Time’s Running Out! NWCUA Awards Nomination Period Closes June 23

As the June 23 deadline nears, participants reflect on the opportunities the NWCUA Awards create for credit union professionals and welcome Idaho’s nominees.

Your Association has much to celebrate as we gear up for the Summit, Advocacy, CUNA, and Chapter Awards ceremony at this October’s MAXX convention.

One notable new development for the awards in 2017? This is the first year Idaho will be participating in the now tristate NWCUA Awards program. Your Association is thrilled to welcome the new Idaho nominees as they join their Oregon and Washington colleagues in recognizing the accomplishments of credit union professionals, credit unions, and chapters across the Northwest.

Val Brooks, CEO of Idaho-based Simplot Employees Credit Union and member of the ICUL Board of Directors, shared her excitement about the opportunity for Idaho’s credit unions to take the stage at MAXX this year.

“I could go on and on about the great people in the Idaho Credit Union Movement, including the young, up-and-coming professionals that bring a smile to my face every time I see them. They are energetic, passionate, and provide great hope for our credit unions for many years to come,” Brooks said. “I plan to attend MAXX and am very much looking forward to hearing about the amazing people and chapters who will be recognized for their contributions to the Northwest Credit Union Movement. I’m anxious to meet the young people coming up in the movement and also the experienced people who are mentoring, helping in their communities, and sharing the credit union message of people helping people.”

Brooks also underscored the value of the awards submission process. “I was happy to be able to submit the SW Chapter for consideration in the Chapter award. Whether we receive the award or not, it was an opportunity to look inward at our chapter, and it renewed my already great opinion of all the things on which we are collaborating.”

Michael Murdoch, marketing specialist for NW Priority Credit Union and winner of last year’s Young Credit Union Professional Award, echoed this encouragement to submit a nomination, highlighting how his win enriched his credit union career. “To me, winning the Young Credit Union Professional Award was like a double-shot of encouragement to continue growing,” he explained. “What this says to me is that I must be doing something right, and to me that’s pretty swell. Think of it as validation from my peers for all the times I fell and all the times things didn’t work out so that I may create that one working idea to make this movement just a little bit better.”

Murdoch’s experience even inspired him to serve behind the scenes on the 2017 Awards Committee. “Why go behind the scenes? Why not! In the year since my award, I’ve met so many wonderful people at and through the Association. I feel as if I’m finally part of the family, and what better way to support your family than to get involved?”

The June 23 deadline to submit nominations for this year’s NWCUA Awards is fast approaching. Take a moment to nominate yourself, your exceptional credit union colleagues, credit union, or chapter for an award today. You can find submission forms for all awards categories on the NWCUA Annual Awards page. Winners will be celebrated Oct. 25 at the 2017 Awards Dinner at the MAXX Convention in Spokane, Washington.

Questions about the awards or the nomination process? Please contact Christine Ruzzi, Director, Member Resources, at 503.350.2206 or cruzzi@nwcua.org.