As this is my last official deadline as editor/publisher ofCredit Union Times, I want to fill in the details on somehousekeeping issues as this publication moves forward and continuesto be the top publication serving credit unions.

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- Filling Shoes. The search is on for a new editor to take overfor me on the editorial side. Management is casting a wide net tofind a top-notch editor with the knowledge and expertise to keepthe Credit Union Times' editorial product the best in the business.This is a major role to fill, so management is doing an exhaustivesearch.

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In the mean time, the publication won't miss a beat as SeniorWashington Reporter Sarah Snell Cooke takes over as interim editorduring the search for a permanent editor. Sarah has been on theeditorial team for seven years, and is a highly respected creditunion journalist. Her primary beat is Washington, D.C. where sheconsistently delivers comprehensive reporting on the politicalhotbed that is D.C. She is a true professional and I have completeconfidence she will get the job done.

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On the publishing side, the search is also on for a full-timepublisher to assume the publishing duties. During the search, JohnWhelan, vice president and executive group publisher for HighlineMedia, the parent company of Credit Union Times, will serve asinterim publisher. Good luck John.

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- Non-Interest Income Conference. Our dynamic Non-InterestIncome conference scheduled for Dec. 13-14 in Orlando, Floridalooks to be a blockbuster. Attendees are growing every week and theimpressive lineup of speakers will certainly deliver a must-attendevent. I have been excited about this event for months. I believecredit unions must develop solid streams of non-interest income tooffset some of the economic pressures they face in theirtraditional product lines. I was originally scheduled to moderate,but Sarah will step in and facilitate.

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Interestingly, our keynote speaker is Wescom CEO Darren Williamswho is a newsmaker this week. (See story, page 1.) Wescom's techCUSO, WesCom Resources Group, is acquiring Pennsylvania StateEmployees tech CUSO eCU Technologies. The two CUSOs represent a bitof evolution. Each was born out of the credit union's techexpertise. Wescom and PSECU are leaders in technology innovationand they decided to share that expertise by creating technologyCUSOs that could bring their innovations to other creditunions.

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Williams is just one of the great speakers scheduled forNon-Interest Income. Just a few of the others include CSCUPresident Bob Hackney, Credit Union of Colorado CEO Terry Leis,Michigan State University FCU CEO Patrick McPharlin, MemberBusiness Lending CEO Kent Moon and a host of others. For moreinformation visit http://www.cutimes.com/events/noninterest.

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- Awards Time. Credit Union Times is set to begin acceptingawards for its third annual awards program. The CUT Awards areunlike any other in that winners are not announced until theevening of the awards presentation, held in conjunction with CUNA'sGAC.

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Six awards will be given out. They are for the followingcategories:

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Individual Awards

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- CEO of the Year

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-Volunteer of the Year

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-Information Technology Executive of the Year

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-Marketing Executive of the Year

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Institution Awards

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-Outstanding Political Action

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-Outstanding Service to the Underserved

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Visit the Credit Union Times Web site for more information andto download an entry form. Good luck!

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- Vendor Calendar. On another programming note, the annualvendor calendar will be published in our first issue of 2008. Nowis the time for vendors to submit their meeting and eventinformation so they are included in this valuable resource.

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Submissions can be made via the Credit Union Times Web site.Your calendar submissions should include: who is holding the event,when and where it is taking place, and contact information for moredetails. There is no charge for submission. The calendar will bepublished in the Jan. 9 issue. It will also be posted on the CreditUnion Times' Web site, which is updated throughout the year. Thedeadline for submissions is Dec. 28.

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- That's All Folks. That's it for me for page 14. It's trulybeen a pleasure filling this column space each week. I technicallywrote my farewell column two weeks ago when news of my appointmentto the president/CEO position at the New Jersey Credit Union Leaguebroke so I won't belabor the point. I would love to comment on someof the latest news events, as I think there have been someinteresting new developments, but I will leave that to mysuccessor. Until one is named, this column will rotate withindustry leaders.

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I believe that page 14 is a sacred space so to speak. It is theone area where this publication can show true opinion and providesubjective insight and analysis of credit union events. As always,it is one person's opinion, not that of the publication.

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I will miss working with this terrific staff and wish them wellas I said in my farewell column in the Nov. 21 issue. I do want tothank some gone but not forgotten staff members who were withCredit Union Times in the early, formative days but have moved onto new, successful careers. It was with these folks that CreditUnion Times really took shape and grew into what it is today.Thanks to former advertising manager Laurie Sorrentino, formerproduction manager Mike Reinhardt, former editor Elaine Barr,former circulation manager Tina Spence, former controller KathleenNaas and of course to former publisher and founder Mike Welch. I'llnever forget the early days!

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–EDITOR'S NOTE: My new contact information at NJCUL [email protected], 609-448-2426, ext. 106.

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