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Michigan Credit Union League Home » Information Services » Publications » Contact » 2005 » 2nd Quarter » CUs & People  

The second quarter of 2005 marks the arrival of milestone anniversaries for several Michigan credit unions. April is a 50th anniversary month at Gratiot Community CU (MM), River Rouge Municipal CU (DR) and Tahquamenon Area CU (UP). Marking a rare 75th anniversary

in May are Battle Creek Postal CU (BC) and Melvindale Community CU (DR), while 50-year celebrations are in order at Chippewa County CU (UP) and Kerr Emp. CU (DR). Owosso Columbus CU (FL) will mark 50 years of service to its members in June.

New credit unions CEOs include Cindy Harrison at Straits Area FCU (BO) and William Lawton at Community Financial (MW).


Michael Peters has been named vice president of lending at United FCU (SW). A graduate of Augustana College in Illinois, Nelson brings more than 11 years of credit union experience.

He previously worked for Chicago Patrolman’s CU in Illinois. His responsibilities will include overseeing the operation of the lending department, which includes mortgage, consumer and business lending. “We are very excited about Michael joining our team,” said President/CEO Duane Nelson. “His experience and dedication to credit unions will help provide our members with the service they have come to expect from United.”

MidWest Financial CU and UMHS Financial (HV) recently raised $3,830 for SafeHouse, a domestic abuse shelter in Ann Arbor, through its Skip-A-Payment promotion which allows members with qualified loans to skip payments on those loans over the holidays. As part of that program, the credit union and its members made the donation to SafeHouse. “We are so pleased to be able to support this important community resource in such a positive manner,” said Member Services Vice President Tonya Coon. “The generosity of our members is tremendous.”


Longtime employee Rose Burke retired from Northland Area FCU (BO) after 31 years of service. Burke started her career as one of nine employees working for what was then Wurtsmith Air Force Base CU. She began in member services and continued to the VISA and lending departments. In June 2000, she was promoted to vice president of internal controls where she remained until her retirement. “Rose was instrumental in the growth of the credit union,” said Human Resource Director Dawn Rehil. “We’ve come a long way from the early days, and we now have 12 branches offering numerous products and services. Rose was an important member of our team, and she contributed to Northland’s success in many ways.”

Students from Central Middle School’s 8th grade Career Class volunteer at the newly opened student credit union.

Community Financial (MW) recently opened student-run credit unions at Central and West middle schools in the Plymouth-Canton Community schools district. “By offering financial education opportunities at all levels of primary and secondary education, we can help students understand how their savings grow over time and how to manage their money before entering adulthood,” said Natalie McLaughlin, Community Financial education partnership coordinator. “When you see the excitement on the student’s faces and how seriously they take their new volunteer responsibilities, parents and school leaders can be very proud,” said Michelle Richards, the credit union’s business education coordinator for West Middle School.

Co-op Services CU (DR) was a sponsor for Wyandotte’s annual fire safety and burn prevention education program coordinated by the Wyandotte Fire Department. The program is designed to distribute age appropriate educational materials from the National Fire Safety Council to preschool and elementary age children. Wyandotte Fire Chief Michael MacDonald said, “This is a very worthwhile program, and we appreciate Co-op Services’ participation to help get these materials in the hands of the children.” The credit union’s sponsorship will provide materials for 200 children. “We have a 50 year history of outstanding support for community-based programs,” said Co-op Services CU President/ CEO Anthony Carnarvon. “For us, Wyandotte Fire Department’s program is consistent with the credit union philosophy of ‘People Helping People.’”

MidWest Financial CU and UMHS Financial (HV) raised $475 for Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Washtenaw County during the annual Bowl For Kids Sake event. The credit union team of Lesley Arthur, Lora Bingham, Lisa Rayner and Frank Kuhne raised funds from credit union staff, members, family and friends. “This is such a fun event,” said employee Lisa Rayner. “It was great to be able to do something so worthwhile. And Big Brothers Big Sisters really made sure everyone had a wonderful time.” Bowl For Kids Sake is an annual fund-raising event for Big Brothers and Big Sisters. Funds raised provide guidance and support to at-risk children and go directly toward matching children with Big Brother and Big Sister volunteers.

Five Michigan First CU (ME) members were selected as winners in a contest and will have their faces on recycling bins on the Wayne Sate University campus with a supportive message about the credit union. “When we were approached to advertise on the recycling bins it was so unusual that it inspired us to think outside the box,” said Marketing Director Sandra Tomlin. “We announced the contest and had nearly 120 of our members enter, which helped us capture positive testimonials.” For the contest, each member submitted a statement about why he/she likes Michigan First. Each winner also received a $100 cash prize.

St. Angela Parish CU (ME) raised $100 for the Children’s Miracle Network through the sale of Christmas CDs.

From left, METRO Financial Education Manager Denise Williams, Warren Mott Principal Pat Adams, METRO resident/CEO
Deidra Williams and Warren Mott business teacher Paulette Chibani pose with staff at the Warren Mott branch.

METRO CU (ME) recently opened a student-run branch at Warren Mott High School. “We view our student branches as investments in our community’s future,” said President/CEO Diedra Williams. “By having a presence at Warren Mott, we’re not only fulfilling our mission to provide convenient service to our members who may work or attend school there, but we’re also fulfilling the credit union philosophy of helping people improve their financial well-being and achieve their goals.”

T&C FCU (OC) raised $16,000 during the Oakland Livingston Human Service Agency’s Walk for Warmth. More than 40 credit union employees volunteered or raised money by collecting pledges, selling baked goods, candy, pins and stuffed bears.

From left, Chairman Raymond Leighton, Director William Straub and President/CEO Denise Fox are presented a plaque by the MCUL’s Ronald Martin.

Education Plus CU (DR) was presented the Dora Maxwell Award, which is awarded to credit unions and chapters with superior involvement in community projects and activities.

Credit Union ONE staff, including
President/CEO Armando Cavazos, right, officially receive their Corporate Giving Award from WOMC-FM (104.3) morning show host Dick Purtan, second from right.

For the 6th straight year, Credit Union ONE (OC) employees contributed their time and efforts to the success of the Dick Purtan Radiothon benefiting The Salvation Army’s Bed and Bread program. More than $375,000 of the $1.7 million raised was received at the overflow phone bank inside the credit union’s Ferndale branch. In addition, the Salvation Army honored Credit Union ONE with the Corporate Giving Award, which recognizes the outstanding efforts and commitment of the credit union and its employees to the Bed and Bread program.

Member Relations Representative Tina Storer, left, explains the different checking account options available to Visteon employee Yi Zhang.
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