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WOCCU names two Distinguished Awards recipients
MADISON, Wis. (5/14/10)--Credit Union National Association (CUNA) Board Vice Chair Harriet May, president/CEO of GECU in El Paso, Texas, and Credit Union Executives Society (CUES), the Madison-based credit union professional development organization, have received World Council of Credit Unions’ (WOCCU) Distinguished Service Awards (DSA) for 2010.
Click to view larger image Credit Union National Association Vice Chair Harriet May, president/CEO of GECU of El Paso, Texas, received an individual 2010 World Council of Credit Unions Distinguished Service Award. (Photo provided by the World Council of Credit Unions)
The winners will be honored along with Lech Kaczyñski, the late Polish president whose DSA honor was announced last month. They will be recognized during a special ceremony at The 1 Credit Union Conference, July 11-14 in Las Vegas. Kaczynksi died with 95 others in a plane crash last month. “DSA honors are bestowed by our board of directors only when candidates of worth present themselves,” said Pete Crear, WOCCU president/CEO. “Both CUES and Harriet May have a long history of promoting and supporting global credit union development at its most intrinsic level, and I am thrilled that our board chose to honor them this year.” May, nominated by the Texas Credit Union League, was originally scheduled to be honored during WOCCU's 2009 World Credit Union Conference in Barcelona, Spain, but was unable to attend. The WOCCU board voted to approve her award as part of the 2010 event. May has helped financial cooperatives work beyond state and national borders to meet the needs of members worldwide. In the 1990s, she was instrumental in helping WOCCU develop and launch IRnet, its international remittance program enabling workers in the U.S. to cost-effectively send money home--primarily to Latin American countries--through a network of credit unions. She also has worked to extend the influence and service of the Texas league by initiating the league’s formal Texas/Mexico Credit Union Relationship Committee in 1999. She helped Texas credit unions address the emerging Hispanic market and has worked with Vicente Fox, former president of Mexico, to develop cross-border relationships. CUES, the 2010 institutional honoree, has educated and served international credit union leaders since its inception in 1962, and financially supported WOCCU’s development and relief initiatives for two decades. The organization in 1990 pledged $10,000 to support credit union development in Eastern Europe, became an inaugural WOCCU Supporter in 2000 and continues to support WOCCU’s goals and objectives annually. In 2005, CUES donated $100,000 to help rebuild Sri Lanka credit unions that were devastated by the tsunami. Earlier this year, CUES contributed $15,000 to WOCCU's Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund, and last month CUES President/CEO Fred Johnson traveled with a credit union delegation to witness the devastation Haiti and its credit unions had suffered. Also, CUES continues to host many educational programs at international locations with the goal of broadening participants’ perspectives to better understand the global credit union movement. The 1 Credit Union Conference is a one-time event that combines CUNA's America's Credit Union Conference with WOCCU’s World Credit Union Conference. The conference's early bird registration deadline is May 20, after which registration fees will increase. For more information, use the link.
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