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.
To nominate someone for any of the League awards, use this online nomination form. Nominees will receive requests for additional information after all nominations are in.
Entries for the statewide portion of the Dora Maxwell Award, Louise Herring Award, and Alphonse Desjardins Awards are accepted by the League. If you have questions, contact the League's Communications Department.
An summary of each of CUNA's awards program can be found by using the links below:
To enter the statewide portion of the any of the CUNA Awards programs, use this entry form.
To view video highlights of 2019 state-level entries, click here. 2019 winner descriptions were published in the Chairman's Awards Banquet program.
Note: Only CUNA affiliates will be recognized in the national competition.
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:
Click here for nomination form.
Indiana Credit Union Hall of Fame Inductee 2018
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:
Randy Jones, Energy Plus CU
Leadership Achievement Award Winner 2019
Randy has been a credit union volunteer for more than 18 years, and he is currently vice chairman of the credit union. He was instrumental in the merger between IPALCO CU and Citizens Gas and Coke Utility CU in 2006, which combined to make today’s Energy Plus CU. The credit union serves more than 4,300 members from offices in Indianapolis and Petersburg.
While he has been on the credit union board, Jones has worked to increase board member education programs including policy review and the IT steering committee, but he is most proud of the credit union’s work with students. Energy Plus CU provides financial education classes in Pike County and in the Indianapolis metro area to help prepare students for the financial realities of adulthood.
He has combined his work on the board with a demanding professional career that has taken him out of the country for extended periods, but it has not affected his ability help direct the path of the credit union. After spending a large part of his career with Indianapolis Power and Light, an AES Corporation and Fortune 500 global power company, he is currently the director of Shared Services for IU Health in Indianapolis. Outside the credit union, he has held leadership roles in organizations such as the Electric League of Indiana where he was chairman, United Way, the Indiana Avenue Cultural District, where he was economic development chairman, and the Ransom Place Neighborhood Association.
*Known as the Volunteer Achievement Award prior to 2009
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:
Paul Marsh, Teachers CU
Professional Achievement Award Winner 2019
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.
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.
Click here for nomination form.
Andrea Brown, Evansville Teachers FCU
Emerging Leadership Award Winner 2019
Elizabeth Olson, Harvester Financial CU
Emerging Leadership Award Winner 2019