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CU Volunteer Curtis Collins Receives Honor for 50 Years of Service
Thursday, April 30, 2015 7:00 AM

Curtis Collins

On April 21 at the JSC Federal Credit Union’s Annual Meeting, Curtis C. Collins, CUDE and vice chairman for the JSC Federal Credit Union board of directors, received an award for 50 years of service. That's right. Fifty!

Collins has always been a volunteer. He said that early in his career, one of his bosses was part of the board of the JSCFCU, and at that time they were having difficulty getting credit committee members. "He asked if I had an interest, and my CU service began," Collins recalled.

Collins served first on the credit committee and then the board. He said his role changed with an NCUA policy modification that allowed credit union staff to approve or disapprove loans, as opposed to requiring a committee.

In 50 years a lot has changed in America. "As in all industries," Collins said, "the biggest change has been technology and communications. No longer can you only consider the local environment; but you must consider worldwide issues and activities in the financial systems."

As for why Collins has remained in the credit union movement for so long, he said he has always had a passion for small credit unions and the volunteer role. "I love the basic CU philosophy of people helping people," he said. "The chance to make a difference is significant to me."

JSC Federal Credit Union released a statement about Collins' award. "Our dedicated JSC Federal Credit Union board members share a common goal for the success of our credit union," the statement reads. "With compassion and determination, our board members put in many volunteer hours focusing on the well-being of the credit union. We are honored to have Mr. Collins on our board of directors, and we look forward to his ongoing support.”

Cornerstone Credit Union League CEO Dick Ensweiler called Collins a teacher of other volunteers and a special person. "He's done his job with great dedication, passion, and enthusiasm," Ensweiler said.

"I have been blessed with a wife and family who were totally supportive of my service and time away," Collins said. "For 50 years, I have had the pleasure to serve with a truly professional volunteer board and management team, other CU teams, and the management and employees of the trades, and they have made volunteering and working fun."

Collins adds that the credit union industry has good people who care and want others to succeed in it. "That CU philosophy, plus the dedication of shared service with team members who care, gets into one's blood and it just feels right."