New Hampshire Story Archive

New Hampshire Credit Unions Donate $150,000 to Make-A-Wish® New Hampshire

June 22, 2021 – The New Hampshire Credit Unions, the largest corporate partner of Make-A-Wish New Hampshire, donated $150,000 at the Annual Richard D. Mahoney Charity Golf Tournament. Over 120 golfers, representing New Hampshire Credit Unions, their business partners, and members of the Cooperative Credit Union Association (CCUA), were all smiles as they gathered together for the first time in over 15 months at the Candia Woods Golf Links in Candia, N.H.

New Hampshire Social Responsibility Committee Chairman Brian Hughes, president/CEO of HRCU, Rochester, NH, recognized the dedication of the credit unions, noting that in 2020 the credit unions’ donations surpassed the $3 million milestone. That stellar achievement was acknowledged during a virtual presentation, and Hughes was glad to present this year’s $150,000 check, which brings their twenty-five-year total to more than $3.2 million raised for wishes. Hughes thanked the members of the New Hampshire Social Responsibility Committee, saying the achievement is “attributed to all of you and the efforts you make every day to support Make-A-Wish is a true collaboration by all. We are honored and grateful to be part of a cause with a mission that follows that of credit unions…people helping people.”

Make-A-Wish New Hampshire CEO Julie Baron was touched by the generosity of so many who continue to make a difference. “At the start of the pandemic, we were able to shift gears and still provide so many ‘to have’ wishes throughout the last year that included pools, campers, tree houses, play areas and even most recently a little girl’s wish to be an author whose book is currently being published. Sadly, our ‘Travel’ wishes (currently 109 in queue) were put on hold; but throughout last spring and summer we held drive-by parades for many, so they didn’t feel forgotten. Travel wishes will return in the coming months and with your generous donation we will begin granting those wishes. Don’t ever underestimate the power of what you do – especially through these challenging times, because the New Hampshire Credit Unions have given so many children the hope, strength and joy in all the wishes you have made come true.”


Local Businesses and Organizations Step Up to Combat Local Digital Inequity
By Lori Holms, Bellwether Community Credit Union

MARCH 17 2021 — COVID-19 has raised our awareness of many challenges, and digital inequity is one that has surfaced to the top. A group of Manchester organizations stepped up to partner with local financial institutions to help close the technology divide among Manchester’s students of low to middle income families.

Manchester Proud, National Collaborative for Digital Equity and Southern New Hampshire University joined forces to assist those children, their families and schools by establishing Operation Lemonade. After consulting with the Manchester School District on student need for computers for remote learning, the partnership reached out to local financial institutions for much needed help.

“By bridging the digital divide, students are given much greater opportunity to learn at the same pace as their peers because they have access to the right technology,” said Robert McLaughlin, Executive Director of the National Collaborative for Digital Equity. “Digital equity is essential for educational and economic opportunity.”


Gerald “Jerry” Little sworn in as Commissioner, NH Banking Department
June 8, 2016 — Former Senator Gerald “Jerry” Little was officially sworn in as Commissioner of the New Hampshire Banking Department on Friday, June 3, and began his role at the Department the same day. Commissioner Little comes to the Department with an in-depth knowledge of the New Hampshire banking industry, having served as President of the New Hampshire Bankers’ Association for 20 years. Governor Margaret Hassan noted, “The Commissioner of the New Hampshire Banking Department plays a critical role in ensuring strong protections for New Hampshire’s citizens and maintaining a strong financial sector…I look forward to continuing to work with him to ensure strong consumer protections that will help maintain a strong, well-regulated financial sector that can support innovative economic growth.”

Senator named Commissioner of Banks
April 7, 2016 — The New Hampshire Governor’s Executive Council has confirmed Gerald H. “Jerry” Little of Weare as the New Hampshire Banking Department’s new Commissioner of Banks. The favorable confirmation vote was 3-2, with Councilors Pappas (D) and Van Ostern (D) opposing the confirmation (Cooperative Credit Union Association.)

New law ‘most significant’ in decades for CUs
July 28, 2015 — Gov. Maggie Hassan (D) has signed into law SB 188, new legislation revising banking, credit union, and trust laws in the state, but which specifically reorganizes and modernizes the state’s credit union and banking laws. Under SB-188, a new chapter is added to the state’s legal code (RSA 383-E), which consolidates, updates and clarifies laws relative to credit unions. State credit union officials hailed the legislation as “the most significant and comprehensive legislative undertaking in decades for the state’s credit unions.” The credit union provisions become effective Oct. 1. (See the bill text here.)

Trepanier joins HRCU as Brock Street Branch Manager
May 10, 2015 – Rochester, N.H. – Holy Rosary Credit Union (HRCU) announced the hiring of Eric Trepanier as branch manager of its Rochester office.

Collia Becomes President/CEO at NECU
June 12, 2014 – Portsmouth, N.H. – After an extensive nationwide search, the Board of Directors for Northeast Credit Union has appointed Interim President/CEO Timothy J. Collia to the official position of president/CEO for the credit union. Speaking for the Board, Philip Sullivan, chairman, stated, “I am confident that under Tim’s leadership, Northeast Credit Union will continue to be a leader in providing high-quality, safe, and value-driven financial services to our membership while also working to help strengthen the communities where our members live and work.

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