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* WOODBRIDGE, Va.-Fort Belvoir Federal Credit Union celebrated International Credit Union Day with an event that featured local businesses, a kid's corner, fire department demonstrations, and food.

* NORTHVILLE TOWNSHIP, Mich.- Michigan chapters and credit unions held celebrations across the state during International CU Week. Some highlights were: The Paul Bunyan Chapter had a Highland bagpiper; The Blue Water Chapter hosted Canadian CU from Sarnia, Ontario; and The Michigan CUL featured ethnic dishes representing a variety of cultures.

* BIRMINGHAM, Ala.-A week long celebration included a special CU Day speech by U.S. Congressman Artur Davis at the Tuscaloosa Chapter of CU's dinner.

* DOVER, Del.-Gov. Ruth Ann Minner and Lt. Gov. John C. Carney, Jr. issued a proclamation in observance of International Credit Union Day. Delaware credit unions celebrated with open houses, giveaways, and special activities for young members.

* ARVADA, Colo.-During a proclamation signing ceremony, Gov. Bill Owens declared October credit union month.

* ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.-The Credit Union Association of New Mexico received a proclamation from Gov. Bill Richardson praising credit unions and proclaiming Oct. 18-22 International Credit Union Week.

* WESTBROOK, Maine-Less Fees, Great Taste was the theme for the 5th annual Taste the World event hosted by the Maine Credit Union League.

* HARAHAN, La.-In celebration of International Credit Union Day, Louisiana credit unions focused on financial literacy as they delivered the message "young people need to be smart about their financial future and credit history" via three live radio remotes that were held at the Baton Rouge, Shreveport and Metairie Service Centers.

*OGDEN, Utah-America First Credit Union celebrated International Credit Union Week by inviting members and employees to bring non-perishable food items to its branches. The food was distributed to the Utah Food Bank.

* BELOIT, Wis.-First American Credit Union encouraged members to celebrate International Credit Union Day by stopping by any of its four locations to enjoy donuts, cookies, coffee, and special rates on CDs.

* VANCOUVER, B.C., Canada-As part of the Canadian Cooperative Association Women's Mentoring Program, Van Tel/ Safeway Credit Union celebrated International Credit Union Day by hosting Rosy Subramony, branch manager of Cape Metropole Savings and Credit Co-operative form Capetown, South Africa.

* MADISON, Wis.-CUNA and WOCCU hosted an event on Capitol Hill for Hill staffers to educate them about the credit union difference, here and abroad. WOCCU COO Brian Branch gave a presentation about credit unions' role beyond U.S. borders. Worldwide, credit unions serve more than 120 million members in 87 countries.

* READING, Penn.-More than 800 hot dogs were given away to members of CTCE Federal Credit Union during the annual credit union week celebration. In addition to the hot dog wagon, employees baked cookies and cupcakes and sold them to raise money for the United Way. CTCE hosted an Ambassador Luncheon with motivational speaker, Jeff Tobe. More than 80 credit union Ambassadors attended. CTCE's youth club mascot Sammy the Savers Squirrel participated in Albright College's homecoming parade.

* ALBANY, N.Y.-In celebration of International Credit Union Day, Empire Corporate Federal Credit Union sponsored an American Red Cross blood drive at its headquarters. Twenty-three units of blood were collected.

* WATERLOO, Iowa-John Deere Community Credit Union invited people to stop by any branch and learn more about the credit union difference.

* TREVOSE, Penn.-During International Credit Union Week, Rep. Gene DiGirolamo visited some of TruMark Financial Credit Union's 75,000 members.

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