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Virginia league announces two award winners
LYNCHBURG, Va. (4/15/11)--The Virginia Credit Union League announced two award winners at its 77th annual meeting April 8 in Norfolk, Va.--Janet Harris and John C. “Jake” Lay.
Click to view larger image Janet Harris (right), a champion for small credit unions and a proponent of small credit unions’ use of technology to better serve member-owners, has been honored with the Virginia Credit Union League’s Eugene H. Farley Jr. Award of Excellence for her service to Virginia’s credit union community. The award was presented April 8, at the League’s 77th Annual Meeting in Norfolk, Virginia. Presenting the award is Virginia Credit Union League President Rick Pillow.
Janet Harris, a champion for small credit unions and a proponent of small credit unions’ use of technology to better serve member-owners, was honored with the league’s Eugene H. Farley Jr. Award of Excellence for her service to Virginia’s credit union community. Harris serves as CEO for the $8 million Riverside Health System Employees CU, Newport News, which boasts 3,200 member-owners. The award is given annually to a credit union professional or volunteer official for outstanding contributions to an individual credit union or to the credit union movement. In particular, the award seeks to recognize achievements that exemplify credit unions’ ‘People Helping People’ philosophy. It is named in honor of retired league President Gene Farley. I think I’ve been so inspired to fight for the future of small credit unions because I believe that we’re still the folks making the $300 loans and who are still very much in touch with our members,” Harris said. “That’s what I still enjoy about my job; I still do the numbers, I do the big picture planning, but I still have contact with our members. I drank the credit union ‘Kool-Aid’ and found the ‘People Helping People’ philosophy that built the credit union system to still be the real mission of credit unions.”
Click to view larger image Virginia’s credit unions saluted longtime credit union volunteer John C. “Jake” Lay (left) for his service to the movement during a special presentation April 8 at the Virginia Credit Union League’s 77th Annual Meeting in Norfolk, Virginia. Lay was awarded the League’s James P. Kirsch Lifetime Achievement Award, which recognizes individuals for extraordinary service to their credit union and the greater credit union community. Presenting the award is Virginia Credit Union League President Rick Pillow. (Photos provided by the Virginia Credit Union league)
The league also honored long-time credit union volunteer John C. “Jake” Lay for his service to the movement. Lay was awarded the league’s James P. Kirsch Lifetime Achievement Award, which recognizes individuals for extraordinary service to their credit union and the greater credit union community. It is named for the late James P. “Jimmy” Kirsch, a longtime credit union volunteer whose passion for the movement led him to leadership roles at the state, national and international levels. Lay began his service in 1969, first as a member of the credit committee at Fairfax County FCU. In 1976, he joined the credit union’s board, becoming the board’s chairman in 1978, a position he’s held to the present day. “For me, it all started because the credit union had an office at work,” says Lay. “After serving on the credit and supervisory committees as a volunteer, I was hooked. I stayed in the movement because I love our ‘People Helping People’ philosophy; I love the fact that service to our members comes first.” In addition to his 40-plus years of service to the credit union, he served for 20 years on the board of directors of what is now Beacon CU, Lynchburg, Va. He spent nine years as board member for the league.


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