What Do Credit Unions and Baseball Have in Common?

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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.

Credit Union Founders playing baseball at the Estes Park Conference in 1934. ID: 806426.

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.”

3 Responses to “What Do Credit Unions and Baseball Have in Common?”

  1. Sherry

    This is an amazing picture, worth a thousand words at min! I wonder if the team had any idea the effect that meeting would have on our movement? When visiting Estes Park, I had to reflect on where I work and what I do, making a difference, making it count, a real purpose n passion for something I am most proud to be a part of~

  2. Shawn

    Sherry, thanks for the comment. The participants at Estes Park were hopeful that they were creating something special for people and for America. I think they would be pleased to see how credit unions have grown and changed, but continue to live the philosophy they loved.


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