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Arizona State Credit Union recycles 23 tons of documents

Arizona State Credit Union’s eight shred events resulted in recycling 47,884 pounds of paper, which is 15,000 pounds more than 2011’s Shred-A-Thon. This sizeable contribution equates to saving 239 trees.

Members of northern Arizona communities were encouraged to participate in the free events by bringing up to five boxes of their sensitive documents to the credit union’s branches to be shredded right on location.

In support of community outreach programs, the credit union sponsored these events to help raise awareness about the importance of shredding personal documents and protecting against identity theft.

“It is great to see community members responding to our sustainable model with attendance and the amount of documents increasing each of the three years that we’ve sponsored the Shred-A-Thon,” said David E. Doss, President/CEO of Arizona State Credit Union. “As a 100% local financial cooperative, it is our responsibility to fill this community need and we are glad to do it.”

The Shred-A-Thon kicked off in March at the credit union’s Prescott Valley branch and concluded in October at its Cottonwood branch.

For more information about the credit union’s support of local Arizona communities, or for information on products and services, visit www.azstcu.org.


Desert Schools Credit Union Earns Prestigious Award

The Mountain West Credit Union Foundation raised approximately $30,000 to support the Mountain West Credit Union Foundation and presented six prestigious awards at this year’s Mountain West Credit Union Foundation Annual Star Gala. The 5th Annual Star Gala, celebrated on Oct. 12, 2012 was emceed by television and radio personalities Denise Plante and Murphy Huston of the “Murphy & Denise Morning Show” on KOSI 101.

Each year, the Star Gala is held to honor outstanding credit unions and credit union professionals. This year, awards were presented to:

• Sooper Credit Union — Credit Union of the Year Award (100M – 500M)
• Desert Schools Credit Union — Credit Union of the Year Award (over 500M)
• Susan J. Brayman, Director Bellco Credit Union — Distinguished Service Award recipient.
• Carroll Beach, Chairman Elevations Credit Union — Distinguished Service Award recipient.
• Kara Kirschner of First Credit Union — Emerging Leader Award recipient.
• Pima Federal Credit Union — Community Impact Award recipient.
• Partner Colorado Credit Union — Honorable mention for the Community Impact award.

“The 5th Annual Star Gala was an outstanding success that underscored all the hard work credit unions and their dedicated staff and volunteers do on behalf of their members and their communities. Credit unions make a difference everyday in their tireless work and are a model of their people helping people philosophy,” said John Uchida, President and CEO of Space Age Federal Credit Union and Chairman of the Mountain West Credit Union Foundation.

The event was well attended with more than 260 credit union professionals and volunteers. Gold and Silver level sponsors included: Bellco Credit Union, CUNA Mutual Group, Desert Schools Federal Credit Union, Elevations Credit Union, Mountain West Credit Union Association, Strategic Partners, Berenbaum Weinshienk, Centennial Lending, Ent Federal Credit Union, and Westerra Credit Union.

About the Mountain West Credit Union Association
The Mountain West Credit Union Association is the regional tri-state trade association representing 154 member credit unions, 3.2 million credit union members and $29 billion in assets throughout Arizona, Colorado, and Wyoming.  Not-for-profit in nature, credit unions provide low cost financial services to their members.  Founded in 2011, the Mountain West Credit Union Association serves and supports member credit unions through advocacy, communications, community outreach, education & training, operations, public affairs and regulatory & compliance services. The Mountain West Credit Union Association is affiliated with Credit Union National Association (CUNA), World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU), and CUNA Mutual Group.

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Desert Schools Honored For Community Service In Arizona

Desert Schools Federal Credit Union, the largest not-for-profit membership-based financial institution in the state of Arizona, announced today that it has been selected by Toastmasters International and the organization’s District 3 Governor as the 2012 award recipient for community service and leadership for the state of Arizona.

This is the first time Desert Schools has been recognized by Toastmasters, a globally recognized, international nonprofit educational organization that operates clubs worldwide for the purpose of helping members improve their communication, public speaking and leadership skills. The organization has more than 270,000 members and over 13,000 clubs in 116 countries.

Desert Schools will be presented with the Toastmasters International 2012 award for community service and leadership on Friday, May 18th. Cathy Graham, vice president of marketing at Desert Schools Federal Credit Union, will accept the award on the credit union’s behalf.

Desert Schools has built its foundation on a fundamental passion for lending a personal hand toward positive change throughout Valley communities and encourages its employees to get involved in the same philanthropic spirit on which the organization has prided itself since its founding.

The Desert Schools ‘CommuniTeam’ – a group made up of dedicated employee volunteers – is active throughout Valley communities and offers Desert Schools’ employees the opportunity to volunteer their time and philanthropic talents throughout the community. Participating in nearly 130 community projects in the Phoenix metropolitan area, 45% of Desert Schools’ employees got involved with or led community projects in 2011, volunteering 2,902 hours to support various causes.

Susan Frank, President and CEO of Desert Schools, said, “We couldn’t be more honored to accept this award from an outstanding organization like Toastmasters International. Giving back to our community has long been the cornerstone of Desert Schools’ business. The time that Desert Schools staff is able to spend year in and year out doing good throughout our Valley is something that we’re very proud of, and it means that much more to be recognized by such an extraordinary philanthropic organization.”

In 2011, the credit union coordinated fundraising efforts with employees, vendors and partners to give back more than $770,000 to the community. Desert Schools raised $360,285 for the Children’s Miracle Network, $224,178 for the United Way and $96,000 in community grants in 2011 alone.

The credit union also awarded $30,000 in community service scholarships to high school seniors and college freshmen for demonstrating dedication to their studies and continued education as well as their commitment to giving back to the community. Scholarships were awarded for Fall 2012 coursework.

For more information on Desert Schools Federal Credit Union, visit Desert Schools’ website at desertschools.org.