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Pay to Wear Your Jeans - Help Support Financial Literacy | Tuesday, 09 April 2013
Pay to Wear Your Jeans - Help Support Financial Literacy


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Help kids by paying to wear your jeans to work?
That’s right.
  This year all proceeds from our Jeans Day will go toward National Youth Involvement Board (NYIB) scholarships, which help support credit unions’
youth advocacy and financial education awareness initiatives.

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G.VERNON BABILON NAMED PRESIDENT OF TUCSON OLD PUEBLO CREDIT UNION | Thursday, 03 January 2013


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

CONTACT:
Richard Prater
Tucson Old Pueblo Credit Union
2500 E. 22nd St., Tucson, AZ 85713
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G.VERNON BABILON NAMED PRESIDENT OF TUCSON OLD PUEBLO CREDIT UNION

TUCSON, AZ –Tucson Old Pueblo Credit Union’s Board of Directors has selected Vern Babilon as CEO/President of the organization.  Mr. Babilon will assume the role previously held by Joseph Mirachi on January 7, 2013. In August 2012, Joseph Mirachi, who served TOPCU for four years, announced his plans to move to Coco Beach, FL to run Kennedy Space Center FCU.

“Throughout our search, Vern far exceeded the Board’s expectations and quickly rose to the top during a very competitive hiring process.  His skills are many and he certainly has the experience and qualifications to lead TOPCU into the future,” said Richard Prater, Board Chair. “With over 22 years of credit union experience, including a stint as the industry’s youngest CEO in 1989, Vern possesses unique skills in lending, collections, marketing, and operations.”

 
Before joining TOPCU, Mr. Babilon was the owner of GVBabilon Associates—a recruiting firm located in Cypress, TX with a focus of serving credit unions, community banks and CPA firms.   Vern has a passion for the credit union movement and remains current on credit union wide trends, regulations and activities.  Before starting his own firm, Vern was a top executive at credit unions for 25 years.  He spent 16 years as CEO of Bellco FCU in Reading, PA and five years as EVP/CFO at People’s Trust FCU in Houston, TX.

 
Vern’s formal education and credit union specific credentials are extensive.  He earned his B.A. in Banking/Finance and Accounting at Alvernia College in Reading, PA and followed that with a Master’s of Business/Management Degree from Penn State University.  He became a certified credit union executive (CCUE) in 1993, a certified public accountant (CPA) in 1994, and a certified credit union financial counselor (CCUFC) in 2009. He has attended the Penn State Judge/Bradley Credit Union School and the Georgetown University Executive Education Course. Over the years, he has attended numerous credit union and banking conferences presented by the AICPA, CUNA, PSCU, PA League Leadership, and Prime Alliance. He has also attended both the state and national Government Affairs Conference (GAC) for credit unions.  Vern believes in continuous education.  His CPEs for his CPA license are current and he reads the Credit Union Journal every week.  Vern’s current professional memberships include the Houston Chapter of Credit Unions, the Texas CPA Society, and the Houston CPA Society.  

 
Vern’s community involvement over the years adds to his suitability for this position; TOPCU is involved supporting many City of Tucson events as well as working closely with Tucson Police Foundation and Greater Tucson Fire Foundation.  He has been involved with mentorship programs, Meals-on-Wheels, Adopt a Highway, Muscular Dystrophy, sponsored high school theater and athletic events, Children’s Tumor Foundation and more. 
AEA Federal Credit Union Announces Charity Finalists for GO Direct Initiative $10,000 Donation | Thursday, 03 January 2013




FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Yanna L. Kruse, Vice President of Marketing
AEA Federal Credit Union
1780 S. 1st Avenue, Yuma, Arizona  85364                               

Telephone: 928.373.5425
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AEA Federal Credit Union 
Announces Charity Finalists for 
GO Direct Initiative $10,000 Donation

Yuma, AZ—AEA Federal Credit Union announced today that its goal to award members with over $200,000 in Instant Cash for Car Loans before year-end has been successfully reached, triggering AEA’s pledge to write a $10,000 check to one community service organization.  Open voting for AEA’s GO Direct Initiative’s $10,000 Charity Donation will officially start on January 1, 2013 on the credit union’s Facebook site.  Competing for the big check are: Crossroads Mission, Hospice of Yuma and the Yuma Community Food Bank.

