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Several Michigan credit unions will mark milestone anniversaries in the final quarter of 2007. They include Dow Chemical Emp. CU (MM), which celebrates 70 years of service to its member in October and Michigan State University FCU (LN), which also marks its 70th year in November. Fiftieth anniversaries will arrive at Essexville Columbus CU (MM) and Central Macomb Community CU (ME) in October; Lansing Area Catholic CU (LN) in November; and St. Mary’s of Royal Oak Parish CU (OC) in December.

The arrival of a commemorative clock from the MCUL marks a finishing touch on the name change at Total Community CU. From left are Director Wayne Avery, Chairman Robert Merriman, Vice President Theresa Wright, Supervisory Committee Chairman Chuck Jones, Vice Chairman Ron Britt, Treasurer Ken Nelson, President/CEO Phil Matous and Director Gerald Thomas.

T&C FCU staff, volunteers and special guests join in ribbon-cutting festivities for the credit union’s 11th and 12th branch offices in Troy, above, and Wixom, below.

Ground-breaking ceremonies mark the start of Michigan Schools and Government CU’s new branch on Metro Parkway in Sterling Heights.

Smiles and ceremonial shovels mark the beginning of Isabella Community CU’s new main office in Mt. Pleasant.

Soo Co-op CU’s Mary Lynch shares her student branch knowledge and experience with attendees at the National Credit Union Foundation conference in Hartford.

Arthur Parker, left, receives the 2007 James E. Fetterolf Distinguished Service Award for 30 years of outstanding credit union service from President/CEO Charles Cornelius.

Post Community CU staff and board members celebrate the ground breaking ceremony for the Urbandale office with members of City Council, including Mayor John Godfrey and City Commissioner Deb Owens

President/CEO Robert Mackay displays Berrien Teachers CU’s Platinum Stake Award.


Participating in Auto Body CU’s ground breaking are, from left, Dan Smith, Tsehai Desta, Larry Rademacher, Margo Kleinfelt, Harold Brown and Kevin Mix.

MSU Senior Kerry Monroe poses by her billboard likeness.

Staffing the Calhoun County Fair booth promoting the benefits of credit union membership are, from left, Kelsey Schnaitman, Terri Bidelman, Jennifer Amos, Jen Thurow and Heather Luciani

