HARRISBURG, Pa. (5/19/11)--The Pennsylvania Credit Union Association (PCUA) presented its awards during its 77th Annual Convention May 11-13 in Hershey. Hundreds of credit union and supporters statewide attended the convention, which featured a keynote address by newly confirmed Pennsylvania Secretary of Banking, Glenn Moyer. PCUA’s board of directors awarded the Keystone Award to Michael Kaczenski, Aston-based Sun East FCU President/CEO. A native of Ohio, Kaczenski has been active in the credit union movement for nearly 25 years and has served as president/CEO of Sun East FCU since 2001. The Keystone Award was first presented in 2000 to honor an individual or organization that epitomizes the credit union philosophy. PCUA Chairman Ray Brunner cited Kaczenski’s leadership in developing the iBelong statewide credit union awareness campaign. The iBelong campaign, launched in 2007, features TV and radio commercials promoting credit unions as safe and consumer-friendly financial institutions for Pennsylvanians. Kaczenski has served on the association’s board since 2004 and is active in the Delaware Chapter of Credit Unions. PCUA also announced the 2011 Credit Union Youth Ambassador of Pennsylvania, Whitney Thompson, 25, representing the Philadelphia Chapter of Credit Unions and employed as a member service officer at the Philadelphia Stock Exchange branch of American Heritage FCU. As youth ambassador, Thompson will promote credit union youth activities and serve as a representative of PCUA during events and meetings. Also, Joshua Madore, 25, of Bethel Park, representing Riverset CU, Pittsburgh, and the Pittsburgh Chapter of Credit Unions was named first alternate; and Mike Williams, 21, of Erie, representing Erie General Electric FCU and the Erie Chapter of Credit Unions was named second alternate. A number of awards were presented to credit unions for of their community work. The Desjardins Youth Financial Education first-place awards were given to:
* Keystone FCU, Downingtown, $50 million to $150 million in assets; * Service 1st FCU, Danville, $150 million to $500 million; and * TruMark Financial CU, Trevose, more than $500 million.
The Louise Herring Award for Philosophy in Action first-place award was presented to SPE FCU, State College, with less than $50 million to $250 million in assets. The Dora Maxwell first-place awards for social responsibility were presented to:
* Timberland FCU, DuBois, $20 million to $50 million in assets; * Meadville (Pa.) Area FCU, $50 million to $100 million; * Cross Valley FCU, Wilkes-Barre, $100 million to $200 million; * Belco Community CU, Harrisburg, $200 million to $500 million; and * American Heritage FCU, Philadelphia, more than $500 million.
PCUA presented marketing awards to credit unions for their work in creating annual reports, newsletters and websites. The Credit Union Annual Report Contest first-place award winners:
* Wyse FCU, Baden, less than $20 million in assets; * HealthCare First CU, Johnstown, $20 million to $100 million; * TruMark Financial CU, more than $100 million.
Credit Union Newsletter first-place award winners:
* North Penn FCU, Colmar, less than $20 million in assets; * CTCE FCU, Reading, $20 million to $100 million; * Riverset CU, Pittsburgh, more than $100 million;
Credit Union Website first-place awards were given to:
* Keystone United Methodist FCU, Cranberry Township, less than $20 million; * Hershey (Pa.) FCU, $20 million to $100 million; * Discovery FCU, Reading, more than $100 million.