DCUC’s Annual Conference begins

NAPLES, FL (August 11, 2021) — DCUC welcomed attendees to Naples, Florida for their 2021 Annual Conference. After more than eighteen months since DCUC’s last in-person event, there was a palpable energy in the air as DCUC members reunited.

“[I am] very excited to be back in person. Throughout the past year and a half, I think we’ve been very successful going virtual, being digital, but I just don’t think you can replicate the social connections, the interactions we have when we’re here in person,” said John Evalle, Military Affairs Officer, Travis CU. “And I just want to thank DCUC for making this happen, because while I know it was a struggle with the decision to do it or not to do it, I think this is the right way, under the right circumstances and right protective measures.”

On Monday morning, DCUC hosted their 27th Annual VADM Vincent Lascara Golf Tournament. The tournament was a great success! Team 16 with Jack and Deana Fallis, Global CU and Tom Sievewright ALM First took the top spot for the day, while Denise Floyd, Fort Sill FCU, and John Cassidy, CUNA Mutual Group, were the closest to the pin, and Jill Streit, PenFed CU, and Tim Strandquist, OM Financial Group had the longest drives. During the tournament, DCUC kicked off its fundraiser for Southeastern Guide Dogs by selling mulligans.

Then on Tuesday afternoon, DCUC hosted its Military Advocacy Committee Update. During the meeting, Anthony Hernandez, DCUC’s President/CEO was joined by John McKechnie, Senior Partner, Total Spectrum to provide an advocacy update. They discussed the upcoming NDAA, the Veterans and Consumer Fair Credit Act, and the importance of building relationships as advocacy, among other things.

Following the Military Advocacy Committee Update, the Military Credit Unions of the Year were formally recognized for their outstanding service. The Department of the Army recognized Andrews FCU at U.S. Army Garrison Benelux. The Department of the Navy awarded Navy FCU at Naval Station Everett, WA for the $1B and above category, and Frontwave CU at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, CA for the under $1B category. The Department of the Air Force selected Andrews FCU at Joint Base Andrews, MD for credit unions over $1B in assets and Air Force FCU at Joint Base San Antonio, TX for assets less than $1B.

After the awards, the Sponsor Educational sessions began.  Attendees heard from leading edge companies covering topics from maximizing income and realignment to retaining talent and the art of negotiation.

Tuesday concluded with the Armed Forces Financial Network (AFFN) sponsored Welcome Reception. While the beach reception got rained out, attendees and guests still enjoyed a fun evening greeting old friends, making new connections, and preparing for the week ahead.

About Defense Credit Union Council (DCUC)

The Defense Credit Union Council is the premier resource for credit unions on all military and veteran matters. By maintaining a close and constant liaison with the Pentagon, Capitol Hill, and NCUA, the Council champions the interests of credit unions serving our military and veteran communities by coordinating policy, procedures, and legislation impacting morale and welfare, financial readiness, and the delivery of quality financial products and services. Organized in 1963, the Council’s membership is comprised of 180 credit unions with over 35 million members. If you would like more information about this topic, please contact DCUC at


Haleigh Laverty



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