It’s official — Total Community CU (DR) is the new name for Taylor Community CU, effective Sept. 1. Looking forward to celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2009, the credit union adopted the new name to better reflect its field of membership, which includes not only Taylor but the communities of Romulus, Brownstown and Huron.
T&C FCU (OC) celebrated the opening of its two newest branches in Wixom and Troy with two ribbon-cutting ceremonies in October. The new locations mark the opening of the 11th and 12th branches for T&C FCU, which now hold more than $585 million in assets and serves more than 64,000 members. The Wixom Branch received a proclamation from Wixom Mayor Michael McDonald, welcoming T&C FCU as a new corporate citizen to the community. He also proclaimed Oct. 19 as “Town and Community Day,” urging all members of the Wixom community to join him in welcoming T&C FCU to their city and honoring the organization. The Troy Branch was presented with a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition from U.S. Rep. Joe Knollenberg, R-Birmingham, for outstanding and invaluable service to the community. “T&C looks forward to serving our members and being involved in these two new communities,” said Marketing Vice President Lon Bone.
Michigan Schools and Government CU (ME) recently broke ground for its new Sterling Heights branch on Metro Parkway, which will feature four drive-thru windows and nearly 4,000 square feet of space. Also incorporated in the Sterling Heights office will be custom signage, Save-A-Lot Squad Kids Club area, a plasma screen display, internet kiosk, 24-hour access ATM and a coffee bar. “Michigan Schools and Government CU is currently serving more than 61,000 members and recently surpassed the $800 million mark in total assets,” said President/CEO Peter Gates. “We are very excited to extend more convenience to those members that work, live, and commute in this thriving area. Additionally, we are proud that our expansion will provide more jobs within the community.”   The new location is expected to open in January 2008.
Jenny Hoyle, Chief Operating Officer for Isabella Community CU (MM), has graduated at the top of her class from CUNA Management School at the top of her class. The Class of 2007 consisted of 60 credit union professionals from across the country and Hoyle was also selected by her peers as the recipient of the Al Jordan Leadership and Service Award. “We are very proud of Jenny for graduating from CUNA Management School with highest honors and winning the Al Jordon Award,” said President/CEO Jay Anders. “Jenny is a hard-working, dedicated individual and we are very fortunate to have her working for us.”
Three directors at OMNI Community CU (BC) have received awards for their educational endeavors. Fred Myles received the Technology Award for successfully completing three Volunteer Achievement Program (VAP) home study education modules relating to technology and credit unions today. Ron Callaway received the Supervisory Committee Award for successfully completing three VAP modules relating to the duties and responsibilities of the Supervisory Committee. Dick Tobias received two awards, the Credit Committee Award and the Louise Herring Award, the latter for successfully completing 36 home study modules.
Isabella Community CU (MM) helped kickoff celebrations for its 50th anniversary by breaking ground for a new main office in July. Held on South Isabella Road in Mt. Pleasant, the groundbreaking was attended by credit union staff and officials, the Mt. Pleasant Area Chamber of Commerce, local media and the credit union building team. The new full-service facility is scheduled to be completed by February 2008, in time for Isabella Community CU’s golden anniversary. The two-story 12,500-square facility will feature six drive-thru lanes and a drive-up ATM; six staggered teller windows, safe deposit boxes and private member service and loan offices. “Isabella Community CU is truly about the ‘People-Helping-People’ credit union philosophy,” said Chief Elected Official Dale Gust. “Our role in the community goes to the very heart of the mid-Michigan experience. Our credit union helps people just like you and your neighbors buy cars, own homes, pay for college and plan for retirement. Said President/CEO Jay Anders: “Serving this community is part of our heritage and future, and is represented in the name of the credit union — Isabella Community. It’ an uncomplicated recipe — we are here to simplify our members’ financial lives and equip hem with the tools to make quality financial decisions.”
Student-run branches sponsored by Soo Co-op CU (UP) were recently showcased at a meeting of credit union managers in the New England area. Forty credit union managers from Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Hampshire gathered in Hartford, Conn., to learn how to establish student branches from Soo Co-op CU Marketing Manager Mary Lynch, a member of the MCUL Family Involvement Council. Lynch told the conference how the student branch concept began at her credit union more than 10 years ago and how it has grown over the years to take in elementary, middle and high schools. She noted that credit unions in Michigan lead the country in the development of student branches. The conference was organized by the National Credit Union Foundation as part of its REAL Solutions program, designed to assist credit unions across the country develop programs and services for low-wealth families. Mary’s husband, Mark, is the REAL Solutions Field Coach for the New England area and was responsible for organizing the conference. Mark Lynch said that the REAL Solutions program encourages credit unions to educate young people in money management from the earliest age. “Soo Co-op CU is a shining example of how this can be done and all credit unions around the country can learn from what Michigan credit unions are achieving,” he said.
Educational Community CU (KA) held its 72nd Annual Meeting in March and honored Treasurer Arthur Parker with the 2007 James E. Fetterolf Distinguished Service Award in recognition of 30 years of credit union service and his dedication to the educational community. Incumbents re-elected to the Educational Community Board of Directors for three-year terms were Richard M. Cahow, Rick Geer and Robert Treloar. Table officers elected were David Aubry, Chairman; Richard M. Cahow, Vice Chairman; Arthur Parker, Treasurer; and Rick Geer, Secretary.
