FARMERS BRANCH, Texas (9/10/09)--Texas Credit Union League President and Credit Union Development Educator Dick Ensweiler will receive the 2010 Wegner Award for Individual Achievement at this year’s Credit Union National Association (CUNA) Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC).
The award will be one of four presented at the 22nd Annual Wegner Awards Dinner hosted by the National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF) Feb. 22. The gala will take place at the Grand Hyatt Washington on the Monday night of the GAC. Ensweiler embodies timeless qualities of U.S. credit union movement founder Ed Filene, who always urged credit union advocates to “Keep purpose constant,” said NCUF Awards and Recognition Committee Chairman Bob Schumacher. “Dick Ensweiler is a rare individual who has kept his purpose constant while advancing his career all the way from a teller at a small credit union to the chairman of our largest trade association,” Schumacher reflected. “Every organization Dick has touched has grown to become more successful. His secret to success is simple: Live the credit union philosophy of ‘people helping people;’ practice all seven cooperative principles; and always act in the best interests of your members.” “I have seen Dick’s Midas touch at work many a time,” observed Harriet May, president/CEO of Greater El Paso’s CU. “Dick came to the Texas Credit Union League at the lowest point in its history. Not only did Dick restore trust and belief in the organization, he took it to new levels of respect and admiration within the credit union movement. “His strategy: Continue to share and live the vision of the credit union movement; exhibit strong, tireless, and inspiring leadership; and get people involved at all levels,” she added. Ensweiler has been involved with:
* American Association of Credit Union Leagues; * Credit Union House; * Credit Union Legislative Action Council; * CUNA; * CUNA Mutual Group; * CUNA Strategic Services; * Illinois Credit Union Foundation; * Illinois Credit Union League; * Illinois Youth Involvement Council; * League InfoSight; * Michigan Credit Union League; * Minnesota Credit Union League; * NCUF; * Southwest Corporate FCU; * Southwest CUNA Management School; * Texas Credit Union League, and; * World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU).
He also helped advance many programs, including:
* Credit Union Development Education, NCUF’s program that trains credit union leaders to leverage the cooperative business model as a competitive advantage; * Image Survey, the Texas CU League’s benchmark/planning tool to improve services based on members’ needs; * International Remittance Network, WOCCU’s affordable alternative to expensive country-to-country wire transfers; * Juntos Avanzamos (Together We Advance), the Texas CU League’s program to help credit unions reach first-generation immigrants; * Loss Avoidance Alert System, the Internet application that informs credit unions with near-immediate updates on fraud and other illegal financial activities; * Members Financial Services Network, CUNA Mutual Group’s comprehensive investment management program; and * Richard L. Ensweiler Fund, a special community investment fund that pools dividends to educate early-generation Hispanics about the benefits of credit unions.