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Several credit unions are marking milestone anniversaries in the first quarter of 2006. In January, Sunrise Family CU (MM) will celebrate 50 years of service to its members, while February will mark the arrival of golden anniversaries at Catholic FCU (MM), ROME CU (OC) and Saginaw County Emp. CU (MM). March is a 50th anniversary month for West Michigan CU (GR).

FEDCom CU (GR), formerly Grand Rapids Federal Emp. CU, marks 80 years of service to its members in February, making it the oldest continuing credit union in Michigan. Another Michigan credit union was chartered in February 1926 and is also celebrating its 80th anniversary — Priority Community CU (MW), formerly Detroit Postal Emp. CU.

New credit union CEOs include Kathy White at Wyandotte FCU (DR).

From left, directors Earl Bean and John Jolman, President/CEO Joni Shinn, Branch Manager Justin Bamford and directors Jack Mahn and Robert Loomis officially open the new Service 1 branch.

Service 1 FCU (MN) officially opened the doors to its new branch located just one block south of Lakes Mall in Muskegon. In conjunction with the grand-opening celebration, the credit union gave away prizes including a $1,000 Lakes Mall shopping spree and a $100 JC Penney gift certificate. The new full-service branch features extended hours, a drive-up ATM and four drive-thru teller lanes.


Community Focus FCU (DR) opened the doors to its new branch on Telegraph Road in Brownstown. The new branch is 9,300 square feet and features three drive-thru lanes and a 24-hour ATM.

USA CU's Kristin Shanahan presents a check to Auburn Hills Fire Marshall John Burmeiser.

USA CU (OC) donated $500 to the Auburn Hills Fire Department’s Fire Fighters Helping Hands program. “The Auburn Hills Fire Fighters Helping Hands provide a crucial service to those who are in need and would otherwise not be able to enjoy the holidays,” said USA CU’s Kristin Shanahan. “We are happy to help on behalf of the fire fighters with their efforts to give back to the community.”



Principal Kari Naghtin, LOC FCU Marketing Director Debbie Mashinske, Howell Schools Assistant Superintendent Rick Terres and Latson Credit Union studen employees join in cutting the ribbon to officially mark the start of business.

LOC FCU (OC) and Latson Elementary School celebrated the grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony of the credit union’s first student-run credit union in Livingston County. At the newly formed Latson Student Credit Union, students will get hands-on financial literacy experience as student-employees and members. “As educators, we are always looking for ways to show students how the skills they learn at school can be used outside of the school,” said Principal Kari Naghtin. “The LOC-Latson student-run credit union branch is a wonderful opportunity for all of our students to see how skills learned at school can transfer to situations in real life.”

The Lansing Chapter presented a $20,000 check to the YMCA of Lansing for the Invest in Youth Program, which provides memberships, summer camps, swimming lessons and special programs to those in financial need. The funds were raised by volunteers from Lansing area credit unions and partners who organize the 17th Annual Lansing Area Credit Union Charity Golf Outing. During the past 17 years, more than $120,000 generated by this annual event has been donated to local charities.


Some of the many gifts Iron Mountain-Kingsford Community FCU collected are on display before being distributed to needy families before Christmas. The credti union has been collecting gifts for its Angel Tree project since 1986.

Iron Mountain-Kingsford Community FCU (UP) members and staff collected and donated 360 individual gifts and 27 bags of groceries for needy families in the local community through its Angel Tree Project. “We would like to thank all our members and others from the local community who helped make our Angel Tree project a wonderful success this year,” said Iron Mountain-Kingsford Community FCU Public Relations Director Larry Hoya. “Their overwhelming generosity helped make this Christmas extra special.”



EECU — A Community CU (JA) opened its newest branch in the Village Crossing Mall in Spring Arbor. The 2,200-square-foot branch features a drive-thru and drive-up ATM and is the credit union’s third location. The new office also serves as a Service Center outlet for any CO-OP Service Center Network credit union guest member.

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