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Michigan Credit Union League Home » Information Services » Publications » Contact » 2005 » 4th Quarter » CUs & People  

Several credit unions are marking milestone anniversaries in the final quarter of the year. Celebrating 50 years of services to their members in November are Centel CU (FL), Kent County Emp. CU (GR) and TBA CU (PB). Golden anniversaries arrive in December at Eddy Emp. FCU (KA), Holland Central CU (MN), Lapeer County Community CU (FL), SLC CU (ME) and Tri-Cities CU (MN).

New credit union CEOs include Ted Parsons at Omni Family CU (BC).

Berrien Teachers CU President/CEO Robert McKay, left, and Team Captain Bryan Parsons accept the first place trophy.

Southwestern Chapter credit unions raised more than $2,200 for the Children’s Miracle Network during the 2nd Annual Credit Union Softball Challenge. The co-ed tournament included teams from Berrien Teachers CU (SW), First Resource FCU (SW), Greater Niles Community FCU (SW) and United FCU (SW). Berrien Teachers CU finished in first place, upending United FCU, 11-4. “The good-natured competition more than makes up for the assorted aches and pains most players discovered the next day,” said Bryan Parsons of Berrien Teachers CU. “I know all the credit unions agree that these type of events are great for team building and from the ‘big picture’ standpoint, the credit union movement wins. The Southwestern Chapter takes great pride in uniting for terrific causes like CMN.”


CASE CU (LN) awarded $1,000 scholarships to Shawn Davis and Kerry Lynn Dembowski. “We are pleased to award these scholarships to two such outstanding and deserving students,” said Case CU Director Constance Knowlton. “They both have impressive credentials and are highly thought of by their counselors and references,” added Director Andrea Rodriguez.

MidWest Financial Credit Union (HV) recently donated more than 500 new pairs of socks to SAFE House, a domestic abuse shelter in Ann Arbor. For every new member who joined the credit union between April 1 and June 30, a new pair of socks was hung in one of the branch lobbies. Socks ranged in sizes from infant to adult and included male and female styles. “This is such a wonderful surprise,” said SAFE House Executive Director Barbara Niess. “This will go a long way for us.” Said MidWest employee Kate Reed: “It’s such a great feeling when you can give back to the community and reward our members at the same time. SAFE House is such an important part of this community and we’re glad we are able to help support them.”

As a part of the Capuchin Collection Drive, Co-op Services CU (MW) employees collected school supplies to be donated to area children. “When I received such a positive response, it was agreed to invite all our employees to participate,” said Branch Manager Julie Cleveland. “In just a short time, we collected more than 30 large garbage bags of back-to-school items for the Capuchin Soup Kitchen.” Said Co-op Services CU President/CEO Anthony Carnarvon: “Our employees come through for others. Whether it’s for tsunami victims or a ‘Toys for Tots’ campaign, we can always count on them to help with incredible goodwill and generosity.”

Credit union staff in District X volunteered as scorekeepers, announcers, umpire assistants and manned water stations at the 2005 State Summer Sports Special Olympics Classic at the Canton Softball Center. “With the help of dedicated volunteers, many athletes were able to achieve their goals and demonstrate that they are winners,” said Gloria Butler. “We had a great two days and our presence showed our feelings that credit unions do care.”

Monroe County Community CU (DR), Monroe Automotive CU (DR) and Education Plus CU (DR) came together to collect 21 pints of blood for the American Red Cross. Twenty-five people contributed, many of them first-time donors. “It was delightful to see such a turnout and to see the response of credit union members,” said Red Cross employee Lynette Hartman.

From front, Ahleah Begin and CassieVelasquez of Monroe Automotive CU, Lori McCloud of Monroe County Community CU, and Shawna Sawyer and Tonya Brimm of Education Plus CU stand together before volunteering for the blood drive.

Iosco Community CU (BO) sponsored a team for the Iosco County Cancer Relay for Life. The credit union’s two branches raised more than $1,600 for the American Cancer Society with the sale of relay stars, a bake sale and candlelight name sponsorships.

More than 60 volunteers from T&C FCU (OC) took part in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life Cancer Walk. Through a variety of creative fund-raising efforts, T&C FCU raised a total of $12,384. “The Relay for Life is a great opportunity for staff to support a worthy cause,” said T&C FCU Marketing Vice President Lon Bone.

Team One CU (MM) celebrated the opening of its in-store branch at the Bay City WalMart. “We are very excited about partnering with WalMart to offer customers a convenient option for banking services,” said Team ONE President/CEO Konnie Werner.

From left, Gail Sloboda, John McIntyre, Jim Flannery, Marilyn Horstman, Louise Hanthorn, Konnie Werner, Mark Hoerauf and Nannette Lytle officially open Team ONE’s new branch inside the Bay City WalMart.

Iron Mountain Kingsford Community CU (UP) has raised more than $13,000 through its C.U. Kids program. “The purpose of the C.U. Kids program is to provide small gifts to hospitalized children and children utilizing domestic abuse shelters,” said Iron Mountain Community CU Public Relations Director Larry Hoya. “It’s a little thing to make their lives more pleasant. People Helping People is the philosophy upon which credit unions were founded and we are committed to the community because we care.”

United Bay Community CU (MM) raised $8,180 for Relay for Life of Bay County, a community event that supports the American Cancer Society’s efforts of research, education, patient support and advocacy.

Michigan Catholic CU (OC) opened its first high school student- run branch. The new branch was opened at Bishop Foley Catholic High School in Madison Heights. The credit union will also be in the classrooms at Bishop Foley with the High School Financial Planning Program offered by NEFE. 

From left, teacher Cathy Haynes and Michigan Catholic CU Employee Lisa Nelson look on as student Reiko Kadowski enters data into the student branch computer.

Nickolas Gordier, a Kellogg Community FCU (BC) member, was the winner of the credit union’s 2005 Boom! Youth Savers program grand prize. The Boom! program is a special youth savings curriculum designed for students 13 -18 years old. To be eligible for the grand prize drawing, youth savers had to save $100 in a 12-month period.

Marketing Manager Renée Allen presents Boom! Youth Savers grand prize winner Nickolas Gordier with an iPod mini.

Michigan State University FCU (LN) opened its newest branch in Lansing at 200 East Jolly Rd. The new branch features drive-up tellers, exterior ATMs and more than 3,000 square feet. “It is our board’s goal to extend our locations to areas where we have a solid membership base so that we can truly serve our membership,” said Michigan State University FCU President/CEO Patrick McPharlin.

Credit Union ONE (OC) celebrated the grand opening of its new Oakland University branch, located in the Oakland Center, the University’s student center. There will also be four ATMs available throughout the campus.  “Credit Union ONE is privileged to have Oakland University as a partner,” said Credit Union ONE President/CEO Armando Cavavos. “This new aspect of our relationship with the University will allow the credit union to be of additional support to both staff and students.”

State Sen. Mike Bishop, R-Rochester, right, congratulates Credit Union ONE President/CEO Armando Cavazos, left, and Oakland University President Gary Russi on the new partnership with OU.
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