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Anthrax-Affected CU Returns

WASHINGTON D.C.-Nearly two-and-one-half years after being forced out of its offices due to the risk of exposure to anthrax, $20-million Washington Postal Employees FCU has returned to its former quarters in the U.S. Postal Service's Brentwood facility here. In 2001, two workers at the facility were killed by exposure to anthrax that was inside letters being processed for delivery to members of Congress. The closure of the facility-and WPEFCU's lone offices-also meant the credit union was not permitted to remove any records or equipment.

A number of other credit unions, the D.C. league, the National Council of Postal Credit Unions, and Encore Electronic Services Cooperative, all pitched in with money, manpower and other assistance to allow the credit union to begin functioning again by operating out of two other credit unions. "The expenses relating to this disaster have been staggering, and it's not over yet," says CEO Patricia Yates. Mid-Atlantic Corporate FCU is spearheading a relief effort for the CU.

Long-Time Leader DeCarlo Dies

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif.-Lou DeCarlo, the long-time president of Pacific Marine Credit Union, has died. The credit union's CEO for 29 years, DeCarlo was also active as a 12-year volunteer on the board of WesCorp and as a delegate to and board member of the California Credit Union League.

During his career, DeCarlo also served on the board of Financial Service Centers Cooperative, the CU Cooperative Systems, Inc. and the board of CU Mortgage Corp., including as chairman. At the time of his death DeCarlo was serving on the board of the Defense Credit Union Council.

Prior to joining the credit union, he served as an officer in the United States Marine Corps with tours of duty that included Korea and Vietnam.

Campus Council Elects Officers

WASHINGTON-The Campus CU Council has elected its board and officers. Elected were: Chair, Gilbert Niimi of Silver State Schools, Las Vegas; Vice chair, Sekhar Suryanarayana of CU for Berkeley (Calif.) Students; Secretary, Tim Attinger of Pennsylvania State Employees CU, Harrisburg, and Treasurer, Stacia Clark, Kent State Student CU, Kent, Ohio. Other board members include Gregg Baird of Aggieland CU, College Station, Texas; Willard Hopkins of First Miami Student and Alumni FCU, Oxford, Ohio; and Carol Middaugh of Corporate One FCU, Columbus, Ohio.

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