Each year, the California and Nevada Leagues honors a distinguished industry leader/volunteer during the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues’ REACH Conference. These awards include:
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LEO H. SHAPIRO LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
This is the League’s highest honor, recognizing excellence in credit union philosophy and a lifetime of contributions to the California credit union movement. It is named after Leo H. Shapiro, father of the California credit union movement and founder of the League.
DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD
Recipients of the League’s Distinguished Service Award are honored for service to the credit union community outside the usual scope of employment at a credit union, and beyond the scope of their chapter.
J. ALVIN GEORGE OUTSTANDING VOLUNTEER AWARD
This award honors significant contributions by people who serve credit unions in volunteer capacities, such as a director or committee member. It was renamed in 2013 in honor of the long-time credit union volunteer, J. Alvin George, who passed away that same year.
TOMORROW’S STAR AWARD
The League’s Tomorrow’s Star Award recognizes the achievements by young credit union professionals age 35 and under.
SOCIAL IMPACT AWARD
Recognizes individuals and credit unions that demonstrate an unyielding dedication to building stronger communities and improving members’ lives through actions such as financial education, wellness, social responsibility, mentorship, and/or diversity, equity, and inclusion practices.
SHAPIRO: KIM BANNAN ETERNAL FLAME AWARDS
These awards recognize efforts that contribute to the success and future of Shapiro Group credit unions, and are named after the League’s late vice president of credit union development and research and information.
Recognizes individuals and local networks for their extraordinary impact and commitment to professional development, advocacy and collaboration in the Networks of the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues and the local community of credit unions.
Winners are recognized for their immense contributions to their networks.
DORA MAXWELL AWARD
The Dora Maxwell Award is given to a credit union or chapter for its social responsibility projects within the community. (The award is given for external activities). Examples include:
Raising funds for charity
Community involvement projects, such as a volunteer fair, building low-income housing, or loaning employees a few hours a week to work in hospitals, retirement homes, schools, etc.
LOUISE HERRING AWARD
The Louise Herring Award is for involvement in almost any kind of activity that helps other people or strengthens the structure of a community. (The award is given for internal programs and services that benefit membership.) Examples include:
Provisions for the small saver or borrower
Member programs for groups that are often economically challenged
Internal programs or services that help to differentiate the credit union from other financial services’ providers
Programs that do an extraordinary job of encouraging thrift and provide a source of unbiased money management and consumer information, which would be difficult or impossible to obtain elsewhere.
Evidence of an exceptional degree of service to members
DESJARDINS YOUTH AWARD
The Desjardins Youth Award includes all activities to teach personal finance to youth (under 18).The Desjardins Adult Award includes all activities to teach personal finance to adults (over 18).