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The Network Awards Committee facilitates statewide and national awards programs and judges entries. On the national level, the committee coordinates Minnesota’s entries for CUNA’s Dora Maxwell and Louise Herring Awards and the Desjardins Award for Financial Education.
On the state level, the committee recognizes individuals and organizations through the Professional and Volunteer of the Year Awards.
Below are brief descriptions of the state and national awards programs offered by the Minnesota Credit Union Network. More information about the awards, along with nomination forms, will be available approximately three months before the awards deadlines.
Timeline: The call for nominations for the following awards typically takes place in January with a February deadline. The awards are presented at the MnCUN Annual Meeting in April.
Outstanding Professional of the Year Award
This award is given to recognize the noble service of one outstanding credit union professional who has selflessly given time, effort and talent to the support and promotion of the credit union ideal and the betterment of credit unions in Minnesota.
Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Award
This award recognize the noble service of one outstanding credit union volunteer who best exemplifies the credit union spirit through dedication to, and belief in, the credit union movement.
This award recognizes demonstrated excellence in credit union philanthropy and contributions to the credit union movement in Minnesota. This award – established in 1999 as a tribute to Minnesota credit union philanthropist Simon Hellermann – recognizes an outstanding contribution to a humanitarian cause and also promotes credit union philanthropy, service and loyalty. Individuals, credit unions, chapters and affinity groups are eligible to receive this award.
Timeline: The call for nominations for the following awards typically takes place in late May to early June, with a deadline in mid-to-late July. Statewide award winners are announced in August or September. Winning state entries advance to compete nationally, with national results typically available in late November to early December. National award recipients are recognized at the next CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference.