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Card Program Donates $180K

COVINA, Calif.-The $292-million Christian Community CU said it donated $180,000 in fiscal year 2002 through its "The Cards that Give to Missions & Ministries" program. That program pays a percentage of interchange income on credit and debit cards to a variety of charities, and since 1994 has generated $1.1-million in such donations. The 23,000-member CU has set a goal of $160,000 for 2003, a figure it hopes to exceed, according to spokesperson Dave Esridge.

City of Hope FCU Opens Doors

NORCROSS, Ga-The City of Hope FCU has opened its doors here. Sponsored by Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church, the grand opening included Norcross Mayor Lillian Webb and U.S. Rep. Bob Barr (R-Ga.). The 18,000- member church said that it chartered the CU as part of its goal to engage in "full'service" ministry. It already runs a grade school, day-care center, and retail mall. Fifty members have signed up.

Empire Rated Good Place To Work

ALBANY, N.Y.-The August issue of The Business Review named Empire Corporate FCU as 26th out of the top 50 of New York's Capital Region area's best private-sector employers. The rankings were based on turnover rate, employee health insurance costs, vacation time, fitness activities, retirement contributions, tuition reimbursement programs and other perks.

Another Ex-Banker Joins CUs

DALLAS-Another bank trade association executive has left to join credit unions. Ann Graham, senior VP/chief regulatory counsel and corporate secretary for the Texas Bankers Association since 1999, will become general counsel and senior VP-advocacy with the Texas CU League effective Aug. 29. Graham also spent seven years with the FDIC and five years as general counsel with the Texas Department of Banking. "My story is like the bumper sticker you see about Texas: I wasn't born in the credit union movement, but I got here as quick as I could," said Graham in a statement released by the league. Earlier this year J. Leon Peace left the American Bankers Association to join CUNA as tax manager in Washington, D.C.

CU Employee 'Most Hospitable'

ST. PAUL, Minn.-Kathy Glowczewski, a financial service officer at the Affinity Plus Winona, Minn. branch, was named Most Hospitable Person for service in July 2002 by the Winona Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber has a secret shopper who visits area businesses in Winona and awards one individual each month for outstanding service. Affinity Plus will host an open house for Glowczewski at the Winona branch on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2002 with Affinity Plus CEO and President Kyle Markland in attendance.

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