Arlington Virginia Federal Credit Union, Arlington, Va., was presented with an ABBIE award at the 13th annual ABBIES award ceremony sponsored by the Arlington Chamber of Commerce and the Arlington Economic Development Commission. The ABBIES recognize businesses that deliver exceptional quality of service, are industry leaders or offer a unique approach to delivery of their goods and services, and display an interest in, and concern for, the Arlington community.
Greater Warren Credit Union, Warren, Ohio, presented the Mickey Wilson spirit of giving award to member Clayton Lohry at its annual meeting. Lohry was given the award for his generosity, mentoring and volunteerism in the community. Lohry is president and a founding member of the Northeast Warren Neighborhood Association, a member of the Raymond J. Wean Neighborhood Success grant committee, board member with the Warren Community and Clergy Coalition and a member of Warren Grows. Lohry also volunteers for the Downtown Warren Business Association, the Historic Perkins Neighborhood Association and the Community Safety Initiative. The award is presented every two years to a credit union member who best demonstrates a giving spirit through community service, volunteering and philanthropy.
Eagle One Federal Credit Union, Claymont, Del., announced that it was awarded the Brandywine community award from the Claymont Community Center. The award was presented by community center President Diane Neary at the centers annual volunteer appreciation night. The award recognizes an organization that has given time and resources to the people of Claymont.
MIT Federal Credit Union, Cambridge, Mass., announced the winner of its people helping people award. The winner was Marta Fernandez Suarez, a student from Spain pursuing her doctorate at MIT. While conducting cellular imaging research within the chemistry department, Suarez also serves as a formal mentor for other MIT students. She volunteers as a teaching assistant at science labs in Cambridge Public Schools. Suarez also led a group of MIT students to Honduras, where they built low-cost, wind-powered water pumps. She returns to Honduras every year to continue the project. Suarez received a $2,000 prize, and the charity of her choice will receive a $2,000 donation.
Ledge Light Federal Credit Union, Groton, Conn., received its first CAMEO card marketing award from Credit Services for Credit Unions. The CAMEO award recognizes credit unions with the most creative and resourceful credit and debit card marketing campaigns for 2007. Results from Ledge Light's campaign were total balance transfers of $1.5 million, new card holders were 106, existing card holders were 75 and exceeded goal by 99 accounts.
Mid-Atlantic Federal Credit Union, Germantown, Md., was honored with a diamond award from the CUNA Marketing and Business Development Council. Mid-Atlantic won the single direct mail category for its entry entitled Visa Financial Health Postcard. The program aimed to encourage members to use their Visa accounts to consolidate any debt that may have been accumulated during the holiday season and pointed out that the credit union's card options were more straightforward and member friendly than other bank credit cards.
City-County Federal Credit Union, Brooklyn Center, Minn., announced its 2008 outstanding youth winner. The winner is high school junior Arthur J. Carlson. Carlson is a member of City-County's Boom! Club program and has completed classes on various financial topics. He maintains a 3.6 GPA, is a member of the speech club and drama club and has starred in two drama club productions. Carlson was awarded a $250 CD for his achievements.
Dow Chemical Employees' Credit Union, Midland, Mich., was awarded the five star investor award from the American Cancer Society. The award recognizes organizations that are actively fighting cancer through programs and services. Betty Torres, American Cancer Society representative, became aware of all the programs the credit union offers to its employees and community while working with DCECU's wellness committee on a project in 2007. To earn the award organizations must participate in a variety of American Cancer Society initiatives.