WEIRTON - Ken Watts emphasized "Members Matter Most" in addressing those attending the West Virginia Credit Union League Weirton-Wellsburg's International Credit Union Day dinner Oct. 27 at the Williams Country Club.
Janet Stagani, Tin Mill Employees Federal Credit Union president, chapter president and dinner chair, welcomed those attending to the 52nd annual dinner and celebration, which was co-hosted by the Tin Mill and the Hancock Schools Federal Credit Union.
JoAnn Kerr, Hancock Schools president, was co-chair.
BANQUET — Attending the recent International Credit Union Day Banquet were, from left, Kenneth Truax, First Choice America Community Federal Credit Union; Scott Winwood, First Choice America Community; Ray DelFiandra, Strip Steel Community Federal Credit Union; Kathi Smurda, Tin Mill Community Federal Credit Union; John Thayer, First Choice America Community; Susan Mains, Tin Mill Community; Ken Watts, West Virginia Credit Union League president; Janet Stagani, Weirton-Wellsburg Chapter of Credit Unions and Tin Mill Community president; Dan Dudley, Eagle Can Employees Federal Credit Union; Jo Ann Kerr, Hancock School Employees Federal Credit Union; Rick Barnabei, Hancock School Employees; Olga Adams, Hancock School Employees; Mary Kohelis, Hancock School Employees; and Tom Smarrella, Hancock School Employees. -- Contributed
Watts, West Virginia Credit Union League president, has served in that capacity for 23 years and recently marked his 37th year as a league employee.
He grew up in Huntington and is a 1974 graduate of Marshall University.
Celebrating its 76th year, the league is headquartered in Parkersburg and is comprised of 92 credit unions with assets exceeding $3 billion.
"Beginning in 1948, credit unions have come together on the third Thursday in October to commemorate the credit union movement's history and achievements," stated Watts.
Watts introduced the chapter's credit unions chairs and presidents, including Stagani; Kerr; Edward Smurda, Strip Steel; Daniel Dudley, Eagle Can; and Scott E. Winwood, First Choice America.
"The five credit unions in Weirton-Wellsburg and 100 in West Virginia are among more than 51,000 credit unions in the world," said Watts. "Today, we join our fellow credit union members in 100 countries to celebrate this special occasion. Whether our members are rich or poor, from villages or cities, in communities at peace or in conflict, credit unions are helping them to create new opportunities every day.
"With access to a safe, convenient place to save their money and secure affordable loans, members from all walks of life are able to create new opportunities for themselves, including starting micro-businesses, building homes and educating their children.
"Thank you for being here to celebrate International Credit Union Day. One member at a time, we are working to make a difference - here and around the world."
Guests included Martin Olshinsky, West Virginia Northern Community College dean, and his wife, Dianna; State Sen. Jack Yost, D-Brooke County, and his wife, Kris; Hancock County Commissioner Jeff Davis and his wife, Cindy; Kristin Bowman-Cross, Weirton United Way executive director, and her husband, Ron; and Brooke County Commissioner Norma Tarr and her husband, Henry.
Chaplain Byron Carter led the Pledge of Allegiance and offered the invocation.