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Michigan credit unions marking milestone 50-year anniversaries in the second quarter of the year include Allegis CU (KA), Clarkston Brandon Community CU (OC), Education Plus CU (DR), Health One CU (ME), Jackson City County CU (JA), Kalamazoo Gazette Emp. CU (KA) and Otsego Paperworkers CU (KA).

New credit union CEOs include Fran Godfrey at United Educational CU (BC), Mike Stevens at MidWest Financial CU (HV), Lynda Ellis at Soo Co-op CU (UP) and Eric Brubaker at Members First CU (MM).

A ribbon-cutting ceremony marks the official opening of Public Service CU’s new Romulus Branch and Administration Building.

Accepting the United Way’s first David J. Weichhand Award on behalf of United FCU are, from left, front row, Business Development Manager Jeff Hannan, Mrs. Dave (Beth) Weichhand, Call Center Coordinator Abby Savage; back row, Underwriting Manager Sarah Melcher, Processing Manager Sharon Langston and St. Joseph/State Street Branch Manager Fern Buckler.

A large and enthusiastic crowd was on hand when Public Service CU (MW) held a grand opening celebration and ribbon-cutting ceremony March 7 at its new Administration Building and Romulus Branch on Merriman Road.  Attendees at the event, which carried the theme “Come Grow with Us,” enjoyed hors d’oeuvres, entertainment and raffle prizes, as well as a tour of the new three-story, 21,000-square-foot facility, which features a loan service department, call center and five drive-thru lanes.  The second floor houses offices for the president and credit union officers, as well as a conference room, and the third floor features a training/multi-purpose room and a fitness room with shower facilities.  The employee lounge, also on the third floor, is an open design, with “alone time-out alcoves” for employees to sit and relax on their breaks. Other design features include a spiral staircase with a glass rail overlooking the first floor, and a two-story entry.  “There will be about 35 employees in this building and we designed it to accommodate our growth for the next 10 years,” said President/CEO Dean Trudeau.  “We are confident that our members and our employees will be very proud of this new building.”

United FCU (SW) has been honored by the United Way of Southwest Michigan with the first annual David J. Weichhand award.  Named in honor of United FCU’s late president/CEO, David Weichhand, who died unexpectedly in October, the award is presented to the organization demonstrating the highest level of creativity and innovation in their employee fund-raising program.  “David was a strong supporter of the United Way and of the community,” said United FCU Chairman John Steinke.  “Each year he looked forward to the activities surrounding the credit union’s United Way fund-raising campaign.  When David became personally involved in it, it ignited the flame in the staff, and they were able to achieve 100 percent of their goal almost every year while having fun at the same time.  It is fitting that United Way of Southwest Michigan has honored David’s memory with this particular award, and we are humbled to be the first recipient.”


Dan Hewitt retired as president/ CEO at Soo Co-op CU (UP) at the end of December after 29 years of service.  During his credit union career, he was also active in the Upper Peninsula Chapter, serving on the Chapter Executive Committee.  “We cannot thank Dan enough for his dedication, hard work and vision that he has given Soo Co-op over the last 29 years,” said Soo Co-op CU Chairman Clayton Bennett.  Vice President Lynda Ellis, who began her career with the credit union in 1985, succeeded Hewitt as CEO.  “Her knowledge and years of experience will definitely benefit our credit union,” Bennett said.

Telcom CU’s Mary Kelley is congratulated by Carmen Harlan of WDIV-TV Channel 4 in Detroit, who served as master of ceremonies at the Ability is Ageless Award Luncheon.

Mary Kelley, an employee at Telcom CU (MW) for nearly 50 years, was honored at Operation ABLE’s “Ability is Ageless” Award Luncheon, which honors employees 50 years of age and older (or with at least 25 years of service with the same employer) who have made outstanding contributions on at their jobs and exemplify the maxim that “ability is ageless.”  “Mary has served our members as a teller and a loan officer, and we’ve received numerous letters from members over the years complimenting her customer service ability,” said President/CEO Thomas Reagan.


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