Nominations for charities have been accepted on AEA’s website at aeafcu.org/initiative for the past four months.  The three organization finalists will now compete for the $10,000 donation through an online Facebook voting process.  Yanna Kruse, Vice President of Marketing for AEA Federal Credit Union commented, “All three charitable organization finalists provide a unique and much-appreciated contribution to our community, so it was impossible for us to choose just one to receive the $10,000 donation.  That’s why we’re opening it to a community vote!”

AEA's GO Direct-Instant Cash for Car Loans program continues into 2013, awarding members with up to 1% of auto loan balances in instant cash when members go directly to the Credit Union for auto financing.  

Yanna Kruse continued, "People helping people is the fundamental purpose of credit unions.  By taking this member-centric approach to auto lending, AEA Federal Credit Union grows, members are rewarded and the community is strengthened.  It's a positive GO Direct effect where everyone benefits."
 
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AEA Federal Credit Union is a community-chartered credit union serving 42,000 members throughout Yuma and La Paz Counties.  For more information, visit www.aeafcu.org or call 928-783-8881.  

 

AEA Federal Credit Union is insured by the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA),  the independent federal agency that regulates, charters, and supervises federal credit unions.  With the backing of the full faith and credit of the U.S. Government, NCUA operates and manages the National Credit Union Share Insurance Fund, insuring the deposits of 94 million account holders in all federal credit unions and the overwhelming majority of state-chartered credit unions.  Deposits are federally insured up to $250,000 per eligible account.





Arizona Credit Unions Raise $5000 for Local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals | Wednesday, 31 October 2012
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Arizona Credit Unions Raise $5000 for Local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals At 22nd Annual Softball Tournament 


PHOENIX –November 5, 2012 –
The Mountain West Credit Union Association hosted its 22nd annual softball tournament raising nearly $5000 to support Credit Unions for Kids benefiting local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, Phoenix Children’s Hospital and Tucson Medical Center.


Nine Arizona credit unions making up eleven teams participated in the event which took place at Papago Park in Phoenix on Saturday October 27, 2012.  Funds were raised through registration fees and donations.

“The Annual softball tournament is an event to look forward to,” said Kellee Dominguez, Community Development Manager with Arizona Central Credit Union and a volunteer with Credit Unions for Kids.  “Not only are we raising money for our local children’s’ hospitals, the credit unions come together and have fun in friendly competition with a common goal, the kids.”

Taking home the top prize for the day was Desert Schools Federal Credit Union, defeating Hughes Federal Credit Union who had been undefeated prior to the final game of the day.

In the last five years, credit unions throughout Arizona have raised nearly $30,000 for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals through the annual softball tournament.  Approximately 10 volunteers from credit unions statewide and Mountain West Credit Union Association staff made the event possible.


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About the Mountain West Credit Union Association

The Mountain West Credit Union Association is the regional tri-state trade association representing 154 member credit unions, 3.2 million credit union members and $29 billion in assets throughout Arizona, Colorado, and Wyoming.  Not-for-profit in nature, credit unions provide low cost financial services to their members.  Founded in 2011, the Mountain West Credit Union Association serves and supports member credit unions through advocacy, communications, community outreach, education & training, operations, public affairs and regulatory & compliance services. The Mountain West Credit Union Association is affiliated with Credit Union National Association (CUNA), World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU), and CUNA Mutual Group.
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The Mountain West Credit Union Foundation Presents Six Prestigious Awards at Annual Gala | Friday, 12 October 2012
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The Mountain West Credit Union Foundation Presents Six Prestigious Awards at Annual Gala
Denver October 16, 2012 – The Mountain West Credit Union Foundation raised approximately $30,000 to support the Mountain West Credit Union Foundation and presented six prestigious awards at this year’s Mountain West Credit Union Foundation Annual Star Gala.  The 5th Annual Star Gala, celebrated on October 12, 2012 was emceed by television and radio personalities Denise Plante and Murphy Huston of the “Murphy & Denise Morning Show” on KOSI 101.

