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CDCU volunteers receive MLK Service Awards
NEW YORK (1/17/12)--Thirteen community development credit union (CDCU) staff and volunteers Monday were honored with the Martin Luther King Drum Major Service Awards, presented by the National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions.

The awards are for volunteers who perform extraordinary everyday acts of service with reliability and commitment, said the federation. Combined, the recipients have 417 years of service to their credit unions, communities and the credit union movement.

"Many CDCUs were born in response to injustices, economic and otherwise, that the Civil Rights struggle sought to address," said federation President/CEO Cliff Rosenthal," so it was only fitting that these CDCU leaders be honored with the Drum Majors for Service Award, named after the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr."

Award recipients and their years of service are:

  • Laurel Benjamin of All Souls FCU, New York, N.Y.,  20 years;
  • Lillian Bent, Bethex FCU, New York, N.Y., 21 years;
  • Willie Carpenter, FOGCE FCU, Eutaw, Ala., 33 years;
  • Tom Connors, America First CU, Riverdale, Utah, 30 years;
  • George Daniels, St. Mark's FCU, New York, N.Y., 18 years;
  • Rita L. Haynes, Faith Community United CU, Cleveland, Ohio, 53 years;
  • Marvin G. Jensen, Episcopal Community FCU, Los Angeles, 37 years;
  • Melvina Johnson, All Souls FCU, New York, N.Y., 40 years;
  • Daniel Morrisey, Queen of Peace Arlington FCU, Arlington, Va., 32 years;
  • James H. Parson, Church of the Master FCU, New York, N.Y., 46 years;
  • Eunice J. Rogers, NRS Community Development FCU, Birmingham, Ala., 30 years;
  • Sharon Saulters, Triumph Baptist FCU, Philadelphia, Pa., 17 years;
  • Shirley Inez Spruill, Renaissance Community Development CU, Somerset, N.J., 40 years.
"In this time of economic challenge for our nation, Dr. King's vision of service and volunteerism are more critical than ever," said Rosenthal.

To learn more about each of the awardees, use the link.
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