UKRAINIAN NATIONAL CREDIT UNION ASSOCIATION
HOLDS ANNUAL MEETING IN YONKERS, NY
The Ukrainian National Credit Union Association (UNCUA) held its 33rd Fall Conference and Annual Meeting September 26-27, 2014 at the Ukrainian Youth Center in Yonkers, NY.
The conference was hosted by SUMA Yonkers Federal Credit Union chartered in 1964, and celebrating its 50th anniversary of service to the Ukrainian American community with a commemorative banquet on Saturday, September 27.
Forty five participants representing thirteen Ukrainian American credit unions gathered to hear presentations on current topics of interest to credit union leaders, and to elect a new board of directors.
The conference commenced Friday morning with welcoming remarks by UNCUA Chair Bohdan Kurczak, SUMA Yonkers President Walter Kozicky, and special guest Olya Sheweli, President of the World Council of Ukrainian Cooperatives (WCUC).
A credit union roundtable, facilitated by Tamara Denysenko, Board member and former CEO of Ukrainian FCU in Rochester, discussed the current challenges facing our credit unions: membership, regulatory burdens, succession planning, changing technology and social media.
Friday evening delegates helped celebrate Mr. Walter Kozicky’s 90th birthday with several hearty Mnohaya Litas!
On Saturday, September 27th the Association conducted its annual meeting, which included reports by management and various committees. The election of board members for the 2014-2015 term were also held.
UNCUA Chairman Bohdan Kurczak reported on the activities of the Association for the past year, as well as the current status of Ukrainian American credit unions. As of June 30, 2014, assets of the fourteen UNCUA member credit unions totaled $2.812 billion, $45 million more than at year-end. Member deposits totaled $2.380 billion, $32 million more than December 31, 2013. Credit union membership dropped to 99,195 individuals
The 2014 credit union calendar was dedicated to 200th Anniversary of Taras Shevchenko’s birth. 29,000 calendars were distributed to credit union members, as reported by UNCUA President Orysia Burdiak.
Mr. Kornylo and Ms. Burdiak also presented a special plaque to SUMA Yonkers President Walter Kozicky, honoring his 50 years of dedicated service to the Ukrainian American credit union movement. The evening concluded with an outstanding performance by honored artist of Ukraine Taras Chubay.
The following individuals were elected to the 2014-15 UNCUA Board of Directors and committees:
UNCUA Officers: Wasyl Kornylo – Chair (Ukrainian FCU, Rochester); Stephen Kerda – Vice Chair (Selfreliance Baltimore); George Stachiw – Secretary (Selfreliance New England). Executive Committee members: Mary Kolodij (Selfreliance, Philadelphia); Walter Kozicky (SUMA Yonkers, NY); Bohdan Kurczak (Self Reliance New York); and Bohdan Watral (Selfreliance, Chicago).
Members of the Board of Directors: Bohdan Czepak (Cleveland Selfreliance); Roman Jakubowycz (Osnova, Parma OH); Andrew Jakymowych (Future CU, Warren MI); Esteban Kaczurak (Ukrainian National, NY); Michael Lewko (Self Reliance NJ); Natalie Maruszczak (Selfreliance Michigan); and Eugene Szestak (Selfreliance, Pittsburgh).
Supervisory Committee: Andrew Jakymowych (Future CU, Warren MI); Bohdan Lisowsky (Selfreliance Michigan), and Bohdan Wruskyj (Selfreliance, Chicago).
Nominating Committee: Jaroslaw Fedun (Self Reliance NJ); Orest Liscynesky (Cleveland Selfreliance); and George Stachiw (Selfreliance New England)..
By-Laws Committee: Mary Kolodij (Selfreliance, Philadelphia); Orest Liscynesky (Cleveland Selfreliance); and Lubomyr Lypeckyj (Selfreliance Michigan).
Loan Protection and Life Savings Insurance Trustees: Orysia Burdiak, Esteban Kaczurak, Stephen Kerda, Mary Kolodij, Bohdan Kurczak, Ihor Laszok, and John Olijarczyk.
Orysia Burdiak was elected President of the Association and the Ukrainian Cooperative Insurance Agency in Chicago. UNCUA staff members are Christine Pylypowycz and Nina Bebko.
Stephen Kerda, representing Selfreliance Baltimore Federal Credit Union, invited the delegates to schedule their 2015 UNCUA spring conference and annual meeting in Baltimore, MD on the occasion of Selfreliance Baltimore’s 60th anniversary celebration next year.
Orysia Burdiak, UNCUA President