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Ohio league honors three at ZENITH09
COLUMBUS, Ohio (4/30/09)--Leaders, ideas and cooperative philosophies within the Ohio Credit Union movement were recognized by more than 500 credit union leaders during Ohio’s credit union convention, ZENITH09, last week in Cleveland.
Click to view larger image Claude Clark Political Inspiration Award winner in the individual category Catherine Herring, CEO of Communicating Arts CU, Cincinnati, thanks her board, which considers political advocacy a core responsibility. “Don’t let inexperience prevent you from spending a day at the Statehouse or in Congress,” she said.
Click to view larger image Gary Soukenik, CEO of Seven Seventeen CU, Warren, accepted the Claude Clark Political Inspiration Award in the credit union category. He noted, “numerous legislative issues at both the state and federal levels that impact credit unions’ ability to serve their members. It is clear that we must not only maintain, but step up our efforts to fight for the interests of credit union members throughout Ohio and across the country.”
Click to view larger image Member Development Specialist, Tricia Hale, Ohio University CU, Athens, accepted the Desjardins Youth Financial Education Award on behalf of her credit union. “It is truly rewarding to help the students in our area understand the importance of financial education,” Hale said. (Photos provided by the Ohio Credit Union League)
Catherine Herring, CEO of Communicating Arts CU, Cincinnati, and Gary Soukenik, CEO of Seven Seventeen CU, Warren, received Claude Clark Political Inspiration Awards in the individual and credit union categories, respectively. Ohio University CU, Athens, received the Desjardins Youth Financial Education Award and the Western Buckeye and Cincinnati Chapters each received a Spectacular Chapter Award. Herring was chosen as the 2009 individual recipient for her life-long dedication to credit union advocacy before local, state and federal elected officials. Ohio University CU was recognized for leadership on youth financial literacy. The credit union has worked to inform teachers, school officials, elected officials, the media, and the public about the lack of youth financial education by offering programs like Mad City Money, Bobcat Savings Club, and CU Succeed Teen. After the 75th Ohio Credit Union League annual meeting, the winners of the 2008 Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility and Cutting Edge Marketing Brilliance Awards were announced. They are:
* Kent (Ohio) CU, which helped coordinate a fundraiser called “Hats Off to Hattie,” which raised $4,700 for the Hattie Larlham Foundation, a local non-profit organization for those affected by mental retardation and developmental disabilities; * AurGroup Financial CU, Fairfield, which raised $2,500 for the Butler County Special Olympics by selling Sweets and Hearts (candy and paper hearts) to Fairfield High School students; * Members First CU, Columbus, which created an Owners’ Manual, accentuating the benefits of credit union membership, and differentiating the credit union from for-profit institutions; and * AurGroup Financial CU, which created the Convergence Program, combining classroom presentations with Web-based learning and one-on-one consulting to help the community better understand credit.
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