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2 Keynoters For PALS Meeting

BOSTON-Two new keynote speakers have been added to share their ideas on reaching first-time homebuyers as part of NCUA Board Member Debbie Matz' PALS workshop to be held here June 2. Nelson Merced, New England District Director for Neighborhood Reinvestment Corp., will inform PALS workshop attendees about resources available in their own communities to help credit unions reach people who are most in need of affordable mortgages. Felix Torres, executive director of Manchester Neighborhood Housing Services, a NeighborWorks organization, will explain how credit unions can partner with similar organizations to offer innovative mortgage programs that will help new members buy their first homes, and provide financial counseling that will help these members keep their homes.

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Texas Twister Run Set For Oct.

AUSTIN, Texas-Inspired by the Cherry Blossom 10-Mile Run that is sponsored by credit unions in Washington each Spring, Texas' credit unions are planning to host their first-ever "Texas Twister Run" in this state's capital. It is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 30, with all benefits to go to the Children's Miracle Network. Lone Star State credit unions say they are are now in the process of putting together sponsors, runners and volunteers.

OCUL-Backed Bill Introduced

COLUMBUS, Ohio-Legislation has been introduced in the Ohio House that would permit credit unions to accept public or government funds deposits, allow credit unions to offer financial services in underserved areas, and permit student credit unions to operate in public schools for grades K-12. The legislation, House Bill 470, was introduced by Rep. Geoffrey Smith (R-24). The Ohio league has worked for two years to have the bill introduced.

Raymond To Join Maryland CUL

COLUMBIA, Md.-Veteran credit union lobbyist Patricia (Pat) Raymond has been named by the Maryland league as its new VP-governmental and public affairs. Raymond has been the Political Programs Director for CUNA in Washington, and from 1997 to 2001 was AVP-governmental affairs for the Pennsylvania league.

"MDCUL has now gathered one of the strongest advocacy teams in the country," said MDCUL CEO Mike Beall.

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