Post Community CU (BC) has broken ground for its new Urbandale office near West Michigan Avenue. “We are one of the oldest credit unions in the city of Battle Creek,” said General Manager Vernon Sheppard. “We were formed in 1936 as the Post Products CU and later Post Emp. CU. We feel Urbandale is a great community and that’s why we chose to build here.” The credit union recently changed its name to Post Community Credit Union to increase involvement in the community with expanded membership. “We are trying to increase the business community in the Urbandale Area in the hope of making Urbandale a destination for the entire community in the Ward One area,” said City Commissioner Deb Owens. “Kate Segal, District 1 Calhoun County Chairperson and Legislative Aide to State Sen. Mark Schauer, D-Battle Creek, has been instrumental in supporting our efforts in getting through the tough legislative process to change access and curbing to the new credit union.” Neighborhood Economic Development Administrator Charles Rose noted that the City of Battle Creek Neighborhood Services Department “has been working for more than a year and a half with the good folks in Urbandale, and it is great to have Post Community CU on board with growing services for the Urbandale community and business district.”
The Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce has awarded Berrien Teachers CU (SW) the Platinum Stake Award for its main office expansion in Saint Joseph and the capital investments made in the community. “We attribute our growth to constant attention to personal service and our focus on meeting members financial needs,” said President/CEO Bob Mackay. “We look forward to continuation of this growth with our new branch in Coloma.”
Dan Hewitt has retired as CEO at Soo Co-op CU (UP) after 29 years of service. During his credit union career, he was also active in the Upper Peninsula Chapter, serving on the Executive Committee. “We can not thank Dan enough for his dedication, hard work and vision that he has given Soo Co-op over the last 29 years,” said Chairman Clayton Bennett. Lynda Ellis succeeded Hewitt as CEO. She began her career with the credit union in 1985 and has been a vice president since 1994. “Her knowledge and years of experience will definitely benefit our credit union,” Bennett said.
Auto Body CU (LN) has broken ground for its new North Branch location on U.S. 27 in DeWitt Twp. On hand for the ceremony were board members Dan Smith, Larry Rademacher, Harold Brown and Kevin Mix, while President/CEO Margo Kleinfelt and North Branch Manager Tsehai Desta represented credit union staff. “This new location will allow us to better serve our members and grow with their needs,” said Marketing Vice President Jeff Croff. The new facility will provide drive-up teller and ATM service for our members on the go.”
First Community FCU (KA) held a grand opening in October for its newest branch office on Arrow Highway in Mattawan. The credit union provides full financial services to individuals and business members in nine counties throughout Southwest Michigan. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Sept. 25 attended by President/CEO Cheryl A. DeBoer, Chairman Diana Nash, numerous community business leaders and special guests. The new Mattawan branch features four drive-up teller lanes, a 24-hour ATM and a night drop box for after hour deposits.
Michigan State University FCU (LN) takes nothing for granted in expecting new members to pour in  from each incoming freshman class at MSU. Part of its sophisticated marketing to promote membership to incoming students is the selection of a student representative. Chosen as this year’s representative was Kerry Monroe — a position offering fun and local celebrity status, but also requiring a lot of time, effort and hard work. As the “face of MSU FCU,” Monroe appears on posters, TV commercials, in ads and on the moving billboards that cross campus and surrounding areas. “Being the representative is an enjoyable summer position and the credit union made it more valuable by making it an internship allowing Kerry not only to earn some well needed income, but earn credits as well,” said Marketing Vice President Joyce Banish. Said Monroe: “I have had such a rewarding experience as the marketing intern and I am extremely thankful for the opportunity. Having a student intern is a great way to reach out to other students — they know what it’s like to be away from home and overwhelmed with their new surroundings. Although the same information is relayed over and over again to 2,500 students, it’s all worth it in the end when these students feel more comfortable and knowledgeable of their personal finances.” Banish said MSU FCU has been hiring a student for this position for the past six years. “The key is to select someone with an engaging personality who has the smarts necessary to inform us what the parents expect and the students need,” she said. “Working with the right student is ‘win-win-win’ — the university wins because our student employees have reflected so positively on the university; the student wins with a nice summer position that can be an internship as well; and the credit union wins with friendly, knowledgeable and concerned representation.”
Nine Calhoun County credit unions joined together for a Merchant Booth at the 159th Annual Calhoun County Fair in August. The booth promoted “America’s Credit Unions” and the Web site. Literature discussing the credit union structure, differences between banks and credit unions and the benefits of membership was handed out to the public along with balloons, pens, and bags featuring the logos of the two campaigns.  The booth was staffed throughout the week by management and staff of the participating credit unions. The credit unions participating included Battle Creek Area Community FCU (BC), First Community FCU (KA), Grand Trunk Battle Creek Emp. FCU (BC), Kalsee CU (KA), Kellogg Community FCU (BC), Marshall Community CU (BC), Omni Community CU (BC), Post Community CU (BC) and United Educational CU (BC).
United FCU (SW) plans a major renovation at its Niles branch, located at the corner of Sycamore and Front Streets. Plans for the overhaul include relocating the primary lobby entrance to the west side of the building facing Front Street. The branch will feature an open banking environment with two teller pods, each accommodating two teller stations. The latest financial service technology will be employed, including self-service Internet kiosks, a self-serve coin counter, electronic product displays on large plasma screens and state-of-the-art electronic and video security systems. A Community Room with a separate entrance will be featured for member educational sessions, seminars and community activities. The drive through service will be expanded to include four lanes in addition to a full service ATM machine and a secure night depository. The branch will remain open for business throughout construction, projected to be completed in Spring 2008.
Community Financial (MW) has opened its second Canton branch, located on the rapidly expanding

