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Tried and True

February 20, 2009
John Franklin The same philosophy that created the CU movement is alive and well today. This U.S. Credit Union System celebrates some historic milestones. In June, during the Credit Union National Association’s (CUNA) America’s Credit Union Conference & Expo, participants will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the first U.S. credit... READ MORE

Tight-Knit Group Stitches Hats for Hope

January 23, 2009
Mary Mink Willing hands craft comfort for cancer patients. Hats provide warmth and a morale boost when cancer patients most need them. To that end, Tucoemas Federal Credit Union, Visalia, Calif., donated 585 handmade knit hats plus 31 lap blankets to the Sequoia Regional Cancer Center and the local American... READ MORE

System Scan: CU Tax Exemption

December 23, 2008
Credit unions obtained their tax exemption from Congress on June 15, 1937, in an amendment to the Federal Credit Union Act of 1934—with little difficulty or fanfare. It was enacted that December. The Bridge, forerunner of Credit Union Magazine, briefly recounts: “In its original form the Federal Act permitted the... READ MORE

Pillars of the Community

December 23, 2008
Judy Dahl Award-winning community CUs serve all members, not just some. The key to community credit union success is “staying focused on why we’re here—to serve members. We have to be a sustaining resource to [members],” says Rick Hein, CEO of $540 million asset OSU Federal Credit Union, Corvallis, Ore.... READ MORE

No Home for the Holidays

November 17, 2008
Mary Mink   Texas CU League helps rebuild after Hurricane Ike.   HURRICANE IKE— the third most destructive hurricane in U.S. history, killing 82 people and causing $27 billion in damage—compromised 256 Texas credit union locations and their employees’ homes in September.   Credit union damage totaled $10.2 million, with 90%... READ MORE

CU Hero: CU Evangelist Inspires Others

November 17, 2008
' When you get entrenched in the CU ... there’s no other place for you. ' Carla Hedrick is surprised to hear herself described as a “fierce credit union advocate.”   But the president/CEO of $212 million asset Denver Community Federal Credit Union likes it. “I guess it’s because I’m passionate when... READ MORE

America's CUs: For the People for 100 Years

November 01, 2008
America's CUs: For the People for 100 Years November 1, 2008 By Lucy Harr In the coming months, America's credit unions will celebrate the 100th anniversary of their U.S. origins. Just as the ancient Romans built stone pillars—milestones—to mark their progress on the Appian Way, historical milestones allow us to... READ MORE

Kenyan CUs Succeed Despite Unrest

October 01, 2008
Kenyan CUs Succeed Despite Unrest October 1, 2008 Editor's note: Watch WOCCU's Erick Sile explain Kenyan CU development and detail the post-election unrest that affected much of the country.   By Rick Roseneck   In the aftermath of deadly riots that broke out in Kenya at the end of 2007,... READ MORE

Seeds of Hope

October 01, 2008
Saul Gonzalez stops his motorcycle and slips on white rubber boots and black waders. A swollen stream covers the road ahead, and the Caja Popular Mexicana (CPM) field officer must find the best crossing point. He's en route to the remote... READ MORE

Want to Attract Hispanic Members? Go to the Source

October 01, 2008
October 1, 2008 By Bill Merrick U.S. credit union executives seeking insights into Mexican culture and marketing strategies—or who simply want to brush up on their Spanish—have a training option that combines Spanish classes, visits to Mexican credit unions, and a home stay with a Mexican family. The World Council... READ MORE
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