ICU Foundation Perpetual Awards
Gary Nester Tribute (2005)
Gary Nester will retire at the end of June from his job at CEFCU after more than three decades of service to the credit union movement. He is also concluding his service to a number of credit union organizations during 2005, including the Central Illinois Chapter and the ICU Foundation.
Gary has been a director of the Illinois Credit Union League since 1998, the same year he earned his Certified Credit Union Executive designation. He served as chairman of the League from 1996 to 1998. He visited all the chapters during his tenure to discuss key issues such as credit union unity and the Campaign for Consumers Choice.
Gary was also a director and chairman of the ICUL Service Corporation. He has been a board member of the ICU Foundation since 1987 and served as chairman from 2002 to 2004. He retired from the Foundation board yesterday.
ary received the Manager of the Year Award from the Illinois CUES Council during 1993. He was inducted into the Illinois Credit Union Hall of Fame during 1998.
This award was established by the Central Illinois Chapter of credit unions and augmented with gifts from credit unions and friends. In his typical, generous fashion, in lieu of retirement presents, Gary requested people make donations to the Foundation. The response was tremendous, generating more than $4,700.