WASHINGTON (12/9/08)--Credit union leaders and supporters can register now for the 21st Annual Herb Wegner Memorial Awards Dinner to be presented by the National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF) Feb. 23 during the Credit Union National Association’s 2009 Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC). The ceremony will present four of the credit union movement’s highest national honors:
* Lifetime Achievement Award: Bill Sterner, late president/CEO of Elevations CU, Boulder, Colo. Decades before most credit unions learned to “serve the underserved,” Sterner was teaching this concept around the world, said NCUF. * Individual Achievement Award: Rita Haynes, treasurer and manager of Faith Community United CU, Cleveland, Ohio. Haynes shows faith in members who have filed for bankruptcy by reaching out a helping hand toward redemption. * Individual Achievement Award: Tom Sargent, president/CEO of First Tech CU, Beaverton, Ore. Sargent’s leadership on the Credit Unions for Kids campaign helped credit unions gain visibility worth hundreds of millions of dollars in paid advertising. * Outstanding Organization Award: Montana Credit Unions for Community Development, Billings, Mont. This five-year-old organization already has helped more than 50,000 people avoid predatory loans, keep more of their earned income, and open their first savings accounts.
“These Wegner Award winners are extraordinary and unique,” said NCUF Awards and Recognition Chairman and Master of Ceremonies Bob Schumacher, CEO of MountainCrest CU in Arlington, Wash. “We invite everyone with a passion for credit unions to register for the dinner and see their achievements come alive.” Use the resource link to reserve seats online through a secure page on the NCUF website. Registrants also can choose to download a printable form, complete it off-line, and fax or mail their completed form to NCUF. For the second straight year, the dinner will take place at the Grand Hyatt Washington, two blocks from the Washington Convention Center where the GAC will be staged. Individual tickets for the three-course dinner are priced at $200 each; tables of 10 are $1,900. A portion of the price is tax-deductible.