CU Volunteer Honored with Minnesota Credit Union Foundation CU Builder Award

Walter Noreen of Postal Credit Union posthumously recognized for 45 years of volunteer service

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Walter Noreen, former volunteer at Postal Credit Union in Woodbury, was posthumously honored with the Minnesota Credit Union Foundation’s (MnCUF’s) Credit Union Builder Award this month. This distinction recognizes those who have dedicated time and energy to building the credit union movement. Nominations for this award are made by credit unions and other organizations in honor of or in memory of a significant individual who has been instrumental in their success.

Walter Noreen devoted his life to helping others and embodied the credit union philosophy of “people helping people.” An Assistant Postmaster, Noreen was first elected to the Board of Directors of St. Paul Postal Employees Credit Union (now d/b/a Postal Credit Union) in 1967. Among his many affiliations, Noreen served as District Governor of Lions International, and was an active member of the St. Paul Park/Newport Lions Club. He helped found the St. Croix Lions and helped create Camp New Hope. Noreen took an active role in politics and was a strong advocate for the credit union movement and greater good of all. After over two decades of volunteer service, he retired from the board in 1990.

Noreen joins 13 other individuals who have been honored over the past five years with the MnCUF’s CU Builder Award. The names of the recipient and the contributing credit union are permanently displayed in the Minnesota Credit Union Network’s lobby through a display that serves as a tribute to the CU Builder recipients. The honorees (or their families, in the case of a memoriam contribution) receive acknowledgment from the Minnesota Credit Union Foundation, and donors are also listed online and in the Foundation’s annual report.

“Through the Credit Union Builder Award, Minnesota recognizes and honors those who have made an impact on the credit union movement,” said MnCUF Chair Pat Brekken. “Through the generous donation of their time, energy and resources, these individuals have exemplified the true meaning of the credit union philosophy.”

To learn more about MnCUF’s Credit Union Builder Award and to view a list of those who have been honored with this recognition, visit the Foundation website ( 

The Minnesota Credit Union Foundation is a nonprofit organization founded in 1969 to serve as a charitable arm of the Minnesota credit union movement. For more information, visit

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