 Each year, the Star Gala is held to honor outstanding credit unions and credit union professionals. This year, awards were presented to:

  • Sooper Credit Union- Credit Union of the Year Award (100M - 500M)
  • Desert Schools Credit Union- Credit Union of the Year Award (over 500M)
  • Susan J. Brayman, Director Bellco Credit Union- Distinguished Service Award recipient.
  • Carroll Beach, Chairman Elevations Credit Union- Distinguished Service Award recipient.
  • Kara Kirschner of First Credit Union- Emerging Leader Award recipient.
  • Pima Federal Credit Union- Community Impact Award recipient.
  • Partner Colorado Credit Union—Honorable mention for the Community Impact award.
 
“The 5th Annual Star Gala was an outstanding success that underscored all the hard work credit unions and their dedicated staff and volunteers do on behalf of their members and their communities.  Credit unions make a difference everyday in their tireless work and are a model of their people helping people philosophy”, said John Uchida, President and CEO of Space Age Federal Credit Union and Chairman of the Mountain West Credit Union Foundation.

The event was well attended with more than 260 credit union professionals and volunteers. Gold and Silver level sponsors included: Bellco Credit Union, CUNA Mutual Group, Desert Schools Federal Credit Union, Elevations Credit Union, Mountain West Credit Union Association, Strategic Partners, Berenbaum Weinshienk, Centennial Lending, Ent Federal Credit Union, and Westerra Credit Union.

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About the Mountain West Credit Union Association

The Mountain West Credit Union Association is the regional tri-state trade association representing 154 member credit unions, 3.2 million credit union members and $29 billion in assets throughout Arizona, Colorado, and Wyoming.  Not-for-profit in nature, credit unions provide low cost financial services to their members.  Founded in 2011, the Mountain West Credit Union Association serves and supports member credit unions through advocacy, communications, community outreach, education & training, operations, public affairs and regulatory & compliance services. The Mountain West Credit Union Association is affiliated with Credit Union National Association (CUNA), World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU), and CUNA Mutual Group.
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SOOPER CREDIT UNION ANNOUNCES GROUNDBREAKING OF NEW ARVADA BRANCH | Friday, 12 October 2012

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SOOPER CREDIT UNION ANNOUNCES GROUNDBREAKING OF NEW ARVADA BRANCH

Arvada, CO – July 11, 2013 - Colorado-based Sooper Credit Union announced today that it will break ground on a new branch in Arvada in mid-July. The brand new 4,000 square-foot building will be constructed in the open area to the West of the existing branch to provide a more convenient and enhanced banking experience to members. The current Arvada branch will then be remodeled to better serve as Sooper Credit Union’s corporate office. Sooper Credit Union, recently named the 2013 “Best of the Best” credit union by Colorado Community Media, is deeply involved in the Arvada community, and strives to make a positive impact on the financial well-being of its members.

“It is truly an exciting time at Sooper Credit Union. We are preparing to build a state-of-the-art, technologically advanced branch that will give our members the ultimate banking experience, providing them with the convenience and service they deserve”, said Dan Kester, President and CEO of Sooper Credit Union. “We have a personal investment in our communities, members and employees, and we believe this new branch will enable us to serve our members to our greatest potential.”  The groundbreaking ceremony will take place at 3pm on July 16, 2013 at 5005 W 60th Avenue in Arvada. Several officials and dignitaries from the City of Arvada will be in attendance. 

About Sooper Credit Union
Sooper Credit Union was founded in 1951 by eight King Soopers employees, and today serves over 33,000 members in four principal states of Colorado, Wyoming, Utah and New Mexico. The $270 million credit union offers a wide variety of financial services that range from checking accounts to Clean Energy Loans. In 2012, Sooper Credit Union became the first financial institution in the country to offer solar-garden loans, which enables anyone to buy or lease a piece of a solar garden array and receive a credit on their energy bill each month.  For more information, please visit www.soopercu.org.

About the Mountain West Credit Union Association
The Mountain West Credit Union Association is the regional tri-state trade association representing 132 member credit unions, 3.1 million credit union members and $33 billion in assets throughout Arizona, Colorado and Wyoming.  Not-for-profit in nature, credit unions provide low-cost financial services to their members.  Founded in 2011, the Mountain West Credit Union Association serves and supports the interests of member credit unions through advocacy, community outreach, education & training, public affairs, regulatory & compliance services and strategic partnerships. The Mountain West Credit Union Association is affiliated with Credit Union National Association (CUNA), World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) and CUNA Mutual Group.  Follow us on twitter at twitter.com/mwcua or on Facebook at facebook.com/mwcua.  To learn more about credit unions visit AsmarterChoice.org 

