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Barbara Criswell Receives 2018 Joseph A. Moore Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Award from Pennsylvania Credit Union Association


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Service 1st Federal Credit Union Board Director and Founding Member Barbara Criswell was honored with the 2018 Joseph A. Moore Outstanding Volunteer of Year Award, during the Pennsylvania Credit Union Association’s (PCUA) 84th Annual Connect Convention, held May 20 - 22 at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, located in Farmington, PA.

“Service 1st has helped thousands of people achieve their financial dreams,” said Bill Lavage, President/CEO, Service 1st. “It was Barbara’s vision and tenacity that started our credit union back in August of 1975. Thankfully, she still serves on our Board of Directors, guiding and growing Service 1st.”

In 1975, a group of employees from Geisinger Medical Center, led by Criswell, identified a need for credit union services and rallied the support and involvement of their colleagues to form a credit union. The Geisinger Employees Federal Credit Union would later become known as Service 1st Federal Credit Union.

Criswell has served on the credit union’s board intermittently since 1975. When she began the credit union, she was named president of the board, a position she held for six months in 1975 and 1976. After a brief break, she came back as part of the Supervisory Committee, where she volunteered from 1978 to 1980. Since then, she has served as a board director beginning in 1987 and continues to support the credit union to this day.

The Joseph A. Moore Lifetime Achievement Award was established by the Pennsylvania Credit Union Association in memory of Joseph Moore, a former Association board member and Executive Director, CUNA board member, and director of CUNA Mutual Insurance Society. It is presented annually to a credit union volunteer who has selflessly given time, effort, and talent to the betterment of the movement with little or no monetary compensation.

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