WICHITA, Kan. (4/18/14)--The Kansas Credit Union Association (KCUA) celebrated inspiration, creativity and innovation at its 79th annual meeting and convention last weekend in Wichita.
The following honors were awarded:
Henry Peterson Professional of the Year James Holt, president/CEO, MidAmerican CU, Wichita, center, with Don Homan, board chair, Kansas Credit Union Association, and Marla Marsh, KCUA president/CEO. (Kansas Credit Union Association photo)
Henry Peterson Professional of the Year: James Holt, president/CEO, MidAmerican CU, Wichita, with $219 million in assets;
John Michener Volunteer of the Year: Ronald Kelley (posthumously), Catholics United CU, Hutchinson, with $173,000 in assets;
Political Involvement Award: Greg Winkler, president/CEO, Educational CU, Topeka, with $185 million in assets;
KCUA Hall of Fame: John Michener (1894-1986), co-founder and president of the Kansas Credit Union League, and founder of Wichita City Teachers CU; and Henry Peterson (1893-1984), co-founder of the Kansas Credit Union League, founder of CU of Dodge City and organizer of more than 200 credit unions in Kansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Colorado.
Angie Reed, marketing/business development manager, Kansas State
University FCU, Manhattan, won the KCUA innovation contest for credit
unions that have created, inspired or innovated in their communities.
The $65 million-asset credit union partnered with Flint Hills Community
Clinic, a volunteer-supported clinic that serves low income and
uninsured people in Riley County. The credit union's efforts increased
awareness of the clinic and raised more than $8,500.
Bill Cheney, president/CEO, Credit Union National Association, and U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Wichita) were invited speakers.
The executive committee and board members were elected at the business meeting:
- Chair: Don Homan, Frontier Community CU, Leavenworth;
- Vice chair: John Beverlin, president/CEO, Mainstreet CU, Lenexa; and
- Secretary/treasurer: Vickie Hurt, president, Quest CU, Topeka.
board members are Garth Strand, president/CEO, Hutchinson CU, ; James
Nastars, president/CEO, Meritrust CU, Wichita; Jim Holt, president/CEO,
MidAmerican CU, Wichita; Denise Bonner, manager, Wakarusa Valley CU,
Lawrence; Brenda Kliewer, manager, McPherson CO-OP CU; and Rosa Saenz,
senior vice president, Golden Plains CU, Garden City.
Homan also is chair of Shared Financial Solutions' board.
Tied to its annual meeting, KCUA shared its 2013 annual report that
noted the league offered more than 190 training opportunities, provided
nearly $9,400 in scholarships, launched a redesigned website, created an
Innovation and Implementation Lab, and recognized 137 credit union
staff and volunteers who earned 497 certifications from CUNA's