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Wegner Awards Nominations Open through June 17

This is Your Chance to Nominate Someone You Know for Credit Unions' Highest Honors!

Click here to make a nomination!
Do you know someone who deserves recognition?

Throughout the credit union community you'll find inspiring people who dedicate their lives to helping others. You'll find organizations and programs providing critical services for people who need them most. Quietly... without seeking the spotlight, these individuals and organizations live the credit union philosophy of "People Helping People."

Show them that now is their time to shine!

Help them gain the recognition they deserve on a national stage!

Here's how:

Award Categories


All credit union system employees and volunteers are encouraged to nominate visionary individuals and organizations they feel deserve the credit union movement’s highest national honors: the 21st Annual Herb Wegner Memorial Awards presented by the National Credit Union Foundation.

  • Individual Achievement Award honors an unsung hero for innovative concepts and/or accomplishments that have made a significant impact on the national and/or international credit union movement within the past 10 years – or now have a significant potential impact. Nominations must cite a specific subject of achievement. Examples include financial literacy, service to the unserved or underserved, alternatives to predatory lending, and/or new products.

  • Outstanding Organization/Program Award honors an organization or program for innovative concepts and/or products/services that have made a significant impact with measured results on the national and/or international credit union movement.

  • Lifetime Achievement Award honors an individual who has dedicated his/her life to promoting credit union philosophy. This person must have created innovative concepts and provided leadership that has made a significant and lasting impact on the national and/or international credit union movement.

How to Make a Nomination


Nominations can come from individuals and/or organizations. To make a nomination:

Herb Wegner Legacy

Click to learn more about Herb Wegner
The Herb Wegner Memorial Awards are named in honor of the late CUNA CEO, Herb Wegner, whose tireless dedication, innovative ideas and deeds truly revolutionized the way credit unions serve their communities.

The awards honor Wegner’s legacy and recognize his spirit of “innovative, creative, risk-taking” leadership.

Past Wegner Memorial Award Recipients


The Herb Wegner Memorial Awards honor roll features bold leaders from more than two decades of credit union history. Your nominee could join this celebrated group.

Commemorative Program Book


Thanks to everyone who helped the National Credit Union Foundation recognize Harriet May, Bob Hoel, and the North Carolina State Employees Credit Union Foundation at the 20th Anniverary Herb Wegner Memorial Awards Dinner.

Click here to save the 2008 commemorative program book. The Foundation's Corporate Supporters can be seen on pages 12-13. Community Investment Fund investors can be seen on pages 16-19.
Click to view Commemorative Program Book
Congratulatory advertisers can be seen on pages 20-44.


"Thank You" Video to Our Major Donors


You can watch the "Thank You" video tribute in two formats:

Flash Video Format. Click here to view the YouTube version.


Windows Media Player Format. Click here for the Windows media player version. This video is 7 minutes long. Expect brief pauses during viewing.


Image of the first PowerPoint Image in the Thank You video.

Awards Dinner Scheduled for 2009

Save the Date!
The 21st Annual Herb Wegner Memorial Awards Dinner is scheduled for Monday, February 23, 2009, in conjunction with the Credit Union National Association’s 2009 Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC). For the second straight year, the Wegner Awards Dinner will take place at the Grand Hyatt Washington, DC.

Relive their Stories

Stories of people helping people come alive on a new DVD of the 20th Anniversary Wegner Awards Dinner program and video tributes.
Click here to download the DVD order form.

2008 Honorees

Click here to see Harriet May's video tribute.
Individual Achievement:
Harriet May
President & CEO
GECU of El Paso, Texas

"We have one focus, of helping others achieve what they couldn’t achieve anywhere else. It’s a challenge every day. It’s an opportunity every day."
Click here to see Harriet May's video tribute.
Click here to see the SECU Foundation's video tribute.
Outstanding Organization:
State Employees Credit Union Foundation of North Carolina

Accepting the award were Current Chairman David King and Immediate Past Chairman Tom King.

"Our intent is to be able to make sure that people have an opportunity to further advance themselves."
Click here to see the SECU Foundation's video tribute.
Click here to see Bob Hoel's video tribute.
Lifetime Achievement:
Dr. Bob Hoel
Filene Fellow
Filene Research Institute

"I’m so grateful to the credit union movement. It has allowed me to pursue my passions and share my findings with people who make a difference in the world."
Click here to see Bob Hoel's video tribute.

Other Highlights:

Click this photo from REAL Solutions' breakout session to hear from CU leaders!

REAL Solutions™ Virtually Everywhere


REAL Solutions™ appeared virtually everywhere from a packed breakout session to on-the-spot videos at the GAC. Find roving interviews and podcasts at REALSolutions.coop.
Click here to read more of Allan McMorris' speech to CUDEs.

New Chairman Supports DE


Allan Kemp McMorris, NCUF Chairman, pledges more financial and human resources to expand the Credit Union Development Education (DE) program – because he believes, "Credit union philosophy is our most important asset."
Click here to read more of Allan's first speech to CUDEs.
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