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N.J. League Adds New Helpline

HIGHTSTOWN, N.J. -The Credit Union Affiliates of New Jersey is now offering a toll-free help line. The goal is to have the "Credit Union Helpline" serve as a credit union's one stop location for all credit union questions. "We will answer your question within 24 hours or find someone else who can," said Thomas Shaughnessy, of CUANJ. The CU Helpline will be open from 8:30am-5:30pm, Monday-Friday. CUANJ said it is vowing to respond to your concern by no later than the next business day. Gary Weaver, a CUANJ consultant with over 37 years of experience in the financial services sector, will be manning the CU Helpline along with Scott Rekant, CUANJ's in-staff Counsel.

Dupcak To Head NCUA Region II

ALEXANDRIA, Va.-Longtime NCUA veteran Ed Dupcak was appointed head of the agency's MidAtlantic Region Two, based in the agency's headquarters offices here. Dupcak has served the agency as head of the office of investment services, acting executive director, and head of the Central Liquidity Facility, among others things during his 29 years with NCUA. Region Two supervises credit unions in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Washington, D.C. The director's job in Region Two has been vacant since former director Tawana James was named deputy director of examinations and insurance earlier this year.

Lending Conference Set In Texas

FORT WORTH, Texas-The Texas Credit Union Lending Council has scheduled its Southwest Lending Conference for May 4-6 here. The two-day conference will cover a range of lending topics, including small business lending, business development and strategies for success. Mark Spenny, VP-Mortgage and Business Services at Citizens Equity First CU, Peoria, Ill., will present "Business Services; Beyond the Basics," as part of the meeting.

For more info: www.tcul.coop.'

New CU Opens Doors In Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.-Northcountry Cooperative FCU here has been approved for a new federal charter by NCUA. The credit union will serve members of the Northcountry Cooperative Development Fund, an association headquartered in Minneapolis and serving members of cooperative groups in 14 Midwestern states. The new CU has been approved for a low-income designation.

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