Milton Flowers
Leadership Achievement Award Winner 2015




   Milton Flowers

The term "servant leader" describes Flowers to a T. In his 31 years with the credit union—29 on the board—he has always done whatever is best for the credit union and its members. Financial Health FCU is a low-income designated credit union that serves people living in the urban core of Indianapolis. Flowers is a 31-year volunteer, a past chairman and he has held an office over most of his years with the credit union. Throughout his time with the credit union, he has also fostered an environment of inclusion, promoting diversity among the board and staff. With Flowers’ leadership and participation, the $28 million credit union has moved from near insolvency many years ago to being the very successful credit union it is today, supporting Indiana University Health employees and many low income communities around the health care centers and the east side of Indianapolis. He has been involved as the credit union has implemented a number of products and services for its unique member base including the credit builder loan program and Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program. Professionally, he is the Site Manager for Health’s Blackburn Health Center, which provides medical care to an underserved urban area in Indianapolis. Eskenazi Health’s Blackburn Health Center, which provides medical care to an underserved urban area in Indianapolis.

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

​2015 ​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