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June 2012


News & Notes 

Biz Kid$ receives three Emmy nominations.  Biz Kid$ has received Daytime Emmy nominations in three categories, including Outstanding Children’s Series, Single Camera Editing, and Sound Editing from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Awards will be given on June 17, 2012 in Los Angeles. Biz Kid$ is the credit union funded public television series that teaches kids about money management and entrepreneurship.  Biz Kid$ has now received 10 Emmy nominations in the last four years, including winning once in 2009. This is the first time it has been nominated for Outstanding Children’s Series.  In addition, Biz Kid$ also recently received its first-ever Parent’s Choice Silver Award. 

Consumers Credit Union to host citizenship workshop.  Consumers Credit Union (CCU), is hosting a citizenship workshop to help eligible legal applicants understand the procedure so they can start down the path towards obtaining U.S. citizenship.  The credit union is hosting the workshop in collaboration with the New American Initiative Program, North Suburbs Collaborative formed by the Fr. Gary Graf Center, HACES, Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society and Hanul Family Alliance.  In the last few years, the cost of citizenship applications has sky-rocketed, leaving many eligible legal permanent residents without the opportunity to apply to become citizens. In order to assist eligible legal permanent citizens, Consumers Credit Union developed its Citizenship Loan program.  The New Americans Initiative Collaborative verifies the applicant's eligibility for citizenship, then assists them with the loan application. The credit union offers the loans at a very low fixed rate, with repayment spread over 10 months in order to make the loans as affordable as possible for qualified applicants. 
Heritage Credit Union offers Pink Hope Checking.  Heritage Credit Union (HCU) recently announced a new checking account that lets members donate to breast cancer research. The new Pink Hope checking account is a round-up donation account that contributes to the American Cancer Society for Breast Cancer Research. Each time a member uses their debit card for a purchase, the transaction amount will be rounded up to the nearest dollar and transferred into a Pink Hope donation account. It is a service charge free checking account with no minimum balance and no monthly service fee. HCU will also be donating $5 to the American Cancer Society for Breast Cancer Research with each new account opening.

I.H. exec among 89 recently earning CCUE designation.  Certified Credit Union Executive (CCUE) designations were awarded to 89 individuals from 18 different states, bringing the total nationwide to 3,109, including Janice M. Hickman of I.H. Mississippi Valley CU.  CCUE, instituted in 1975, is the hallmark of professional credit union achievement. Designed for managers and those aspiring to credit union leadership, the program teaches advanced credit union management and operations techniques. CUNA has also aligned the CCUE designation with CUNA Management School. Students now earn the designation upon graduation from the school. For more information about CUNA Management School, visit

NuMark CU offers Free Women’s Seminar: Move from Financial Chaos to Clarity.  Try to add up the number of hours over the course of a year that you spend looking for important papers or other items. Can you count them on one hand? If not, getting organized may be the first step to motivate you to take control of your financial future. That's why NuMark Credit Union is inviting women of all ages to its free seminar, "Women & Money: Are You Ready for a Change?"  The seminar will be held on June 12 at NuMark’s Tinley Park office and on June 14 at its Crest Hill office. This is the third seminar in a three-part series for women, but everyone can still benefit from this valuable seminar even if they did not attend the previous sessions. At the seminar, participants will learn how to organize important papers, tie up estate planning loose ends, review investment goals and risk tolerance, and complete financial documents. Participants will also develop a plan for financial independence.  This seminar is free and open to the public.

Rock Valley CEO participates in Ride Bike to Work Day.  For the first time ever, Mike Rosek, President/CEO of Rock Valley Credit Union, is proud to say he was able to participate in National Bike to Work Day.  Forty minutes after taking his carefully calculated route, he made it to work on time.  An added benefit to his ride was to obtain some funds pledged which continues aiding a fundraising campaign to raise funds for a local organization called Milestone. Contributions include an on-going silent auction for admission to some noteworthy local events donated by several generous local businesses, $5 "Blue Jean Friday" contributions, and the CEO’s challenge.  This consists of placing contributions in either a Chicago Bears jar or in Rosek's hometown Green Bay Packers jar, and he will have to wear Bears gear to work, paint his beard blue and orange and wash the member’s car windshields as they go through the drive through.  Through the fundraising, the credit union hopes to send at least 15 residents of Milestone to summer camp this year.

Scott CU pledges $100K for new hospital.  Scott Credit Union recently pledged $100,000 over the next five years to support the new St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland.
Representatives from St. Joseph’s Hospital recently broke ground for the 91,000-square-foot facility that is to be completed in the summer of 2013. The new hospital’s patient registration area will feature a plaque that recognizes Scott Credit Union for its financial support for the facility.  "Supporting our communities is very important to us," said Frank Padak, President/CEO of Scott Credit Union. "We realize that this new hospital will serve residents in the Highland area for many years to come. We believe in doing the right thing for people when it comes to their banking and in their community. This is another way that Scott Credit Union is helping people."


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