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CUNA Calls On CUs To Mark 9/11 Observance

WASHINGTON, D.C. - CUNA is urging credit unions nationwide to observe a minute of silence on Sept. 11 to remember the victims of last year's terrorist attacks. Additionally, the trade group is encouraging people to drive with their lights on in remembrance of the victims and their families, as well. "In America, as among credit unions, unity, cooperation and compassion make us stronger as a nation and better as individuals," said CUNA President and CEO Daniel A. Mica. "These two simple acts of remembrance, we believe, can elegantly convey the feelings of the credit union community that America is strong, united and will never forget the events of a year ago."

Robber Commits Suicide After Police Arrive

NORFOLK, Va.-A robber shot himself in front of members and employees inside a branch of Chartway FCU here after police blocked his exit. Stanley E. Placide, 28, was pronounced dead while being taken to the hospital after turning his gun on himself. Police said Placide was wearing a bullet-resistant vest when he shot a police officer at the branch who had responded to the robbery, and was also armed with two loaded pistols, four extra magazines of ammunition, some loose rounds, and a large knife. Police officer Robert Testa Jr., who was hit in the leg by six 9 mm rounds fired by Placide, is hospitalized and will likely need additional surgery, police said.

CUNA Unveils Reorganization

MADISON, Wis.-CUNA last week announced a reorganization of its fee-based product and service departments. Unaffected will be the legislative, regulatory, and legal advocacy activities in Washington, D.C. and Madison, Wis., as well as CUNA Strategic Services, Inc., and CUNA Network Services LLC.

CUNA EVP/COO Pete Crear said the changes were made to greater customer service.

Among the changes: Mike Miller will move from senior VP in the Center for Professional Development (CPD) to the same position in association services, which will combine training and education programs with its publications business; Mark Condon will move from senior VP-association services to senior VP of a newly created research and advisory services area; Kevin Lytle, has been named VP- strategic business development; Jill Tomalin to VP over CPD: Jim Hanson to VP-consumer education; Dean Archer to VP-executive development, which will include CUNA Councils; Dorothy Steffens, to VP-web services, and Mary Welch, to VP-member relationship management.

Miller Named Treasure State CEO

HELENA, Mont.-Brad L. Miller has been named the new CEO of Treasure State Corporate Credit Union effective Oct. 1, 2002. Miller is with Carreker Corp., Minneapolis, and previously worked for the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis for 12 years, both in Helena and, more recently, in Minneapolis.

Miller will succeed Myrtle White, who is retiring after 17 years with TSCCU, the last seven as CEO.

FSCC Moves Into N. Hampshire

SAN DIMAS, Calif.-Financial Service Centers Cooperative, Inc., (FSCC) said that Service CU of Portsmouth, N.H. has become the first Granite State credit union to sign onto the shared branching.

"We are pleased with the addition of Service Credit Union and the representation of the state of New Hampshire on our network," said FSCC CEO Sarah Canepa Bang. "Credit unions are learning about the positive effect of shared branching and we applaud Service Credit Union for its vision and willingness to make this concept a reality for their members."

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