NAPERVILLE, Ill. (9/2/08)--Nearly 100 chapter leaders from 24 of the Illinois Credit Union League’s (ICUL) 26 chapters attended its annual Chapter Leaders Conference last month. The conference was hosted by the Tri-County Chapter of Credit Unions and held in Utica, Ill. This year’s main program, “Stop the Presses: Raising the Profile of Your Chapter’s Good Works!” focused on helping chapters maximize public relations resources to promote activities within their communities. “Chapters are integral to the Illinois Credit Union System,” said Dan Plauda, ICUL president/CEO. “This conference was the perfect opportunity for chapter officials from around the state to network and gather ideas on how to revitalize and enhance their chapter’s effectiveness.” Several chapters were honored with Eagle Awards for quality programs provided to member credit unions and communities. The Best Community Involvement Program went to the Egyptian Chapter for its Dress for Success project, which helped 14 high school seniors prepare to enter the real world. Best Special Event awards went to:
* The Central Illinois Chapter, which focused on strengthening political ties with local legislators and statewide candidates at its legislative night event; * The Joseph S. DeRamus Chapter, which collected donations to provide Spinoza bears to a local hospital for terminally ill children; and * The Northwest Illinois Chapter, which was honored for a “Green Raffle” for a Yamaha scooter with more than $3,000 in proceeds benefiting the Illinois Credit Union Foundation, and the Credit Union Political Action Council (CUPAC), and for distributing free emergency financial first aid kits at three county fairs.
In 2007’s Chapter Competition for CUPAC, 100% of Illinois’ chapters participated for the second straight year, and raised more than $140,000. The top contributor was the Southeast Chapter, which raised $35,096. Several individuals received Chapter Leader and Chapter Representative of the Year awards. The Chapter Leader Award recipient was Penni Gebke, ICUL regional director. Other awards included:
* Karen Jurasek, iBelong Chapter Representative of the Year, Rockford Area Chapter; * Jeri Hanson, Illinois Youth Involvement Council Chapter Representative of the Year, Danville Area Chapter; and * Kim Hocking, ICU Foundation Chapter Representative of the Year, Southern Illinois Chapter.