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New ABA Chief, Same Message

NEW YORK-The American Bankers Association has its first female chairperson, but her emphasis will be similar to the men who have preceded her. Betsy Duke, EVP for community bank development at SouthTrust Bank, Virginia Beach, Va., became chair during the ABA's annual meeting here and said her No.1 issue is "the "tax-free status of credit unions and the expansion of their charter." But she also urged banks to learn a lesson from credit unions, especially when it comes to grassroots lobbying by customers and employees.

Oregon's CUs Raise Record

BEAVERTON, Ore.-Following a July 1 kickoff of Project Participation 2004 Credit Union Legislative Action Council (CULAC) Month, Oregon's credit unions have raised more than $28,900. That represents 1,561 individuals participating from 38 credit unions, the Credit Union Association of Oregon (CUAO), CUNA Mutual, and Poorman-Douglas Corp. The original goal was to raise $20,000.

Indiana Honors Leaders

INDIANAPOLIS-Bill Connors, president/CEO of Purdue Employees FCU, West Lafayette, Ind., and Shirley Wilhelm, recently retired CEO/manager of N&W FCU, New Haven, Ind., have been inducted into the Hall of Fame. They join 57 other individuals in receiving the honor. In addition, the Volunteer Achievement Award, was presented to Dr. Stephen Lovejoy, who served as director from 1990 through 2001 of PEFCU. The Professional Achievement Award went to to Ann Garmon, president/CEO of Drover Street FCU, Indianapolis.

Donations Made To Relief Funds

MADISON, Wis.-CUNA Mutual Group has provided $5,000 to the World Wide Foundation, the fundraising arm of the World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU), to assist Caribbean credit unions damaged by recent hurricanes. In August, CUNA Mutual contributed $5,000 to hurricane recovery assistance in Florida. Separately, St. Petersburg, Fla.-based PSCU Financial Services has donated $25,000 to Florida relief effort.

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