Lori Gonzalez
Indiana Credit Union Hall of Fame Inductee 2014

Ron Mazur
Lori Gonzalez

Lori Gonzalez is President/CEO of Members Choice FCU in Bloomington. She began her credit union career at that credit union, which was then known as Nippers Federal Credit Union, more than 28 years ago. She has served not only the members of the credit union, but the entire Indiana credit union movement over that time. If there has been an organization that benefits credit unions in our state, it is likely that Lori has had a leadership role in it. She served on the League board from 2006 until February 2014, and she was League Chairman from 2011-2012. Her current leadership roles include the board of directors of the Indiana Credit Union Foundation, and CUCare Welfare Benefit Plan Trust. She is also chairman of the Hoosier CUES board and Chairman of the League’s Stabilization Trustees. In addition to her roles on the League’s Convention Committee, League & Servicecorp Products & Services Committee and the Political Involvement Leadership Advisory Group, Gonzalez is active in the Reichle-Shroyer Chapter where she serves as president.

Ruth Jenkins
Indiana Credit Union Hall of Fame Inductee 2014
Ron Mazur
Ruth Jenkins
Ruth Jenkins is President/CEO of Heritage FCU in Newburgh. A 33-year veteran of the credit union industry, Ruth has held leadership roles at credit unions large and small across the United States. At Heritage FCU, under Ruth’s leadership, the credit union has received awards and recognition for Return to Member, used vehicle financing, community service and numerous marketing initiatives, in addition to "Readers Choice" awards from tri-state publications. Ruth and the credit union have been featured in Callahan & Associates’ "Anatomy of a Credit Union" series. Her impact extends throughout the credit union’s market area as she is frequently sought out by local news media for her industry experience, appearing regularly on Evansville TV to talk about consumer finance issues. She serves Indiana credit unions through her work as a board member of the Indiana Credit Union Foundation and she is a member of the League’s Governmental Affairs Committee and the Convention Committee. Well-known to many not-for-profits in the Evansville area, Ruth has positioned the credit union as a top corporate citizen and serves on the board of the Women’s Fund of Warrick County and the Salvation Army Advisory Board.
 
Lamoura Munse
Indiana Credit Union Hall of Fame Inductee 2014
Ron Mazur
Lamoura Munse
Lamoura Munse retired as Vice President of Public Relations at Indiana Members CU in 2013, and she is currently a member of the credit union’s Supervisory Committee. She began her credit union career with Capital Plus CU. Her involvement in the credit union business throughout her career is extensive and includes service on the League board from 2004-2013. Lamoura served as League Chairman from 2009-2010. She was a charter director of the Indiana Credit Union Foundation board of directors where she still serves. She has been involved with many League committees, including this year’s Convention Committee and the Stabilization Trustees. She a is past board member and chairman of Hoosier CUES and has been active with the Central Chapter. Her national involvement includes past service as a member of the Awards Committee of the National Credit Union Foundation and the Executive Committee of the Credit Union Legislative Action Council (CULAC).
 
Robert "Smokey" Stowers
Indiana Credit Union Hall of Fame Inductee 2014
Ron Mazur
Robert "Smokey" Stowers
Smokey Stowers is on the board of directors of Allegius FCU in Burns Harbor. He retired from Bethlehem Steel as an electrician after a long career there. He has been a volunteer member of the credit union board since 1970 when it was known as Bethlehem Steel Employees FCU—44 years. In that time he has served the credit union in a number of capacities including as chairman of the board. He currently leads the credit union’s Prime Times Travelers Club which offers outings for members; Smokey has accompanied credit union members to destinations near and far. He has also been active in the Northwest Indiana Chapter, and he is a graduate of CUNA Management School. He is most familiar to credit unions through his work with the Indiana Credit Union Political Action Committee (ICUPAC) where he served as chairman from 1987-1993. He has developed close relationships with many legislators over the years and he has visited Congressmen in Washington, D.C. on numerous occasions. In 1993 he was honored as the League’s Volunteer Achievement Award recipient to recognize his contributions and dedication to the credit union business. Outside the credit union, he is active in the Lions Club and the Moose Organization where he is a past recipient of many honors, and currently president.