Assisting with the ribbon cutting for Community Financial’s new Canton Branch are, from left, State Rep. Marc Corriveau, Branch Manager Christine Ryan, CEO Bill Lawton, Canton Chamber President Diane Cojei, Chairman Ron Carlson and Canton Twp. Supervisor Thomas Yack.

MCUL Vice President Alan Babock presents a clock to Community Financial CEO Bill Lawton in recognition of the credit union’s new branch in Canton.  Joining them, from left, are Chairman Ron Carlson, Canton Branch Manager Christine Ryan and Sales and Marketing Vice President Randy Penner.

President/CEO Steve Winninger, left, presents Benjamin Holderied with a commemorative plaque honoring his contributions to the credit union.


Participating in the Catholic Parishes FCU ground breaking are, from left, James Griffith Jr., Susan Randall, Lea Fisher, Geneva Poremsky, Peter Bagazinski, Rev. Denis Theroux, John Wezner, Ronald Ingram, George LaBerge, Richard Reaume, Andrew Martin, Andrew Cottrell, Paul Rivetto, David Grinnell and Kevin Blind.

From left, Hastings Mayor Bob May, Chairman Rick Laber, Barry County Chamber of Commerce President David Hatfield, Branch Manager Jennie Allerding and President/CEO Steve Winninger participate in the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

From left, Greater Christ Baptist Church CU Chief Elected Official Melvin L. Chapman and Manager Robert Pontoo accept the commemorate clock and congratulations from MCUL Relationship Manager Ron Martin.

Credit union volunteer and staff join local government officials and special guests at the ground-breaking ceremonies for United FCU’s newest branch office in Marion.

Sterling Heights Mayor Richard Notte and Branch Manager Beverly Fox perform ribbon-cutting honors for Michigan Catholic CU’s newest branch office.

Sterling Heights Mayor Richard Notte and Branch Manager Beverly Fox perform ribbon-cutting honors for Michigan Catholic CU’s newest branch office.

LOC FCU President/CEO Denny DeWitt, center, addressees the group just prior to the cutting of the ribbon affixed with $5 and $10 bills worth $250.  The money was donated to the Livingston County United Way.

Two “Young Pirates” at Kent County CU hold the treasure chests they selected after making their deposit for National Credit Union Youth Week

From left, Cindy Krentz, Nancy Montie, Peggy Hansen and Peggy Standen are all smiles at the first-ever Blue Ox Chapter Staff Essentials Conference.

