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Author of Ohio CU Act others honored by league
COLUMBUS, Ohio (4/27/10)--The Ohio Credit Union League honored several individuals for their contributions to the credit union movement during an April 15 awards ceremony, at its ZENITH10 conference, in Cincinnati.
Tim Clarke Bonow addresses attendees and reflects on his father’s legacy after accepting the Louise McCarren Herring Lifetime Achievement Award from the Ohio Credit Union League on behalf of his grandfather, Claude Clarke. (Photos provided by the Ohio Credit Union League)
Claude Clarke, author of the Ohio Credit Union Act of 1934, was posthumously honored with the Louise McCarren Herring Lifetime Achievement Award. Clarke served as the manager of the league and is a former Credit Union National Association chairman. He died in 1975. Clarke’s grandson, Tim Clarke Bonow, accepted the award on his behalf. The league also honored Bill Burke, CEO of Day Air CU, Kettering, with the 2010 Professional of the Year Award. Under Burke, Day Air experienced a 7% growth in membership, 11% growth in assets and a 15% growth in deposits in 2009.
Bill Burke, CEO of Day Air CU, Kettering, accepts the Professional of the Year Award at ZENITH10, the Ohio Credit Union League’s conference, held April 15 in Cincinnati. League board chair Jennifer Ferguson is also pictured.
Jerry Gramke received the 2010 Volunteer of the Year Award for his work at Cincinnati Police FCU. “When I began, we had just hired our second employee and offered only auto loans and savings accounts,” Gramke said. “Today I am proud to say we are a full-time financial institution and growing.” The 2010 Claude Clarke Political Inspiration Awards were presented to Phil Buell, CEO of Superior FCU, Lima; and Seven Seventeen CU, Warren. The awards recognize an individual and a credit union for their advocacy efforts. Seven Seventeen CEO Gary Soukenik accepted the award on behalf of the credit union. He said: “Don’t let banks set our agenda. All credit unions must maintain and increase their advocacy efforts, and we all must work collectively to educate legislators to make the right choices.”


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