A visibly moved Tim Haegelin told a credit union audience last night at the Cornerstone Credit Union League’s Annual Meeting & Expo that he accepts the Hall of Fame award with honor. Haegelin, retired president and CEO of Generations FCU, was one of several credit union leaders to be honored at the recognition dinner.
“I’ve never been good at speeches, so please bear with me tonight,” Haegelin told the audience. “I want to thank my wife Yvonne for being my biggest cheerleader for the last 47 years. I want to thank my board for the support they have provided, and of course all the staff at Generations FCU.”
Haegelin says he feels blessed to have been able to go to work every day and make a difference in people’s lives.
“Credit unions build stronger families and stronger communities,” he said. “Never doubt your work. Credit unions choose to make a difference, and we are the hope our members need.”
Also receiving awards last night were:
Professional of the Year Mark Kelly, president and CEO of Oklahoma Employees FCU.
“When I first started at the credit union, we figured interest with a calculator and we wrote in a ledger with a pencil, and now we deposit checks with our smart phone!” he joked upon accepting the award. “In seriousness it is a tremendous honor to receive this award and I want to say thank you to the League and to the Credit Union National Association their work in making credit unions relevant in the financial marketplace.”
Kelly also acknowledged the tremendous staff and volunteers at Oklahoma Employees FCU, and his wife, Gayla. Kelly is from New York, but went to college in Oklahoma, and made it his home after he graduated.
“It was in my economics class that I met my wife. I sat in the back row of the class closest to the door wearing jeans and a T-shirt, when in walks this beautiful lady dressed in a pant suit and wearing heals,” recalls Kelly. “She walked to the front of the classroom and sat down. Since then she has been polishing and smarting me up! To my wife, I say thank you for your support and your friendship.”
Achiever of the Year Carol Gaylord, president and CEO Coastal Community FCU
Upon accepting the Achiever of the Year award, Gaylord told the audience that she would not be standing there without the support of her husband Mike.
“When I married Mike I promised him two things…there would never be a dull moment and marrying me means marrying the credit union,” she said.
Gaylord gave credit to her devoted staff, dedicated board and loyal members, and she offered thanks to the League and the Cornerstone Credit Union Foundation.
“Thank you to the League for being my foundation, and thank you to the Cornerstone Foundation for being in a league of its own,” she said. “And thank you to REAL Solutions for providing the tools to better reach our members of today and tomorrow.”
Volunteer of the Year, Kriston Crow, chairman of the board for Southwest 66 CU
Crow told the credit union audience that he was humbled to have received this award.
“I am so thankful for the support and commitment of our staff and board – they make me look good,” he said. “And my wife for being my biggest champion.”
Each of the award winners are spotlighted in Cornerstone’s Perspectives magazine.
This year’s Annual Meeting & Expo is being held in San Antonio and concludes this afternoon.