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2017 Maxwell, Herring, Desjardins National Award Winners Announced

Wed, Nov 29, 2017

CUNA’s National Awards Committee recently selected the recipients of the 2017 Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Community Service Award, the Louise Herring Philosophy-in-Action Member Service Award, and the Desjardins Awards for Financial Education.  The awards, which are given in several credit union asset sizes, were selected among the winning entries at a league level.

First-place winners for the Dora Maxwell Award include:

  • Patterson Federal Credit Union, Arkadelphia, AR
  • Financial One Credit Union, Columbia Heights, MN
  • Financial Center First Credit Union, Indianapolis, IN
  • American Heritage Federal Credit Union, Philadelphia, PA
  • Southwest Credit Union Outreach Alliance, Ohio

First-place winners for the Louise Herring Award include:

  • Riverways Federal Credit Union, Rolla, MO
  • Public Service Credit Union, Romulus, MI
  • St. Louis Community Credit Union, Saint Louis, MO
  • Hanscom Federal Credit Union, Hanscom AFB, MA

First-place winners for the Desjardins Youth Financial Education Award include:

  • Clarence Community & Schools Federal Credit Union, Clarence, NY                              
  • CORE Federal Credit Union, East Syracuse, NY
  • Community Financial Credit Union, Plymouth, MI
  • GESA Credit Union, Richland, WA
  • Northwest Credit Union Outreach Alliance, Ohio

First-place winners for the Desjardins Adult Financial Education Award include:

  • Electro Savings Credit Union, Saint Louis, MO
  • Financial Center First Credit Union, Indianapolis, IN
  • Patelco Credit Union, Pleasanton, CA

The Maine Credit Union League also received a first place award for their efforts to improve financial literacy for both youth and adults.

“On behalf of the CUNA Awards Committee, I would like to congratulate all of the 2017 CUNA Award winners. We had an impressive number of submissions this year and the quality of the program submissions once again impressed the committee with the ideas and projects credit unions have put in place in their communities. Please join the committee in congratulating this year’s winners and remember: It’s never too early to start thinking about submitting your own entry for 2018,” Winona Nava, CUNA Awards Committee Chair.

Winning credit unions will be recognized at CUNA’s 2018 Governmental Affairs Conference, February 25 – March 1, in Washington, DC. 

Dora Maxwell – 2017 National Winners

Less than $50 Million in Assets

1st        Patterson Federal Credit Union, Arkansas                   
2nd       Sabattus Credit Union, Maine
HM      Tallahassee-Leon Federal Credit Union, Florida

$50 – 250 Million in Assets

1st        Financial One Credit Union, Minnesota
2nd       Cove Federal Credit Union, Kentucky
HM      West-Aircomm Federal Credit Union, Pennsylvania

$250 Million - $1 Billion in Assets

1st       Financial Center First Credit Union, Indiana
2nd     First Choice America Credit Union, West Virginia
HM      First Commerce Credit Union, Florida

 

More than $1 Billion
1st        American Heritage Federal Credit Union, Pennsylvania
2nd       BayPort Credit Union, Virginia
HM      Local Government Federal Credit Union, North Carolina

 

Chapter or Credit Union Group

1st        Southwest Credit Union Outreach Alliance, Ohio

Dora Maxwell was an original signer of CUNA’s constitution and a tireless organizer of hundreds of credit unions throughout the United States. She also developed volunteer organizer clubs and worked diligently with organizations on behalf of the poor. The Maxwell Award is presented to credit unions for outstanding social responsibility projects in their communities. Activities may include: solving core community problems, coordinating supply drives for the needy, raising money or organizing special events for charitable organizations, or mentoring students.

Louise Herring – 2017 National Winners

Less than $50 Million in Assets

1st        Riverways Federal Credit Union, Missouri
2nd       Tallahassee-Leon Federal Credit Union, Florida
3rd        Financial Health Federal Credit Union, Indiana

 

$50 – 250 Million in Assets

1st        Public Service Credit Union, Michigan
2nd       Health Center Credit Union, Georgia
3rd        Electro Savings Credit Union, Missouri

 

$250 Million - $1 Billion in Assets
1st       St. Louis Community Credit Union, Missouri
2nd     Financial Center First Credit Union, Indiana
HM      Freedom First Credit Union, Virginia

 

More than $1 Billion
1st        Hanscom Federal Credit Union, Massachusetts
2nd       Rogue Credit Union, Oregon
HM      GESA Credit Union, Washington

Louise Herring was an original signer of CUNA’s constitution when she was an Ohio delegate to the 1934 national credit union conference in Estes Park, CO. She saw credit unions as more than just financial institutions and believed they should work to better people’s lives.  The Herring award is given to a credit union demonstrating the internal application of credit union philosophy to help better financial matters and increase financial education for its members.  Examples include: exceptional member service, financial counseling for members experiencing difficulties, and educating members on the credit union difference. 

Desjardins Youth – 2017 National Winners

 Less than $50 Million in Assets

1st        Clarence Community & Schools Federal Credit Union, New York
2nd       Howard County Education Federal Credit Union, Maryland
HM      North Star Credit Union, Minnesota

 

$50 – 250 Million in Assets

1st       CORE Federal Credit Union, New York
2nd      Virginia Educators Credit Union, Virginia
HM      United Educators Credit Union, Minnesota

 

$250 Million - $1 Billion in Assets
1st       Community Financial Credit Union, Michigan
2nd     5Point Credit Union, Texas
HM      Financial Center First Credit Union, Indiana

 

More than $1 Billion
1st        GESA Credit Union, Washington
2nd       Altra Federal Credit Union, Wisconsin
HM      Robins Federal Credit Union, Georgia                                   

Chapter or Credit Union Group
1st        Northwest Credit Union Outreach Alliance, Ohio

 

Desjardins Financial Education Award - League 

1st        Maine Credit Union League          

 

 Desjardins Adult – 2017 National Winners

 $50 – 250 Million in Assets  

1st        Electro Savings Credit Union, Missouri
2nd     Fort Lee Federal Credit Union, Virginia
HM      360 Federal Credit Union,  Connecticut

 

$250 Million - $1 Billion in Assets
1st       Financial Center First Credit Union, Indiana
2nd     SPIRE Credit Union, Minnesota
HM      Alliance Catholic Credit Union, Michigan

 

More than $1 Billion
1st        Patelco Credit Union, California
2nd       Michigan State University Federal CU, Michigan                                         
HM      Delta Community Credit Union, Georgia

The Desjardins Awards are named for Alphonse Desjardins, the founder of the North American credit union movement. Besides founding the first credit unions in Canada and the U.S., Desjardins pioneered youth savings clubs and in-school "banks," known as caisses scolaires. He established caisse populaires, cooperative savings and loan companies, to encourage the working classes to save and plan for the future and provided the credit they needed for economic recovery. This award honors credit unions, chapters and leagues for their commitment to both youth and adult financial literacy.