Foundation Summit Awards Wrap Up Convention 2010

The Washington Credit Union League wrapped up its 2010 Convention and Annual Business Meeting last week with what some are calling the best Summit Awards celebration in recent memory. But however one might view it, the Washington credit union community turned out in full force to honor the best and brightest the state has to offer.

Featuring the usual pomp of the Washington Credit Union Foundation awards program, the evening also included some elements not seen before. One of the most touching events, representative of credit unions, occurred after Maud Matende spoke about her effort to reinvigorate the Zimbabwe credit union system. These efforts include selling out-of print, 100 trillion Zimbabwe dollar notes for $10 US each.

As Maud was leaving the podium, Whatcom Educational Credit Union President & CEO Wayne Langei stood and purchased one, and urged everyone in the room to do the same.  Within minutes, Matende had sold out.

“That spontaneous moment was right in tune with the spirit of the evening,” says Washington Credit Union League President & CEO John Annaloro.

And the evening didn’t stop there. As it progressed, there was recognition for the CUNA Award winners, the Volunteer Honor Roll, including first inductee into the Volunteer Hall of Fame, the Washington Credit Union Foundation Legacy Award and the Summit Awards themselves.

As the finale to the Convention, the Washington Credit Union Foundation hosted a Comedy/Improv Night. With support from two great sponsors, Southwest Corporate FCU and Autoland, this fast-paced, audience interactive show capped off the night just right for convention goers who attended.The improvisational scenes, games, and musical numbers kept everyone entertained, with some in the audience even volunteering to be a part of the show. Here’s a sample of one of the acts performed by Jet City Improv.

The highlight of the evening was the raffle drawing for two Apple iPads. Throughout the two-days of Convention, the Foundation board sold raffle tickets for those who wanted to enter for a chance to win. By night’s end, the raffle ticket fundraiser brought in $500. The winners were Terri Salstrom, President & CEO of Industrial Credit Union and Charlie Peterson of Allied Solutions.

Dora Maxwell Award

  • $5-$20 million-Calcoe Federal Credit Union
  • $20-$50 million-SnoCope Federal Credit Union
  • $200-$500 million-Yakima Valley Credit Union
  • Greater that $500 million-Red Canoe Credit Union

Louise Herring Award

  • BECU

Desjardins Youth Financial Education Award

  • Horizon Credit Union

Volunteer Honor Roll Inductees

  • Scott Bieber, iQ Credit Union
  • Sadie Hawkins, Our Community Federal Credit Union
  • Paul Johnson, American Lake Credit Union
  • Ed Streuli, Qualstar Credit Union, and
  • John Weber, American Lake Credit Union

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