The 2013 Mitch Reed Volunteer of the Year is Carl Rummel, of Missoula.
“Carl is a phenomenal credit union volunteer, he’s educated on our issues, engaged, and really fun,” said Tracie Kenyon, President and CEO of MCUN. “He is truly deserving of this wonderful honor.”
Rummel has volunteered for the past decade at Missoula Federal Credit Union, although has been an active member for 33 years. He is described as a man who leads by example, is technically savvy, and a financial wizard.
“He is an integral part of the board, but beyond that he is a true motivator and leader who brings staff and management together to work as a team,” President Gary Clark said.
Rummel is humble about his contributions.
“I’m not really doing anything special, but everything the credit union volunteers do is special,” he said.
He said he believes in the idea that the credit union movement is made up of many little guys.
“I’m just one person — the little guy out in front— and behind me is a supportive board, management and members,” Rummel said. “I’m no different than the other 42,000 credit union board members — although I might be a little more vocal.”
Joni Walker, senior vice president at Missoula FCU, said Rummel has an intense passion for the credit union philosophy of serving the under-served and giving back to the community. And he’s completely engaged.
“He is the first board member in my tenure that comes to every staff event,” she said.
For example, last year employees attended a Grizzly football game as a staff event. Not only did Rummel attend, but he brought with him large amounts of Twinkies and candy to throw out for every score, a longtime University of Montana tradition.
“He does these fun and goofy things without ever losing respect,” Walker said. “He has a good connection with management and staff,”
This is not the first honor for Rummel. Last year, the National Association of Federal Credit Unions named him Volunteer of the Year for his years of stewardship for credit unions. The award recognized him for being an exemplary leader who is an inspiration of his colleagues nationwide.
He has been a volunteer at Missoula FCU since 2004. He has been a member of both volunteered both on the supervisory committee and the Board of Directors serving as treasurer, vice-chair, and chair. In addition, he is the first person in Montana to earn Credit Union National Association’s Certified Credit Union Volunteer Designation.
Rummel strongly believes in the credit union’s basic model of people helping people.
“It’s a model where one person can make a difference,” he said. “It’s evident when I hear the ways credit unions effect member's lives by the things we do. You really get an immediate result, and my passion is built upon that.”