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Yokum Watkins honored by Virginia CUs
LYNCHBURG, Va. (5/18/10)--The Virginia Credit Union League honored two individuals for their commitment to the credit union movement and to their communities during the league’s annual meeting in Reston May 7.
Click to view larger image Jane Watkins, (left) president/CEO of Virginia CU, received the Virginia Credit Union League’s Eugene H. Farley Jr. Award for Excellence from retired league president Gene Farley.
Jane Watkins, president/CEO of Virginia CU, Richmond, was presented the Eugene H. Farley Jr. Award of Excellence for her service to state and national credit union communities. The award is named after former league president Eugene Farley. Watkins joined Virginia CU in 1982 as an accounting manager and was named president in 2000. Under her leadership, the credit union grew to $1.9 billion assets from $629 million in 2000. Virginia CU also was among the first in the U.S. to hire a full-time educator to teach financial literacy in schools. “I’m proud of the way our credit union has grown, certainly, but the greatest satisfaction comes when I hear success stories directly from our members,” Watkins said. “I love to hear from members who have discovered the value of saving, rebuilt their credit, or bought their first car with the credit union’s help. These stories demonstrate the positive difference we have made for our members.”
Click to view larger image Jean Yokum, (left), president/CEO of Langley FCU, received the James P. Kirsch Lifetime Achievement Award from the Virginia Credit Union League. She is pictured with league President Rick Pillow. (Photos provided by the Virginia Credit Union League)
Jean Yokum, president/CEO of Langley (Va.) FCU, was honored with the James P. Kirsch Lifetime Achievement Award, presented to leaders in Virginia’s credit union movement for their service to the credit union and community. Yokum joined Langley FCU in 1953 as a teller. She became president/CEO in 1979. Under her leadership, the credit union began offering the Langley Saves Share Account, which gives younger or low-income members an opportunity to build savings in high-yield accounts; the QuickCash loan; CreditBuilder; and the Financial Learning in Progress program, which teaches young people money management basics. “We’ve always had a simple philosophy when it comes to leadership: lead by example, be strong, be true, be someone that others can believe in,” she said. “I hope that others see the loyalty and passion that I have for our members, for this credit union and for our employees.”


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