★ Red Canoe Credit Union, Longview, Wash., Ken Kelly, Matt Milligan, Rod Snyder, and Michelle Trekas. This credit union’s staff received the Catalyst Award at CUNA’s Experience Learning Live! The award recognizes a person or department that gives energy to another employee or program, helping them become better, too.
★ Sioux Falls (S.D.) Credit Union, Don Vaughn. Don Vaughn of Sioux Falls Credit Union won the Training Professional of the Year Award from CUNA’s Experience Learning Live! This award recognizes achievements of a visionary credit union training professional or department for exceptional contributions to the learning and performance development of credit union staff.
★ Seattle (Wash.) Metropolitan Credit Union, Tiffany Goodman and Tiffanie Walls.Seattle Metropolitan took home the WOW award at CUNA’s Experience Learning Live! This award is presented to the credit union with the best overall training curriculum or event—one that inspires learning, teaches skills that go beyond the classroom, and empowers participants.
The Louise Herring Philosophy-in-Action Member Service Award recognizes credit unions that demonstrate the internal application of credit union philosophy to help improve members’ financial lives and increase financial education.
Recent first-place winners were:
★ Communicating ArtsCredit Union, Detroit
★ St. Louis(Mo.) Community Credit Union
★ Credit Union 1, Anchorage, Alaska
★ Eastman Credit Union, Kingsport, Tenn.
Award recognizes credit union efforts to strengthen local institutions and materially improve the lives of nonmembers through community outreach programs (other than personal finance education). The Dora Maxwell Award recent first-place winners include:
★ Marinette(Wis.) County Employees Credit Union
★ Joplin(Mo.) Metro Credit Union
★ General Credit Union, Fort Wayne, Ind.
★ Space AgeFederal Credit Union, Aurora, Colo.
★ AlabamaCredit Union, Tuscaloosa, Ala.
★ Marine Federal Credit Union, Jacksonville, N.C.
★ StateEmployees’ Credit Union, Raleigh, N.C.
★ Western Chapter of the North Carolina Credit Union League
The National Credit Union Foundation presents national awards recognizing lifetime achievement, individual achievement, and outstanding programs. The latest honorees include:
★ Bill Eckhardt, president/CEO of Alaska USA Federal Credit Union, Anchorage, and Tom Dorety, president/CEO, Suncoast Schools Federal Credit Union, Tampa, Fla. (co-recipients, Lifetime Achievement Award); and
★ Invest in America (Outstanding Organization Award).
The following credit unions best advance the ideals of the credit union movement, provide products that meet the needs of diverse communities, and are active in their communities. Both were named 2011 Community Credit Unions of the Year at the CUNA Community Credit Union and Growth Conference.
★ Streator (Ill.) Onized Credit Union (Less than $250 million in assets)
★ Knoxville (Tenn.) TVA Employees Credit Union (More than $250 million in assets)
CUNA’s Desjardins Financial Education Awards program recognizes leadership within the credit union movement on behalf of financial literacy for all ages. The program considers all activities supporting the personal finance education of members and nonmembers. The program also formally recognizes a state lawmaker who displays leadership on behalf of youth financial education. Recent winners include:
★ Credit Union Associationof New York, Albany
★ A+ FederalCredit Union, Austin, Texas
★ CommunityCredit Union, Lewiston, Maine
★ COREFederal Credit Union, East Syracuse, N.Y.
★ Service 1stFederal Credit Union, Danville, Pa.
★ CommunityAmericaCredit Union, Kansas City, Mo.
★ Community Credit Union, Lewiston, Maine
★ Financial Fitness Greater Austin (Texas) Credit Union Facilitators: A+ Federal Credit Union, Greater TEXAS Federal Credit Union, University Federal Credit Union, and Velocity Credit Union
★ Greater MinnesotaCredit Union, Mora
★ Latino CommunityCredit Union, Durham, N.C.
★ Rep. Mark Longietti, District 7, Pa.