Friday’s the Deadline for 2014 Directors’ Award Nominations

Nominations are being accepted through Friday, May 16, for a series of awards that will pay tribute to credit union directors who have demonstrated extraordinary leadership and a commitment to advocacy, community service and the ongoing success of their financial institution.

Four directors and a credit union will be honored with Directors’ Awards at the Northwest Credit Union Association’s Directors’ Conference, which is scheduled for June 6-8 at The Heathman Lodge in Vancouver, Washington.

The three-day conference will focus on a variety of fiduciary, business, legal and regulatory issues, including CDFI and low-income designations, the NCUA’s Risk-Based Capital proposal, CEO succession planning, board compensation and more.

Attendees will also have an opportunity to participate in a Financial Reality Fair and see first-hand how the Northwest Credit Union Foundation is sharing the importance of financial literacy with students and teachers across the Northwest. Registration for the conference is now open, and available online.

The Directors’ Awards program is new to the conference this year, and nominations are being accepted through Friday, May 16, in five categories. It’s a chance, says NWCUA President/CEO Troy Stang, to shine a light on the people who “form the foundation of who we are as cooperatives.”

“As pillars of their communities, directors are in a unique position to promote the credit union philosophy and explain the credit union difference to the general public,” Stang says. “These awards recognize their commitment, their leadership, and their accomplishments over the past year.”

Four directors and a credit union will be honored at the awards dinner and ceremony on Saturday, June 7:

  • Credit Union Director of the Year: This award recognizes the outstanding achievement and accomplishments of a credit union board member who demonstrates commitment and leadership in credit union advocacy, community service and commitment to the ongoing success of their credit union.
  • Advocate of the Year: This award recognizes a board member who has met the highest benchmarks for legislative and regulatory grassroots advocacy by participating in events such as CUNA’s Governmental Affairs Conference or Credit Union Day at the Capitol, meeting with legislators or working on campaigns, contributing to CULAC and answering advocacy calls to action.
  • Spirit of Community Award: This award recognizes a director’s efforts to support and strengthen the lives of non-members through community service and outreach programs and a commitment to the “people helping people” philosophy.
  • Distinguished Impact Award: This award recognizes a director who has made a significant impact and contribution toward the success and advancement of the credit union they serve. This could include a contribution toward or development of innovative advances in offerings to members, a demonstrated commitment to ongoing education, or participation in other activities that further the success of the credit union and its members.
  • Credit Union Commitment to Board Excellence: This award recognizes a credit union for its outstanding programs or practices that demonstrate an ongoing commitment to credit union board excellence. This could include implementation of innovative or outstanding board succession planning, board education or board community projects.

Nomination forms and a complete description of each award are available on the NWCUA website.

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