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For more information, please contact:
Donna Ogorek, VP of Marketing & Business Development, Sooper Credit Union
Office: 303-986-7500 Ext 263
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ARIZONA, COLORADO & WYOMING CREDIT UNIONS ENTER INTERNATIONAL PARTNERSHIP | Friday, 14 September 2012
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Mountain West Credit Union Association forms partnership with the Federación de Cajas Populares Alianza in Guanajuato, Mexico

(PHOENIX) September 18, 2012 - The Mountain West Credit Union Association has signed a partnership agreement with Alianza, a Credit Union Association located in Guanajuato, Mexico to collectively establish a partnership for mutual benefit. The partnership agreement was arranged through the World Council of Credit Unions’ International Partnership Program.

The partnership will focus on strengthening Alianza’s member credit unions through the development of new products and services, as well as enhanced innovation, technology, and overall business operations.  Participating credit unions will also provide mutual assistance in training, member service, loan underwriting and marketing.

The agreement was signed in Denver, CO on September 12, 2012 by Mike Williams, Chairman of the Mountain West Credit Union Association, Tomas Carrizales Villegas, CEO of the Federación de Cajas Populares Alianza and Victor Miguel Corro, VP Worldwide Foundation of Credit Unions. Representatives from Alianza visited Mountain West Credit Union Association offices in both Phoenix, AZ and Denver, CO as well as Arizona Central Credit Union in Phoenix, AZ, TruWest Credit Union in Tempe, AZ, and Denver Community Credit Union in Denver, CO as the first step toward the international agreement.

“We are all very excited about the opportunity to have the unique experience to help perpetuate the credit union movement and assist in developing a stronger international credit union system through expanding cooperative networks,” said Mike Williams, Chairman of the Mountain West Credit Union Association.  “The value of working together with Alianza and the World Council of Credit Unions will strengthen all of our business practices as we work to build new and enhanced models together.“

“The former Leagues in Arizona and Colorado/Wyoming were no strangers to the World Council and working in developing credit union work systems overseas,” said Victor Miguel Corro.  He Added, “We are very pleased to welcome the Mountain West Credit Union Association to our expanding international partnerships this year.  Membership is growing in double digits at Alianza credit unions and they need a strong partner so that they can introduce modern delivery channels to their members. Also, Alianza is eager to share insights as to how to serve the Latino members in the U.S. credit unions better. We're looking forward to working together with both Alianza and the Mountain West Credit Union Association.” 

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About the Mountain West Credit Union Association
The Mountain West Credit Union Association is the regional tri-state trade association representing 154 member credit unions, 3.2 million credit union members and $29 billion in assets throughout Arizona, Colorado, and Wyoming.  Not-for-profit in nature, credit unions provide low cost financial services to their members.  Founded in 2011, the Mountain West Credit Union Association serves and supports member credit unions through advocacy, communications, community outreach, education & training, operations, public affairs and regulatory & compliance services. The Mountain West Credit Union Association is affiliated with Credit Union National Association (CUNA), World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU), and CUNA Mutual Group. 

About Federación de Cajas Populares Alianza 
Federación de Cajas Populares Alianza a federation for more than 30 years representing 21 member credit unions, 1,350 employees and 165 volunteer executives with  presence in in 11 states in Mexico, including: Guanajuato, Michoacán, Jalisco, Queretaro, San Luis Potosi, Aguascalientes, Edo. of Mexico, Puebla and Tamaulipas as well as 700 employees and 180 volunteers managers.  Alianza promotes and integrates credit unions, offering them specialized quality services based on the cooperative philosophy and sound financial practices resulting in increased integration. Alianza assists affiliated credit unions in achieving greater economies of scale by providing the following services: technical assistance, educational training, marketing kit (unified brand) IT solutions, auditing services.
 
