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AACUL presents Thompson with Eagle Award
WASHINGTON (11/21/12 ) --
Brett Thompson, right, president/CEO of the Wisconsin Credit Union League and former American Association of Credit Union Leagues (AACUL) chairman, was presented AACUL's highest honor--the Eagle Award--last week at AACUL's Annual Meeting by Bill Mellin, left, AACUL chairman and president/CEO of the Credit Union Association of New York. (Photo provided by the American Association of Credit Union Leagues
The American Association of Credit Union Leagues (AACUL) has bestowed its highest honor--the Eagle Award--on Brett Thompson, president/CEO of the Wisconsin Credit Union League and former AACUL chairman.

The presentation was made during the AACUL 2012 Annual Meeting  held  Thursday-Saturday.

Also at the meeting, the association re-elected its executive board for 2013.

The Eagle Award has been presented only 18 times in the award's 32-year history. It is bestowed on a league president who:

  • Has an outstanding record of achievement at the league level;
  • Is willing to speak out and take a stand on critical, controversial issues;
  • Demonstrates leadership beyond the league level;
  • Is innovative in creating or implementing new ideas; and
  • Maintains an unremitting dedication to credit union and personal principles, and an unflagging focus on important issues.
Mike Mercer, president/CEO of the Georgia Credit Union Affiliates and chairman of the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) Board, serves as chair of the Eagle Committee. In presenting the award, Mercer cited Thompson's outstanding advocacy work in the Wisconsin state capitol of Madison, and before Congress. He cited specific undertakings, including:

  • The Wisconsin league's "1 with The League" on-going public relations and advocacy campaign that has trained more than 1,100 credit union activists;
  • Creation of Wisconsin Credit Union House; and
  • Thompson as one of the top personal contributors to CULAC.
"Under Brett's leadership, the Wisconsin league has had far-reaching efforts to engage youth in credit unions," said Bill Mellin, chairman of AACUL and president/CEO of the Credit Union Association of New York. "Wisconsin credit unions now supervise 100 in-school, student-run branches with $3 million on deposit; has provided resources to help 405 teachers at 350 high schools achieve state teaching standards for personal finance; and the creation of an innovative personal finance game, Money Mission, which is being used by young people in 48 states to learn basic money management.

"I cannot think of better person to receive this high honor from our association," Mellin added.

Thompson's work beyond Wisconsin includes several leadership positions with AACUL, CUNA, and the Minnesota & Wisconsin Cooperatives.

"Brett has shaped many of AACUL's initiatives over the past 10-plus years.  I can't think of anyone more deserving of this recognition," noted Susan E. Newton, AACUL executive director.

Also during the three-day meeting, AACUL re-elected Mellin to another term as AACUL chairman.  Other members of the Executive Board elected include:

  • First vice chairman Wendell Lyons, CEO, Kentucky Credit Union League;
  • Second vice chairmanTracie Kenyon, CEO, Montana Credit Union Network;
  • Treasurer John Radebaugh, CEO, North Carolina Credit Union League;
  • Secretary Mark Cummins, CEO, Minnesota Credit Union Network;
  • Immediate past chair Thompson; and
  • Newton.


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