Every day, credit unions do outstanding work. And we have colleagues who are making contributions that are critical to the success of the Credit Union Movement.
Let's recognize those credit unions and individuals who make exceptional contributions to the lives of others! There's an award for every great person and credit union focus in the League's annual Leadership Awards Program. Take a moment (we promise, the nominations aren't too laborious) and give recognition where it's due.
All nominations must arrive at the League office by noon on Tuesday, March 1, 2017. Entries will be judged during the first quarter, and all award winners and their nominating credit unions or chapters will be notified of the results. Entries will not be returned, so please do not submit your only copy of any materials. Award recipients will be recognized at the Ohio Credit Union League annual convention and expo, April 18-20, in Columbus.
Contact Takisha Martin at (800) 486-2917 or (614) 336-2894, ext. 258, with any questions about the awards program. Thank you in advance for helping us to recognize the individuals and credit unions that are making a difference.
Volunteer of the Year Award
The Volunteer of the Year Award has been in place since 1946 and honors the noble service of one outstanding credit union volunteer each year. The award is presented to an individual who, with the highest integrity, has dedicated time, effort, and talent to credit unions and to the credit union movement.
Professional of the Year Award
The Professional of the Year Award honors the achievements of one outstanding credit union Chief Executive Officer or other executive. The annual award is presented to an individual who has demonstrated professionalism, integrity, dedication, and leadership in his or her credit union, and in the Credit Union Movement. A span of five years (2012-2016) can be covered in the nomination package.
The Director Emeritus title is awarded to former Ohio Credit Union League Directors who have selflessly given time, effort, and talent to support and promote the credit union idea, and foster the betterment of the credit union movement in Ohio.
Claude Clarke Political Inspiration Award
The Claude Clarke Political Inspiration Award recognizes outstanding efforts to increase awareness of credit unions and credit union issues among public policymakers and lawmakers. The award recognizes an individual's leadership in political activism and involvement on behalf of the credit union movement. Claude Clarke was a young lawyer who drafted and lobbied for the initial Ohio Credit Union Act, which was signed into law in 1931.
Desjardins Youth Financial Education Award
The Desjardins Youth Financial Education Award recognizes leadership within the credit union movement on behalf of youth financial literacy. Individual credit unions, chapters, or groups of credit unions can enter this competition. Alphonse Desjardins organized the first credit union in the United States and is the father of the Canadian Credit Union Movement.
Desjardins Adult Financial Education Award
The Desjardins Adult Financial Education Award recognizes leadership within the credit union movement on behalf of adult financial literacy. Individual credit unions, chapters, or groups of credit unions can enter this competition. Alphonse Desjardins organized the first credit union in the United States and is the father of the Canadian Credit Union Movement.
Louise Herring Philosophy-In-Action Member Service Award
Given to a credit union for its practical application of the credit union philosophy. It is awarded for extraordinary, internal programs that are focused on a credit union’s membership and create services that benefit the members. This award is not for charitable work that is directed outside or extended beyond a credit union’s membership.. Herring organized more than 500 credit unions in Ohio, and managed several of them at various times.
Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Community Service Award
The Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Community Service Award recognizes social responsibility work and charitable projects that support its community. This award is not for projects that are directed at and/or benefit a credit union’s membership, but rather focus on work in the community. During a five-month period in 1935, she organized 120 credit unions.
Marketing Brilliance Award
The Marketing Brilliance Award recognizes fresh efforts by a credit union to promote itself through the use of new techniques, vehicles, markets, etc. This is the signature marketing award awarded by the Ohio Credit Union League.