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Grommesh Is Recognized

SAN FRANCISCO-Mike Grommesh, SVP with The Golden 1 CU in Sacramento, Calif., is one of two people being recognized by the Western Payments Alliance (Wespay) for his lifetime contributions to the payments industry. Also recognized was Frank Donato, SVP with City National Bank in L.A. Grommesh, also a member of the WesPay Board, received the Richard Johnson Award for his work in representing CUs in WesPay's recent dues restructuring and in planning and launching The Payments Symposium. "This is the inaugural year of the Richard M. Johnson Award in recognition of Dick's selfless leadership and his 10 years of exemplary service on the WesPay board," said WesPay CEO Gerard F. Milano.

Houston Energy Granted FOM

HOUSTON-Texas' Credit Union Department has approved a charter application giving Houston Energy Credit Union (HECU) the ability to expand its current occupational and community field of membership to include the 3.5-million residents of Harris County, Texas. The charter expansion, the first of its kind for Harris County, allows any individual who works, lives or attends school in Harris County to become members of HECU.

Foundation Hires Fundraiser

RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif.-With a goal of raising $1 million over the next five years, the Richard Myles Johnson Foundation has hired Joe E. Walton, Sr., a certified fund-raising executive with more than 33 years experience, as its new director. He has helped to raise more than $500 million over his career. The foundation's goals include building a capital goal of $1 million over five years, creating endowments to recognize and honor distinguished leaders, developing an "in lieu of gift" campaign to honor the retirement or accomplishment of prominent credit union leaders, identifying potential funders to build grant projects in financial literacy, and continuing to build awareness among vendors of the benefits of investing in its educational programs.

New Jersey Issues Voter Guide

HIGHTSTOWN, N.J.-The New Jersey CU League has published its third annual Voter Guide. The guide includes information on who is eligible to vote, state offices that are up for election, a list of questions concerning CU issues used to poll the legislators, the responses of the legislators, a legislative district map, and a legislative district locator by municipality, reference guide. During 2003, the entire state legislature will be on the ballot for election or reelection.

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