League Awards Program

When Indiana's credit union pioneers chartered the state's first credit unions, they probably never dreamed what an important role these not-for-profit cooperatives would eventually play in the financial services industry. But over the years, the movement has grown and prospered by providing millions of people with access to affordable, convenient and safe financial services that, in many cases, could not be obtained anywhere else.

Although credit unions were a unique and welcomed idea, their success didn’t happen without help. The movement flourished because of the dedication and hard work of many individuals who strongly believed in the "People Helping People" philosophy.

The awards programs give us a way to recognize credit unions whose actions support and promote that philosophy and to honor the individuals who have provided outstanding service, guidance and commitment to the credit union movement in this state. Through these awards, we gratefully acknowledge their contributions and pay humble respect to their commitment. This section describes these awards programs in detail.

The League's Awards Committee is made up of several individuals appointed by the League Chairman who volunteer their time to review nominations for the Hall of Fame, Professional Achievement, Leadership Achievement and Emerging Leadership Awards./p>

Please submit all nominations and/or entry forms by June 1, 2018.

To nominate someone for any of the League awards, use the online nomination form. Nominees will receive requests for additional information after all nominations are in.

Online Nomination Form for all League awards is located here.

Statewide CUNA Awards

Entries for the statewide portion of the Dora Maxwell Award, Louise Herring Award, and Alphonse Desjardins Awards are also due June 1. Additional details about the CUNA Awards programs and entry forms are available here. If you need an extension based on the timing of your event, contact the League's Communications Department.

To view video highlights of 2017 state-level entries, click here.

Indiana Credit Union Hall of Fame

Awards Criteria

Click for Nomination Form

METHOD: The Awards Committee may select one person based upon the criteria relating to credit union, chapter, League, national, volunteer and community activities. Due to the criteria and qualification process, the Hall of Fame Award may not be presented every year. Nominations may be submitted by the Awards Committee or board of directors of any chapter or credit union in Indiana by completing a nomination form and returning it by the deadline. A Personal Data Form will be sent to each nominee.

RECOGNITION: Induction into the Hall of Fame takes place at the League's annual convention. A photo-etched plaque of each inductee will also be displayed in the Credit Union Hall of Fame, located in the League office.

ELIGIBILITY: Any person who has given long-term paid or volunteer service to the credit union movement is eligible. The immediate past chairman of the Indiana Credit Union League automatically will be considered for the Hall of Fame. Current directors and employees of the League and Servicecorp are not eligible to receive the award.

CRITERIA: To be inducted into the Indiana Credit Union Hall of Fame, the recipient must:

  • Be a volunteer, employee and/or member of a credit union that is a member of the League.
  • Have served on the League board, a League committee, as a chapter official and/or on the national level.
  • Have selflessly given exceptional time, effort and talent to the betterment of the Indiana credit union movement.
  • Have served, assisted or been involved in the credit union movement for more than 20 years.
  • Be in good standing in the community.
  • Understand and personify the credit union philosophy of "People Helping People," promote the credit union ideal and actively demonstrate loyalty to the entire organized credit union movement.
  • Have demonstrated organizational leadership, high professional standards, volunteer contributions to the movement and technical innovations in credit union service.

Past Winners

2017

Karol Griffin
Frank Gulley
Chris Wardrip

2016

Jerry Walters

2015

Jeffrey McComas
George McNichols

2014

Lori Gonzalez
Ruth Jenkins
Lamoura Munse
Robert "Smokey" Stowers

2013

Ron Mazur

2012

Millie Cox
Loren Roth

2011

Norm Blum
Ron Collier
Sandy Heller

2009

Ann Garmon

2008

Jenny Budreau
Bruce Ingraham
Carol Stanley

2007

Angela Dufour
Mike Hussey
Ron Linstromberg
Ralph Marvel

2006

Ed Meyer
Barbara Berghoff

2005

Gary Irvin
Roger Sepanski

2004

William Connors
Shirley Wilhelm

2002

Trent Kerr

2000

Ronald Budzinski
John Jeter

1998

Randy Glassburn
Donna Hasty

1997

William F. Hannah

1996

Loretta Burd
F.E. Maxwell
Dan Schoenherr

 

