Thank you for joining us for MSCUA's Totally Awesome 80th Annual Meeting & Convention!  Resources & information from the meeting are linked below.

You can view and download photos from the meeting HERE.  If you are unable to download a photo, please contact Amy Manley and she’ll be happy to email you the photo file.



Six Inducted into Mississippi Credit Union Hall of Fame
Induction into the MS Credit Union Hall of Fame is the highest honor bestowed upon an individual within our state.  Individuals must be nominated for Hall of Fame induction consideration.  Credit unions are encouraged to recognize deserving individuals with a Hall of Fame nomination

The six 2017 Mississippi Credit Union Hall of Fame inductees represent over 218 years of credit union service.  Learn more about each inductee by clicking on the links. 

At the Annual Business Meeting held Thursday, May 18, 2017, four MSCUA directors were re-elected to a three-year term:

  • Betty Barrett, Magnolia FCU, District III
  • Billy Bridges, Mutual CU, District II
  • Elmer Dickens, Gulf Coast Community FCU, District VI
  • Brig Gen Richard Moss (Retired), Keesler FCU, District VI

The 2017 MSCUA Board of Directors:

  • Chairman James B. Smith, Jr., Singing River FCU
  • Vice Chairman Billy Bridges, Mutual CU
  • Treasurer Ray Scott, Southern Mississippi FCU
  • Executive Committee Member John Gibbons, Triangle FCU
  • Betty Barrett, Magnolia FCU
  • Sheila Bridges, CommFirst FCU
  • Elmer Dickens, Gulf Coast Community FCU
  • Chris Hammond, Central Sunbelt FCU
  • Brig Gen Richard Moss (Retired), Keesler FCU
  • Katie Nelson, Eagle Express FCU
  • Bo Pittman, MUNA FCU
  • Kathy Scarbrough, Navigator CU

Mississippi Managers Association Elects Officers
The Mississippi Managers Association (MMA) provides credit union leaders a platform to share information about the experiences, challenges and triumphs faced in managing a credit union.  It is a “support group,” designed by and fueled by credit union professionals. If you’d like to learn more about membership in the Mississippi Managers Association, click here.

At their Annual Business Meeting held on Thursday, May 18, 2017, following their professional development seminar, the Mississippi Managers Association elected their officers for 2017:

  • Gary N. Fairley, President, Jackson Area FCU
  • Alison Lynd, 1st Vice President, Coastal CU
  • Darlene Wilkerson, 2nd Vice President, Meridian MS Air National Guard FCU
  • Vernon Clevenger, Secretary/Treasurer, Central Sunbelt FCU
  • Debbie Smith, Member at Large, Meridian Mutual FCU
  • Melissa Carter, Member at Large, Twin States FCU
  • Sandra Vaughn, Member at Large, Northeast MS FCU

Each year, the MMA offers its members the opportunity to apply for scholarships to assist with their continuing education and professional development.  The 2017 scholarship recipients are: 

  • Aimee Younger, Gulf Trust FCU
  • Shelia Peters, Healthplus FCU
  • Sharon Powell, Coastal CU
  • Carolyn Logan, Tombigbee FCU

Awards & Recognition
The Mississippi Credit Union Association was proud to recognize credit unions and individuals for their achievements: 

  • Recognized for being nominated to the Mississippi Credit Union Hall of Fame were:
    • Billy Bridges, Mutual Credit Union
    • Abraham Greene, Vickswood Credit Union
    • Rick Hill, Jackson Area Federal Credit Union
    • Bonny Owens, Jackson Area Federal Credit Union
  • Liz Edmondson, CUCE, CUDE, MSCUA Credit Union Development Specialist, was recognized for 10 years of service.
  • Credit unions recognized for milestone anniversaries included:
    • Pine Belt Federal Credit Union was recognized for 75 years of service. The credit union is located in Hattiesburg, has $10 million in assets and almost 2,000 members.
    • Camp Shelby Federal Credit Union was recognized for 50 years of service.  The credit union is located in Hattiesburg, has $18 million in assets, and serves 2,800 members.
    • Vickswood Credit Union was recognized for 50 years of service.  The credit union is located in Vicksburg, has $10 million in assets, and serves 1,500 members.
    • ECM CU was recognized for 50 years of service.  Located in Ridgeland, the credit union has assets of $21 million and serves more than 2,000 members.

Credit Unions Praised for Advocacy Efforts
Seventeen credit unions in Mississippi earned an Advocacy Award, which recognizes credit unions for extraordinary efforts to protect, strengthen and expand credit unions and improve the lives of members who choose credit unions as their financial services partner. Learn more about the five initiatives in the Mississippi Credit Union Advocacy Award Program here.

Credit unions completing all five of the initiatives received a Magnolia Advocacy Award:

  • Central Sunbelt FCU
  • Ferguson FCU
  • Magnolia FCU
  • Meridian Mutual FCU
  • Mutual CU
  • Navigator CU
  • Singing River FCU

Credit unions recognized for achieving a Delta Advocacy Award, which signifies the credit union completed three of the five initiatives, were:

  • CommFirst FCU
  • Eagle Express FCU
  • Gulf Coast Community FCU
  • Jackson Area FCU
  • Keesler FCU
  • Members Exchange CU
  • Rivertrust FCU
  • Triangle FCU

CULAC Payroll Deduction
During the Advocacy Appreciation luncheon, credit unions & their staff were recognized for their participation in the Credit Union Legislative Action Council (CULAC) Payroll Deduction Program for credit union employees. During 2016, 437 Mississippi credit union employees participated in the PRD program at their credit union, with an average monthly donation of $5.10 per month.  The CULAC PRD program accounts for 75% of the total contributions from Mississippi, which support credit union advocacy efforts.

Recognized for their support of the CULAC PRD program:

  • Central Sunbelt FCU
  • CommFirst FCU
  • Eagle Express FCU
  • Ferguson FCU
  • Jackson Area FCU
  • Magnolia FCU
  • Members Exchange CU
  • Meridian Mutual FCU
  • Mississippi Credit Union Association
  • Mutual CU
  • Navigator CU
  • Rivertrust FCU
  • Singing River FCU
  • Statewide FCU
  • Triangle FCU