Last week's Annual Meeting theme of Making a Lasting Impression is still resonating with not only attendees and our distinguished award winners, but those in need or yet to benefit from the good works and generosity of credit unions.
"The theme was designed to pay tribute to the impact retiring CEO Dick Ensweiler has had on the credit union movement and the imprint that incoming CEO Caroline Willard will make," said Training and Events Vice President Tamra Gaines. "But it was also to recognize the real-life pioneers in the Cornerstone region paving the way for the next generation and the enduring effects our actions can have on the communities and the people we serve."
You can enjoy some of our most visible salutes to Hall of Fame inductees Barbara Stephens and Dick Ensweiler, as well as a great video of our Young Professionals' accomplishments and a collection of photo memories by clicking on the following links:
Barbara Stephens Hall of Fame
Dick Ensweiler Hall of Fame
But Annual Meeting wasn't just about awards and education. During the conference, Cornerstone staff and volunteers were hard at work conducting fundraising and outreach activities. For instance, leftover food from the Fort Worth Convention Center buffet lunch was donated to Union Gospel Mission of Tarrant County.
"We raised $12,800 for Cook's Children's, a Children's Miracle Network hospital in Fort Worth, during the League's Putting Fore a Purpose Golf Tournament," said Cornerstone Credit Union Foundation Executive Director Courtney Moran who chairs the event.
This fundraising amount is in addition to the $24,000 already raised this year by credit unions throughout the Cornerstone region. Cornerstone has increased the annual goal to $1.3 million dollars, so each time a Cornerstone credit union or chapter makes a donation to a local hospital, it goes toward the overall Credit Unions 4 Kids goal.
The Foundation also raised $9,257 through the live silent auction held in conjunction with the Denim & Diamonds Awards Dinner.
"We are so grateful to the very generous people who gave their time and money and heart to our fundraising and outreach efforts," said Moran. "The Foundation could not do all the wonderful things it does for credit unions and the needy without the participation and commitment of generous souls who choose to give."
Cornerstone collected 54 pairs of new and gently used shoes in the Soles for Change effort, an initiative that will run throughout 2017. The shoes were received from credit union attendees and the hotel staff, who brought in bags of shoes over the two days of the conference.
Gaines said they were saddened to learn that the person with the service dogs was sick and unable to bring in the puppies for the advertised Puppy Therapy during the Expo. "The Cornerstone team and the Convention Center got busy and contacted the City of Fort Worth Animal Services group to come in with four dogs," she said. "Even better, two of those dogs were adopted into their forever homes during the Expo."
Cornerstone saved an average of 30 reams—that's 15,000 pieces of paper!—by having handouts and evaluations online using the Cornerstone app. That's good news but also creates a challenge.
"The past two years of reduced handouts has been great for being greener," Gaines said. "However, we struggle to have enough members complete the evaluations using the online app, and that impacts our ability to learn what is and isn’t working to meet their needs."
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"Our members in the Cornerstone region do so much within their communities," Gaines said. "It’s an awesome feeling to be part of the league while making a difference and leaving a lasting impression on behalf of credit unions."
Cornerstone doesn't stop working when the conference ends. The League is committed to doing good works all year long through its Credit Unions Care initiative. Learn more about what we're doing and how your credit union can participate at creditunions.care.
Save the date for next year's Annual Meeting & Expo in Little Rock, April 18-20, 2018.