Minnesota Announces State Winners of Maxwell, Herring & Desjardins Awards

Kelli Sandhurst
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ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Credit Union Network (MnCUN) recently announced the winners of the 2012 Dora Maxwell, Louise Herring and Desjardins statewide competitions. All 11 winners in the state contests will advance to the national competition, where they will compete with other credit unions from across the country in their respective award and asset categories.

Judging for the national contests will take place in late September. All four award programs are sponsored by MnCUN and the Credit Union National Association (CUNA).

The 2012 winners include:

Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Community Service Award

  • $50-$100 million: Minnesota Valley Federal Credit Union
  • $100-$200 million: Greater Minnesota Credit Union
  • $200-$500 million: City & County Credit Union
  • $500 million-$1 billion: Hiway Federal Credit Union    

Louise Herring Philosophy-in-Action Member Service Award

  • < $50 million: Star Choice Credit Union
  • $50-$250 million: First Alliance Credit Union
  • $250 million-$1 billion: TopLine Federal Credit Union

Desjardins Youth Financial Education Award

  • $50-$150 million: United Educators Credit Union
  • $150-$500 million: TopLine Federal Credit Union

Desjardins Adult Financial Education Award

  • $50-$150 million: Greater Minnesota Credit Union
  • $150-$500 million: TopLine Federal Credit Union

The Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Community Service Award was created in 1987 and recognizes credit unions for the activities they coordinate that benefit the community or a specific charity. This award promotes social responsibility among credit unions by formally recognizing their achievements outside the credit union.

The Louise Herring Philosophy in Action Member Service Award is given to a credit union for its practical application of the “people helping people” philosophy in internal operations. Created in 1990 with four asset categories, this award promotes the credit union philosophy by recognizing credit unions that demonstrate in an extraordinary way the application of the movement’s principles in serving their members.

The Desjardins Youth and Adult Financial Education Awards formally recognize the leadership of individual credit unions and chapters in their efforts to better educate youths and adults in financial literacy.  

“Credit unions across the state remain dedicated to helping Minnesotans improve their financial well-being. This year’s award-winners demonstrated extraordinary dedication to their members and communities in their efforts to help improve lives and build relationships,” said Mark D. Cummins, MnCUN President & CEO. “Each of the winning credit unions deserves this recognition, and I wish them luck in the national competition.”

The Minnesota Credit Union Network is an organization representing the state’s 137 not-for-profit cooperative credit unions serving more than 1.5 million member-owners in Minnesota. For more information, visit

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