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Veteran NBC Journalist Tom Brokaw shared his insights and observations with credit unions during his keynote session at CUNA's GAC.

CUNA Chief Economist Bill Hampel, far right, presents the Member Benefits Awards for CUs with $75 million in assets or fewer to United Health CU, Burlingame, Calif.; Valley CU, Salem, Ore and First Class American CU, Fort Worth, Texas.

The Member Benefits Awards recognize credit unions that provide members with the "best bang for their buck." Winners in the $75 million to $250 million asset category were Boston Firefighters CU, Dorchester, Mass; St. Louis CU Community CU and Community Financial CU, Broomfield, Colo.

Winners of the Member Benefits Awards were determined via rate survey of those credit unions registered to attend GAC. CUNA also factored in credit unions' call report data on amounts of loans and deposits and compared that data to banks to calculate how much money members were saved by doing business with their credit union instead of a bank. Winners with assets more than $250 million were Melrose CU, Briarwood, N.Y.; Southwest Airlines FCU, Dallas and Alliant CU, Chicago.

The World Council of Credit Unions hosts a reception on the eve of CUNA's GAC at the Canadian Embassy.

The Canadian Embassy was chosen as the host embassy for this year's WOCCU reception in honor of WOCCU's upcoming annual conference to be held in Canada later this year.

Members of the CUNA Board listen to the treasurer's report for the year ending Dec. 31, 2012 at the Annual General Meeting held in conjunction with GAC.

CUNA President and CEO Bill Cheney addresses the crowd at GAC.

The U.S. Armed Forces Color Guard does the Presentation of the Colors Ceremony to kick off the opening general session of GAC.

In keeping with GAC tradition, the U.S. Marine Corps Band provides a patriotic musical tribute at the start of the opening general session.

NCUA Chairman Debbie Matz speaks at CUNA's GAC.

Georgia Credit Union League President Mike Mercer addresses the crowd at CUNA's GAC.

CUNA's team of political strategists, Bill Donovan, Richard Gose and Patricia Sowick offer a legislative update at GAC.

America First FCU CEO Rick Craig accepts the Lifetime Achievement Award from National CU Foundation Chairman Laida Garcia and Vice Chair John Radebaugh at the Herb Wegner Awards gala held in conjunction with CUNA's GAC.

Vantage CU CEO Hubert Hoosman speaks at the Herb Wegner Awards gala after accepting the Award for Individual Achievement.

CU Miracle Day Chairman Juri Valdov accepts the Program Award from NCUF Chairman Laida Garcia and Emcee Denise Gabel at the Herb Wegner Awards gala.