BEAVERTON, Ore. (10/20/08)--The Credit Union Association of Oregon (CUAO) announced the 2008 Credit Union Advocate of the Year, Professional and Volunteer, during the Awards Banquet at CUAO’s 72nd Annual Meeting and Convention on Oct. 8. The individuals and credit unions were honored for their dedication to the credit union movement in the legislative and political arena. The 2008 CU Advocate of the Year, Volunteer was presented to Gene Hatfield, OSU FCU, Corvallis. Hatfield is an advocate for credit unions and has served in many capacities including secretary/treasurer of the board of directors, chair of the supervisory committee, and on executive, financial services, and nominating committees for the credit union since becoming a volunteer in 2000. This year’s Credit Union Advocate of the Year in the Professional category is Dan Penn, CEO, MaPS CU, Salem. Penn has worked in the credit union movement for more than 38 years, and has been CEO of his credit union since 1980. He has contributed to the movement with his service on the Northwest Corporate board of directors, the CUES board, the CUAO board of directors, and the board of the Capitol Chapter. He has also served as chair of the Grassroots and CU Advocacy Committee and currently serves as chair of the PAC Trustees Board. Penn has been the recipient of the OCUL “Medal of Honor” for his leadership on the Operations Grassroots Campaign, the Heidemann Scholar Award for outstanding service to the Credit Union Movement, and the 1993 recipient of CUAO’s Distinguished Service Award. Besides credit unions, he is a leader in his community by serving on the Executive Leadership Council of the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce. “Our CU Advocates of the Year lead by example. They are out leading the way on advocacy programs and getting the word out about credit unions to their communities and their elected officials. We are proud of all they do for Oregon’s credit unions,” said Pamela Leavitt, CUAO senior vice president of governmental affairs/communications. CUAO also honored credit unions for being at the “Osborne Top of the Hill” in the area of legislative and political advocacy. This special recognition is for credit unions that have excelled and increased their participation in Oregon’s major advocacy programs, including Project Differentiation, Project Zip Code, Credit Union Legislative Action Committee (CULAC) Month, and the CU Advocate Program. The recipients for 2008 were: Blue Cross Blue Shield FCU, Portland; Cascade Central CU, Hood River; Cascade Community FCU, Roseburg; Castparts Employees FCU, Portland; Central Willamette Community CU, Albany; Forest Park FCU, Portland; KaiPerm Northwest FCU, Portland; Legacy FCU, Portland; Oregon First Community CU, Coquille; Oregon Pioneer FCU, Portland; St. Helens Community FCU, Saint Helens; and Wauna FCU, Clatskanie. Contributors to Oregon’s state political action committee, CULAF, and the federal PAC, CULAC were applauded during the ceremony for meeting and exceeding their respective fundraising goals. CULAC fundraising reached 91% of the 2008 goal with 2,151 credit union supporters contributing over $55,000.