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2 Named To Texas Commission

AUSTIN, Texas-Texas Gov. Rick Perry has appointed Gary Lynn Janacek and Mary Ann Grant to replace Hal Thomas and Cynthia Cabaza on the Texas CU Commission. The nine-member commission supervises the Texas Credit Union Department (TCUD), which oversees and regulates all credit unions organized and chartered in Texas.

Janacek, a former CUNA chairman, is president of Scott and White ECU, Temple, Texas. Grant is the Deputy City Controller for the city of Houston, where she oversees preparation of the city's comprehensive annual financial report and provides monthly updates of the city's finances.

SC League Claims 100% of CUs

COLUMBIA, S.C.-The South Carolina Credit Union League said it now has 100% affiliation among the state's credit unions after the $347-million Fort Jackson FCU rejoined the league following a 22-year absense. It is the first time the league has had 100% affilation.

Alaska USA Chosen By Readers

ANCHORAGE, Alaska-Alaska USA FCU has been voted the No. 1 financial institution in Fairbanks in the annual Readers' Choice Awards sponsored by the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. Alaska USA has six branches in the Fairbanks region, including one on Eielson Air Force Base and three inside retail stores. The credit union moves from second place position in 2002 to first place in the 2003 poll. Thirteen financial institutions, including Alaska USA, serve the area.

CMG Pubs Win Top Awards

MADISON, Wis.-Dimensions, CUNA Mutual Group's magazine for credit union executives and managers, won top awards at a seven-state district level in the 2003 Silver Quill Award competition sponsored by the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC). The quarterly magazine won Awards of Excellence for overall excellence and design. Writers Scott Hainzinger and Tom Kobinsky also won Awards of Excellence for feature articles appearing in Dimensions. The 2001 CUNA Mutual Group Annual Report (published last year) also won top honors from the IABC for overall excellence and design.

DM FCU Passes $500B In Loans

TUCSON, Ariz.-For the first time in its 48-year history, the $716-million DM FCU reports its loan portfolio has hit the half-billion-dollar mark. The credit union said its annualized loan growth rate is more than 21%, compared to about 5% annualized growth rate for other credit unions in DM's peer group. CEO Robert D. Ramirez said a particular key has been its relationships with auto dealers.

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