WASHINGTON—Robert Schumacher, longtime National Credit Union Foundation leader and volunteer, was a surprise recipient of an Anchor Award at the annual dinner honoring people and institutions that have exhibited particular leadership and innovation. Past Anchor Award winners have included former NCUA Board Chairman Dennis Dollar and the leaders of the three credit union leagues most affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Winners of the awards for 2011 were honored at a March 19 dinner and awards ceremony held in Washington in conjunction with CUNA's Government Affairs Conference.

Schumacher, who serves as awards recognition committee chairman for the NCUF and is retiring after this year, was noticeably surprised and emotional about the award, which event organizers had carefully hidden from him.  Schumacher has served as master of ceremonies for the awards presentation for 15 years and has become the public face of the ceremony and one of the biggest NCUF supporters and advocates.

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