About the World Council of Credit Unions
World Council of Credit Unions is the global trade association and development agency for credit unions. World Council promotes the sustainable development of credit unions and other financial cooperatives around the world to empower people through access to high quality and affordable financial services. World Council advocates on behalf of the global credit union system before international organizations and works with national governments to improve legislation and regulation. Its technical assistance programs introduce new tools and technologies to strengthen credit unions' financial performance and increase their outreach.
World Council has implemented more than 290 technical assistance programs in 71 countries.Worldwide, 51,000 credit unions in 100 countries serve 196 million people. Learn more about World Council's impact around the world at www.woccu.org
 
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AEA Federal Credit Union Announces GO Direct Initiative | Monday, 10 September 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Yanna L. Kruse, Vice President of Marketing
AEA Federal Credit Union
1780 S. 1st Avenue, Yuma, Arizona  85364                                  


Telephone: 928.373.5425

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AEA Federal Credit Union Announces $200,000 GO Direct Initiative 
Benefiting Members and Community



Yuma, AZ—AEA Federal Credit Union announces the $200,000 Go Direct Initiative, an innovative, member-centric approach to auto lending offering big benefits to AEA’s 42,000 members and the community.  AEA’s Initiative pledges a $10,000 financial donation to one community service organization benefiting local residents once $200,000 in Instant Cash for Car Loans is awarded to AEA members.  AEA's GO Direct Instant Cash for Car Loans program gives back up to1% of auto loan balances in Instant Cash when members go directly to the Credit Union for auto financing.  

Yanna Kruse, Vice President of Marketing for AEA, commented, "People helping people is the fundamental purpose of credit unions.  By taking a member-centric approach 
to auto lending AEA Federal Credit Union grows, members are rewarded and the community is strengthened. The Initiative just seemed like a natural extension of the Instant Cash for Car Loans program. It's a positive GO Direct effect where everyone benefits."

The GO Direct Instant Cash for Car Loans program was first offered in March of 2012 on a promotional basis.  The program's overwhelming popularity made it permanent.  AEA's goal is to pay out $200,000 in Instant Cash to members before the clock strikes midnight on December 31, 2012.   Nominations for non-profit organizations will be requested throughout the year.  An impartial selection committee comprised of AEA management and members will then choose three organizations that will compete for the $10,000 donation, with final voting taking place on AEA's Facebook site.  

An Instant Cash for Car Loans counter is displayed on the Credit Union's website at www.aeafcu.org tracking the total amount of Instant Cash awarded to members in AEA's quest to hit the $200,000 mark. For more information about AEA Federal Credit Union’s GO Direct Initiative, visit www.aeafcu.org/initiative.


 
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 AEA Federal Credit Union is a community-chartered credit union serving 42,000 members throughout Yuma and La Paz Counties.  For more information, visit www.aeafcu.org or call 928-783-8881.  

 

AEA Federal Credit Union is insured by the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA),  the independent federal agency that regulates, charters, and supervises federal credit unions.  With the backing of the full faith and credit of the U.S. Government, NCUA operates and manages the National Credit Union Share Insurance Fund, insuring the deposits of 92 million account holders in all federal credit unions and the overwhelming majority of state-chartered credit unions.  Deposits are federally insured up to $250,000 per eligible account.


Colorado Credit Unions Awarded for Social Responsibility, Philosophy in Action & Financial Literacy | Tuesday, 21 August 2012
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Colorado Credit Unions Awarded for Social Responsibility, Philosophy in Action and Financial Literacy


Denver– August 20, 2012 – The Mountain West Credit Union Association is pleased to recognize the following regional credit union winners of the Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Recognition Award, Louise Herring Award for Philosophy in Action and the Desjardins Youth Financial Education Awards:

 Colorado  Award Recipients
Dora Maxwell:               $50- $100 million asset category
(Honorable Mention) Horizons North Credit Union 

$100 million – $200 million asset category 
(First Place) Space Age Federal Credit Union 

$1 billion + asset category
(Second Place) Bellco Credit Union

 
 Louise Herring: $200 - 500 million asset category
(First Place) Boulder Valley Credit Union

 
 Desjardins (youth):    $50 – $100 million asset category
(First Place) Arapahoe Credit Union

 
The Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Recognition Award is given to a credit union, chapter or multiple credit union group for its social responsibility projects within the community. The Louise Herring Award for Philosophy in Action recognizes practical application of credit union philosophy within the actual operation of the credit union. The Desjardins Youth Financial Education Awards recognizes leadership within the credit union movement on behalf of teaching and maintaining financial skills for life.

Horizons North Credit Union has received a Dora Maxwell Honorable Mention. Through the Bright Horizon Award program, the credit union offers the schools within the Adams 12 Five Star School District opportunities to increase community awareness goals, milestones and achievements submitted by teachers, parents or volunteers within the Adams 12 Five Star Schools.

