California CU League Hosts International Partners
Leaders From WOCCU and Caja Popular Mexicana Visited Member Credit Unions In Southern California Recently
California Credit Union League
CPM and WOCCU-Mexico representatives with Leslie Nguyen and Leticia Mata at the Orange County's CU Ross Street Branch in Santa Ana
The California Credit Union League and its
credit unions recently hosted international
visitors from Mexico; Caja Popular Mexicana (CPM)
Director of Corporate Formation Ignacio Rico Rey,
World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) Project
Director Mario Galarraga, and WOCCU Project Leader
The visitors met with Arrowhead CU and Orange
County's CU executives and their organizational
partners to learn more about financial education
programs, debit cards, business member services,
and small business administration programs.
At Arrowhead CU, they met with Account
Executive-Membership Services Melba Rey and
Community Education Specialist Rafaella Arellano.
The visitors also met with Arrowhead CU's
organizational partners, California State
University San Bernardino-Inland Empire Center for
Entrepreneurship (IECE) Business Resource Center.
Director Michelle Skiljan and Business Resource
Specialist Nicole Kinney discussed the types of
programs and courses they offer and how IECE
partners with Arrowhead CU and other community
During their visit with Arrowhead CU, the
had the opportunity to attend a special event
honoring SVP Minority Development Maurice Calderon
with an Excellence Award for Latino of the Year by
the San Gorgonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
Marie Alonzo, Chairman of the Board for Arrowhead
CU, served as the Master of Ceremonies.
The following day, the CPM/WOCCU
also met with Orange County's CU SVP Monica Lopez,
AVP Community Education and Development Leticia
Mata, AVP of EFT Terry Pierce, Business Services
Manager Patti Jimenez, and VP of Business Projects
Leslie Nguyen. In addition, the visitors met with
one of Orange County's CU's organizational
partners, Families Together of Orange County.
Executive Director Maria Halverson discussed the
programs and services offered through the
organization and their partnering relationship
with Orange County's CU.
WOCCU Project Director Mario Galarraga
"The information we received during our visits
with Arrowhead CU and Orange County's CU was
beyond my expectations." After the visits, the
group was treated to dinner at Downtown Disney and
a tour of Laguna Beach and Newport Harbor, hosted
by the League. The group also visited Olvera
Street and Chinatown.
CPM is currently Mexico's largest credit union,
with 331 branches throughout 23 states, more than
830,000 members in addition to 200,000 youth
members, and $883 million in assets. CPM has
nearly doubled its membership and asset size since
formalizing the "People to People Partnership"
between CPM, WOCCU, California/Nevada, and Texas
Credit Union Leagues. CPM has begun the
implementation of its new information technology
platform, which will help CPM centralize its
operations and expand its products and
On February 26, 2006, at the CUNA Governmental
Relations Conference (GAC), the National Credit
Union Foundation (NCUF) will bestow the credit
union movement's highest honor to this "People to
People Partnership"—the 2006 Herb Wegner Memorial
Award for Outstanding Program.
The League wishes to thank its member credit
unions for their support and for making the
"People to People Partnership" a successful one!
World Council of Credit Unions is the global trade association and development agency for credit unions. World Council promotes the sustainable development of credit unions and other financial cooperatives around the world to empower people through access to high quality and affordable financial services. World Council advocates on behalf of the global credit union system before international organizations and works with national governments to improve legislation and regulation. Its technical assistance programs introduce new tools and technologies to strengthen credit unions' financial performance and increase their outreach.
World Council has implemented more than 290 technical assistance programs in 71 countries. Worldwide, 51,000 credit unions in 100 countries serve 196 million people. Learn more about World Council's impact around the world at www.woccu.org.
Contact: Letty Cordon-Hernandez
Organization: California & Nevada Credit Union Leagues