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  • JAN01
    METRO Gave Back to Members & the Community in Many Ways During 2014.

    Attending the 80th Anniversary Event on August 21, 2014, long-time METRO Members, Robert and Lois Wheeler, pictured with Michael Ahlering, METRO's Chairman of the Board.

    In 2014, METRO sponsored many community-based events through our Giving Fund. The Giving Fund is designated annually by our Board of Directors, and formal requests are reviewed and approved by our Community Relations Committee. METRO not only made donations but was charitable through employee volunteer time and fund raisers.

    In addition to our active memberships with the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, San Diego County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Chula Vista Chamber of Commerce and East County Chamber of Commerce, METRO also supported many causes throughout the year. The funds raised in conjunction with our Giving Fund sponsorship totaled over $47,000, including, but not limited to: STAR/Pal, San Diego Zoo Global, San Diego Police Officers’ Association, Rady Children’s Hospital, American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, MOvember and Toys For Tots.

    In August, we celebrated our 80th Anniversary. During our anniversary week, we had an Anniversary Sweepstakes and on Thursday, August 21 each branch hosted an open house to celebrate our members, as well as at our Corporate Office on Thursday, August 21. In attendance were members of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Mayor’s Office, as well as many of our long-time members.

    As 2015 begins, we look forward to our continued involvement within our community and with our membership!
  • JUNE29
    ---The United States Police & Fire Championships

    METRO is proud to have volunteers at the 2014 United States Police & Fire Championships.

    The Original California Police Olympics -- The first Police Olympics were held in San Diego, California in 1967, and were founded by San Diego Police Lieutenant Veon "Duke" Nyhus who recognized the need to promote physical fitness and camaraderie among members of the law enforcement community. Duke formulated the idea of the Police Olympics and created the competition with an eye towards promoting physical fitness and sports as a means for officers to improve their overall fitness, reduce stress, and increase their professional abilities.

  • MAY02
    ---METRO Sponsors the 14th Annual "Superheroes for Youth" Celebrity Waiter Luncheon

    ("Celebrity Waiters" watching the video presentation)

    On May 2, 2014, local celebrities teamed up to help underserved children in San Diego by offering their services as "Celebrity Waiters." Chargers and Padres players, public safety officials, local media personalities, and more will pull out all the stops as they bring guests lunch and other surprises in exchange for "tips," all to benefit STAR/PAL youth programs! These determined "Superheroes for Youth" creatively entertained over 500 attendees in order to part them from their cash. The event was held at the Market Creek Events & Venues at the Joe and Vi Jacobs Center 404 Euclid Avenue, San Diego.

    Every dollar raised at the Celebrity Waiter Luncheon helps STAR/PAL keep kids stay safe, in school, and away from crime & violence. STAR/PAL officers from the San Diego Police & County Probation Departments provide unique youth programming in underserved communities, empowering at-risk youth to build a safer and more prosperous community by engaging with law enforcement and other collaborative partners.

  • MAR31
    ---Cesar E Chavez Commemoration Breakfast

    METRO Staff Member Steve Peterson (middle) and California Assembly Member Rob Bonta (left) and 51st District US Congressman Juan Vargas

    Celebrating their 21th Anniversary, the San Diego Cesar E. Chavez Commemoration Committee hosted its 16th Annual Community Breakfast on Monday, March 31, 2014 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront. This year’s theme was “Embracing Our Past, Shaping Our Present, Cultivating Our Future.” METRO was a corporate sponsor again this year, and staff members throughout the Credit Union attended the breakfast to show their support. Nena Diaz and Ismael Vasquez from METRO’s Lending Department are volunteers on the Commemoration Committee and are currently serving as Director of Sponsor Relations and Director of Community & Director Relations, respectively. During the event, winners of the San Diego high school essay contest were recognized.

  • March04

    ---SD METRO was a proud table sponsor for the 4th Annual "Women in Blue" luncheon event on Wednesday, March 5th, 2014!

    The San Diego Police Foundation presents this event to recognize women in blue, honoring three remarkable women whose outstanding achievements in non-traditional careers have paved the way for today's women leaders in San Diego. In addition, a $2,500 scholarship, to honor the legacy of Police Foundation benefactor Rita Olson, was awarded to a meritorious woman who is pursuing an education that will prepare her for a career in law enforcement.

