LYNCHBURG, Va. (4/11/14)--The Virginia Credit Union League announced the recipients of its individual awards at the league's 80th annual meeting in Williamsburg.
Cliff DeMars, a volunteer from the $121 million-asset Blue Eagle CU, Roanoke, Va., was awarded the league's highest honor, the James P. Kirsch Lifetime Achievement Award.
The James P. Kirsch Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes those individuals who have unselfishly devoted their time and energy to ensuring a brighter, better future for credit unions.
DeMars has served on the Virginia league's board of directors since 2002 and served as league chair from 2006 to 2008. He is also a member of the board of directors for the Credit Unions Care Foundation of Virginia, a charitable organization founded by Virginia's credit unions in 2009 to coordinate credit unions' charitable, financial education, and community service work.
Alison DeTuncq, president/CEO of the $655 million-asset University of Virginia Community CU, Charlottesville, Va., was awarded the Eugene H. Farley Jr. Award of Excellence.
The award is presented to a credit union professional or volunteer official in recognition of his or her outstanding contributions to an individual credit union or to the credit union movement. In particular, the award seeks to recognize achievements that exemplify credit unions' people-helping-people" philosophy.
UVA Community CU made headlines recently for participation in its local energy-efficiency advocate nonprofit--the Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP). An alliance comprised of local governments, energy and water utilities, the University of Virginia, Piedmont Virginia Community College and other stakeholders, LEAP's operation is part of a national initiative to improve the energy efficiency of homes and buildings in an effort to create jobs, save money, lessen dependence on foreign oil and improve air quality.
DeTuncq is the only Virginia-based director on the board of Mid-Atlantic Corporate FCU, Middletown, Pa. She is also a member of the league's Partnership Committee, which works jointly with the World Council of Credit Unions to aid the growing credit union system in the Baltic nation of Estonia.