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California league honors three Unsung Heroes
RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. (12/11/07)--The California Credit Union League recently honored Ginny Baldauf, the late Robert Brain and Doug Lanford with the Unsung Heroes Award from the league's Historical Preservation Committee. Baldauf joined the league in 1973 as conference coordinator. She has served as director of education and public relations at Marine Air FCU (now Patriots FCU), Santa Ana; Provident CU, Redwood City; and vice president of human resources, San Mateo CU, Redwood City. Since her retirement in 1988, she has worked as a consultant. She served on the CUNA Human Resources Council Executive Committee, and as president of the league's Human Resources Network. She also worked with the World Council of Credit Unions to further credit union development in China. In 1995, she represented U.S. credit unions as a delegate to the United Nations Women's Conference in Beijing. Brain served on the board of the Pacific Telephone Co.'s credit union from 1966 to 1971, including one year as chairman. In 1971, he became CEO of Telephone Employees CU (now Wescom CU). When he retired in 1997, the credit union had 12 branches and was a leader in offering members ATM and Internet services. He served on the league's policy-making body, several committees and task forces. In the mid-1990s, Brain co-chaired the National Alliance for Credit Unions. He also served on the advisory committee of the California Commissioner of Corporations and advisory council board of the National Association of State Credit Union Supervisors. Langford began as a volunteer in 1959 with Form Flow FCU, Oakland, and later served as its volunteer treasurer. In 1964, he became manager of the Alameda Coast Guard FCU (now Sea West Coast Guard FCU). He also served as CEO of Contra Costa FCU (then Contra Costa County Employees FCU) and Spectrum FCU (formerly Bechtel FCU). Langford worked as a representative of the California league, formed a consulting business, and founded CUTECH, an employment placement service for credit unions. He held many positions in the league's East Bay Chapter and worked on the Annual Meeting and Convention committee. He was a member of Credit Union National Association's Founders Club and helped found six credit unions.


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