GMCU Wins Two State Awards, One National Award

Greater Minnesota Credit Union (GMCU) was recently recognized for their efforts in social responsibility and financial literacy training.
GMCU recently learned it won first place in the Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility and Alphonse Desjardins Financial Literacy categories for Minnesota credit unions in their asset category.
The Dora Maxwell Award was presented to Greater Minnesota Credit Union for its social responsibility efforts in the community.  GMCU earned the award for its work bringing the MN Twins’ Play Ball! Clinics to Pine City, Ogilvie, and Elk River, MN.  Participants aged 6 – 16 learned from former major league coaches the finer aspects of hitting, fielding and throwing.  They also received a message on remaining drug free.  Nearly 400 kids attended the clinics. Dora Maxwell was a pioneer in the credit union movement who helped established the Credit Union National Association.
The Alphonse Desjardins Award was presented to recognize GMCU’s Financial Literacy training efforts.  The Financial University program, now in its sixth year, has become well known locally as well as on a state level.  The Financial University classes were taught through a collaborative effort with the Mora Workforce Center to help job-seekers gain financial freedom by learning necessary skills for financial survival.  The following topics were taught during the classes: Budgeting, Auto Tips & Maintenance, Credit Reports & Scores, Communicating with your Creditors, Credit Do’s And Don’ts, and Identity Fraud.   Alphonse Desjardins, was the founder of the North American credit union movement.
Both of these Minnesota award winning projects were submitted to a national credit union panel and judged against other state winners in similar asset categories.  Greater Minnesota’s submission in the Adult Literacy category won 2nd Place for its asset size.
Bridget Moeller, Vice President of Human Resources and Training, heads up the Financial Literacy program at Greater Minnesota Credit Union.  Moeller, along with four additional GMCU employees, teach these classes outside of their normal work day.
“I am so proud of every one of our staff.  They work so very hard to make a difference in our members lives and our communities”, Steve Ahlness, president and CEO of Greater Minnesota said, “and they uphold and embrace the credit union philosophy of ‘people helping people’ every day of the year.”

Steve Ahlness, president and CEO of the Greater Minnesota Credit Union (GMCU) and Bridget Moeller, Vice President of human resources and training. Photo provided

Steve Ahlness, president and CEO of the Greater Minnesota Credit Union (GMCU) and Bridget Moeller, Vice President of human resources and training. Photo provided

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