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Ensweiler Honored with Naming of the Richard L. “Dick” Ensweiler Research Library
Thursday, April 13, 2017 6:40 AM

Michael L'Ecuyer and Dick Ensweiler
Michael L’Ecuyer, chairman of America’s Credit Union Museum and president/CEO of Bellwether Community Credit Union, Manchester, NH, presents Dick Ensweiler, president/CEO of the Cornerstone Credit Union League, with a pair of engraved bookends after announcing the new America’s Credit Union Museum Library will be named the Richard L. “Dick” Ensweiler Research Library.

Cornerstone Credit Union President/CEO Dick Ensweiler was honored Wednesday with the proclamation that the new America’s Credit Union Museum Library will be named the Richard L. “Dick” Ensweiler Research Library. The announcement took place at the Cornerstone Credit Union League Annual Meeting and Expo.

Stephanie Smith, executive director of America’s Credit Union Museum, and Michael L’Ecuyer, chairman of America’s Credit Union Museum, revealed the name to the credit union executives in attendance to thunderous applause. A video showcasing Dick’s legacy and commitment to industry was shown and Ensweiler was presented with a pair of engraved bookends for his personal library.

Ensweiler will be retiring as President/CEO of the Cornerstone Credit Union League on April 30, 2017. In addition to his numerous contributions to the credit union industry, Ensweiler served on the board of America’s Credit Union Museum for over a decade and was instrumental in championing the Museum’s Legacy Capital Campaign.

The Research Library will be located in the to-be-constructed CUNA Research center building adjacent to America’s Credit Union Museum in Manchester, NH. The Research Library will become the exclusive physical and digital repository of U.S. credit union history. Credit union professionals, researchers, and writers will have direct access to important documents and artifacts that record the growth, success, and impact credit unions have had on the financial prosperity of everyday Americans over the last 100 years.

The decision to honor Ensweiler’s legacy in this way was the result of a collaboration between the Cornerstone Credit Union League and America’s Credit Union Museum. More than 80 credit unions and leagues contributed to this opportunity.

America's Credit Union MuseumOne of the first to step up was University Federal Credit Union in Austin, Texas. University FCU President/CEO Tony Budet remarked, “Dick and Judy Ensweiler are bigger-than-life credit union leaders who, over decades of service to the movement, worked tirelessly to ensure the credit union brand remains strong, that big and small have opportunities to thrive, and that the cooperative principles that spawned most credit unions in the 1930s continue alive and well today. Dick is a diligent advocate for credit unions, champions innovative collaborative models both in the U.S. and internationally, and, through developmental programs focused on young men and women in the movement, has ensured credit unions will be steered well into the future by leaders whose values are fully congruent with those of our founders.”

The Museum is entering the final stretch of its $3.3 million Legacy Campaign, having raised more than $2.9 million. The campaign dollars will fund the new industry research center and research library, add additional exhibit space, and provide renovations to the existing Museum building. The research center will make credit union history more accessible, while the additional exhibit space and upgraded conference facilities will allow credit union professionals, legislators, and citizens experience firsthand the unique role credit unions play in the financial marketplace.

Donations toward the Richard L. “Dick” Ensweiler Research Library are still being accepted.   More information can be found at acumuseum.org/legacy.

About America’s Credit Union Museum
America’s Credit Union Museum is housed in the building where the country’s first credit union was started in Manchester, NH.  The Museum offers a one-of-a-kind interactive experience that tangibly illustrates the roots of the credit union movement and the important role credit unions continue to play in the present and future.   The Museum is nearing completion of a capital campaign with a goal of raising $3.3 million to create a new industry research center, add additional exhibit space, and provide renovations to the existing Museum building.