BISMARCK, N.D. (6/27/14)--Excellence across all credit union areas was noted by the Credit Union Association of the Dakotas during its recent Summit awards banquet.
Joanne Lautenschlager, a director at $352 million-asset Town and Country CU, Minot, N.D., was honored as the North Dakota volunteer of the year. She was appointed to the board in 1990 and has served on the credit committee for 11 years.
Burt Elliott, board member at Aberdeen (S.D.) FCU, with $114 million in assets, received the South Dakota volunteer of the year award. A 40-year member of the credit union, Elliott has been on the board for 31 years and currently serves as the board's legislative director.
The professionals of the year in both states are well-tenured. Travis Kasten, president, $132 million-asset Service First FCU, Sioux Falls, was honored as the South Dakota professional of the year. Kasten has been involved with the credit union movement for more than 30 years.
Darwin Brokke, president, Citizens Community CU, Devils Lake, was named North Dakota professional of the year. Brokke started his career in 1983 when the credit union held $3 million in assets. Today, it is a $151 million-asset credit union that serves nearly 10,000 members.
Two credit unions also were feted for their outstanding achievements.
The Five Star Award--which recognizes individual credit unions for their work in education, legislative activities, public relations/marketing, member contact and community service--went to Voyage FCU, Sioux Falls, S.D., with $75 million in assets.
Town and Country CU, Minot, N.D., with $352 million in assets, was awarded the Building Connections Award for exhibiting the credit union and co-op philosophies and for supporting their communities during National Co-op Month and International Credit Union Day.