Full Slate of Award Presentations Highlights NWCUA Convention Agenda

In many ways, the Northwest Credit Union Association (NWCUA) 2012 Convention and Annual Business Meeting is focused on the future.

Even the theme (“Innovation. Action. Growth.”) reflects the ideal that credit unions be on the cutting edge.

Of course, in other ways, Convention also represents a time to take a look back—a time to reflect on the accomplishments of the past year, to recognize the outstanding contributions of individuals and their credit unions, to share bests practices and success stories, and to generally foster and enhance the sense of community among credit unions in the Northwest. One part of that process is the celebration and presentation of a number of prestigious awards throughout the week.

The Chapter Excellence Awards, designed to recognize Association chapters for their contributions to the success of the credit union movement in the region, will be presented on Wednesday, Oct. 3, during the morning’s keynote session. Each year, chapters do an outstanding job developing and implementing creative and beneficial programs for their members. Chapter Excellence Awards are given for each of the four pillars—leadership, education, advocacy, and philosophy in action—in addition to one award for overall best practices.

Strong advocacy programs are a key piece of winning legislative battles, defending against legislative attacks and giving credit unions the opportunity to thrive, and the Advocacy Awards, to be presented Tuesday, Oct. 2, during the Annual Business Meeting (ABM), recognize outstanding credit union grassroots participation in legislative and regulatory activities. As attendance at the ABM is free, all are invited to take part in the ceremony celebrating the accomplishments of credit union professionals and volunteers.

Oct. 3 will also be home to the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) Awards Luncheon, open only by invite and advance registration. The Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility, Louise Herring Philosophy in Action and Desjardins Financial Literacy awards allow state-level winners to advance to national judging and receive recognition for their commitment to carrying on the credit union philosophy of “people helping people.”

This year’s Convention will then once again be capped by the Summit Awards and Dinner Event in the evening of Thursday, Oct. 4. Hosted by the Northwest Credit Union Foundation (NWCUF), this semi-formal celebration recognizes individuals in the categories of Distinguished Credit Union Volunteer, Credit Union Professional of the Year, Young Credit Union Professional of the Year, and the Mark of Excellence for 25 Years or More of Service. This year will also include the induction of honorees to the Volunteer Hall of Fame.

“We have taken steps to add even more pomp and circumstance to the award proceedings,” said NWCUA Senior Director of Training and Development Nancy Pullen. “Everyone recognized with an award this year has done something outstanding to deserve that recognition, and we want the awards presentations to be a special, memorable experience for everyone involved.”

To register for Convention or to view the full agenda, visit the Convention website. Early registration discounts are available until Sept. 14, 2012.


Questions? Contact Training Programs Coordinator Yuri Jung: 206.340.4817, yjung@nwcua.org.

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