CONCORD, N.H. (10/20/14)--Credit union leaders last week celebrated the leadership of Peggy Powell, who is retiring after serving 15 years as executive director of America's Credit Union Museum, based in Manchester, N.H., on the site of the nation's first credit union.
|America's Credit Union Museum Chairman Michael L'Ecuyer, left, presents ACUM retiring Executive Director Peggy Powell with a plaque during a recent celebration in her honor. (Daily CU Scan Photo)|
The museum also announced it was hiring Stephanie Smith as its new executive director, the Maine Credit Union League reported (Weekly Update Oct. 17).
Smith joins the museum after spending the past 10 years at St. Paul's School, a prep school in Concord, N.H., where she worked in the development office.
Several museum board members, league presidents credit union CEOs, staff and guests assembled with museum Chairman Michael L'Ecuyer, president/CEO of Bellwether Community CU, Manchester, with $389 million in assets, last week to celebrate Powell's leadership.
L'Ecuyer highlighted Powell's accomplishments as the executive director, from when the original museum building was donated to the SMB Charitable Foundation by the Lemire family, to the grand opening of the current facility in 2002. Powell and the board transitioned the SMB Charitable Foundation to the New England Credit Union Heritage Foundation, and finally to a national board as the America's Credit Union Museum Foundation.
In 2004, Powell collaborated with the New Hampshire Credit Union League, museum member credit unions, the museum's Financial Literacy Educational Committee and the Rundlett Middle School in Concord, N.H., to develop the CU 4 Reality Financial Education Program, which since its inception has reached more than 70,000 students in the United States and Germany. The museum also hosted a celebration for the 100th anniversary of the credit union movement and a film premiere in 2008.