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PALS Workshop To Orlando

ORLANDO, Fla.-NCUA Board Member Debbie Matz will host a free Partnering and Leadership Successes (PALS) workshop here on Feb. 8. The workshop is entitled, "How to Serve Everyone in Your Field of Membership," and will discuss: reaching new members outside the workplace, targeting every demographic in your field of membership, expanding into new markets, and building win-win partnerships with community organizations. It will be held at the Caribe Royale All-Suites Resort & Convention Center at 8101 World Center Drive in Orlando. Discounted rooms are available. For info: 703-518-6632 or e-mail palsreg ncua.gov.

Ex-TCUL CEO Jack Eaker Dies

DALLAS-Former Texas Credit Union League President Jack L. Eaker has died. Eaker retired as president of the TCUL in 1989 after 10 years in the position. He began his career in credit unions in the 1960s working with the insurance affiliate of the league. In 1976, he was named the first vice president of TCUL. During his career he was active as a director with CUNA, was chairman of US Central, chairman of Town North Bank, and received the Eagle Award for his service as chairman of the American Association of Credit Union League Executives.

CUES Passes 4,000 Members

MADISON, Wis.-For the first time, the Credit Union Executives Society (CUES), said its membership has topped 4,000. "The latest membership numbers reflect two trends we're noticing," said Fred Johnson, CUES' CEO. "The first trend is that, for the last two years, we have had a higher number of new members join than ever before. Secondly, 90% of our members renew their membership each year-a figure that's unprecedented among many associations."

For info: www.cues.org.

ECU To Return $4M To Members

KINGSPORT, Tenn.-Eastman Credit Union here plans to pay the largest extraordinary dividend in its history, some $4 million, in January of 2004. This is the eighth straight year ECU has declared an Extraordinary Dividend, returning to members $21.6 million of Extraordinary Dividends over that time.

"Our Extraordinary Dividend is based on the amount of business you have done with ECU within the past year," said CEO Olan Jones. " The more business you're doing with ECU, the larger the dividend you will receive. This rewards those who made the dividend possible."

The $1.3-billion ECU serves 63,000 members.

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