Participate In Survey; Help Kids

COVINA, Calif.-Executive Compensation Solutions is calling for participants in its "The Survey: Employee & Executive Compensation & Benefits Survey for the Credit Union Movement." The comprehensive survey is now in its ninth year and provides statistical and peer group analysis to boards to help design compensation and benefits plans. For each CU that participates, ECS will make a $10 donation to Credit Unions for Kids. To participate:

Blanchard Wins High Honor

WASHINGTON-Long-time CU leader Larry Blanchard has been recognized with the highest civilian honor presented by the Consumer Federation of America, the 2012 Esther Peterson Consumer Service Award. Blanchard, who retired in 2008 as SVP of Corporate and Legislative Affairs for CUNA Mutual and is currently a senior consultant for the company, was recognized for "strengthening credit unions and the credit union movement for more than a half century with his committed, energetic and skillful work."

PCUA To Present To The Fed

HARRISBURG, Penn.-The Pennsylvania CU Association (PCUA) has been invited to present its Credit Union Better Choice Program at a Ford Foundation Payday Loan Reform and Consumer Credit Innovation Convene at the Federal Reserve of Chicago, July 12-13. The invitation-only event will be hosted by the Center for Financial Services Innovation, the Center for Responsible Lending, the National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions, and Woodstock Institute.

More CUs In Mergers

BENNINGTON, Vt.-The 1,750-member Central Vermont Public Service Employees CU is being absorbed via merger by Heritage Family CU. In Bremerton, Wash., Quimper Community FCU is being acquired by Kitsap CU.

North Carolinians Are Honored

RALEIGH N.C.-The North Carolina CU League has honored two people. Curtis J. Ring, a member of the Summit CU board, received the Larry Johnson Order of Merit Lifetime Achievement Award for his 40 years in CUs including at the NCCUL as VP-government and public affairs, and as a force in the creation of what is now the Carolinas CU Foundation. Also honored with the Larry Johson Order of Merit Lifetime Achievement Award was Coastal FCU CEO/President Larry Wilson, who in his 38 years as CEO oversaw growth from $3.5 million in assets to $2.1 billion. Wilson was also active in numerous organizations.

Board Member, 99, Is Recognized

PITTSBURGH-Fred Steinkirchner, 99, a retired Pittsburgh fire chief and longtime member of Pittsburgh Firefighter's FCU, has been recognized by PFFCU with a plaque for 50 years of service. At age 26, Steinkirchner joined the Pittsburgh Firefighter's FCU on Sept. 14, 1938. He joined the supervisory committee in 1962 and the board in 1970.

Benson Named As CEO of Year

LIVONIA, Mich.-The Michigan league has named Jeffery Benson, CEO of Case CU, as its Professional of the Year; Genisys CU as its Outstanding Credit Union of the Year; George Isola, CEO of Ishpeming Community Federal CU, as its Distinguished Service Award winner; Jeremy Cybulski of Co-op Services CU as its Young Professional of the Year Award; Vickie Smith of Lake Michigan CU as winner of its Excellence in Consumer Education Award, and David Cook of Michigan One Community CU as its Volunteer of the Year.

US Central To Wind Down Sept. 30

ALEXANDRIA, Va.-NCUA said last week it expects to wind down U.S. Central Bridge Corporate FCU's ACH services by Sept. 30, three months ahead of deadline.

Charity Named To NASCUS Board

ARLINGTON, Va.-NASCUS has appointed Florida regulator Linda Charity, interim commissioner of the Florida Office of Financial Regulation, to its board.

LSCU Elects Board, Announces Honors

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. and TALLAHASSE, Fla.-The League of Southeastern Credit Unions has elected its board officers: Chairman, Mary Ott Wood, CEO of Florida West Coast CU; Chairman-elect, Steve Swofford, CEO, Alabama CU; Vice chair, Tina Williams, CEO, Mobile (Ala.) Educators CU; Secretary, Brent Lister, CEO, First Florida CU, and Treasurer, Alvin Cowans, CEO, McCoy FCU. Newly elected to the board are Leianne Harden of Florida Customs FCU, Jeanette Keller of Blue Flame CU, and Steven Nazaruk of Tallahassee FCU.

Meanwhile, the LSCU presented its Distinguished Service Award to James G. "Jimmy" Lankford, past president of Alabama CU; its Professional of the Year award to Rich Helber, CEO, Tropical Financial CU. and its Volunteer of the Year Award to Martha Frasier, board vice chair, Space Coast CU, Mebourne, Fla.

Ramsey Named CEO At Pen Air

PENSACOLA, Fla.-Pen Air FCU has named Stewart Ramsey as its new CEO. Ramsey was most recently CEO of Fort Campbell FCU in Clarksville, Tenn. and has more than 30 years experience in financial services.

Morin New CEO At OCFCU

BIDDEFORD, Me.-Ocean Communities FCU has named Judy Morin as its new CEO. Morin was previously VP-financial services with the $140-million CU, and has been with the credit union for 25 years.

$5K Is Donated In Healey's Name

MADISON, Wis.-CUES has contributed $2,500 each to two organizations in honor of board member Frederick Healey, who is leaving the board after six years during which he held all executive positions on the board. Donations are going to Old Colony Hospice, Randolph, Mass., in honor of Healey's mother, Cynthia M. Healey, and to Dr. Peter Enzinger's Research Fund, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, in honor of his brother, Thomas A. Healey.

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