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GAFCU fills open seats on board

June 03, 2002|STAFF REPORT

Government Agencies Federal Credit Union had its annual business meeting May 8 in the credit union's El Centro branch office.

Members voted to elect officials to fill three open seats on GAFCU's board of directors. Absentee ballots were accepted from April 22 through May 3 in all seven GAFCU branches and members were given the opportunity to vote at the annual meeting.

A total of 2,472 ballots were cast. Diahna Garcia-Ruiz, Stephen Birdsall, and Rodolfo Moreno were elected to three-year terms on GAFCU's board.

Garcia-Ruiz is postmaster in Ocotillo and is officer in charge of the Seeley post office. She is a Heber resident and has served on many boards, including those of the Heber Utility District, Heber Little League and Heber Sacred Heart Church. She has an associate's degree in journalism from Imperial Valley College and has been a member of GAFCU since 1988. Garcia-Ruiz said she is interested in members getting to use the on-line services that GAFCU offers.


Birdsall is the Imperial County agricultural commissioner and is also the director of the Imperial County Air Pollution Control District. He has served on GAFCU's board of directors since 1999. He has a degree in agricultural biology from Cal Poly, Pomona. He promises to "continue (to) support and encourage lower loan rates and higher interest rates (on savings) while maintaining high quality member service."

Moreno is employed as a certified public accountant with the Hutchinson and Bloodgood firm in El Centro. He has served on the GAFCU board of directors for 18 years and in his last term served as secretary/treasurer as well as a member of the supervisory committee. His goal is "to have the credit union continue to provide its members with the best possible financial products in the Imperial Valley" as well as providing the latest technologies to the credit union so that better service is provided to the members.

Charles (Chuck) Jernigan retired from the board of directors after serving nine years. He has held the chairman and secretary/treasurer offices and was involved in many board committees.

"On behalf of Government Agencies Federal Credit Union I would like to thank Mr. Jernigan for his hard work and dedication," said George Kirschner, GAFCU president/chief executive officer. "I would also like to wish him well on all his future endeavors."

During this meeting, Dennis James, board of directors' chairman for 2001, announced the credit union's new vision to lower loan rates, increase savings rates and to reduce fees. Annual reports for 2001 were also distributed during the meeting and are available at any of the seven branch offices.

After the meeting, the credit union board met to elect new officers. Moreno was named chairman of the board. James will serve as vice chairman and Birdsall will fill the secretary/treasurer position.

Government Agencies Federal Credit Union serves the financial needs of over 34,000 members with branches in El Centro, Brawley, Calexico, Imperial, Holtville, Calipatria and Salton City.

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