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WOCCU DSA nominations due March 25
MADISON, Wis. (2/4/11)--The nomination deadline for World Council of Credit Unions’ (WOCCU) Distinguished Service Award (DSA), the highest honor bestowed by the international credit union system, is March 25.
Click to view larger image Polish parliament member Jarosław Stawiarski (left) accepted the 2010 Distinguished Service Award on behalf of the late President Lech Kaczyński and his family from World Council of Credit Unions Chair Barry Jolette at The 1 Credit Union Conference in Las Vegas. (Photo provided by the World Council of Credit Unions)
Each year, the DSA honors the outstanding contributions of its recipients to the global credit union movement. WOCCU’s vision is “Improving people’s lives through credit unions,” and the DSA recognizes the most distinguished achievements in support of that pursuit. The award is presented to individuals and organizations that have offered exemplary service to credit union movements outside their home country. “The list of past DSA recipients reads like a who’s who in international credit union development and support,” said WOCCU Director Ron Hance, president/CEO of Heritage Family CU, Rutland, Vt., and chair of the WOCCU Awards Committee. “Recognizing such outstanding talent and dedication is the goal of DSA, and we often have a very rich pool of talent and achievements from which to choose.” In 2010, DSA recognized the late Lech Kaczyñski, the former president of Poland, who was central in helping establish that country’s credit union movement. Other 2010 recipients included Credit Union National Association (CUNA) Chair Harriet May, president/CEO of GECU, El Paso, Texas; and Credit Union Executives Society (CUES), the Madison, Wis.-based professional development organization for credit union executives and volunteers. The 2010 awards were presented during The 1 Credit Union Conference, last year's event held jointly with CUNA in Las Vegas. WOCCU does not give the DSA honor every year. Award presentations this year will be made at WOCCU’s World Credit Union Conference, which is expected to attract attendees from more than 50 countries to Glasgow, Scotland, July 24-27. In the case of individuals, recipients may be WOCCU or member organization officers, directors or representatives; international credit union pioneers; field technicians with a long and outstanding service record; or persons whose actions have benefitted global credit union development. Institutional recipients may be organizations or agencies that have provided financial and technical assistance to develop international credit union movements and their service infrastructures over an extended time. WOCCU will present no more than three individual awards and one institutional award in a single year.
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