    Members of the Board of Directors in attendance: Cruz Gonzalez, Chairman; Mike Rich, Vice-Chairman; Michael Ahlering, Secretary; and Dominick Boccia. Stan Abrams, President/CEO attended this special event, along with Chris Lamb, Jeannette Kelbaugh, and Steve Peterson.

    The three honorees this year are: Patricia Duke, Assistant Sheriff, San Diego County Sheriff's Department - first woman to lead the Sheriff's Law Enforcement Services Bureau; Daphne Hearn, Special Agent in Charge FBI San Diego; and Jennifer Shen, Crime Laboratory Manager, San Diego Police Department. SD METRO was honored to have two special guests at our table: Lt. Stephanie Rose, SDPD and Marti Emerald, City Councilmember.

    (Stan Abrams, President/CEO of METRO and San Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman)

  • FEB24
    ---METRO Takes 1st Place in the Guacamole Bowl!

    11th Annual Law Enforcement vs. Kiwanis Challenge Guacamole bowl. The event is held annually in Balboa Park at the Balboa Park Club benefiting Sports for Exceptional Athletes. Retired San Diego Police Officer Matt Weathersby came up with this unique fundraising idea as a way of supporting local charities. This year's charity is SPORTS for Exceptional Athletes. Over the past ten years, the Guacamole Bowl, co-sponsored by San Diego Park & Recreation-Therapeutic Recreation Services, has raised over $81,000 to support local programs for athletes with developmental disabilities.

    According to Weathersby, over 2,000 pounds of fresh avocados donated by Calavo Growers, Inc. will be used by the various teams along with lots of onions, tomatoes, cilantro and jalapenos, provided by Jordano's, to the competing teams. Matt Weathersby added, "If you like good guacamole, and lots of it, then Balboa Park is the place to be."

    (METRO Team and event sponsors)

  • FEB22
    ---METRO Will Compete In the Guacamole Bowl

    METRO will be competing once again in the Guacamole Bowl! The event will take place Saturday, February 22nd from 10:00am until 2:00pm at the Balboa Park Club (2150 Pan American Road West, San Diego 92101) and proceeds benefit SPORTS for Exceptional Athletes. The public is invited to sample and judge the best guacamole in town! A donation of $5 will get you an entry into the event along with a bag of tortilla chips to sample the variety of delicious homemade guacamole. For additional information, check out www.guacamolebowl.com.

  • DEC2013
    ---METRO Gives Back to Members.

    This year, we are celebrating our 80th Anniversary, and throughout our history, METRO has been continuously dedicated to supporting the communities we serve. In 2013, METRO sponsored many of our membership's community-based events through our Giving Fund. The Giving Fund is designated annually by our Board of Directors, and formal requests are reviewed and approved by our Community Relations Committee.

    METRO not only made donations but was charitable through employee volunteer time and fund raisers. METRO sponsored numerous events and causes totaling over $43,000, including, but not limited to: STAR/Pal, San Diego Zoo Global, San Diego Police Officers Association, Rady Children's Hospital, Susan G. Komen Foundation, MOvember and Volunteers of America, Holiday Food Drive.

    We are also active members of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, San Diego Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Chula Vista Chamber of Commerce and El Cajon Chamber of Commerce.

  • MOV00
    ---MOvember: Raising Funds While Raising Awareness

    METRO employees reached out to several charitable organizations throughout 2013.Nearly $1,000 was raised during October for Breast Cancer Awareness month. Funds were raised through employee casual dress purchases, in-branch "pink" item sales, and member donations.

    Most recently, in November METRO participated in "MOvember," a global charity that supports world-class men's health programs that combat prostate and testicular cancer. During MOvember, men grow - and women support - a MO (moustache) for 30 days raising funds and becoming walking, talking billboards for the cause, which began in Melbourne, Australia in 2003.

    Eleven METRO-men participated in the MO campaign, starting the month off clean shaven. The results of their efforts are immortalized in the photo above. Through bake sales, lunch purchases and donations, just under $1,900 was raised.

    A special thanks to all the METRO staff and members who generously pledged their support to these charities.

  • NOV20
    ---FREE Workshop: Women and Investing
    : November 20, 2013
    Time: 6:00 pm

    There are differences in the way men and women journey through their lives. Historically, women have earned less, and lived longer than men. Their careers are often interrupted to care for family, and the career "breaks" that women take more frequently than men mean they often receive smaller pension checks when they retire. Yet, 80% to 90% of women will be responsible for their own finances at some point in their lives.*

    For these reasons, women need to prepare more than men for their future financial needs.In other words, they need to invest more. If you are a woman interested in learning how to become a successful lifelong investor, join us for a no-cost, no obligation Women and Investing Seminar on Wednesday, November 20, 2013, 6:00 pm at our Parkway Branch in El Cajon.

