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New Jersey Has Lost A Good League President

Those of us who know Bob Walls well are stunned that the New Jersey Credit Union League Board of Directors released him as their league president.

Having worked with Bob at the Delaware League for over 12 years, I can't imagine what motivated them to make such a radical business decision.

Bob is the cream of the crop when it comes to league presidents. No one understands that better than I do. I started at the DCUL twenty-two years ago in 1985. Eight years later, Bob became the sixth DCUL league president for whom I had worked. Bob came to us with an impressive credit union background. As a longtime member, he was the chairman of the board of his credit union and a league director. Having just retired as a captain of the Delaware State Police, he was a perfect solution for us at a time when we needed direction and steady leadership. He took a struggling league with few services, inconsistent management and a less than stellar image and turned us into a vital, well-run and well-respected organization. Never one to rest on his laurels, Bob was constantly planning for our future growth and longevity.

Bob put the Delaware Credit Union League on the map. In addition to achieving 100% affiliation, he was one of the original committee members to develop and secure a suitable property for Credit Union House in Washington, and served as chairman of its board. He was one of the founding fathers and chairman of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Service Corporation - a cooperative venture which now encompasses five states - (he brought New Jersey into it), and prior to accepting the NJCUL position, was also a CUNA director.

Time and space do not permit me to list all his accomplishments. Suffice it to say, Bob Walls is a tremendous asset to any organization in which he takes part. I feel sorry for the New Jersey credit unions. They lost a talented leader, a great visionary and a good man.

Jane L. Bailey, Executive Vice President

Delaware Credit Union League,

New Castle, Del.

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