News & Notes
Consumers CU continues tradition of summer community outreach. Another successful summer outreach season has come and gone for Consumers Credit Union (CCU), which recently completed a lineup of 16 community events. The credit union participated in numerous community events during the 2012 summer season, including festivals, parades and community celebrations. "Summer is a great time to show Members and the public at large how Consumers Credit Union gets involved with local activities," noted Sean M. Rathjen, Consumers Credit Union President. "Long days and warm nights make this the perfect time to venture out and have some fun while enjoying the company of friends, neighbors and family." Team CCU is active in fundraising, too.
CUNA Councils reach 5,500 members. CUNA Councils have reached an historic milestone in 2012: membership in the six Councils has surpassed 5,500 members, a result of several years of consistent growth and members’ growing commitment to the credit union industry. The CUNA Councils include six focused areas of credit union responsibility, including Marketing & Business Development, Human Resources Training & Development, CFO, Lending, Technology, and Operations Sales & Service, where credit union executives tap into a network of senior and middle management peers to connect, learn, advise, and advance the credit union, his or her career, and the credit union movement.
DHCU Community Credit Union to open Iowa member service center. DHCU Community Credit Union will join the Bettendorf Community in late 2012 with the opening of its newest branch. DHCU’s Bettendorf Member Service Center will include four drive-up and four lobby service windows. HomeBranch, DHCU’s internet banking service, will be available along with a self-service Change Exchange machine. "DHCU is committed to the future and we’re excited to expand our Iowa presence." says Terry Brahm, President and CEO of DHCU.
Gateway Metro FCU donates school supplies. Members and employees of Gateway Metro Federal Credit Union (St. Louis) joined together to benefit the students of Our Lady of Guadalupe School and Christ Light of the Nations School (both in North St. Louis County). School supply donations were collected at all Gateway Metro Federal locations. Staff members presented the students with over 1,300 school supply items at separate ceremonies held at each school. Gateway Metro Federal absorbed Our Lady of Guadalupe’s parish credit union in 2006 and Christ Light of the Nation’s parish (Holy Name of Jesus) credit union in 2009. Since then, Gateway Metro Federal employees have provided financial education, made donations, and made history by opening student-assisted branches at each school.
Land of Lincoln CU announces film contest winners. Land of Lincoln Credit Union held its fifth annual 21 Film Project Awards Show on Friday, August 3rd at the Decatur Civic Center Auditorium. The evening kicked off with a red carpet event where film makers along with guest celebrities were introduced to Decatur Celebration attendees. Audience attendees screened the top 21 films submitted to the contest and awards were bestowed upon several films and individuals. "We received entries for our 4-minute film contest from all over the world this year, and were excited to see international interest in our festival," said Chris Phillips, Vice President of Marketing for Land of Lincoln Credit Union. "We’re especially thankful for the support of local filmmakers. All of the events surrounding the awards evening is to celebrate them." The 21 Film Project festival screened all films submitted to this year’s contest along with films from other festivals around the country.
MembersAlliance offers free shred day to community. In their efforts to provide continuing education and services and help prevent identity theft in its communities, MembersAlliance Credit Union will offer a FREE Community Shred Day on Saturday, September 22, 2012. A maximum limit of 100 lbs. or 2 boxes per car has been encouraged.
NuMark CU to host free seminar: Know How to Get the Best Car Deal. NuMark Credit Union wants to help their members save time and money to help them walk away with a great deal. Its free seminar, “Take the Wheel: Get the Best Car Deal,” will show how to decipher financing options and warranties, discover the advantages of buying used, negotiate the best car price, and determine how much car one can afford. The seminar will encourage consumers to get the facts before they start shopping around. This seminar is free and open to the public and will be held on September 18 at NuMark’s Tinley Park office.
Scott CU pledges $20K for Collinsville HS scoreboard. Scott Credit Union recently pledged $20,000 for a five-year sponsorship for the new scoreboard at the Collinsville High School football stadium. Scott Credit Union has made giving back to its communities a major priority. The local credit union contributed about $200,000 and its employees volunteered over 2,200 hours to a variety of local civic efforts throughout the region in 2011. The credit union has increased its community involvement in the past few years while also increasing its efforts to educate consumers of the value of doing their financial business with a not-for-profit credit union.
Vantage CU's Hubert Hoosman Wins Wegner Award for Individual Achievement. In recognition of his leadership roles in various organizations and tireless commitment to the credit union philosophy, the National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF) recently announced Hubert H. Hoosman, Jr., President and CEO of Vantage Credit Union in Bridgeton, Mo., as the winner of the 2013 Herb Wegner Memorial Award for Individual Achievement. This will be one of three Herb Wegner Memorial Awards presented at a special dinner hosted by NCUF at the Grand Hyatt Washington on February 25, 2013, which is Monday night of the Credit Union National Association’s 2013 Governmental Affairs Conference. A native of East St. Louis, Ill., Hoosman graduated from high school with a full basketball scholarship from the University of Missouri- St. Louis, and in 1982, he landed his first job as a teller for Educational Employees Credit Union (the credit union changed its name to Vantage Credit Union in 2002). Over the past thirty years, Hoosman has held several management positions while climbing the credit union ladder, including Loan Department Manager, Branch Manager, Vice President of Operations, Executive Vice President, and President/CEO of the credit union since 1994. When Hoosman started his career at the credit union in 1982, the asset size of the credit union was $34 million. Today, Vantage Credit Union is the fourth largest credit union in Missouri, with assets approaching $700 million. "Hubert is recognized internationally, nationally, and locally for his untiring commitment to the credit union movement and to the philosophy of 'People Helping People,'" noted Jerry R. Eichholz, Chairman of Vantage Credit Union. Vantage CU is an ICUL associate member.
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