Prizes Mark 35th Anniversary

BROOKLYN, N.Y.-Polish & Slavic FCU celebrated its 35 anniversary by rewarding its most loyal members a variety of prizes-ranging from a new Ford Escape SUV to flat screen HD televisions.

Members were enrolled automatically in the giveaway when reaching certain membership benchmarks, or when using various products or services. Those who were not automatically enrolled in the contest could enter at local branches or online, the credit union said.

A total of 35 prizes were handed out during a celebration at the Brooklyn gallery of the Polish and Slavic Center, one of the original sponsors of the $1.5-billion CU

The prizes included 46-inch Sony HDTV sets, laptops, iPads and a grand prize 2012 Ford Escape Hybrid SUV.

Five Spokespersons Are Selected

PEMBROKE PINES, Fla.-Tropical Financial Credit Union picked five members from a cast of 100 who auditioned on camera to appear in broadcast, electronic and print media as the faces of the $600-million credit union.

Each member chosen for Tropical Financial's "Fame for Five Campaign" will receive $5,000 to be official spokesmen for the credit union.

Auditions were held in Pembroke Pines, Coral Springs and Miami between April 14 and May 12. Participants had to explain how the credit union helped them to achieve their financial goals in a compelling, creative way. The auditions may be viewed on YouTube.

For additional coverage of the promotion, see the May 28 issue of CU Journal or visit

Financial Education Branch To Close

BRATTLEBORO, Vt.-River Valley CU announced it is going to close its branch at the Windham Regional Career Center, which it opened to provide financial education.

"We opened the office primarily to provide financial literacy to students," said Jeff Morse, president of River Valley. "While the office provided a bit of convenience for a small number of members, it has not effectively fulfilled its social mission, and that is the element that the board and management deemed most important."

RVCU decided to close the branch because student participation was low last year, and it did not think student participation would increase next year, said Morse.

Morse said RVCU is investigating the possibility of locating an ATM near the high school.

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