Southpointe Credit Union, St. Louis, held the grand opening for its new Oakville branch in Chestnut Park Plaza recently. State Senator Harry Kennedy (D-Mo.) cut the ribbon made of $20 bills. The proceeds ($500) were donated to the Children’s Miracle Network/Credit Unions for Kids program. Southpointe’s branch will be different than other financial institutions because there will be no teller lines or teller counter. Instead, members will make transactions one-on-one with financial service representatives at their service desks. That includes making deposits and withdrawals, applying for a loan, making inquiries on their accounts, even getting cashiers checks or money orders. The new branch will also feature a 24-hour ATM. AmeriCU Credit Union, Watertown, N.Y., recently held the grand opening of its new branch in Watertown. CU staff and the Chamber of Commerce hosted the ribbon cutting and grand opening reception to celebrate the new branch. Spokane Teachers Credit Union, Post Falls, Idaho, recently broke ground and began construction on its new Post Falls branch. The Post Falls branch, the CU’s first in Idaho, is an 8,963 square foot branch that sits on a 57,200 square foot parcel. December of 2006 is the expected completion date. The new branch will employ 15 people, most of them from North Idaho. First Service Federal Credit Union, Groveport, Ohio, has recently opened a full-service branch office in Georgesville Square. The new office is the CU’s fifth and features the latest in security and technology, including remote teller units and an in-branch billpay/online banking service center. The CU also celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. Scott Credit Union, Collinsville, Ill., recently held a formal ground breaking ceremony to initiate the construction of the credit union’s new West Belleville Office. Representatives from the Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce and Belleville County Clerk Linda Fields, as well as Scott Credit Union Chairman Betty Renth and board member Rosie Altman attended the ceremony. The new branch’s manager, Nora Aguilar, was also present. The West Belleville facility will be the CU’s 10th branch office and the company’s second office in Belleville; it will open later in 2006. Pen Air Federal Credit Union, Spanish Fort, Ala., has announced the grand opening of its Spanish Fort branch. This office will be the second Pen Air FCU Alabama office to open, making for a total of 15 offices for the CU. Grand opening festivities included a ribbon cutting ceremony, live remote broadcast from local radio stations, giveaways and refreshments. Many dignitaries and invited guests were present for the opening.

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