Attendees at the Defense Credit Union Council’s recent 50th Annual Conference celebrated four inductees into the DCUC Hall of Honor in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va.
DCUC’s Hall of Honor was established 13 years ago as a means of recognizing individuals whose contributions and support of the credit union movement added great value to the Defense Credit Union Council and defense credit union community.
Former or current volunteers, and management and staff of DCUC member credit unions, whose lifelong achievements have been exceptionally noteworthy, are eligible for this prestigious award.
Arty Arteaga, president/CEO of the Defense Credit Union Council, introduced the people who have dedicated their lives to the credit union movement and presented the honorees their eagles and Hall of Honor medals at the Aug. 14 gathering.
The council’s Recognition Task Force selected Robert Morgan for his long service in the credit union industry, especially with defense credit unions and the DCUC.
Morgan was the president/CEO of the $381 million ABNB FCU in Chesapeake, Va., for 28 years and sat on the DCUC Board for 17 years, serving as the Navy/Coast Guard Representative and holding almost every position on the board to include chairman. Morgan also sat on the Armed Forces Financial Network Board for more than 10 years.
The Defense Council’s second inductee, Jean Yokum, was selected for her lifetime dedication to military credit unions. Initially employed as a teller with the $1.7 billion Langley FCU in Newport News, Va., in 1953, Yokum rose through the ranks to become president/CEO, where she served for 33 years. She also served on the DCUC Board for 20 years and is a past chairman.
Randy Smith, retired president/CEO of $5.5 billion Randolph-Brooks FCU in Austin, Texas, was also honored. Over the course of his 20 years with RBFCU, the credit union expanded from $295 million in assets to more than $5 billion and from 64,000 members to almost 400,000.
Concluding the ceremony was the induction of Sharon Ichord, retired president/CEO of the $208 million Mid Missouri CU at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. Ichord started her career with Mid Missouri CU in 1975 as a phone operator and retired in August 2013. During her tenure as president/CEO, she oversaw the expansion of the credit union from one facility to five facilities with a sixth branch in the design process.
Three credit unions were also recognized with Distinguished Service Awards: the $2.3 billion Service CU, Grafenwoehr, Germany, for the Army, the $54 billion Navy FCU at Bethesda, Md., for the Navy/Marine Corps; and $205 million 1st Community FCU, Goodfellow AFB, Texas, for the Air Force.
The DCUC now numbers 210 credit unions with over 18 million members.
Patricia Kimmel, CEO of the $318 million Belvoir FCU in Woodbridge, Va., and an Army representative on the DCUC Board, was re-elected to another term as chairman of the organization.