Leadership Achievement Award

Rona Edquist
Leadership Achievement Award Winner 2018

   Rona Edquist

Rona is a longtime credit union member and began her volunteer life with First Trust CU when she joined the Credit Committee in 1985. She had always loved the credit union and was interested in the lending process, so this was a perfect fit. Eventually, the lending process became more centralized and the need for a credit committee ended. It was then that Rona was named to the Supervisory Committee. In that role, she has been actively involved in seeking auditing firms that will fulfill the exam requirements for the credit union and manages a group of volunteers who share her excitement and enthusiasm for things like the Bank Secrecy Act, verification of accounts, loan document review and other examination hot topics. Her efforts have earned praise for the credit union from the NCUA and DFI and she has shared her expertise and best practices with other credit unions.

A former kindergarten teacher, her colleagues describe Rona as someone who always sees the sunny side. She has been an active volunteer since her retirement from teaching and is especially passionate about the Indiana Organ Procurement Organization where she has been a speaker on the importance of organ, bone and tissue donation. Through all of her involvement, she is an excellent ambassador for First Trust CU and for the credit union business overall.

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Award Criteria

The Leadership Achievement Award (previously named the Volunteer Achievement Award) was created in 1990 to recognize credit union volunteers who have selflessly given of themselves to promote the credit union ideal and better Indiana's credit union movement.

METHOD: The Awards Committee may select one person per year based upon the criteria relating to credit union, chapter, League, national, volunteer and community activities. The Awards Committee or the leadership of any chapter or credit union in Indiana may submit names by completing the League nomination form and returning it by the deadline.

RECOGNITION: The winner will be announced at the League’s annual convention. In addition, the recipient’s name will be added to a plaque in the Credit Union Hall of Fame that lists all winners of this award.

ELIGIBILITY: Anyone currently serving or who has served within the past year on the board or committee of a League-affiliated credit union is eligible. Current directors and employees of the League and Servicecorp are not eligible to receive the award.

CRITERIA: Candidates for the Leadership Achievement Award must:

  • 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.

  • exhibit an unselfish devotion to his/her duties as a credit union official.

  • be dedicated to and believe in the importance and value of continuing education and training.

  • have success in maintaining or improving the financial fitness of his/her own credit union.

  • exhibit dedication to and a belief in the credit union system as evidenced by involvement at the chapter and League levels and participation in other activities to further the organized movement.

Past Winners

2018 ​Rona Edquist
​2017 ​Bob ​Urick
​2016 ​Don Weaver


​Milton Flowers

2014 ​Kenny Greenwell
​2013 ​John Dierdorf
2012 Steve Kozel, Sr.
2011 Jerry Walters
2010 John Lightle
2009 Vicki Garrett
2007 James Barney
2006 Robert Sturm
Gene Wessel
2005 Robert Weaver
2004 Stephen Lovejoy
2003 Ed Meyer
2002 Ralph Marvel
​2001 ​Luther Ferrell
2000 ​Robert Tillema
1999 Mark Trgovich
1998 John D. Wilson
1997 Logan K. Smith
1996 Jerry Spindler
1995 Robert Matthews
1994 Arnold Bass
1993 Robert (Smokey) Stowers
1992 Clarence Huhnke
1991 Richard H. Dunnuck
Bruno J. Setlak
1990 Frank W. Meyer

Known as the Volunteer Achievement Award prior to 2009