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KCUA notes 2013 success at 79th annual meeting

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.

Other 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 self-study programs.


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