The $41 million, 3,850-member Golden West Cities Federal CreditUnion in Garden Grove, Calif., has agreed to merge into the $711million, 59,000-member Credit Union of Southern California.

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The credit unions said Tuesday that Golden West Cities membersvoted overwhelmingly in favor of the consolidation and that whenthe merger takes place on April 1, CU SoCal President/CEO DaveGunderson will remain in that role, while Golden West Cities CEOJacqueline Wadsworth will extend her retirement date by a year tostay on as an adviser.

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The merger will give CU SoCal more than 60,000 members beingserved by 11 branches across Orange County, the San Gabriel Valleyand parts of San Bernardino County. All employees of both creditunions will be retained, the announcement said.

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“This partnership brings our members many immediate benefitsincluding access to longer service hours and expandedproduct offerings – with the same friendly, personalized andefficient service we've had for 53 years. In addition, thispartnership also creates a bright future for all employees,”Wadsworth said.

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Golden West Cities was founded in 1960 as Garden Grove CityEmployees Federal Credit Union.

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CU SoCal was founded in 1954 as Whittier Area Schools FederalCredit Union. It also merged three smaller credit unions in 2012.

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