Michigan Avenue business corridor. The credit union hosted a VIP reception and ribbon-cutting ceremony to showcase its new office that opened for business in late July. President/CEO Bill Lawton and the credit union’s leadership team and volunteer board members were on hand to welcome U.S. Rep. Thaddeus McCotter, R-Livonia, State Rep. Marc Corriveau, D-Northville, Canton Twp. Supervisor Thomas Yack, Canton Chamber of Commerce President Diane Cojei, MCUL Vice President Alan Babcock and several guests from the local business community. The new Canton branch is 3,500 square feet and provides members with drive-thru teller services and a drive-up ATM. During his welcoming remarks, Lawton introduced Christine Ryan, the new Canton branch manager, and her team of Jan Kehn, Karon Stankiewicz and Shawn Campion. Chairman Ron Carlson noted that Community Financial operates 14 of its 24 student-run credit unions in the Plymouth-Canton Community Schools, reflecting on the credit union’s strong commitment to financial literacy.  He also announced that beginning in the fall Community Financial will open its 25th student credit union branch at Bentley Elementary in Canton.
NuUnion CU (LN) honored one of its legacy members, Benjamin Holderied, at a special ceremony inJuly. A resident of Grand Ledge, Holderied was joined by his wife, Judy, children and other family members. President/CEO Steve Winninger presented a commemorative plaque to Holderied recognizing him as a pioneer of the credit union movement and helping build a strong foundation for NuUnion CU, formerly known as State Emp. CU. “Thanks to the dedication and hard work of such members as Ben, we’ve experienced tremendous growth and developed into one of the most respected member-owned financial institutions in Michigan and the United States,” said Winninger. “We wouldn’t be where we are today without our legacy members.” Holderied became the 89th member on Sept. 15, 1952, and served on the Auditing Committee. “When we performed our first audit, the cash assets were contained in a wooden cigar box and total assets were less then $5,000,” he recalled “The credit union has certainly grown since I served on the Auditing Committee with several other state employees over 50 years ago.” Today, NuUnion CU serves 88,000 members at 14 branches and holds more than $800 million in assets.
Mark Hoerauf has retired after 32 years of service on the Team One CU Board of Directors. “Mark is an extremely well respected member of the Board,” said President/CEO Konnie Werner. “His leadership and dedication will be greatly missed by fellow board members and Team One’s staff and members.” Hoerauf has been a member of Team One CU for more than 38 years and has served as a director since 1975. During his time on the board, he has held the positions of treasurer and chairman. Hoerauf retired from Saginaw Public Schools in 1999. During his career as an educator, he taught social studies in both Saginaw and Bridgeport and was the 1990 Economics Teacher of the Year in Michigan.
Catholic Parishes FCU (MW) broke ground for its new branch in Plymouth Township in July. “We are honored to have been selected to provide Design-Build services for this project,” said FH Martin President R. Andrew Martin, Jr. “The new 4,500-square-foot building will serve as the third branch location for Catholic Parishes FCU, whose main office is located in Livonia, with another branch located in Redford Township.” Founded in 1953 as St. Michael Livonia FCU, Catholic Parishes FCU strives to give its members the best possible value for their money, and embodies the credit union philosophy of People Helping People, noted President/CEO Pete Bagazinski. “We are very excited about this opportunity to expand our services to the Catholic community in Plymouth, Canton and the surrounding communities,” he said. “Catholic Parishes FCU is dedicated to providing excellent member service and the financial products our members need in their day-to-day lives.”
NuUnion CU (LN) celebrated the grand opening of its new location in Hastings with a June ribbon-cutting ceremony. “This was a great day for NuUnion,” said Hastings Branch Manager Jennie Allerding. “It’s one we’ve been eager to celebrate — a special occasion for our members and the community. We’re proud to be able to create this type of service experience for Hastings.” Guests at the ribbon-cutting included the MCUL’s Alan Babcock, Hastings Chamber of Commerce President David Hatfield, NuUnion CU Chairman Rick Laber, Hastings Mayor Robert May and NuUnion CU President/CEO Stephan L. Winninger. Following the ribbon-cutting, attendees were invited inside to take a tour of the branch, pick up a complimentary pen, and sign up for membership. New members were eligible to win up to $1,000 and existing members signed up to win $500. 
Greater Christ Baptist Church CU (ME) was honored for a half century of service to its members with a commemorative clock presented by the MCUL in July. The credit union was organized in July 1957.
