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Nominations For Beacon Award

RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif.-As part of its five-year, $7.5-million "New Day" campaign for financial literacy, the Richard Myles Johnson Foundation, which supports consumer financial education and career development opportunities for credit union professionals and volunteers, has enhanced and is now accepting nominations for its highest honor, the Beacon Award. The Beacon Award recognizes promising or exemplary financial education programs or projects that provide information to the broader credit union community and the general public. The nomination deadline is 4:30 p.m., Sept. 15. For info: www.rmjfoundation.org/beaconawards.htm

PALS Workshop In Rochester

ROCHESTER, N.Y.- NCUA Board Member Debbie Matz has scheduled a free Partnering and Leadership Successes (PALS) workshop for Oct. 11 here to focus on "Serving the Underserved Without Losing Your Bottom Line." Sessions will include discussion of risk-based loans, payday loan alternatives, financial education, micro-business loans, and more. To register, visit www.ncua.gov, look under "PALS Registration," then click "Oct. 11 - Rochester."

CUES Creates Award For Vendors

MADISON, Wis.-The Credit Union Executives Society (CUES) has created a new award for vendors. The CUES Financial Suppliers Forum Supplier of the Year Award will make its debut at the honors banquet held during CUES Nexus Conference (formerly CUES' Marketing, Operations & Technology Conference) scheduled for April 14-17, 2005 in San Diego. For details: www.cues.org.

TCUL Honors Sheppard, May

DALLAS-The Texas League has named its 2004 Volunteer and Professional of the Year. Recognized for his work as a volunteer was Robert Sheppard, a director with Red River EFCU. Winner of the Professional of the Year is Harriet May, CEO of Government ECU of El Paso. Sheppard has served on the RREFCU board for 10 years and is currently supervisory committee chair. May has served as CEO of GECU of El Paso since 1996, overseeing growth to $947 million from $500 million.

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