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MIDLAND, Mich.—Staff at Dow Chemical Employees’ Credit Union took time to clean up the boulevard in front of the credit union. Wearing bright-yellow reflector vests, employees cleaned up trash and other debris between East Lyon and East Patrick roads between Pine and Washington streets, including the area around the bicycle and pedestrian path that runs through the boulevard area.  Staff had earlier cleaned up nearly three miles of shoulder area along eastbound and westbound US-10 between the Stark Road and Eastman Road exits. The team picked up 65 garbage bags full of trash during the cleanup.


PLYMOUTH, Minn. – TruStone Financial Federal Credit Union has been named a 2015 CSO50 Award winner for the second consecutive year by International Data Group’s CSO Magazine. TruStone Financial’s award-winning entry detailed the implementation of its new integrated deposit image capture solutions. 

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga.--Peach State Credit Union has donated a portion of its proceeds from the 19th Annual Northeast Georgia Chapter of Credit Unions golf tournament to Lawrenceville Cooperative Ministry, Inc. Founded in 1995, the food bank and financial support group has received $1,000 to advance their initiative to help members of the community become self-sufficient.  Each year, the Chapter designates charities in the counties served by its 19 participating credit unions to receive proceeds from their annual golf tournament.

AURORA, Ill.-Some 187 high school students from Waubonsie Valley High School learned just how complicated it is to make household budgetary choices when they participated in the recent Mad City Money program facilitated by Great Lakes Credit Union (GLCU). The program helps our young adults learn what it is like to try to budget and manage a real life salary and real life situations. Students were given an occupation along with a salary, family, student loan debt, credit card debt, and cost of medical insurance to create a monthly budget as they visited various merchants and made decisions based on the management of their income.

BASTROP, Texas--Greater TEXAS FCU was voted Runner Up for the BEST of Bastrop County Financial Services at the BEST of Bastrop Awards Celebration. Voting was conducted online.

HAUPPAUGUE, N.Y.--Teachers FCU is hosting its first-ever “TFCUniversity Business Clinic” at its headquarters here. The first series event is entitled, “Secrets to Building Your Business on Long Island” and is designed to “bring together Long Island business owners and leaders to learn about cutting-edge topics and trends needed to have a successful business.” The credit union intends to host the business clinics on a quarterly basis. The first event featured keynoter Susan Axelrod, founder of Love & Quiches, the highly successful company she started in the kitchen of her home 40 years ago. The event will also include a panel discussion moderated by Henry Bramwell, president of Visionary. Panelists will include Clay Darrohn, CEO of Fishbat; Barry Shorten, co-founder of Alcott HR, and David Jacobson, CEO of GrooveCar.

MONTICELLO, Fla.—Jefferson County Teachers CU has launched a savings promotion aimed at members 12 and under. In addition to free memberships, JCTCU is giving away colorful piggy banks that already have anywhere from $10 to $25 inside.

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“We believe this is a great way to teach children to save money and feel strongly there is no better place to learn than your credit union,” JCTCU said in a statement.

LONG BEACH, Fla.– LBS Financial Credit Union partnered with three local school districts over the summer to collect school supplies for the 2014-2015 school year.  The program, promoted during summer months at all of LBSFCU’s six branch locations, via marketing materials, newspaper advertisement, Facebook page and on its website, raised more than $1,300, which the credit union then matched.

DOVER, N.H. – Holy Rosary Credit Union has opened the new HRCU Community Room within its branch here. The room is designed to provide conference and meeting space to local businesses and non-profit organizations free of charge, even outside of regular business hours. The meeting space officially opened with the Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce hosting their New Member Welcome, an event that greets new members of the Chamber and briefs them on their member benefits and opportunities.


GLENDALE, Ariz. – Credit Union West was named to the 2014 CareerBuilder Top Companies to Work for in Arizona for a second year in a row. BestCompaniesAZ, in partnership with CareerBuilder and Republic Media, compiled the list of Top Companies using an employee questionnaire as well as employee engagement and satisfaction surveys.  “We have an employee engagement rate of over 90% (based on the AZ top companies survey).  You don’t find that often and it says a lot,” said Credit Union West EVP Karen Roch.  The credit union offers an array of employee benefits, including comprehensive medical and dental insurance, an employer-matched 401(k) plan, pension plan, tuition reimbursement and an employee bonus program.