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KCUA launches REAL Deal bestows awards
WICHITA, Kan. (4/30/09)--Kansas credit unions were introduced to the national theme, “Credit Unions are the REAL Deal” at the 74th Annual Meeting and Convention of the Kansas Credit Union Association (KCUA).
Click to view larger image Kansas credit union volunteers assisted Easter Seals Capper Foundation in setting up for its annual fundraising event.
Each participant learned the four pillars of the REAL Deal Outreach Program and the value of expanding their own outreach efforts. REAL Deal was developed by state credit union leagues, the Credit Union National Association and the National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF) to leverage NCUF’s REAL Solutions program. The program works through state credit union leagues to help them offer services that have proved successful for people of modest means and low wealth. “Our founders took seriously the responsibility of not just creating another bank, but an alternative that would deliver a real deal for consumers,” said Marla S. Marsh, KCUA president/CEO. “The simplicity of an organization run not only for the people it serves, but also by the people it serves creates immeasurable value, especially in today’s marketplace. We have an enormous opportunity to show America the true value of credit unions.”
Eric Bruce accepts the Hall of Fame honor on behalf of his father, Dale Bruce, at the Kansas Credit Union Association awards banquet. (Photos provided by the Kansas Credit Union Association)
In the spirit of the REAL Deal, 20 attendees volunteered for KCUA’s designated charity activity, helping prepare for the Easter Seals Capper Foundation annual fundraiser, “An Evening as a Child.” “Without the members of the KCUA, our event truly could not run as seamlessly as it does,” said Julie Smhra, marketing coordinator for the foundation. In addition to volunteering, KCUA gave awards to three credit union activists for their contribution to the credit union movement. Dale Bruce was honored posthumously as an inductee to the Kansas Credit Union Hall of Fame for his lifetime of contributions to the Kansas movement. Bruce helped credit unions understand the Truth and Lending requirements, and he helped create and implement a system of open-end lending that simplified borrowing for many credit union members. William “Mike” Lackey, chairman of the board of directors of CU 1 of Kansas, was awarded the John Michener Volunteer of the Year Award. During the previous year, he supported innovative changes with a new core computer system, the remodeling of CU 1’s main office in Topeka, and new facility updates in each of the credit union’s branches. Roy Doonan, Credit Union of America, Wichita, was presented the Political Involvement Award for his commitment to Kansas credit unions during the 2008 legislative session and election cycle.

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