United FCU (SW) held ground-breaking ceremonies in August for its new branch in the East Lawn Development at the corner East Lawn Drive and SR 93 — the credit union’s second branch in Marion. The lobby at the new 4,300-square-foot Marion East branch will feature an open banking environment with two teller pods, each accommodating two teller stations. In addition, there will be two Internet kiosks, a member information station, a conference room, a kids play area and a coffee bar. The full service drive-up ATM will make members’ accounts accessible any time, day or night in a well-lit and secure environment. State-of-the-art electronic services, including a self-service coin counter, electronic marketing displays, video conferencing, and electronic/video security systems will help to provide the highest level of financial services available. Completion of the $1.8 million project is slated for Spring 2008.
Michigan Catholic CU (OC) celebrated the opening of its newly constructed Sterling Heights branch with a ribbon -cutting ceremony in May. The ceremony followed a week of special activities including daily drawings, prizes and a Youth Day treasure hunt. “MCCU has strong member participation in Sterling Heights and the surrounding areas,” said President/CEO Daniel R. Moss. “The new facility offers extended hours, drive-up service, plus a 24 hour ATM and drop box. This branch gives us the opportunity to better serve these members and the community as a whole. We are very excited.”
T&C FCU (OC) was voted the “Best Credit Union” and the “Best Mortgage Lender” in Oakland County by the readers of the Oakland Press for 2007. “It’s an honor to be recognized by our members and their communities,” said President/CEO Dianne Addington. “We’ll continue to do our best to provide excellent service to all residents of Oakland County.”
Frankenmuth CU (MM) added two new branches earlier this year, one in Vassar and another through a merger with Town & Country Family CU (MM) in Saginaw. “We are excited about this opportunity for our Town & Country Family CU members and look forward to the expanded and exciting new services that will be available to the membership,” said Town & Country CU President/CEO Kathy Jurmanovich. According to Frankenmuth CU President/CEO Vickie Schmitzer, Frankenmuth CU was organized by men and women of the Carling Brewing Company in 1964, motivated by “the vision of what a member-owned financial cooperative could do to improve their financial lives. We are proud and honored to be able to carrying on that vision and share it with our new Town & Country Family CU friends and with the community of Vassar.”
LOC FCU (OC) held a ribbon-cutting ceremony in May to mark the opening of its Hartland Office, a well-attended event that drew dignitaries from Hartland Township, representatives from the Hartland, Howell and Brighton chambers, LOC FCU Board members and area businesses. “There were about 80 people attending the ribbon-cutting ceremony, which was fantastic,” said Marketing Vice President Debbie Mashinske. “Our members had been asking when we were going to open another branch in Livingston County and now that we have, they keep telling us how glad they are that we’re here.” A grand opening celebration was held May 19 and drew some 650 people — doubling expectations, Mashinske said. Special events included a live broadcast by WHMI-FM (93.5), Radio Disney with their D-Tour, cash cube, dancing and karaoke; an inflatable slide, Colors the Clown with an animal show and face painting; AAA child fingerprinting; hourly drawings; hot dogs and ice cream. “Children grabbing the floating LOC cash in the cash cube were able to make a deposit into their savings account or become a member,” Mashinske said. “A minimum of 45 new accounts were opened in one day.”
Kent County CU (GR) marked National Credit Union Youth Week by allowing its youthful members to pick their own “treasure chest,” each filled with a variety of treats, toys and money. All “Young Pirates” also received balloons, crayons and coloring books. Deposits made by the youth members exceeded expectations.

The Blue Ox Chapter held its first-ever conference structured for non-management staff in May at the Kewadin Hotel and Casino. The 2007 Staff Essential Conference proved to be a success beyond all expectations, drawing 230 participants from 15 credit unions for a weekend of education, networking, food, refreshments and prizes. Blue Ox Chapter Treasurer Nancy Montie, who served as conference chairman, said the goal was to provide a top-notch education experience that was informative, fun and affordable. Chapter fund-raising efforts over the past couple years as well as various sponsor donations helped offset the cost. Participants evaluations were “very positive” with most attendees expressing an interest in attending a similar future event.

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