“It is an honor to be recognized for the Bright Horizons Award by the Mountain West Credit Union Association,” said Brad Harvey, President/CEO of Horizons North Credit Union.   He continued, “we firmly believe in communicating the success of everyday accomplishments within the Adams 12 Five Star Schools, and partnering with them to provide financial solutions for the staff, students, and parents of the district. The Bright Horizons Program is an award that we are honored to be a part of, and will continue to provide for the benefit of our communities.”

Space Age Federal Credit Union has earned a First Place Dora Maxwell Award for their fundraising program, Box Tops for Lowry Elementary School, collecting over 1,700 box top coupons. More than 755 members participated in the program. Including Space Age Credit union’s Bonus Box Top Cash Matching program, the credit union raised $500 in cash donations for Lowry Elementary School. 

“We are very excited to be receiving the Dora Maxwell Award,” said John Uchida, President of Space Age Federal Credit Union.  He continued, “we strived to organize a project that not only brought our members together, but also demonstrated wide-spread community support.  This project was cost-effective, cooperative, and community driven; it really demonstrates the credit union movement.”

Bellco Credit Union has received a Second Place Dora Maxwell Award for their $100,000 donation to the Food Bank of the Rockies for the purchase of three food dehydrators, providing the food bank with the opportunity to preserve stock and distribute food that would have otherwise gone to waste.

“Supporting Food Bank of the Rockies is our way of giving back to the people of Colorado who have provided more than 75 years of support to our financial institution,” said Doug Ferraro, President/CEO of Bellco Credit Union. “With this gift, Bellco Credit Union, along with our members, is able to show our appreciation in a significant and ongoing way, ensuring that the resources in our state do not go to waste and make it into the hands of those in need.”

Boulder Valley Credit Union has earned a First Place Louise Herring Philosophy in Action Award for their work with FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) and DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America). As part of Boulder Valley Credit Union’s student-run branch curriculum, the credit union created partnerships with business classes where students were given the opportunity to develop strategies for increasing membership. 

Rick Allen, President/CEO of BVCU, said, “We are honored to receive this prestigious award. Student credit union branches are a natural fit to our mission and passion for financial literacy. Our entire staff works hard to make our student credit union branch program a truly educational experience. The program includes a student advisory board, integration with the schools’ FBLA and DECA clubs, classroom presentations, and interns who work at the student branches. This award is a tribute to our entire staff, our volunteers, the schools, the students, and their families who make this vital educational program a success.”

Arapahoe Credit Union has received a First Place Desjardins Youth Financial Education Award. Reaching more than 7700 students through more than 233 presentations in the 2011-2012 school year alone, this is the fourth consecutive year Arapahoe Credit Union has been recognized for their national award winning Seeds for Financial Success program.
 
 
About the Mountain West Credit Union Association

The Mountain West Credit Union Association is the regional tri-state trade association representing 154 member credit unions, 3.2 million credit union members and $29 billion in assets throughout Arizona, Colorado, and Wyoming.  Not-for-profit in nature, credit unions provide low cost financial services to their members. Founded in 2011, the Mountain West Credit Union Association serves and supports member credit unions through advocacy, communications, community outreach, education & training, operations, public affairs and regulatory & compliance services. The Mountain West Credit Union Association is affiliated with Credit Union National Association (CUNA), World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU), and CUNA Mutual Group. 
 
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Arizona Credit Unions Awarded for Social Responsibility, Philosophy in Action and Financial Literacy | Tuesday, 21 August 2012
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Arizona Credit Unions Awarded for Social Responsibility, Philosophy in Action and Financial Literacy


PHOENIX – August 15, 2012 – The Mountain West Credit Union Association is pleased to recognize the following regional credit union winners of the Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Recognition Award, Louise Herring Award for Philosophy in Action and the Desjardins Youth Financial Education Awards:

 Arizona Award Recipients
Dora Maxwell:               $200- $500 million asset category
(First Place) First Credit Union

(Second Place) Pima Federal Credit Union

$500 million – 1 billion asset category 
(First Place) TruWest Credit Union 

$1 billion + asset category
(First Place) Desert Schools Credit Union
 
 Louise Herring: $200 - 500 million asset category
(Second Place) First Credit Union