Award Criteria

METHOD: The Awards Committee may select one person based upon the criteria relating to credit union, chapter, League, national, volunteer and community activities. Due to the criteria and qualification process, the Hall of Fame Award may not be presented every year. Nominations may be submitted by the Awards Committee or board of directors of any chapter or credit union in Indiana by completing a nomination form and returning it by the deadline. A Personal Data Form will be sent to each nominee.

RECOGNITION: Induction into the Hall of Fame takes place at the League’s annual convention. A photo-etched plaque of each inductee will also be displayed in the Credit Union Hall of Fame, located in the League office.

ELIGIBILITY: Any person who has given long-term paid or volunteer service to the credit union movement is eligible. The immediate past chairman of the Indiana Credit Union League automatically will be considered for the Hall of Fame. Current directors and employees of the League and Servicecorp are not eligible to receive the award.

CRITERIA: To be inducted into the Indiana Credit Union Hall of Fame, the recipient must:

  • be a volunteer, employee and/or member of a credit union that is a member of the League.

  • have served on the League board, a League committee, as a chapter official and/or on the national level.

  • have selflessly given exceptional time, effort and talent to the betterment of the Indiana credit union movement.

  • have served, assisted or been involved in the credit union movement for more than 20 years.

  • be in good standing in the community.

  • understand and personify the credit union philosophy of "People Helping People," promote the credit union ideal and actively demonstrate loyalty to the entire organized credit union movement.

  • have demonstrated organizational leadership, high professional standards, volunteer contributions to the movement and technical innovations in credit union service.

Past Winners

2014



2013

​Lori Gonzalez
Ruth Jenkins
Lamoura Munse
Robert "Smokey" Stowers

Ron Mazur

2012 ​Millie Cox
Loren Roth
2011 Norm Blum
Ron Collier
Sandy Heller
2009 Ann Garmon
2008 Jenny Budreau
Bruce Ingraham
Carol Stanley
2007 Angela Dufour
Mike Hussey
Ron Linstromberg
Ralph Marvel
2006 Ed Meyer
Barbara Berghoff
2005 Gary Irvin
Roger Sepanski
2004 William Connors
Shirley Wilhelm
2002 Trent Kerr
2000 Ronald Budzinski
John Jeter
1998 Randy Glassburn
Donna Hasty
1997 William F. Hannah
1996 Loretta Burd
F.E. Maxwell
Dan Schoenherr
1995 Richard J. Devine
Leo Kaminsky
1994 Americo (Bill) Borgetti
Jerry Yerkes
1993 Bruno J. Setlak
1992


1991
​Anthony J. Alt
Larry Zehrung

Rudy J. Rossi
1990 S.M. (Pete) Crear
Judy M. James
Michael H. Phipps
Robert W. Pogue
Robert D. Swem
1989 Paul Aimone
W. Lloyd Alsman
Leona Bruno
E.E. Barnbrook
James A. Barney, Sr.
Gregory L. Blount
Walter Campbell
Clarence Clarkowski
Richard V. Cleaver
Jim Coffin
S.P. (Sal) DeMao
Kenneth C. Duncan
Robert H. Gard
Earl Hardy
Waymon B. Hawkins
E.R. (Tony) Hile
W. A. Hinze
Harry B. Holloway
Morton E. Jester
Charles W. Jones
Ruth E. Kelly
Laurence B. Kilburn
W.G. (Bill) Kirby
Maxwell A. Meise
Clarence E. Oldham
Ralph N. Phelps
L. S. Poliquin
Richard J. Rice
Fred Robinson
Harold E. Short
Logan K. Smith
Michael Verkuilen
William R. Warner
Douglas Yoder
William H. Yohler

Related Documents

2014 Nomination Form