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Kansas CUs Honor Leaders At Annual Meeting
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (center) attended the Governmental Affairs Luncheon Saturday at the 2013 Kansas Credit Union Association's Annual Meeting and Convention in Topeka and addressed questions from credit union staff and volunteers. He is pictured with John Beverlin, left, president/CEO, Mainstreet CU, Lenexa, and Marla Marsh, right, KCUA president/CEO.
WICHITA, Kan. (4/25/13)--The 2013 Kansas Credit Union Association's Annual Meeting and Convention in Topeka last weekend honored five leaders for their contributions to the credit union movement.

The meeting celebrated 78 years of service by KCUA, with the theme "The power of one can make a difference."

"We are proud of the contributions our credit unions make to their communities every day and our theme was a way to illustrate the people helping people philosophy," said Marla Marsh, president/CEO of KCUA. "One person can make a difference, but it's the collaboration and cooperative spirit of many that has changed the financial lives of millions of credit union members."

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback attended the Governmental Affairs Luncheon Saturday and addressed questions from credit union staff and volunteers. Other notable speakers included Lt. Col. Rob Darling, who recounted his first-hand experience witnessing crisis leadership in response to the 911 terrorist attacks. John Tippets shared an inspirational story of survival in Alaska.

Gary Winkler, center, former co-president, Quest CU, Topeka, was presented the Kansa Credit Union Hall of Fame Award for being a leader, advocate and mentor in the Kansas credit union movement, by Jim Holt (left), president/CEO, Mid American CU, Wichita, and Marla Marsh right, KCUA president /CEO, during the 2013 Kansas Credit Union Association's Annual Meeting and Convention. (Photos provided by the Kansas Credit Union Association)

Four credit union leaders were honored at the event:

  • Karen Hamit, CEO, Credit Union of Dodge City (Kan.), received the Henry Peterson Professional of the Year Award, honoring her leadership within the Kansas credit union community.
  • Jim Peebler, Supervisory Committee chair, TECU CU, Wichita, received the John Michener Volunteer of the Year award for his contribution and devotion as a volunteer, both to credit unions and the greater community.
  • Gary Winkler, former co-president, Quest CU, Topeka, was indicted into the KCUA Hall of Fame for his dedication and passion as a leader, advocate and mentor in the Kansas credit union movement.
  • Jane Hammil, chief administrative officer, Credit Union of America, Wichita, received the Political Involvement Award, recognizing her effort and involvement in educating state and national policymakers on the credit union difference.
At the association's business meeting, Don Homan, Frontier Community CU, Leavenworth, was elected to the volunteer seat on the KCUA board of directors.

KCUA board members continuing their terms include:

  • Chairman: Jim Holt, president/CEO,  Mid American CU, Wichita;
  • Vice Chair: Homan;
  • Secretary/Treasurer: Vickie Hurt, president, Quest CU, Topeka;
  • Rick Blue, president/CEO, White Eagle CU, Augusta;
  • Denise Bonner, manager, Wakarusa Valley CU, Lawrence;
  • Larry Damm, president/CEO, Cessna Employees CU, Wichita;
  • Rosa Saenz, senior vice president, Golden Plains CU, Garden City; and
  • Garth Strand, president/CEO, Hutchinson (Kan.) CU.
Shared Financial Solutions board members continuing their terms include:

  • Chairman: Holt;
  • Vice Chair: John Beverlin, president/CEO,  Mainstreet CU, Lenexa;
  • Secretary/Treasurer: Hurt;
  • Rick Blue, president/CEO, White Eagle CU, Augusta;
  • Chuck Bullock, president, TECU CU, Wichita;
  • Brenda Kliewer, manager, McPherson CO-OP CU, McPherson; and
  • LaRae Kraemer, president, Kansas State University FCU, Manhattan.


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