1 billion+ asset category
(First Place) Desert Schools Federal Credit Union

 Desjardins (youth):     $500 million+ asset category
(First Place) Desert Schools Credit Union

$150 – 500 million asset category
(First Place) Pima Federal Credit Union

 Desjardins (adult):        $500 million+ asset category
(First Place) Desert Schools Credit Union

The Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Recognition Award is given to a credit union, chapter or multiple credit union group for its social responsibility projects within the community. The Louise Herring Award for Philosophy in Action recognizes practical application of credit union philosophy within the actual operation of the credit union. The Desjardins Youth and Adult Financial Education Awards recognizes leadership within the credit union movement on behalf of teaching and maintaining financial skills for life.


Among heavy competition in all categories, Desert Schools Federal Credit Union received First Place recognition in all categories. The results of Desert School’s word-of-mouth efforts reached more than 15,441 students up to grade twelve and 207 adults in the community were most notable.

“At Desert Schools we believe in giving back,” said Susan Frank, President/CEO of Desert Schools Federal Credit Union.” She continued, “with so many opportunities to be involved in our community and support organizations coming together for all different causes which touch lives and have a positive impact on those in need, it’s an honor for us to be recognized for our outreach efforts.  The Desert Schools team is passionate about our community and it’s exciting to see the difference we make when we all work hard together.”

TruWest Credit Union, receiving a First Place Dora Maxwell Award for their annual diaper drive supporting St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance. Annually, for one month each year, TruWest Credit Union reaches out to employees and members to collect diapers, hygiene products and other uncommon necessities. This year, TruWest Credit Union collected over 10,800 diapers to assist families in the community struggling to provide basic essentials.

Dan Desmond, President/CEO of TruWest Credit Union said, “TruWest Credit Union takes pride in serving our community and is honored to receive the Dora Maxwell Award. People Helping People is more than a slogan at TruWest, our staff and volunteers work to live it every day.”

Pima Federal Credit Union has received a First Place Desjardin Youth Financial Literacy Award and a Second Place Dora Maxwell Award. Pima Federal Credit Union has been recognized for its distinctive and practical youth financial literacy curriculum, focusing on age specific features, rewards and goals.  The in-house curriculum was developed by their IMPACT (Individuals Making Pima A Community Tool) team. 

Nathanael Tarwasokono, CEO of Pima Federal, stated “We are honored and humbled to be presented with these awards.  Community-giving and financial literacy are our responsibilities, and we are privileged by the opportunity to give back to the community.”

First Credit Union has earned a First Place Dora Maxwell Award and a Second Place Louise Herring Award. First Credit Union’s partnership with the local elementary school, Aguilar Elementary School, and their Homework Scholarship Program has been recognized for it’s unique way to provide students with a desire to succeed in school with opportunities and rewards while learning financial skills.

“Most public schools today have limited and ever-shrinking budgets for anything other than "regular curriculum," Said Jay Curtis, President/CEO of First Credit Union. He continued, “Working with Aguilar Elementary to provide more for these children and encouraging them to do their best has made a difference for the school and the community that we serve. Our homework scholarship program is just one of the many ways First Credit Union truly lives the credit union philosophy of People Helping People."


All Arizona regional awards will be presented at the Annual International Credit Union Day Celebration events hosted by the Valley of the Sun Chapter of Credit Unions in Phoenix, AZ on October 17, 2012 and the Southern Arizona Chapter of Credit Unions in Tucson, AZ on October 18, 2012.

All entries receiving a First Place award are entered into Credit Union National Association’s nation-wide competition. National award recipients will be announced during the 2013 Governmental Affairs Conference February 24-28, 2013 in Washington D.C.
About the Mountain West Credit Union Association

The Mountain West Credit Union Association is the regional tri-state trade association representing 154 member credit unions, 3.2 million credit union members and $29 billion in assets throughout Arizona, Colorado, and Wyoming.  Not-for-profit in nature, credit unions provide low cost financial services to their members. Founded in 2011, the Mountain West Credit Union Association serves and supports member credit unions through advocacy, communications, community outreach, education & training, operations, public affairs and regulatory & compliance services. The Mountain West Credit Union Association is affiliated with Credit Union National Association (CUNA), World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU), and CUNA Mutual Group. 
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 Award Differentiation Chart
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