What Do Credit Unions and Baseball Have in Common?
As we look back on an eventful August 2010, we can’t forget the 76th anniversary of the Estes Park meeting that formed our Credit Union National Association.
In August 1934, credit union leaders from around the country gathered at a YMCA camp in Estes Park, Colorado to hash out a future for credit unions in the United States. Then, as today, meetings were long and went into the wee hours of the morning. The discussions were often heated requiring committees to disband to “cool-off” on the porch of the lodge. Additionally, recreational periods were provided for attendees to experience the beauty of their natural surroundings. Welcome activities for attendees to clear their heads and refresh their batteries were hiking, horseback riding or playing baseball.
Viewing a picture of credit union pioneers playing baseball at the base of the Rockies one can feel the exhilaration of playing baseball in one of the most scenic places in the United States. Moreover, with Roy Bergengren, the first Managing Director, looking directly back toward the viewer (folder in hand), one is instantly pulled into the game. As John Fogerty might say, “Put me in, Coach – I’m ready to play; today!”
Found deep within the CUNA archives this photograph shows Roy Bergengren in the foreground with white pants and folder in hand. Sidney Stahl is forth from the right in the first base/right field area. John L. Moore is third from the left with a document in the back right pocket. Charles G. Hyland (barely visible) is umpiring at the pitcher’s mound. Note on the back of one photograph refers to the mound as “Ritcher’s Mound.”