CHATTANOOGA, Tenn., and NASHVILLE, Tenn. (6/1/11)--The Tennessee Credit Union League (TCUL) and Volunteer Corporate Credit Union (VolCorp) recently inducted four individuals into the Tennessee Credit Union Hall of Fame at the TCUL Annual Convention and Expo in Gatlinburg, Tenn. Jointly sponsored by TCUL and VolCorp, induction into the hall of fame is awarded annually to recognize the commitment, leadership and dedication that individuals from the state have made to the credit union movement. The 2011 inductees into the hall of fame are:
* Sandy Lingerfelt, Clinchfield CU, Erwin; * William “Bill” and Alice Jenkins, Rohm and Haas Employees CU, Knoxville; and * Hardie Phipps, Kennedy VA Employees FCU, Memphis.
Lingerfelt has been active in the credit union movement since she began working with several small credit unions in the 1970s. She joined Clinchfield FCU in 1977 and was promoted from part-time clerk to manager when the credit union was $1.6 million in assets. Assets are now more than $60 million. Lingerfelt has more than 10 years of service on the Credit Union National Association board and more than eight years as a board member of the National Credit Union Foundation. The Jenkinses served together in the credit union industry for more than 50 years. As an employee of Rohm and Haas, Bill started the credit union for employees in 1949. Until his death in September 2009, he reported to the credit union every day it was open--more than 58 years. Alice worked alongside Bill for more than 55 years until 2006. She died in 2008. Together, they grew Rohm and Hass to more than $16 million in assets. The late Phipps, former manager/CEO of Kennedy VA Employees FCU, served the credit union for 37 years, from 1971 through 2008. He was an advocate for small credit unions, and he encouraged other credit union managers and volunteers to be active within the credit union system. Phipps served as the treasurer of the Memphis Chapter of Credit Unions for 21 years. Phipps also served on the Tennessee Credit Union League board of directors from 2000 through 2008.