The 22nd annual Herb Wegner Memorial Awards, sponsored by the National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF), will be presented Feb. 22, 2010, in conjunction with the Credit Union National Association’s (CUNA) Governmental Affairs Conference. This year’s four recipients are:
1. Richard Heins, Lifetime Achievement Award. Heins is lauded as a creative and innovative thinker, an independent leader, a tenacious motivator, and a lifelong learner. He served as president/CEO of CUNA Mutual Group and:
2. Dick Ensweiler, Individual Achievement Award. Ensweiler, Texas Credit Union League president, worked to benefit members of many state, national, and international organizations. He helped advance innovative programs, such as:
3. HarborOne Credit Union, Brockton, Mass., Outstanding Organization. The credit union’s multicultural banking center is a national model that delivers critical human services credit unions need to reach new immigrants and build trusting financial relationships.
4. Biz Kid$, Outstanding Program. After three seasons, Emmy-winning Biz Kid$ is the highest-carried program on American Public Television and the first television series sponsored by credit unions. Every episode includes stories from successful young entrepreneurs reinforcing the importance of budgeting, saving, and giving back to the community.
To register for the gala dinner, held at the Grand Hyatt Washington, visit ncuf.coop.
When it comes to problem solving, employees can be your most valuable resource, say Pamela Bilbrey and Brian Jones, authors of “Ordinary Greatness: It’s Where You Least Expect It.”
Use these questions to get employees’ creative juices flowing:
“Workaholism” can do more harm than good, and striving for a balance is essential for executives, their families, their organization, and employees, experts maintain.
Chip Levy, principal and founder of the Rochelle Organization, conducted a leadership self-assessment for executives and found CEOs and senior staff rated themselves lowest on the statement, “I have a well-integrated, balanced lifestyle.”
He explains why in Associations Now:
1. A sense of vision and mission for the organization;
2. Clear support for staff development; and
3. A positive attitude toward change.
The magazine offers these suggestions for executives in search of change:
Credit union directors increasingly are finding themselves targets of lawsuits—possibly putting their personal assets at risk, says John Wallace, product executive for CUNA Mutual Group’s bond and management & professional liability insurance products.
One way to guard against this threat is director indemnification, which reimburses or compensates directors if they suffer hurt, loss, or damage.
To receive indemnification, the indemnification needs to be allowed under applicable federal, state, or case law, and it must be expressed in any of the following:
“As a credit union director or officer,” Wallace says, “fully understanding your credit union’s indemnification policy and making sure you’re covered will help protect your personal assets—and help you sleep a little better at night.”