WASHINGTON—The American Association of Credit Union Leagues (AACUL) has bestowed its highest honor on Diana Dykstra, president and CEO of the California and Nevada leagues.

Georgia CU Affiliates President and CEO Mike Mercer, who served as a member of the AACUL's selection committee, presented the Eagle Award to Dykstra during the group's annual meeting. The award has only been given 20 times in 34 years, and is given to a league president who:

  • Has an outstanding record of achievement at the league level;
  • Speaks out and takes a stand on critical issues;
  • Demonstrates leadershiop beyond the league level;
  • Is innovative in creating or implementing new ideas; and
  • Has shown a dedication to credit union principles.

Mercer cited Dykstra's focus on improving the league, not being afraid to "rock the boat," commitment o member engagement and more. He also pointed out her work making Congressional contacts in California and Nevada during CUNA's "Don't Tax My Credit Union" campaign, and her help in creating Plexity, a partnership between leagues in California and Nevada, New Jersey, and Maryland and Washington D.C., which aims to consolidate the leagues' back office operations to reduce costs.
"While Diana has been a league president for just four years, she has already had a significant impact in California and Nevada along with CUNA and all 42 leagues," AACUL Executive Director Susan E. Newton said.

In addition to receiving the Eagle Award, Dykstra was also elected to AACUL's executive board, where she will replace John Radebaugh, president and CEO of the Carolinas CU League.

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