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Maine league announces awards
WESTBROOK, Maine (5/27/09)--The Maine Credit Union League recently honored six individuals as recipients of the Maine credit union movement’s annual awards. The recipients were presented with their awards in Augusta, Maine, in mid-May during the league’s 71st Annual Meeting and Convention.
Robert Walker (center), who has been a volunteer at Monmouth FCU for 53 years, accepts the Alexander Ferguson Award for Outstanding League Volunteer from Richard Dupuis (right), chair of the league's Annual Awards and Convention Committee. Looking on are Richard Howard (back left), chair of Monmouth FCU's board, and David Walker (back right), Walker's son and a fellow board member of the credit union.
Receiving the Alexander Ferguson Award for Outstanding Credit Union Volunteer was Robert “Bob” Walker of Monmouth FCU, Monmouth, who has been a member of the credit union since 1955. He served on the credit union’s board for 53 years, and managed the credit union for 29 years. He remains an active volunteer there and a member of its board. The James M. Gratto Award for Outstanding Credit Union Manager went to Tucker Cole, president/CEO of Evergreen CU, Portland, who “always puts the needs of members first and always keeps the best interest of members in mind.” Cole has been with the credit union since 1996, and has helped it grow from $48 million in assets to over $200 million. Cole also is a member of the Maine league’s board and is president of the Alex Ferguson Chapter of Credit Unions, representing credit unions in Cumberland County. Presented the Jeannette G. Morin Award for Outstanding Credit Union Employee was Marsha Richard, who works in Card Services at Atlantic Regional FCU, Brunswick. Twenty-one years ago, she began as a
From left, David Rossignol, Maine CU League board member and last year’s recipient, poses with Tucker Cole, President/CEO of Evergreen CU, who received the 2009 James M. Gratto Award for Outstanding Credit Union Manager. Also pictured are two members of Cole’s staff, Kate Archambault and Catie Scribner. (Photos provided by the Maine Credit Union League)
teller. Richard also was recognized for spending an average of 525 hours annually on community activities including helping with Girl Scouts, the Annual Relay for Life event, and other community activities. Maine CU League President’s Award for Outstanding League Volunteer was given to Richard Dupuis, president/CEO of Five County CU, Bath, and chair of the league’s board. He was recognized by league President John Murphy for “his strong support and involvement with the Maine credit union movement.” Most recently, Dupuis has served as vice-chair of the league’s board. The Diane L. Oceretko “People Helping People” Award was bestowed on Lori Peakall-Cote, regional vice president at Down East CU, Baileyville, who was honored with this award that recognizes an individual who embodies the credit union philosophy of “people helping people.” Peakall-Cote donates five hours per week to community service, including serving as co-chair of the Maine Blueberry Festival, participating in the Relay for Life fundraiser for the American Cancer Society and helping with other causes. She has been with the credit union for seven years. Presented the Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman’s Award was Mike Foley, vice president of Five County CU in Bath. The award which salutes grassroots involvement in promoting credit unions to legislators and other political leaders. Foley has been a member of the league’s Governmental Affairs Committee for years and was recognized by Tucker Cole, chair of the committee, as “someone who is truly engaged in the legislative process working on behalf of the interests of not only his credit union but for all Maine credit unions and their 600,000 members.”


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