WICHITA, Kan. (4/21/11)--Kansas credit unions elected officers and honored their peers as 350 representatives gathered in Overland Park last weekend for the Kansas Credit Union Association’s (KCUA) 76th Annual Meeting and Convention.
During the Kansas Credit Union Association’s (KCUA) 76th Annual Meeting and Convention Millard O. “Bob” Wray, former manager/president of Kansas Highway CU (now Quest CU), Topeka, was named posthumously to the KCUA Hall of Fame. Accepting the award was his son, Gary Wray. From left: KCUA Board Chairman Larry Damm; Gary Wray; and KCUA President/CEO Marla Marsh. (Photo provided by Kansas Credit Union Association)
The two-day event featured industry speakers and educational and networking opportunities. The keynote presentation by Dr. Benjamin Akande, economics professor and Dean at Webster University in Webster Groves, Mo., addressed the new reality of post-recession America. U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder (R) also addressed the group, sharing insights on the budget debate in Congress and proposed legislation effecting financial institutions. Four credit union leaders were honored at the event:
* Wayne Warfel, president of Wichita (Kan.) FCU, received the Henry Peterson Professional of the Year Award. Warfel was honored for his demonstrated leadership within the Kansas credit union community. * Don Homan, supervisory committee chairman of Frontier Community CU, Leavenworth, received the John Michener Volunteer of the Year Award. Homan was honored for his long-time service and devotion as a volunteer, both to credit unions and the community. * Millard O. “Bob” Wray, former manager/president of Kansas Highway CU (now Quest CU), Topeka, was named posthumously to the KCUA Hall of Fame. Accepting the award was his son, Gary Wray. The award recognized Wray’s dedication and passion as leader, advocate and mentor in the Kansas credit union movement. * John Beverlin, president/CEO of Mainstreet CU, Lenexa, received the Political Involvement Award. Beverlin was recognized for his effort, and involvement in educating both state and national policymakers on the credit union difference. * Mid American CU was also recognized for winning a first-place award in the Desjardins Youth Financial Education Program. The Wichita-based credit union won the award for teaching a financial literacy course as part of a summer youth program in two of Wichita’s most culturally diverse and economically disadvantaged neighborhoods.
KCUA also conducted its annual board elections. Vickie Hurt, president of Quest CU, Topeka was elected to the KCUA board. KCUA executive committee members elected for one-year terms were:
* Chairman Larry Damm, Cessna Employees CU, Wichita; * Vice Chairman Homan; and * Don Napell, Farmers CU, Hays.
Karen Hamit, CEO of Credit Union of Dodge City was newly elected to the Shared Financial Solutions Board. Re-elected to that board were:
* Robert Corwin, president/CEO of Meritrust CU, Wichita; * Brenda Kliewer, manager of McPherson CO-OP CU; * Damm; * Jim Holt, president/CEO of Mid American CU, Wichita; and * Napell.
Shared Financial Solutions is a division of KCUA providing financial products and services to credit unions throughout the Midwest.