COLUMBUS, Ohio (4/12/11)--The William A. Herring Society has raised more than $50,000 for the Ohio Credit Union Foundation (OCUF).
The newly announced planned giving opportunity, which recognizes employees and volunteers who have shown a commitment to credit unions, honors Bill Herring, CEO of Cincinnati Central CU, as the inaugural inductee. The unveiling was announced before more than 500 attendees during the Ohio Credit Union League’s annual conference, InVest48. All funds contributed to the William A. Herring Society will be used by OCUF to support credit union social responsibility initiatives that reach people of modest means. “The honor of being inducted into the William A. Herring Society is bestowed upon individuals who are, or have been, key credit union leaders. Their passion, integrity, and leadership have made a lasting impact on their credit union and its members,” said Tom Furrey, OCUF chair and CEO of Western CU, Columbus. Herring is a charter member of the OCUF Board of Trustees and was instrumental in its founding. He has also served in numerous state and national credit union leadership positions. “His credit union outreach program in the Over the Rhine section of Cincinnati is a national and global model,” said Furrey. “Credit unions are needed now more than ever. We must be truly motivated by what is best for the member, and give equal citizenship to the social mission of credit unions. I am overwhelmed that my family name will be forever linked to a program which has the potential to do so much good to reach out and help people of modest means,” Herring said. Furrey introduced the first Herring Society inductees, the four former chairs of OCUF, who were all present to receive an engraved silver medallion from Herring: Willard Hopkins, CEO of First Miami University Student & Alumni FCU, Oxford; Tim Mislansky, senior vice president of Wright-Patt CU, Fairborn; Rose Bartolomucci, CEO of TeleCommunity CU, Akron; and Kathy Kanipe, CEO of Parish FCU, Toledo. Four credit union-sponsored inductees also were recognized during the ceremony: Richard English, 24-year board member of MidWest Community CU, Defiance; Bruce Campbell, credit union advocate from Superior FCU, Lima; Robert Hallier, 25-year board member from CSE FCU, Canton; and Howard Smith, 19-year board member and former interim CEO of Western CU, Columbus. Donations to the society were made by American Share Insurance, Corporate One FCU, the OCUF, and the Ohio Credit Union League Services Corp.