Kitsch, WOCCU Project Advisor Receives Award
r: Lois Kitsch in traditional Afghanistan garb.
Madison, WI--Lois Kitsch, project director for
of Credit Unions, Inc. (WOCCU) recently received
the Herb Wegner Memorial Award for Individual
Achievement during the Annual Awards Dinner,
sponsored by the National Credit Union Foundation
(NCUF). The event takes place annually as part
of the week-long Credit Union National
Association's (CUNA) Government Affairs
Conference in Washington, DC.
Kitsch started her credit union career as a
up teller in North Dakota in 1980 and later went
to Florida. Today she is assisting with credit
union development in war torn Afghanistan. In
between she has traveled to 35 countries, working
as a regional manager of Europe and Asia for the
Kitsch noted, "As a young credit union
development educator I met people from Africa,
which sparked my interest in international credit
union development. I went to Grenada as a
volunteer for WOCCU in the early 1990s. We also
arranged for Grenada's credit union leaders to
come to the U.S. to learn about computer
technology, credit unions' vision and mission,
lending and collections."
In a program video making a tribute to Kitsch
credit union leader made a kind and accurate
comment noting, "She's the closest thing to a
combination of Indiana Jones and Mother
Kitsch (middle) poses with Development Educators present at the Herb Wegner Dinner
Kitsch was among two other award winners at
Herb Wegner Dinner. Pete Crear, CUNA's executive
vice president of external relations received the
award for Lifetime Achievement and the Filene
Institute received the award for Outstanding
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