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Mr. or Ms. 3000 Being Sought

MADISON, Wis.-With the combined membership totals for the six CUNA Councils rapidly approaching 3,000, the group announced that it would award its 3,000th member with a $3,000 professional development scholarship and the individual's credit union with a complimentary 2005 membership for each council. The six councils are CUNA CFO Council; CUNA HR and Training & Development Council; CUNA Lending Council; CUNA Marketing & Business Development Council; CUNA Operations, Sales & Service Council; and the CUNA Technology Council. For info: www.cuna.org.

CUES Honors Three Winners

MADISON, Wis.-The Credit Union Executives Society has announced the winners of three scholarships for its 2005 CEO Institute program: Janice Hollar, interim CFO with Santa Cruz Community Credit Union, Santa Cruz, Calif.; Julia Gee, co-manager, A/C Credit Union, Bath, Ohio; and Alan Cortum, EVP Pyramid Credit Union, Tucson, Ariz. For info: www.cues.org

Golden 1 Rebates $4 Million

SACRAMENTO, Calif.-The Golden 1 Credit Union said it has paid more than $4 million in annual rebates to its VISA card holders on purchases made during 2004. "Our VISA rebate program is one more way of showing them how much we appreciate (members') business and continued loyalty and support," said CEO Teresa A. Halleck. The rebates were directly deposited to members' savings accounts. The $5 billion Golden 1 has more than 600,000 members.

MAC Awards Accepting Entries

WALNUT CREEK, Calif.-The deadline for entries into the Marketing Association of Credit Unions (MAC) annual awards competition is March 21. Winners will be recognized at the MAC annual conference, May 18-20, in San Francisco. For info: www.macnetwork.org.

Affinity Plus FCU Wins Award

ST. PAUL, Minn.- Affinity Plus FCU was named Training Organization of the Year by the ELLy Awards. The ELLy Awards recognized outstanding credit union training efforts in six different categories at the 3rd Annual CUNA Center for Professional Development Training Awards in Florida. This award distinguishes Affinity Plus as a visionary credit union that has demonstrated exceptional contributions to the learning and performance of its staff.

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