Association of Credit Union Internal Auditors, Columbus, Ohio, has named GECU Director of Internal Audit Betty Cramer the Internal Auditor of the Year. The award is presented to an Internal Auditor who has made a significant contribution to the internal audit profession and to the credit union industry. In addition, ACUIA presented the following awards: Excellence in Service, Ennio E. Cavuoto, Bethpage FCU; Regional Director Recognition, Brenda Benson, Teacher FCU; Article of the Year Award-"OFAC Compliance" by Sangeeta Norton Maine State ECU; and Best Audit Practice- First Place Eric Airheart, Jax FCU; Second Place Patrick Yager, Tinker FCU; and Third Place Jessica Love, ESL FCU. Travis Credit Union, Vacaville, Calif., has won the Air Force Distinguished Credit Union Award for the second time in five years. The national award is presented annually by the U.S. Department of the Air Force to the on-base credit union that has gone above and beyond its duty to provide financial service and financial education to Air Force members. Only one credit union is selected throughout the entire Air Force to receive this award. Travis CU was selected for its level of participation on base. Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union, Lowell, Mass., President/CEO Paul Mayotte has been named Corporate Citizen of the Year by the March of Dimes. The honor is in recognition of Mayotte and the credit union's support and dedication to the March of Dimes. Over the past six years, members and employees of Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union have donated more than $150,000 to the Massachusetts Chapter of the March of Dimes. Earlier this year, more than $24,000 was presented to the March of Dimes. California Credit Union League, Rancho Cucamonga, has announced that three credit unions and one chapter have won honors in the first Dejardins Youth Financial Education Awards. The award recognizes leadership within the credit union movement on behalf of youth financial literacy. Winners at the state level include the following: AltaOne Federal Credit Union won first place in the over $100 million asset category; Cabrillo Credit Union in the $50-$100 million asset category; Greater Nevada Credit Union, won in the over $100 million asset category; and Credit Union Partners in Education, or CU-PIE, a program of the League's Sacramento Valley Chapter, won in the chapter category. Honorable mentions were awarded to Mission Federal Credit Union, and Sun Community Federal Credit Union. Alternatives Federal Credit Union, Ithaca, N.Y., has received an Excellence Award from the National Community Capital Association of Philadelphia, and Wachovia Corporation. The credit union was recognized for its "groundbreaking work both in its market and in the industry" and was presented the 2002 Wachovia CDFI Excellence Award for Innovation for its "Credit Path" model. The honor carried with it a $1000 award. Neches Federal Credit Union, Port Neches, Texas, has been awarded Best of Show at the 7th Annual Lone Star Award given by the Texas Credit Union League Marketing Council. The Lone Star Awards recognize credit union marketing success, set standards of excellence in CU marketing and help increase awareness and quality of the credit union professional within the credit union movement. Neches FCU received "Best of Show" and first place for the "Big Toys, Oh Yeah!" entry in the $45 million to $75 million asset size.

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