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North Carolina League Honors Seven
RALEIGH, N.C. (6/17/13)--The North Carolina Credit Union League honored Robert S. (Bobby) Hall, who recently retired from State Employee's CU (SECU), Raleigh, N.C., and six other individuals at its annual meeting last week.

Hall received the Larry Johnson Order of Merit Lifetime Achievement Award.  The award, which is the state's highest individual credit union honor, recognizes individuals who have dedicated their careers to promoting the credit union philosophy, and whose leadership to North Carolina credit unions and related organizations has been or was sustained throughout their careers.

Hall served in the credit union movement for more than 43 years--all at SECU.

Four individuals were honored with the Mark of Excellence award, which recognizes sustained leadership among North Carolina credit union people. Eligibility is limited to past winners of the Ronald J. Hutchins Credit Union Person of the Year Award who have at least 25 years of service in the credit union industry.

This year's honorees included:

  • David Campbell, board member, Telco Community CU; Tarboro;
  • Leslie Colin (L.C.) Kelly, board member, Charlotte (N.C.) Fire Department CU;
  • Jack Thornton, board member, Summit CU, Greensboro; and
  • Sam Whitehurst, president/CEO, Summit CU.
David Elliott, the president/CEO of Fort Bragg FCU, Fayetteville, won the Ronald J. Hutchins Award as the outstanding Credit Union Person of the Year. The Ronald J. Hutchins Award is given each year to a credit union professional and volunteer to recognize their outstanding accomplishments, time and effort given in support and promotion of the credit union ideal of people helping people.

Elliott's 35-year credit union career began as a branch manager at Members CU in Winston-Salem. He joined Fort Bragg FCU in 1986 as director of branch operations, and was named CEO of the $409 million asset credit union in 1996.

Wayne Weddington, the chairman of the Internal Revenue Employees' FCU, Greensboro, won the Ronald J. Hutchins Award as the outstanding Credit Union Volunteer Person of the Year.

Weddington, the chairman of Internal Revenue Employees FCU, joined the board of the credit union in 1979, he has served in many positions on the board and as an executive.


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