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N.Y. association inducts four into CU hall of fame
ALBANY, N.Y. (7/29/09)--Four credit union officials will be inducted into the Credit Union Association of New York’s Hall of Fame Aug 5. Hall of Fame inductees are individuals who have had a significant impact on credit unions at the local, state or national level, and have dedicated their lives to the philosophy and success of the credit union movement. The ceremony will be held during the association’s annual Convention in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Inductees are:
* Kathleen A. Frawley, who first became a member of Buffalo (N.Y.) Metropolitan in 1965. She joined the credit union’s supervisory committee and then became the first woman elected to serve on the credit union’s board of directors. She has held the positions of treasurer and first vice president and is currently the board’s second vice president. Frawley also is the membership officer, chairperson of the credit union’s education committee and an alternate on the credit committee. * Patricia H. McManus, who has devoted her life to Buffalo (N.Y.) Metropolitan FCU and the credit union’s “people helping people” philosophy. She was hired by the credit union as a frontline teller after graduating high school in 1956. In 1990, she was named manager--a position she held until her retirement in 1996. In the six years she led the credit union, McManus increased the credit union’s asset size by 19% and their loan portfolio by 25%. After retiring from 41 years of service, she accepted an invitation to join the credit union’s board of directors. She was elected secretary, a position she still holds. * Richard K. Moore, who was a founding member of Reliant Community FCU, Sodus. He joined its board of directors 15 years later in 1985 and has served as board chairman since 1986. He also is a member of the credit union’s supervisory committee. Moore stays current with credit issues, regularly attending conferences and other training programs. In 1997, he received the designation of Certified Credit Union Director from the Credit Union Executives Society. Moore is also an active member of the National Association of Credit Union Chairmen. * James E. Thierman, who was instrumental in establishing a credit union for the employees of the Dresser Clark Company and became one if its original members in 1972. In 1982, after many local mergers, the credit union converted to a community charter known today as Olean (N.Y.) Area FCU. From those first days, Thierman served as a member of the supervisory committee and later as a board member. He continued in that capacity until his official retirement in May 2008. During his board tenure, Thierman provided leadership and guidance, ensuring the credit union’s current success while providing a solid foundation for its future.


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