Georgia credit unions and their leadership do good things, and in order to celebrate their good works both CUNA and GCUA have designed a variety of national and state recognition awards. For more information, click the links below.
CUNA National Awards
Beginning in 2015, credit unions have submitted their award entries via an online portal created by CUNA. As in years past, entries are first judged at the state level. CUNA then judges the state winners.
Credit unions have the ability to save, come back later, pay and submit entries via the web portal. Photos, videos, social media links and any other documentation can be included.
These awards are named for Alphonse Desjardins, who founded the first credit unions in Canada and the U.S. and pioineered youth savings clubs. The Desjardins program recognizes leadership within the credit union movement on behalf of financial literacy for all ages. The recognition program considers all activities supporting the personal finance education of members and non-members, including, but not limited to, face-to-face teaching using proprietary materials and curricula, such as the NEFE High School Financial Planning Program® (HSFPP), as well as financial literacy leadership efforts.
This award recognizes model credit union, chapter or multiple credit union group efforts to strengthen local institutions and materially improve the lives of nonmembers through community outreach programs other than personal finance education. Eligible activities include, but are not limited to, raising funds for a charity, community involvement projects, such as a volunteer fair, building low-income housing, or collecting contributions for a food bank. (Note that lobbying on behalf of school personal finance curriculum requirements now falls under this program, while teaching personal finance in schools remains with Desjardins.)
This award recognizes the efforts of a model credit union to materially improve members’ lives through programs offered to its members other than personal finance education. Eligible activities include, but are not limited to, member programs for groups that are often economically or otherwise challenged and programs that do an extraordinary job of encouraging money management and consumer financial education. (Note that operating a student-run in-school branch now falls under this program, while teaching personal finance in schools remains with Desjardins.). Only individual credit unions are eligible to enter.
Georgia Credit Union League Awards
The Georgia Credit Union League honors exceptional credit union leaders at the League Annual Convention each year. Nominations are received for the Moses C. Davis Professional and Volunteer of the Year Awards from among affiliated credit union CEOs and chapter leadership. The Eloise Woods Distinguished Service Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award are nominated by League board members. A nominating committee will review the nominations and the League board will be presented with at least two nominations per position except in the case of the Moses C. Davis Volunteer of the Year. For the Volunteer of the Year Award, the Awards Nominating Committee will present no more than two names per district. Criteria for the selection of candidates for these awards has been established and approved by the League Board.
The Moses C. Davis Volunteer and Professional of the Year Awards are named for the man who is recognized as the founding father of the Georgia credit union movement. Moses C. Davis was a charter member of Atlanta Postal Credit Union who not only served on the credit union’s board of directors as Treasurer and General Manager, but also became the League’s first Managing Director and National Director. Since the award’s inception in 1985, the Moses C. Davis Awards have recognized the very best volunteers and professionals of the Georgia credit union movement… individuals who have displayed the highest levels of service and professionalism and personify the credit union’s philosophy, “People Helping People.”
The Georgia Credit Union League honors credit union leaders that have devoted a meaningful part of their careers to identifiable and lasting improvements for cooperative financial institutions. The Lifetime Achievement Award is reserved for a Georgia credit union leader who has demonstrated extraordinary commitment to the credit union movement over his or her career in the spirit of Moses C. Davis, a well-known and beloved Georgia credit union pioneer.
The Georgia Credit Union League honors individuals in the credit union movement who have provided significant contributions including: advancing cooperative finance, projecting the benefits of credit union membership to government officials or civic leaders and leading cooperative initiatives among credit unions. The Eloise Woods Distinguished Service Award honors an individual who has worked to advance cooperative finance for the benefit of Georgia citizens.