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CU Donation Helps Gulf Clean-Up

PENSACOLA, Fla.-With oil from the BP spill now threatening Florida's beaches, Gulf Winds FCU has contributed $50,000 toward a matching donation fund to assist the Wildlife Sanctuary of Northwest Florida. The Santuary will be doing rehabilitation work during and after the oil spill clean up. "We wanted to create an opportunity for the community to double the amount they give to the Wildlife Sanctuary," said CEO Chris Rutledge. "When they give through our website, we will match the gift dollar-for-dollar, up to a total of$50,000."


Brancucci Named GTE FCU CEO

TAMPA, Fla.-Joseph (Joe) Brancucci was named last week as president/CEO of the $1.5-billion GTE FCU in Tampa. Brancucci is currently EVP/COO with the $8.6-billion BECU, Tukwila, Wash., and is also founder of Prime Alliance Solutions, Inc. which provides mortgage technology and business solutions to more than 1,000 CUs. Brancucci will remain board chair and CEO of Prime Alliance. Brancucci, who will join GTE in July, succeeds Bucky Sebastian, who left the CU in Decmber and has since been named director of the National Credit Union Foundation.


NCUA Town Hall on June 28

ALEXANDRIA, Va.-NCUA Chairman Debbie Matz will host a Town Hall Webinars on Monday, June 28, 2010, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. EDST. To register: http://event.on24.com/r.htm?e=214882&s=1&k=A1EAB732FB5562EBAF511042C044BCAA.


Heacock Elected To CUNA Board

MADISON, Wis. - Roger Heacock was elected last week to the CUNA board representing District 5. Heacock, president of Black Hills FCU, Rapid City, S.D., will fill the seat vacated by former CUNA Chairman Kris Mecham, who resigned to perform mission work in Mongolia for his church.


LCUL Enhances Its Website

HARAHAN, LA - The Louisiana CU League (LCUL) has launched an enhanced version of our website at www.lcul.com, featuring improvements in navigation, uniformity, appearance, and accessibility. The move follows a partnership with CUVillage.com, and also includes Facebook and Twitter updates.


Credit Unions In Mergers

MADISON, Wis.-The $7.7-million Madison News CU is being absorbed via merger by the $105-million Dane County CU. In Houston, the $279-million PrimeWay FCU and the $128-million TexasOne CU are merging, with the PrimeWay name surviving. In Lake Charles, La., the $1.9-million TELCO CU is merging into the $172-million Baton Rouge-based Pelican State CU. In Connecticut, the $6.9-million Hamden FCU is merging into the $63-million Wepawaug Flagg FCU.


Assn. Names Thompson As CEO

BISMARCK, N.D. -The Mid-America Credit Union Association (MACUA), which serves North and South Dakota, has named Robbie Thompson as president/CEO. Thompson is current VP-general counsel with Members Cooperative CU, Cloquet, Minn., and previously served as general counsel of what is now the Minnesota Credit Union Network and as SVP-league services and general counsel at the New Jersey league. MACU serves 78 credit unions.


CU Card To Feature Famous Alum

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind.- Purdue Employees FCU is offering university alumni and fans a new limited-edition Drew Brees credit card design. Brees, who just quarterbacked the New Orleans Saints to a Super Bowl win, played his college ball for the Boilermakers. The card has no annual fee and a fixed-rate.


Hiway FCU Is Recognized

ST. PAUL, Minn.- Hiway FCU has become the first non-engineering organization to earn the American Council of Engineering Companies of Minnesota (ACEC/MN) Firm of the Year award. Earlier, Hiway and ACEC/MN launched an endowment with each making initial contribution of $5,000 to help underwrite scholarships.


Summit Returns With Pay It Forward

MADISON, Wis.- Summit Credit Union is again giving members and non-members a chance to "do good" through its second-annual "Pay It Forward" program, giving folks $10 "with just one request: to help someone else with it." This year it has also added a social media event.

For details: www.summitcreditunion.com/payitforward.

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