COLUMBUS, Ohio (4/18/11)--In front of nearly 500 peers, Ohio credit union leaders were honored during InVest48, the Ohio Credit Union League’s annual conference, for their contributions to the movement, their credit unions and the communities they serve. Highlighting the 2011 awards were this year’s Claude Clark Political Inspiration Award Winners: Tom Furrey, CEO of Western CU, and Greg Kidwell, CEO of Members First CU, both of Columbus. In 2010, inspiration award winners Furrey and Kidwell helped elect a credit union supporter to Congress, Rep. Steve Stivers (R-Ohio). Their support helped Stivers win election to the 15th congressional district, where he is now a strong credit union advocate on the influential House Financial Services Committee. Also, both Furrey and Kidwell have led strong Political Action Committee campaigns at their credit unions, raising a combined total of $6,000 last year. Eileen Meeker of AurGroup Financial CU, Fairfield was introduced as the Professional of the Year. Meeker has helped raise tens of thousands of dollars and awareness for causes, including Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, Shared Harvest Food Bank, United Way, and the West Chester Community Back-Pack Program. Her passion includes providing financial education to the underserved and unbanked, and to students in Butler County. Desjardins Youth Financial Education Awards were presented to:
* Classic FCU, Amelia, which hosted Reality Store events for more than 300 students on the importance of managing money. * Fiberglas FCU, Newark, and Harvest FCU, Heath, which joined forces to introduce Mad City Money to high schools, and to inform educators and parents about the importance of financial education.
Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Awards were presented to:
* Wayne County Community FCU, Smithville, which hosted Shredding Hunger, where members could shred a box of documents for every bag of groceries donated. More than 5,000 pounds were shredded and enough food was collected to stock two local food pantries. * KEMBA Financial CU, Columbus, which created “KEMBA Cares,” to provide community partnerships. The credit union turned twice-a-year, all-day staff meetings into outreach opportunities by closing its offices and investing time in the community.
Communicating Arts CU, Cincinnati, received the Louise Herring Award for Philosophy in Action. Communicating Arts CU celebrated its 70th anniversary by offering a 7-month share certificate at 7% APR. The intent was to both reward members for their dedication to the credit union, and incent them to develop a savings plan. Cutting-Edge Marketing Brilliance Awards were presented to:
* Ohio University CU, Athens, which increased its membership by 2.57% with its “I Love O-U-C-U” campaign. Members referred family and friends, earning them credit union “points” and entry for prizes. * Ohio HealthCare FCU, Columbus, which engaged its statewide professional field of membership to create buzz about the benefits of the credit union through a member contest, “Next Top Credit Union Member.” Members provided video testimonials about how the credit union has made a difference in their lives.