    This seminar will help you learn to be a careful, competent, disciplined long-term investor, and can help you attain the financial security you seek for yourself and those you're close to. We'll focus on the importance of taking control of your own future through investing, and we'll discuss investment principles and opportunities such as asset allocation, investor behavior, mutual funds and annuities. For more information, or to reserve your place at the seminar, please call Wendy Cundari at 619-278-5992.

    *National Center for Women and Retirement, Women and Investing: Take Charge of Your Financial Life, 2010.

    Securities sold, advisory services offered through CUNA Brokerage Services, Inc. (CBSI), member FINRA/SIPC, a registered broker/dealer and investment advisor. CBSI is under contract with the financial institution to make securities available to members.

    Not NCUA/NCUSIF/FDIC insured, May Lose Value, No Financial Institution Guarantee. Not a deposit of any financial institution.


  • SEPT21
    ---13th Annual Sustainability Tour

    METRO is helping to sponsor the San Diego Renewable Energy Society's 13th Sustainability Tour showcasing solar energy innovations in residential, non-profit, multi-family and commercial space. As a sponsor, METRO will be the "Green Lender of Choice" for the tour. The public is invited to tour six commercial and ten residential sites on September 20 & 21, 2013 from 10 am to 2 pm. The tour will emphasize the benefits of going solar.
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    Participants includes: The County of San Diego, SDG&E, UC San Diego, PURE Solar Power, ASI Heating, Air & Solar, Home Energy Systems, Envision Solar, Adroit Solar, Photon Solar Power, Stellar Solar, Semper Solaris, SolarRain Watery, Building Owners and Managers? Association (BOMA), San Diego County Apartment Association (SDCAA), California Center for Sustainable Energy (CCSE), US Green Building Council, GRID Alternatives, US Bank, FIGTREE Energy Financing, BKM OfficeWorks, Wipomo Energy Ecosystems, Engineers for a Sustainable World and other expert solar and energy efficiency contractors and advocates county-wide.
  • SEPT21
     METRO is a proud sponsor of the San Diego Zoo Food & Wine Celebration on Saturday, September 21, 2013.

    San Diego Zoo Food & Wine Celebration is proud to be San Diego’s “wildest” food, wine and beer tasting event! Guests pay one price for admission and spend the evening sampling great food from San Diego’s finest restaurants, tasting fine wines and beers, dancing to live music, encountering exotic animals and discovering other entertainments as they party the night away. Started as Celebration for the Critters in 1980 by San Diego Chargers’ placekicker Rolf Benirschke, Celebration is now celebrating 32 years and has raised more than $5 million for conservation. Click on the banner below for event details!


  • SEPT18

    On September 18, 2013, we will be participating in Miracle Jeans Day, which helps raise funds for local children who need medical help. One in 10 kids in North America is treated at a Children's Miracle Network Hospital each year. Every single day, nearly 16,000 children visit the emergency rooms of our 170 member hospitals. By participating in Miracle Jeans Day, you will generate hope for families that rely on the services of a Children's Miracle Network Hospital. All proceeds raised will go to Rady Children's Hospital. All donations are made on-line. Donate here.


  • AUG21
    Workshop: Go Solar For Your Home and Save
    : August 21, 2013
    Time: 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

    Refreshments will be served. Presented by Mark Suacci of Suacci Solar.

    The session take place at the Kearny Corporate Office on 9212 Balboa Ave, San Diego CA 92123. Space is limited. To reserve your seat, please call 619-297-4835 or email: workshops@sdmcu.org


  • AUG03
     The Credit Union 2013 OTL Tournament

    METRO will be participants in the 2013 Credit Union Over-The-Line Tournament benefiting Rady Children's Hospital Foundation on August 3rd, 2013. The tournament will be held on Fiesta Island, San Diego. Details coming soon!

  • JUN21
     Fifth Annual San Diego Police Officers Association Widows & Orphans Golf Tournament

    METRO is a sponsor of the Golf Tournament with all proceeds benefiting the Widows & Orphans Fund. The event will be held at the Riverwalk Golf Course located on 1150 Fashion Valley Rd in San Diego on Friday, June 21, 2013. Shotgun start at 1:00 pm. We invite you to attend and support the event! 

