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CU System briefs

August 5, 2015

FOLSOM, Calif. Wirz(8/5/15)--SAFE CU announced Tuesday that President/CEO Henry Wirz is retiring from the Folsom, Calif.-based credit union after more than 36 years. The board appointed current president/chief operating officer Dave Roughton as president/CEO, effective March 31. Roughton joined SAFE in 1999 as vice president/chief financial officer, then advanced to executive vice president/chief operating officer, before being named to his current position in 2013. For the past several years, Roughton has been implementing an organization-wide succession plan with Wirz to ensure a smooth transition for SAFE’s members and employees. “I commend the board’s decision in choosing Dave as SAFE’s future CEO. RoughtonHis depth of experience in the credit union industry--spanning finance, accounting, operations, and member service--makes him invaluable,” Wirz said in a press release. A leader in the credit union movement for decades, Wirz received the Leo H. Shapiro Lifetime Achievement Award from the California Credit Union League in 2010. During Wirz’s tenure, SAFE CU grew from four branches that primarily served civilian employees of McClellan Air Force Base to 22 branches and a community charter in 12 Northern California counties, wrote the Sacramento Business Journal in announcing his retirement (Aug. 4) ...

HERNDON, Va. (8/5/15)--The charitable arm of Northwest FCU (NWFCU) recently awarded 20 scholarships worth a total of $100,000 in honor of the Herndon, Va.-based credit union’s longest-serving board chair. This is the 10th year the NWFCU Foundation has distributed Ben DeFelice scholarships. A total of $754,000 has gone to 166 recipients who demonstrated leadership skills and dedication to their schools and communities ...

VENTURA, Calif.VCCU (8/5/15)--Ventura (Calif.) County CU’s program to promote community pride has caught the attention of the California county’s residents beyond credit union members. The “My VC” campaign is a hometown pride campaign to foster enthusiasm and support for the Ventura County region, identified on social media with the hashtag #thatsmyvc. “Great schools, business owners creating jobs and a safe community. That’s my Ventura County,” State Assemblywoman Jacqui Irwin (D-Thousand Oaks) posted in a tweet alongside a photo of her wearing a “Ventura County. Living the Life.” T-shirt. The credit union is distributing thousands of free T-shirts, license plate frames, tote bags, stickers and more to promote the region. “As a not-for-profit, member-owned organization, in many ways, we are Ventura County. We’re proud to be in this unique position to spark this initiative and help our community to say, ‘We love our hometown,’” said President/CEO Joe Schroeder ...