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Rep. Tryon D. Lewis: Southwest 66 CU Giving a ‘Hand-up’ and not a ‘Hand-out’
Monday, October 28, 2013 6:45 AM


House Representative Tryon D. Lewis, District 81, applauded Southwest 66 CU for their efforts in meeting the financial services needs of the community. The Midland/Odessa-based credit union officially received the Cornerstone Credit Union League’s (Cornerstone) Juntos Avanzamos designation last Thursday.

The “Juntos Avanzamos” or “Together We Advance” designation is awarded by Cornerstone to credit unions that have successfully completed a rigorous application process that confirms they have the capacity, commitment, and compassion to serve the financial needs of Hispanic families. Cornerstone officials presented Southwest 66 CU with a Juntos Avanzamos flag Oct. 24.

In front of credit union and league officials, community leaders, members and media, Rep. Lewis congratulated Southwest 66 CU for the earned designation.

“What I’ve learned over the years is that what people really

want is an opportunity. They just want a chance,” Rep. Lewis told the crowd. “Most people don’t want a handout, but they could use a hand up, and that is what Southwest 66 CU is offering.”

Univision was one of three stations to cover the event. And prior to covering the event, Univision 18 did an extensive piece on the designation in an Oct. 17 broadcast. Permian Basin 360, an ABC affiliate, also covered the Oct. 24 event.

Calling it a historic day, Aaron Chavez, marketing director with the $77.7 million in assets, told the audience that Southwest 66 CU is committed to serving the financial needs of

the community. He announced that in January 2014, the credit union would roll out two new loan products:

  • Quinceañera loans – very popular in the Hispanic community, a Quinceañera is the celebration of a girl’s 15th birthday.
  • Citizenship loans to support the financial process of becoming a U.S. Citizen

Sean Cahill, president and CEO of Southwest 66 CU, thanked everyone for attending the event and offered his appreciation to a supportive board of directors.

“We are here today because of the vision, strength and strategy of our board of directors,” Cahill told the crowd.   

Credit unions interested in learning more about Juntos Avanzamos should visit Cornerstone’s website, at