1995

Richard J. Devine
Leo Kaminsky

1994

Americo (Bill) Borgetti
Jerry Yerkes

1993

Bruno J. Setlak

1992

Anthony J. Alt
Larry Zehrung

1991

Rudy J. Rossi

1990

S.M. (Pete) Crear
Judy M. James
Michael H. Phipps
Robert W. Pogue
Robert D. Swem

1989

Paul Aimone
W. Lloyd Alsman
Leona Bruno
E.E. Barnbrook
James A. Barney, Sr.
Gregory L. Blount
Walter Campbell
Clarence Clarkowski
Richard V. Cleaver
Jim Coffin
S.P. (Sal) DeMao
Kenneth C. Duncan
Robert H. Gard
Earl Hardy
Waymon B. Hawkins
E.R. (Tony) Hile
W. A. Hinze
Harry B. Holloway
Morton E. Jester
Charles W. Jones
Ruth E. Kelly
Laurence B. Kilburn
W.G. (Bill) Kirby
Maxwell A. Meise
Clarence E. Oldham
Ralph N. Phelps
L. S. Poliquin
Richard J. Rice
Fred Robinson
Harold E. Short
Logan K. Smith
Michael Verkuilen
William R. Warner
Douglas Yoder
William H. Yohler

Professional Achievement Award

Award Criteria

Click for Nomination Form

The Indiana Credit Union League's Professional Achievement Award was created in 1990 to recognize paid credit union managers who have selflessly given of themselves to promote the credit union ideal and better the credit union movement in Indiana.

METHOD: The Awards Committee may select one person per year based upon the criteria relating to credit union, chapter, League, national, volunteer and community activities. The Awards Committee or leadership of any chapter or credit union in Indiana may submit names by completing and returning the nomination form.

RECOGNITION: The winner will be announced at the annual convention. In addition, the recipient’s name will be added to a plaque in the lobby area of the League's office that lists winners of this award.

ELIGIBILITY: The nominee must be a paid, full-time manager/CEO of a League-affiliated credit union. Current directors and employees of the League and Servicecorp are not eligible to receive the award.

CRITERIA: Candidates for the Professional Achievement Award must:

  • Be in good standing in the community.
  • Understand and personify the credit union philosophy of “People Helping People.”
  • Promote the credit union ideal and actively demonstrate loyalty to the entire organized credit union movement.
  • Exhibit leadership and management ability.
  • Be able to coordinate and work with volunteers and paid staff.
  • Have a record of success in maintaining or improving the financial fitness of his/her own credit union.
  • Exhibit an unselfish devotion to his/her duties as a credit union professional.
  • Be dedicated to and believe in the importance and value of continuing education and training.
  • Have success in the development and expansion of services to members of his/her own credit union.

Past Winners

2017

Amy Sink

2016

Cindy Duke

2015

David Abernathy

2014

Randy Glassburn

2013

Chris Wardrip

2012

Karla Salisbury

2011

Loren Roth

2010

Michael Burch

2009

Lisa Schlehuber

2008

Dallas Bergl

2007

Bruce Ingraham

2006

Ron Budzinski

2005

Ron Collier

2004

Ann Garmon

2003

Dick Kibbey

2002

Jack Sheets

2001

Art Schai

2000

Carol Stanley

1999

Sandra Heller

1998

Barbara A. Berghoff

1997

James Mills

1996

George Dixon

1995

Joseph J. Baldin

1994

Mike Hussey

1993

Loretta Burd

1992

Eugene G. Hills

1991

Alex J. Knaver

1990

Juanita (Jinks) Happel

Leadership Achievement Award

Award Criteria

Click for Nomination Form

The Leadership Achievement Award (previously named the Volunteer Achievement Award) was created in 1990 to recognize credit union volunteers who have selflessly given of themselves to promote the credit union ideal and better Indiana's credit union movement.

