One does not need to look far to find people in the credit union industry devoted to helping others. It is part of our DNA. Many people dedicate their lives to improving the lives of others. Each year, the National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF) collects names of individuals and organizations from their peers who exemplify this standard in our industry and honors them with the Herb Wegner Memorial Award.
This lifetime achievement award is significant because of its namesake, Herb Wegner, an industry pioneer who spearheaded successful legislative campaigns so credit unions could provide credit cards, mortgages, and IRAs. He innovated new products and services for credit unions to offer including share drafts, secondary mortgage corporations, and electric funds transfers (EFTs). He developed and promoted the concept of cooperatives, both nationally and internationally. Wegner’s impact in the credit union world is still felt daily by the members they served. He devoted his life to the cause of credit unions.
The Herb Wegner Memorial Awards are presented during the NCUF gala dinner during the Government Affairs Conference. The Gala is a highlight of the NCUF calendar, and the proceeds of the event fund many programs provided by NCUF throughout the year. Recipients are selected by submissions from peers in the credit union industry.
For the 34th year of the awards, the NCUF decided to give the Outstanding Individual Achievement award to four participants, honoring institutions or initiatives that have “measurably improved the local, national, or international credit union service,” reported the NCUF. This is the first time four individuals have received this honor since 2018.
These individuals are Linda Bodie, Chief Executive Officer + Innovator of Element Federal Credit Union (W.V.); Dr. Brian Branch, Former President and CEO of the World Council; Bill Cheney, CEO of SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union; and Winona Nava, President/CEO of Guadalupe Credit Union (N.M.).