Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union, Broomall, Pa., recently named Margaret Wanger, first Financial Literacy Advocate. She will be awarded during the Credit Union’s Partners In Learning banquet. In addition to being recognized for her efforts in helping bring the first student-operated credit union branch to the Philadelphia region, she will be acknowledged for engaging Interboro High School students in financial education and developing creative, effective teaching strategies so her students can better understand personal finance and apply what they learn in class to their lives. The National Honor Society of Massachusetts awarded Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union, Lowell Mass., with the Golden Torch Award. Anne-Marie Bisson, assistant treasurer and high school branch administrator, accepted the award on behalf of the credit union at the NHS luncheon held at College of the Holy Cross. The CU was nominated by the Lowell High School chapter of NHS not only for its ongoing commitment to the Lowell High community through its high school branch, but for supporting community charities, holding fundraisers for Boston Children’s Hospital and financial education programs for adults, teens and children. The Golden Torch Award is given by the NHS of Massachusetts to businesses that have exemplified the tents of NHS (Scholarship, Character, Leadership and Service) and for service to their local community. SELCO Community Credit Union, Eugene, Ore., announced that Melisa Lindsay, a registered representative affiliated with broker-dealer and Registered Investment Adviser CUSO Financial Services, LP, was a recent recipient of CFS’ 2005 Bronze Pacesetter Award at the 2006 CFS “Partnership of Leaders” annual conference. The award honors the top producing registered representatives among CFS’ 100 credit union programs. Lindsay was credited with excellent production while providing high quality financial and retirement planning services to SELCO members. Gary Duvall of Rogue Federal Credit Union, Medford, Ore., was also a recipient of the Bronze Pacesetter Award for generating significant revenue while providing high quality financial and retirement planning services to Rogue FCU members. For the sixth consecutive year, Merck Sharp & Dohme Federal Credit Union, North Wales, Pa., has been awarded the first place, gold Florence Nightingale Award by Manna on Main Street, a charitable organization in Landsdale. To merit first place, MSDFCU raised $10,000 for Manna in 2005. Manna uses the fund to provide needy individuals with medical and prescription assistance, along with providing a soup kitchen, food pantry and heating assistance to those in need. Holy Rosary Credit Union, Rochester, N.H., recently named Danielle Lyczak, Employee of the Quarter for the months of Jan., Feb. and March 2006. Employees are chosen by the HRCU management team on a quarterly basis based on their work ethic, helpfulness to members and co-workers, and their overall attitude. Danielle joined the CU in Novemeber 2004 as marketing coordinator. Security Federal Credit Union, Flint, Mich., recently received the Circle of Honor Campaign Award from the United Way of Genesee County. Security Federal was selected based on employee participation and the generous amount of donations from its employees. The United Way developed the Circle of Honor Campaign Award in 2006 to acknowledge its outstanding supporters. Legacy Community Federal Credit Union, Birmingham, Ala., won a Silver Award for Consumer Product Web site by the Summit Creative Awards. The CU competed against thousands of other submissions and won the silver award with its newly designed Web site that launched in March 2006. Customer Connection, a video internet company based out of Birmingham, worked with Legacy to redesign the Web site by incorporating real time streaming video to bring to life product offerings of the credit union as well as financial tips. The Summit Creative Awards, a 12-year old competition, has established itself as one of the premier arbiters of creative excellence. In recognition of its strong youth marketing and financial education efforts, Advance Financial Federal Credit Union, East Chicago, Ind., has been selected to receive an award of merit as part of the CUNA 2006 Diamond Awards. The award recognizes the credit union that goes above and beyond typical efforts to provide young people with financial information and tools that will help them build strong financial skills. The CU’s “Moe Monkey Kids’ Club” is for members 12 and under. They receive a savings passbook, membership card, piggy bank, Moe Dollars and quarterly editions of the Moneybags newsletter. There are also contests and giveaways scheduled throughout the year and members receive a birthday letter offering a free Dairy Queen ice cream during their birthday month. The kids’ club also has its own interactive web portal viewable at by clicking on “Kid Life.” MaPS Credit Union, Salem, Ore., chose Jonathan Westfall, a teller representative at the CU’s West Salem branch, as their Stellar Teller for the month of February. The Stellar Teller award is for the top performer in all of MaPS’ seven branches. During the month, Westfall achieved outstanding results in referring the best products and services for members’ needs, maintained 100% accurate balancing, had no errors or corrections and earned an excellent member evaluation score. He also opened 37 Market Investor accounts at his branch. In addition to his regular branch duties, Westfall serves on the Safety and Security Committee and the Recreation Team and writes for the employee newsletter. Tri-Co Federal Credit Union, Randolph, NJ, was recently given an award by the New Jersey Education Association. The NJEA Support Professional Award was given to the CU and its vice president, Jim Dufford, for the work they do for school support professionals such as secretaries, teacher paraprofessionals, school maintenance workers and school bus drivers. Tri-Co FCU serves the educational communities in Morris, Sussex and Warren counties in New Jersey.

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