For the third year in a row, Weltman, Weinberg & Reis sent out a call for nominations to all Ohio credit unions for our 2013 WWR Outstanding Community Partner Award. Our goal is to honor credit unions that actively partner with their local communities to provide educational, community outreach and/ or community service programs. For the third year in a row, the response was enthusiastic and impressive, making selecting a winner very difficult! The winning credit union was Taleris Credit Union of Cleveland, Ohio. Taleris Credit Union’s vision supports the initial principals of the credit union movement: “People Helping People.” 2012 was a difficult year financially for many of the credit union’s members and its surrounding community, and yet Taleris maintained its steadfast goal of helping individuals and families in need. Taleris offered free financial counseling to its members through web based programs as well as live, onsite financial seminars. Taleris supported their community through awarding two $1,000 scholarships to undergraduate students and sponsoring various community events, as well as youth based sporting teams. The staff helped raise money for several charities in 2012 including The United Way, The Children’s Miracle Network, Project Hope, Yuletide Hunger Program, City Mission of Cleveland, Hoo-ah Christmas Tree Project for US Troops and the Tommy D’Amico Fund.
On April 23, 2013, John Porter, a Partner in the Credit Union Practice Group and Lauren Halton, a credit union client representative for Weltman, Weinberg, & Reis Co., L.P.A. (WWR), presented Robin Thomas, CEO of Taleris Credit Union of Cleveland, Ohio with the 2013 WWR Outstanding Community Partner Award at the Ohio Credit Union League InVest48 annual convention held at the Columbus Convention Center. Along with a crystal trophy, Taleris Credit Union was awarded a $1,000.00 check to assist with their future charitable endeavors.
All nominees demonstrated a company-wide commitment to community service and were recognized for their participation. Other nominees included CME Federal Credit Union (Columbus), Emery Federal Credit Union (Cincinnati), First Service Federal Credit Union (Groveport), and Firelands Federal Credit Union (Bellevue).
This award is meant to celebrate credit unions in Ohio that are investing time and resources into their communities and inspiring others through their work. We congratulate all our nominees on the work and commitment they have demonstrated, are proud to present Taleris Credit Union as our winner and look forward to supporting credit unions for years to come.
Lauren Halton is the Credit Union Client Representative in the Columbus office of Weltman, Weinberg & Reis Co., LPA. She can be reached at 614.857.4382 and firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Pictured left to right: John Porter (WWR), Robin Thomas (CEO, Taleris Credit Union) and Lauren Halton (WWR).