ENTRIES DUE AUGUST 1, 2014
Call For Entries:
Illinois Credit Union League Statewide Award Competitions
Please consider this the official call for entries for the annual Desjardins Youth Financial Education Award Program, the Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Award and the Louise Herring Award for Philosophy in Action award competitions.
The Desjardins Youth Financial Education Award recognizes leadership within the credit union movement on behalf of youth financial literacy. It considers all activities supporting the personal finance education of young members and nonmembers, including, but not limited to, face-to-face teaching, publicity, lobbying for curriculum requirements, teacher and volunteer training, and promotion and use of the NEFE High School Financial Planning Program®.
Note: In 2011, information on in-school branches and financial literacy advocacy were removed from the Desjardins award. This change was part of an overall strategy to more clearly define all of CUNA's recognition programs. Member service to youth through in-school branch operations is now eligible for recognition under the Louise Herring Philosophy-in-Action Member Service Award. (Credit unions' work with schools to teach personal finance in the classroom is still covered by the Desjardins Youth Financial Education Award program). Financial literacy advocacy is now eligible for recognition under the Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Community Service Award.
Also new in 2011 was that CUNA created the Desjardins Adult Financial Education Award, which will recognize model credit union efforts to teach personal finance concepts and skills to members and non-members age 18 and older.
The Dora Maxwell and Louise Herring programs identify credit unions that demonstrate the credit union "People Helping People" philosophy. The Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Community Service Award program honors the work of credit unions for external activities in the community, and the Louise Herring Philosophy-in-Action Member Service Award program recognizes the practical application of credit union philosophy in daily internal operations. A new $1 Billion asset category has been added to both of these competitions.
In each competition, your credit union will compete with others in the same asset category. In addition, individual chapters are eligible to enter the chapter category in the Dora Maxwell competition or the Desjardins competition. There is no chapter category for the Louise Herring Award program. Please note for all competitions, submitting one extraordinary project with well-defined, measurable goals is the rule. Questions on the respective entry forms must be answered based on one project.
Winning credit unions at the state level will be recognized at the Keynote & Awards program held during the League’s 85th Annual Convention (April 16 - 18, 2015) at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel) and at their respective chapters. State winners from each competition will then advance to the national competition for judging. In addition, national winners will be recognized at the 2015 CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference in Washington, D.C.
All Desjardins, Dora Maxwell and Louise Herring entries must be submitted to the League office by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, August 1, 2014. Please do not use entry forms from prior years.
Please be sure to consult the Award Differentiation Chart to get up to speed on all the changes for all the awards and to ensure your entry is properly submitted, as well as the Secrets of a Winning Entry document.
You are strongly encouraged to enter any or all of these award competitions. They are an excellent way for your credit union to be honored for its efforts and serve as an example for others to follow.
Entry forms and other information for all three competitions are available via the links below:
Desjardins Youth and Adult Financial Education Award
Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Community Service Award
Louise Herring Philosophy-in-Action Member Service Award
For more information, please contact William Wille, Public Relations Coordinator, at (800) 942-7124, ext. 3216.