MADISON, Wis. (8/20/13)--Three Credit Union Development Education (DE) Program Awards were presented last week at a special reception during the annual DE Workshop in Raleigh, N.C.
The DE Program Awards go to those certified Credit Union Development Educators (CUDEs) who exemplify what the program stands for through their individual or cooperative efforts to make a difference in their credit union, community or on a national/international basis.
"The DE program encourages action around the credit union philosophy and this year's winners exemplify what being a CUDE is all about," said Lois Kitsch, NCUF national program director.
More than 75 CUDEs gathered at the workshop to help the National Credit Union Foundation present these awards:
- Individual Achievement Award--Paul Thompson. Thompson was honored for his book, "Development of the Modern U.S. Credit Union 1970-2010." A former speechwriter for the Credit Union National Association, he authored the book, which examined the technology, legal and regulatory changes; competitive pressures; and other factors that have seen the industry grow from small, limited-service institutions run by volunteers, to full-service, professionally staffed operations that now serve more than 96 million members.
- Cooperative Spirit Award--North Carolina CUDEs. Collectively, the North Carolina CUDEs have created and offered a History and Philosophy Conference for North Carolina credit union professionals to enrich their understanding of credit union values and principles. More than 150 people have attended the conferences, with many going on to become CUDEs. The conference also is becoming a template for other credit union groups.
- Lifetime Achievement--Bob Schumacher. Schumacher constantly promotes the DE program at CUNA's Government Affairs Conference, World Council of Credit Unions' meetings, state credit union league events and other credit union venues. He also has influenced many people to become CUDEs. As a mentor for the program, Schumacher has inspired students and helped facilitate the program. In 2010, under the guidance of NCUF, Schumacher and eight other DEs guided the formation of a new body to revitalize the DE program. This group, known as the Credit Union Development Education Advisory Council, elected Schumacher as its first chairman. During the next two years, the DE program has flourished, said NCUF.