BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (4/23/09)--The Alabama Credit Union League (ACUL) hosted its 76th Annual Membership Meeting and Education Symposium April 14-16, in Destin, Fla. More than 227 credit union executives, staff and volunteers attended, with an additional 104 guests and 43 vendor organizations represented. Many credit unions attended the meeting, “which in essence is the last Annual Meeting for the Alabama Credit Union League,” said League President/CEO Gary B. Wolter. “Over the years, we have grown the movement, sometimes swiftly and sometimes achingly slowly. But by working together, we have all moved it forward. Now we are entering a new era of growth and prosperity and are looking forward to growing our partnership with the Florida Credit Union League as the League of Southeastern Credit Unions (LSCU).” Wednesday began with the league’s annual membership meeting, which addressed league business and recognized credit unions and individuals who have, in the past year, excelled or made outstanding contributions to the credit union movement and their communities. Featured guest speakers at the business session included Florida Credit Union League President/CEO Guy Hood, Credit Union National Association Chairman (CUNA) Kris Mecham, National Credit Union Association (CUNA) Regional Director Alonzo Swann, CUNA Mutual Regional Sales Manager Robin Kolvek and Manuel Bolanos, CEO of FEDEAC R.L., the trade association for Costa Rica’s credit unions. Bolanos mentioned the momentum credit unions in Costa Rica have had--in giving thanks to the partnership with ACUL and its member credit unions--and his hopes that the LSCU will continue the partnership. Wednesday continued with a line-up speakers and educational sessions. The Opening General Session featured Dr. Edmund J. Seifried, who spoke about “Today's Economy and the Impact on Your Credit Union,” which addressed the state of the economy and trends that affect our credit unions. The league also announced winners of the Merit Awards. Those winning the award represent excellence in service, financial performance, system, and community involvement. The league enlisted CUNA to judge all submissions and select the winners. Merit Award winners are:
* Class One category: FOGCE FCU, Eutaw, Ala.; * Class Two category: Alabama Postal CU, Birmingham, Ala.; * Class Three category: East Alabama Medical Center FCU, Opelika, Ala.; * Class Four category: Health CU, Birmingham, Ala.; * Class Five category: Valley CU, Tuscumbia, Ala.; * Class Six category: North Alabama Educators CU, Huntsville, Ala.; * Class Seven category: ACIPCO FCU, Birmingham, Ala.; and * Class Eight category: Family Security CU, Decatur, Ala.
The 2008 Chapter Excellence Award was awarded to the Montgomery Chapter of Credit Unions. Representing 11 credit unions, the chapter awarded educational scholarships, implemented a cooperative advertising campaign, and sponsored a golf tournament which raised more than $26,000 for local charities. The chapter also maintained a focus on credit union issues and advocacy, featuring speakers and programs of import to credit unions statewide.