Other stories from the pages of The Credit Union Journal during 2004

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* John Deere asks co. credit unions to cease using its name in theirs * Santa Barbara CU installs solar power, expects it to provide 60% of power * Credit unions across the country receive a postcard from a person seeking to make a deposit. Card was sent by Mark Dern, whose Dern Capital Management uses the same general counsel as Florida Bankers Assn. * Credit unions look to capitalize on popularity of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" program rollout makeover (home equity) offers of their own, along with related giveaways. Meanwhile, The Credit Union Journal invites credit unions to send photos of their offices in dire need of an Extreme Makevoer, and credit unions respond with workspaces typically limited to the incarcerated * Orange County CU creates "chief political officer." * Some unionized workers at CUNA Mutual picket at the home of Loretta Burd, chair of CMG, in Indiana, along with the homes of other board members * 2004 was not a good year for CUs on TV. On an episode of "The Simpsons," Bart receives as a gift a coffee mug emblazoned, "Premiere Credit Union." Lamented Bart, "Man, this is the worst birthday ever." A TV commercial from Mike's Hard Lemonade shows two buddies robbing a CU * The sale of PULSE for $311 million meant big payouts for some of the 1,600 CUs that owned a piece of the network. * Eugene Sukie, 79, set a new record when he walked into Integrity CU, Barberton, Ohio, with one-million pennies to be counted by a CoinStar machine * The Pennsylvania league introduces a check-cashing services program in conjunction with the Filene Research Institute and Certegy * A breakout session during the CUNA Future Forum in Hawaii turned feisty when session leader George Towle said a board succession plan is needed and board members in the audience disagreed. "You can be just as stale at 21 as you can at 81," said one person * State Employees CU, North Carolina, unveils plans to underwrite a scholarship in each of the state's high schools (c) 2007 The Credit Union Journal and SourceMedia, Inc. All Rights Reserved. http://www.cujournal.com http://www.sourcemedia.com

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