  • JUN15
     Energy Efficient Model Home Tour

    Everyone is invited! METRO will be there to answer any energy efficiency and solar financing questions.
    Tour a Model Energy Home for a first-hand look at the available energy upgrades.
    Saturday, June 15, 2013 - 10 am - 2 pm
    9319 Van Andel, Santee 92071

    Local business owner, Ken Justo of ASI Hastings (The White Glove Guys) has invested in a home located at 9319 Van Andel in Santee in an effort to help spread the word about huge energy incentives for Santee homeowners and advance a statewide goal of reducing residential energy consumption by 40% by the year 2020. This home is now undergoing a full remodel inside and out. Once completed, the home will include the latest in "sustainable" fixtures, Energy Star appliances, photovoltaic (PV) solar and design features to reduce energy and water usage. It will be used as a "Sustainable Home" model for tours and demonstration for homeowners, public officials, policy makers, realtors and potential customers looking for ways to save money, reduce energy costs, carbon footprints and make their homes safer, healthier and more comfortable all year long.

  • JUN15
     United States Police and Fire Championships

    METRO staff volunteered during the United States Police & Fire Championships on June 15 - 23, 2013. The historical event drew between 5000 and 6000 competitors. What began in 1967 as the California Police Olympics is continuing to spread its influence across the United States. The entry requirements remain the same, with participation limited to full time law enforcement and firefighting personnel, but the United States Police and Fire Championships are opened to participants from all 50 states and United States territories. Because of the expansion, the games are now known as the United States Police and Fire Championships (USPFC). Details about the United States Police & Fire Championships, click here. Event homepage.

  • JUN13
     San Diego California Credit Union League Chapter Meeting

    METRO leaders (left, Chairman of the Board, Cruz Gonzalez, center, Todd Gloria, right, Stan Abrams, President & CEO) take time for a photo opportunity with Todd Gloria, President of the San Diego City Council, at the San Diego Chapter Meeting (of the California Credit Union League), held on June 13th, at the Handlery Hotel in Mission Valley. Council President Gloria discussed the State of the City with credit union attendees and presided over an interactive Q & A session after his speech.

  • JUN01
     Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Celebration Broadcast

    Saturday, June 1, 2013 from 12:00 PM to 7:30 PM

    Tune in to Cox Channel 4 on Saturday, June 1st from 12:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. for the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Celebration Broadcast.

    METRO will be represented in the broadcast along with members of 'Credit Unions For Kids.' Patients as well as other corporate and community partners will share Rady Children's inspirational miracles and invite you to help make miracles happen. Call 800-258-0007 or visit www.helpsdkids.org to make a donation during the broadcast. You may also text RADY to 90999 to make a $5 donation.

  • MAY17
     13th Annual STAR/PAL Celebrity Waiter Luncheon!

    METRO are sponsors of STAR/PAL's 13th Annual Celebrity Waiter Luncheon on Friday, May 17, 2013 held at the Joe & Vi Jacob Center located in 404 Euclid Avenue, San Diego CA 92114. Also in attendance are members of the San Diego Chargers and Padres with other local celebrities as they wait on tables and entertain the audience to benefit STAR/PAL. For details on the event, visit the STAR/PAL website here. STAR/PAL is a nonprofit organization that provides activites for youths. More about STAR/PAL, click here

  • MAY01
     Our Mobile Friendly Website Launch!

  • APR22
     Join us @ the City of San Diego Earth Day Event

    Steve Peterson (METRO Staff Member) will be at the Earth Day Event in Downtown San Diego.

  • APR21
     METRO @ Earth Day Event in Balboa Park

    Some attendees stopping by the METRO tent.

  • APR19
     Sponsoring the 22nd Annual Peace Officer of the Year Ceremony

  • MAR13
     METRO in attendance at the San Diego Police Foundation's 3rd Annual Women in Blue Luncheon

    Showing support for our community, METRO was a proud table sponsor at the San Diego Police Foundation's 3rd Annual Women in Blue Luncheon held on Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel. This year's Honorees were San Diego Police Captain Lori Luhnow, Police Supervising Crime Analyst Karen Goodman and child abuse investigations expert Donna Pence. There were 260 people in attendance, raising $45,000 at this year's luncheon. The funds raised will go towards future scholarships for women pursuing careers in law enforcement, training equipment for the SDPD recruits, SWAT equipment, K-9 retiree replacement training & K-9 body armor.