Leading by Example

From an early age, one learns that actions speak louder than words. This observation applies to institutional behavior as well as individuals.

NCUA Recognizing Credit Union Growth

A regulatory example supporting cooperative expansion is from the NCUA’s 1978 Annual Report (pgs. 26-27) under the Chartering heading:

“During 1978 , 348 new federal charters were issued. The combined potential membership of newly chartered FCU’s in 1978 was 1,081,953 persons. Most (225) new Federal charters were issued to credit unions serving occupational fields of membership . . .approximately 47% of the new charters were issued to groups in five state—Pennsylvania for 46; New York, 45; New Jersey 30; California, 22; and Texas 22. “

Propelling These New Chartering Successes (pg. 27)

“Under the Administrator’s Organizer’s Recognition Program, the Administrator (NCUA Chair) recognized the efforts of volunteers, trade association representatives and NCUA staff members for organizing new Federal credit unions. During the year 117 awards were issued under the provision of this program. Twenty-three certificates of were issued for fifth charters, 10 certificates were issued for tenth charters, and two special certificates for 25th charters. The remainder of awards (82) were given for first charters.”

Honoring Credit Unions Serving Family Members (pg. 27)

“In mid 1977 A Family Service Award Program was established to recognize those Federal credit unions that actively seek to provide financial services to all eligible family members. A total of 107 Federal credit unions received the Family Service Award in 1978.”

Supporting Cooperative Outcomes

Leading by example is harder than issuing new rules or pronouncements about expected performance. Leadership by example requires transparency and provides public accountability.

Imagine how those NCUA, League, and credit union employees must have felt about their personal recognition. And how others might aspire for the same. The awards confirmed the priority and value of these individual and institutional efforts. They celebrated important progress in the cooperative model’s expansion.

The question from these examples: How is NCUA recognizing cooperative achievements today?

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