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Blanchard inducted into Cooperative Hall of Fame
WASHINGTON (5/7/10)--Larry Blanchard was inducted Wednesday into the Cooperative Hall of Fame by the Cooperative Development Foundation during a dinner and induction ceremony at the Washington, D.C., Press Club.
Click to view larger image Larry Blanchard, right, who worked for every major credit union organization in the U.S., receives a standing ovation as he is inducted into the Cooperative Development Foundation's Cooperative Hall of Fame by CUNA Mutual Group President/CEO Jeff Post, left. Blanchard was the nominee of the Credit Union National Association and its Cooperative Alliance Committee. (Photo provided by CUNA Mutual Group)
Blanchard, who retired in 2008 as senior vice president for special projects from CUNA Mutual Group, was one of four people inducted and the only credit union industry representative. He now serves as a consultant for corporate and legislative affairs at CUNA Mutual. "I was so floored. I had no clue. To be nominated for such a prestigious award by the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) and its Cooperative Alliances Committee was an honor. I'm blown away," Blanchard told News Now. Blanchard was head of communications in CUNA's Washington, D.C., office during the late 1980s and early 1990s before going to CUNA Mutual Group. His nomination was approved by the CUNA Board. He is considered by many in the movement as a shaper of today's credit union landscape, according to the foundation. He was an employee and organizer of credit unions who worked for every major credit union organization in the U.S. He also was a credit union development educator who helped guide the evolution of the Campus Credit Union Council. He also was a leader of Operation Grassroots--an effort to maintain regulatory independence for credit unions. Others inducted were Glenn English (rural utilities), Werqu Mekasha (agriculture) and David Thompson (general).


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