WASHINGTON, D.C. (11/25/14)--Diana Dykstra, president/CEO of the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues, received the American Association of Credit Union Leagues' (AACUL) highest honor--the Eagle Award--at the organization's annual meeting last week.
AACUL members also elected their board during the annual meeting.
Mike Mercer, president/CEO of the Georgia Credit Union Affiliates and member of the Eagle selection committee, presented the award to Dykstra, who has led the leagues for four years.
The Eagle Award, which has been presented only 20 times, is bestowed on a league president who:
Mercer lauded Dykstra's leadership for her focus on constant improvement, on pushing forward to improve what is good to be even better; not being afraid to "rock the boat" by taking controversial stands; her commitment to member engagement; and her constant search for collaboration opportunities that are in the best interest of the entire movement.
He specifically cited:
"While Diana has been a league president for just four years, she has already had a significant impact in California and Nevada along with CUNA and all 42 leagues," said AACUL Executive Director Susan Newton.
AACUL Chairman Wendell Lyons said, "I cannot think of a better person to receive this high honor from our association."
Dykstra was elected to AACUL's executive board, replacing Carolinas Credit Union League President/CEO John Radebaugh who stepped down after six years on the board.
Lyons, who is president/CEO of the Kentucky Credit Union League, was re-elected as chairman. Other members of the board are:
Ex officio members are Newton and immediate past chairman Bill Mellin, president/CEO, Credit Union Association of New York.
(Editor's note: This article is reprinted from the Nov. 24 issue of News Now.)