Nussle, Fowler and more honor Radebaugh at League's 2018 Annual Meeting
Thursday, June 14, 2018
Myrtle Beach, SC--Many of the nearly 500 on hand at the Carolinas Credit Union League 2018 Annual Meeting in Myrtle Beach gathered at an early-evening reception Sunday, June 10 to honor League President and CEO John Radebaugh, who will retire July 1. Special guests included CUNA President and CEO Jim Nussle, former South Carolina Credit Union League President and CEO Steve Fowler, former CUNA Mutual Group Senior Vice President David Cry, and members of the Radebaugh family.
On the sun-soaked patio of the Myrtle Beach Marriott Resort and Spa at Grande Dunes, Nussle and Cry joined League Chair Linda Weatherford, CUNA Mutual Group's Tom Heyden, and League Executive Vice President and COO Dan Schline in offering warm remarks.
"We all know in credit unions what it means to give back, to be part of something bigger than yourself. And while I’ve only had a chance to know John for the last three-and-a-half years, I’ve caught that bug," Nussle shared first. "Giving back, creating that legacy, ensuring that [it] continues for years into the future is part of what John has done. Your work is something that we will be proud to continue.”
Weatherford followed from her perspective as League director and member.
“We walked through some challenging times over the last six years, and he has truly been a strong force for the Carolinas Credit Union League. And I can tell you that at the forefront of every discussion is what is best for the credit unions of the Carolinas. We’re going to miss you [John] but you’ve created quite a legacy through your leadership, your example and the people that you leave behind.”
Radebaugh responded with insight into his commitment and a call to continue it.
“I saw how young airmen were basically getting taken to the cleaners by the bank that was on base," he recalled from his early days in the U.S. Air Force. "The bank wouldn’t allow airmen or even officers to take their cars overseas…but the credit union would."
That led him to election as board member at Freedom First FCU, then twenty-five years of passionate leadership in the movement of "people helping people."
"I'm convinced that credit unions need to be around for centuries to come. It's our responsibility to make sure credit unions are around 100 years from now... that my grandkids, and their grandkids, and their grandkids have access to credit union services. The only way that's going to happen is if we continue to fight for what we feel is right."
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