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.
Simon Hellermann Award
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.
- Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Award - recognizes credit unions that promote social responsibility. In particular, the focus of the award is to draw attention to external credit union projects and activities that benefit the community.
- Louise Herring Award for Philosophy in Action - focuses on the internal programs and services of a credit union. Credit unions who received the award have demonstrated the practical application of the credit union philosophy within the actual operations of the credit union.
- Desjardins Youth and Adult Financial Education Awards - recognize the leadership of individual credit unions and chapters on behalf of youth and adult financial education. Activities eligible for consideration include those that raise awareness and marshal resources on behalf of financial literacy.
2015 Professional & Volunteer of the Year Award Winners
MnCUN's Outstanding Professional of the Year 2015: Dan Stoltz, SPIRE Credit Union
Stoltz joined SPIRE in 1999 as the CFO, when it was known as Twin Cities Co-op Credit Union, and became President/CEO in 2009. His credit union industry service also includes serving as Secretary/Treasurer for the MnCUN Board of Directors and on the Board for Alloya Corporate Credit Union. Stoltz believes strongly in giving back, not only in his professional role at SPIRE, but on a personal level, as well. Within the community, Stoltz serves on the Presbyterian Homes’ Board of Directors, as the Vice-Chair for the University of Northwestern’s Board of Directors, and on the Board for the Keep on Pushing Foundation. Most recently, he was named King Boreas Rex LXXIX at the 2015 St. Paul Winter Carnival.
“One of Dan’s core beliefs is to give back – to our members and to our community,” said Tom Heinzen, Chair of SPIRE Credit Union’s Board of Directors. “His leadership keeps the focus on SPIRE’s core purpose of improving members’ lives.”
MnCUN's Outstanding Volunteer of the Year 2015, Paula Erdmann, St. Cloud Federal Credit Union
Erdmann has served on St. Cloud Federal’s board for nearly a decade. During her time on the board, Erdmann’s actions and involvement have helped grow the credit union’s membership base from 10,000 to over 15,000, or nearly 50 percent. During that same time period assets grew nearly 60 percent from just over $70 million to nearly $112 million. Also a strong believer in giving back to the community, Erdmann volunteers with many local organizations, including St. Cloud Area Legal Services, the United Way, Stearns County Family Service Collaborative and Tri-Cap, a nonprofit agency that provides a wide range of services to assist low-income people with opportunities that help them be more successful in their lives.
“Paula has been a pillar of St. Cloud Federal Credit Union’s success during the years she’s served as a volunteer,” said St. Cloud Federal Credit Union CEO Jed Meyer. “She fights for what she believes in and is passionate about doing what’s right for our members and our community.”
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