METHOD: The Awards Committee may select one person per year based upon the criteria relating to credit union, chapter, League, national, volunteer and community activities. The Awards Committee or the leadership of any chapter or credit union in Indiana may submit names by completing the League nomination form and returning it by the deadline.

RECOGNITION: The winner will be announced at the League’s annual convention. In addition, the recipient's name will be added to a plaque in the Credit Union Hall of Fame that lists all winners of this award.

ELIGIBILITY: Anyone currently serving or who has served within the past year on the board or committee of a League-affiliated credit union is eligible. Current directors and employees of the League and Servicecorp are not eligible to receive the award.

CRITERIA: Candidates for the Leadership Achievement Award must:

  • Be in good standing in the community.
  • Understand and personify the credit union philosophy of "People Helping People."
  • Promote the credit union ideal, and actively demonstrate loyalty to the entire organized credit union movement.
  • Exhibit an unselfish devotion to his/her duties as a credit union official.
  • Be dedicated to and believe in the importance and value of continuing education and training.
  • Have success in maintaining or improving the financial fitness of his/her own credit union.
  • Exhibit dedication to and a belief in the credit union system as evidenced by involvement at the chapter and League levels and participation in other activities to further the organized movement.

Past Winners

2017

Bob Urick

2016

Don Weaver

2015

Milton Flowers

2014

Kenny Greenwell

2013

John Dierdorf

2012

Steve Kozel, Sr.

2011

Jerry Walters

2010

John Lightle

2009

Vicki Garrett

2007*

James Barney

2006

Robert Sturm
Gene Wessel

2005

Robert Weaver

2004

Stephen Lovejoy

2003

Ed Meyer

2002

Ralph Marvel

2001

Luther Ferrell

2000

Robert Tillema

1999

Mark Trgovich

1998

John D. Wilson

1997

Logan K. Smith

1996

Jerry Spindler

1995

Robert Matthews

1994

Arnold Bass

1993

Robert (Smokey) Stowers

1992

Clarence Huhnke

1991

Richard H. Dunnuck
Bruno J. Setlak

1990

Frank W. Meyer

*Known as the Volunteer Achievement Award prior to 2009

Emerging Leadership Award

Award Criteria

The Emerging Leadership Award was created in 2007 to recognize the next generation of credit union leaders in Indiana for their accomplishments and for their potential to be an Indiana credit union leader in the future.

METHOD: Individuals are nominated by others from their credit union, or from among their credit union peers. Self-nomination is not allowed. The Awards Committee may select up to three individuals each year, none from the same credit union, based upon the individuals’ accomplishments and their essay-style responses to two questions. Answers should be a maximum of 250 words.

  1. What do you see in the future of the credit union movement?
  2. What have you done to prepare for that future, and how will you lead?

RECOGNITION: The winners will be announced at the League’s annual convention. In addition, the recipient’s name will be added to a plaque in the lobby area of the League’s office that lists winner of this award.

ELIGIBILITY: Individuals employed by League-affiliated credit unions holding managerial positions, with the exception of President/CEO/Manager, are eligible. Current League Board members are excluded from consideration.

CRITERIA: Candidates will be judged by the Awards Committee based on their accomplishments and on their answers to two screening questions.

Past Winners

2017

Stephanie Snow
Mike Wiggington

2016

Jason Ford
Brittani Richards
Kerie Sekal

2015

Meaghan Elpers
Claire Kellems
Amanda Middleton

2014

Chad Gramling
Charlie King
Cari Palmer

2013

Deidre Davis
Tara Holloway
Sven Leander

2012

Andrew Spirrison

2011

Bill Hord
Brett Rinker

2010

Kim Stambush
Kim Kniola
Kevin Kosek

2009

Michael Hostetler
Matt Snively
Kevin Sparks

2008

Melissa Comfort
Carma Parrish

2007

Lisa Halboob
Doug True

League Best Practices Awards

Credit unions in Indiana are taking on a number of projects and initiatives that benefit their members, and that are worthy of recognition. To showcase these efforts, while allowing other credit unions to learn more about them, and possibly adapt them for their own use, the League has developed the Best Practices Awards.
The top entries will be featured at the Chairman’s Awards Banquet during the League Convention.
We encourage you to submit an entry from your credit union. Submit your entry here. 
Categories:
The Best Practice Awards are aimed at recognizing achievements across the entire credit union enterprise. There are four categories:
  • Finance and Human Resources/Training
  • Lending
  • Marketing/Business Development
  • Operations and Technology
Entries are encouraged from all of these areas. We hope credit unions will share their successes regarding member service, loan promotions, expense reductions, deployment of staff, facilities, branch strategies, training, board programs, etc. In short, if your credit union has done something you believe deserves recognition and which other CUs could learn from, please enter it so that others will know about it!
Asset sizes:
There are three asset sizes:
  • Less than $100 million
  • $100-$500 million and
  • $500 million+
Date range:
Initiatives that have been deployed since May 1, 2016, are eligible.
Results:
Describe your results (financial, account growth, time savings, etc.) and how this best practice was of benefit to your credit union’s members or employees.
Note: Benefit to the community at large is NOT a criterion of this awards program. If your credit union has done a noteworthy community service project, consider entering it in the Dora Maxwell Awards program.
Recognition:
In addition to recognizing the top best practices from each category during the League Convention, we will feature all entries on the League website for others to learn from.
Submissions:
Entries should consist of a video (maximum length: 90 seconds) or slide deck that can be presented in 90 seconds or less—suitable for sharing at the League Convention—that showcases your credit union’s best practice along with 400 words or fewer describing the strategy, execution, results and flexibility of the best practice.
About the presentation at Convention:
The top projects will be showcased at the Chairman’s Awards Banquet. Videos will be shown as presented. For those winning credit unions that submit slide presentations, the League will work with the credit union to record audio for them.
Scoring:
Judging will be done by the League’s Awards Committee. Best practices entries will be judged and scored on the following criteria:
  • Strategy: 20 points. Is there an identifiable, worthwhile strategy behind this practice? What problem or issue does this best practice address at the credit union?
  • Execution: 20 points. How effective was the execution of the strategy? Did it support the strategy?
  • Results: 20 points. What results were achieved? How do these results compare to expectations? Are the results appropriate for the size and scope of the project? Include as many tangible measures as appropriate, including ROI.
  • Flexibility: 20 points. How flexible is this initiative for use at other credit unions? Could another credit union in Indiana or elsewhere adapt this initiative to its operations?
  • Presentation: 20 points. Is the video or slide deck provided professional, appropriate in length, easy to understand and a good representation of the project overall?
 Unfortunately there were no entries in 2016. To see entries from previous years, click on the links in the right column.

LENDING CATEGORY:

Heritage FCU
Instant Issue Visa Cards

MARKETING/BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CATEGORY:

Elements Financial FCU
Elfcu is proudly becoming Elements Financial

Financial Center First FCU
VIP Experience Debit Card Campaign

Three Rivers FCU
3Rivers In-House Marketing Agency

OPERATIONS AND TECHNOLOGY CATEGORY:

FORUM CU
Brookville Road Branch Development

Financial Center First CU
Mobility Adoption

2014 Best Practices

Click on the project title below to view the video submission.

FINANCE/HUMAN RESOURCES/TRAINING CATEGORY:

FORUM CU
CONNECTIONS

LENDING CATEGORY:

Financial Health FCU
Free Member Credit CheckUp

Heritage FCU
Flip-a-Loan Promotion

MARKETING/BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CATEGORY:

Financial Center FCU
Craft Brew Business Development

OPERATIONS AND TECHNOLOGY CATEGORY:

Three Rivers FCU
Northland Campus Expansion