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CU News Briefs
Friday, March 29, 2013 6:30 AM

The Security Service Charitable Foundation recently helped kick off the American Heart Association’s (AHA) Heart Walk fundraising with a $15,000 donation, all thanks to the fundraising efforts of Security Service FCU (SSFCU) employees during Heart Month in February.  Jay Winslow, SSFCU executive vice president and American Heart Association board member (pictured at right), presented the check on behalf of the Foundation to Cynthia Beverly, corporate market director for the AHA Heart Walk (left).  The donation, which was raised in just one month, is the largest contribution made to the American Heart Association by SSFCU employees in a single year and is nearly double the contribution made in 2012.  The Security Service Charitable Foundation helps to further Security Service Federal Credit Union’s corporate goal of community service by contributing to deserving organizations and causes in the credit union’s market areas.

The Houston Chapter of Credit Unions continues to raise funds for children’s charities. On March 23, 27 credit unions and business partners participated in the Chapter’s annual Bowling Tournament at Copperfield Bowl in Houston. Over 130 people participated in the event, raising $10,022 for children’s charities. The tournament winners were:

  • 1st Place - Hughes, Watters, & Askanase, LLP (Team 1)
  • 2nd Place - Harris County FCU
  • 3rd Place - First Service CU (Team 2)
  • Gutter Champ - Maria Rosas of Energy Capital CU (Team 2)

Lori Cooke, marketing director at Houston Texas Fire Fighters FCU and event organizer said “this is our seventh year putting on the bowling tournament for the Houston Chapter and each year, we’ve been a little more successful than the last.”

Nikki Moore from Space City CU added, “This year’s bowling tournament had a wonderful turn out and the event itself was very fun. Well done - $10,022 is amazing.”

The Bowling Tournament is one of many efforts the Chapter supports the community and enhances the quality of life in the Greater Houston Area. The Houston Chapter of Credit Unions provides a collaborative environment for credit union professionals and volunteers to receive education, leadership development, and grow credit union community influence. The Houston Chapter is comprised of over 100 credit unions in the Houston metropolitan area.

United Heritage CU members and local residents enjoyed delicious cupcakes from the Hey Cupcake! mobile “eatertainment” cupcake truck at the United Heritage Manchaca branch March 22. The truck was on site from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and sold over 330 cupcakes. The Hey Cupcake! truck will be on location to serve up sweet treats at select Austin-area United Heritage branches in coming weeks.

Thanks to a successful bake sale March 26, the Fort Worth Chapter of Credit Unions has raised $5,000 for the Texas Credit Union Foundation (TCUF).  A member from Texas Trust CU baked 10 cakes, and Nancy Croix-Stroud, president and CEO of First Class American CU, baked 11 cakes.  Pamela Stephens, president and CEO of Security One FCU, served as the auctioneer.  The bake sale was held during their March 26 chapter meeting, where TCUL president and CEO Dick Ensweiler gave a state of the credit union movement address.

Generations FCU announces that Geraldine Breeding will assume the role of chief financial officer of the 73-year-old financial institution.  Breeding will replace Steve Schipull who was promoted to CEO in late-2012.  Breeding has been with Generations since 1994, most recently holding the position of vice president of finance.

“Geraldine has been a strong advocate for Generations and for our members for nearly 20 years.  Her dedication and professionalism have led Generations to growth and prosperity, and I know she will continue those successes in her new role as Chief Financial Officer,” said Steve Schipull, CEO of Generations FCU.

As CFO, Breeding will be responsible for establishing institutional financial goals and objectives, enhancing efficiencies, as well as providing guidance and support to the board of directors and to the president/CEO on the credit union’s financial position and strategic goals and objectives.  Working directly with the CEO, she will also oversee enterprise-level discussion and decisions involving business vision and strategy, standardization of best practices, and overall profitability for the credit union.

A native of Texas, Breeding received her B.B.A. (Summa Cum Laude) from Southwest Texas State University and is a member of the CUNA CFO Council.  She served as a volunteer for the Blanco Little League for more than 18 years and for Pop Warner Football for more than 10.

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SSFCU presents a check for $15k to American Heart Association
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1st place winners in Houston Chapter bowling tournament
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2nd place winners in Houston Chapter bowling tournament
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3rd place winners in Houston Chapter bowling tournament
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Hey Cupcake! mobile “eatertainment” cupcake truck at United Heritage CU
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Geraldine Breeding