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Jolette receives WOCCU Distinguished Service Award
GDAŃSK, Poland (7/23/12)--The closing awards ceremony of the World Credit Union Conference, hosted by the World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU), in Gdańsk, Poland was highlighted by the presentation of several awards and scholarships.

Manuel Rabines, left, presents the global industry's top honor to Barry Jolette, a former regulator, World Council of Credit Unions chair and current president/CEO of San Mateo CU, Redwood City, Calif.
Former WOCCU director Barry Jolette has been given the organization's Distinguished Service Award, the global credit union industry's highest honor.

A former National Credit Union Administration regulator, Jolette serves as president/CEO of San Mateo CU in Redwood City, Calif. In 1997, he was elected to the Credit Union National Association board of directors and named its chair in 2001. He also served on the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues board as a director and chair, and has received the National Credit Union Foundation's Herb Wegner Memorial Award for Lifetime Achievement, the highest individual honor awarded by the U.S. credit union movement.

Jolette's involvement with (WOCCU) began in 1991. Jolette's experience with WOCCU changed his life, he said, and he urged audience members to increase their participation in the global trade group.

World Council of Credit Unions chair Manuel Rabines, left, congratulates WOCCU Young Credit Union People scholarship recipients, from left, Miriam De Dios, U.S.; Edyta Grzybowski, Poland; Brian Aalbers, Canada; Wesley Diniz Alves, Brazil; and Maire Doyle, Ireland. With them are WOCCU President/CEO Brian Branch and Director Ron Hance.
"I know you know someone who should be part of this wonderful organization, so please ask them to get involved," Jolette said. "That person could be the next crazy zealot to step forward and save some lives."

Conference co-hosts the National Association of Co-operative Savings and Credit Unions (NACSCU) also presented two Phoenix Awards, the highest honor given by the Polish credit union system. NACSCU Supervisory Board Chair Adam Jedlinski bestowed the awards on the late Polish president Lech Kaczyński, a former NACSCU Foundation director and longtime credit union supporter, and Cardinal Jozef Glemp, the Catholic primate of Gdańsk.

"The awards were presented to two wonderful people who supported the credit union movement and helped guide us out from under the shadow of a totalitarian regime," Jedlinski said.

WOCCU also awarded scholarships to five participants in the WOCCU Young Credit Union People (WYCUP) program. The scholarships enable winners to attend the 2013 World Credit Union Conference next July in Ottawa, Canada. This year's winners were Miriam De Dios, U.S.; Edyta Grzybowska, Poland; Brian Aalbers, Canada; Wesley Diniz Alves, Brazil; and Maire Doyle, Ireland.

"The hallmark of any profession is to provide for and train the next generation of leaders," said World Council Director Ron Hance, president/CEO of Heritage Family FCU in Rutland, Vt., and head of World Council's awards committee.

Grzegorz Bierecki, WOCCU First Vice Chair, presents the "Let's Gdansk" conference logo and tagline to the city of Gdańsk, Poland. (Photos provided by World Council of Credit Unions)
World Council First Vice Chair Grzegorz Bierecki, NACSCU president and CEO, announced that the rights to the conference logo and tagline "Let's Gdańsk!" would be presented to the city of Gdańsk for use in promoting the city in perpetuity.

"Let it stand in representation of the work Polish credit unions have done and of World Council's legacy of sustainability long after this conference has ended," Bierecki said. "'Let's Gdansk' tonight, tomorrow and for many years to come."

Bierecki also received a special award from the Russian Credit Union League and the Ukrainian National Association of Savings and Credit Unions for his work in helping guide the development of Poland's credit union system.
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