grown SDCU’s products and services from the traditional checking, savings, consumer loan and credit card accounts to include a Golden Globe Award winning Website. John Deere Community Credit Union, Waterloo, Iowa, has been honored as the “Business Supporter of the Year” by The Arc of East Central Iowa. The award recognizes a company or organization that has provided extraordinary support to The Arc. Businesses or organizations considered for this award have demonstrated a firm belief in the mission of The Arc, exhibited leadership in the community regarding the needs of people with disabilities, their families and The Arc, and demonstrated a proactive attitude toward helping meet the mission through commitment of financial or human resources. JDCCU began its relationship with The Arc in 2003 by pledging to underwrite the event, and devote hundreds of employee hours to Wrapping for a Cause. JDCCU’s efforts helped raise over $13,000 in the last two Wrapping for a Cause seasons. Marion and Polk Schools Credit Union, Salem, Ore., has named the winners of its National Credit Union Youth Week Savings Challenge. Winning the two local $70 cash prizes-in honor of MaPS’ 70th birthday-were Jerry VanSickle, a student at Dragonfly Pre-school, and Ryan Wells who attends Butte Creek Elementary. The Youth Savings Challenge was the first big event for MaPS’ new Youth Savings Program. Tobyhanna Army Depot Federal Credit Union, Scranton, Pa., has recently honored Business Development Specialist Christina Sheerer for her participation in the Pennsylvania Credit Union Association’s Annual Youth Ambassador Contest. Sheerer represented the Scranton Chapter of the Association on behalf of the Tobyhanna Credit Union. Staffers here saidnthey were proud of Sheerer’s hard work in preparing for this event and her presentation of “Want it..Save it.Get it”, this year’s national youth week tagline. HealthAmerica Credit Union, Jacksonville, Fla., has named Rebecca Filaroski as its 2005 Employee of the Year. Filaroski, a five-year employee, is manager at HACU’s Shands Hospital office. In recognition of her commitment and dedication to her members and her co-workers, Filaroski received a special plaque, a $500 check, and an additional week’s vacation. Georgia Federal Credit Union, Duluth, has won first place in the 2004 Dora Maxwell Award for Social Responsibility Program for credit unions between $200-$500 million in asset size. GFCU’s community involvement program consisted of 24 projects including: A Community Speakers’ Bureau, Partners in Education, Annual Scholarship Competition and various fundraisers just to name a few. The Social Responsibility Recognition Program, sponsored by the Georgia Credit Union Affiliates and CUNA honors credit unions for their involvement in community projects and activities. Ste. Croix Regional Federal Credit Union, Baileyville, Maine, has received a First Place award in the Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Recognition Award Program for credit unions. This is the third consecutive year the credit union has received this award for involvement in community projects and activities. Ste. Croix RFCU also received honorable mention for the Louise Herring Philosophy in Action Award, which recognizes credit unions that demonstrate in an extraordinary way, the practical application of the credit union philosophy. Ste. Croix received the award for its Monty Moose Youth Savers Program, which encourages children to save and teaches them about their financial future.

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