DUBUQUE, Iowa (9/26/08)--More than 500 credit union representatives and vendors attended the Iowa Credit Union Annual Convention held Sept. 17-19 in Dubuque. Three credit union leaders in the state were honored. The awards ceremony, held during the Iowa Credit Union League’s Annual Meeting, recognized Trudy Koppen from Frontier Community and Postal Employees CUs, Fort Dodge, as the Professional Cooperative Spirit Award winner; and Denise Dolan of Dupaco Community CU, Dubuque, as the Volunteer Cooperative Spirit Award winner. DeLon R. Gobeli from Veridian CU, Waterloo, was presented with the Heritage Award for lifetime achievement. Opening keynote presenter Peter Duffy offered his perspective on the challenges and responses of the credit union business model. Education sessions included topics on compliance updates, director responsibilities, disaster recovery plans, and the current economy and its impact on credit unions. The convention also included a credit union town hall meeting, Iowa Credit Union Foundation annual meeting, Iowa Credit Union League Transfer System annual meeting, new attendee orientation and a directors’ dinner. The 2009 convention will be held Sept. 16-18 in Des Moines.