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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Affinity Group and Kensington Valley Credit Unions merge

PONTIAC
Affinity Group  and Kensington Valley Credit Unions merge

Affinity Group Credit Union, based in Pontiac, and Kensington Valley Community Credit Union, based in Highland Township, will merge. State regulators have approved the merger, and Kensington Valley members voted unanimously in favor of the partnership.
“I am very pleased that Kensington Valley Community Credit Union chose to join Affinity Group Credit Union as part of our unique Credit Union Family,” said Thomas M. Miller, president and CEO of Affinity Group Credit Union.
Using the Affinity business model will allow Kensington Valley Community to continue to market the KVC brand as a part of Affinity Group Credit Union. In addition, three members of the KVCCU board will join the AGCU board; all KVCCU staff will become employees of AGCU; and the Highland office will remain open to serve all current and new members in the surrounding community.
The combined credit union will have assets of $134 million, 5 branches, and more than 20,000 members, the majority of which live in Southeast Michigan.
Affinity Group Credit Union is at 144 E Pike St, Pontiac. Visit www.affinitygroupcu.com or call 248-334-0568.
Kensington Valley Community Credit Union  is at 290 N. John Street, Highland. Visit www.kvccu.com or call 248-887-0666.

FERNDALE
Fresard Buick celebrates 37th

Fresard Buick GMC is celebrating its 37th anniversary by inviting the community to come in to its new location on Woodward, just south of Nine  Mile Road in Ferndale, for food, beverages and music.
The first 250 guests will receive a complimentary trunk organizer, and all guests will have the opportunity to win a 42-inch flat-screen television. The anniversary event will run from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 13, and will showcase two vintage vehicles from the Royal Pontiac Club of America: a 1967 GTO and a 1962 Grand Prix. Guests will also have the opportunity to view the new 2011 Buick Regal and GMC Terrain. For information, call 248-547-6100.

FARMINGTON HILLS
Jan. 18 Job Seekers Bootcamp

Job Seekers Bootcamp—Job Interview Workshop is 7 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 18 at Farmington Community Library Main Branch, 32737 W 12 Mile Road, Farmington Hills. Preston Banks from Resume Solutions LLC, offers tips in this discussion series for job seekers. Call 248-553-0300 to register.

DETROIT
Jan. 19 Professional networking

Ties Like Me professional networking monthly event is 5:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan.19. at the historic Whitney Mansion, 4421 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Azenza Salon & Spa of Birmingham will sponsor with complimentary appetizers. The event features a cash bar,  hair fashion show from Azenza Salon and a tour of The Whitney. Visit www.tieslikeme.org or call Robert Lalicki at 248-379-9527.

WATERFORD TWP.
Jan. 20 Writing a business plan workshop

 The Oakland County Business Center hosts Fundamentals of Writing a Business Plan is 9 a.m. to noon Thursday Jan. 20 at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Township. The fee is $40, which includes all materials.

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