Regional president of HeritageWest, SouthWest Community and Utah Central Credit Unions honored for making a lasting impact on Utah communities
Heidi E. Worker
(757) 552-1000, Extension 43026
Salt Lake City, Utah (May 6, 2013) The National Eagle Scout Association (NESA) recently honored Bruce Bryan, the regional president of HeritageWest, SouthWest Community and Utah Central credit unions, with one of the scouting organization’s highest and prestigious awards during the their Annual Scout-O-Rama Conference. This honor acknowledges Eagle Scouts who have demonstrated outstanding achievements in their profession or vocation by making a positive impact close to home.
As the regional president for the three Utah-based divisions of Chartway Federal Credit Union, Bryan currently leads all retail-related activities. In this capacity, he has helped further the organization’s mission by supporting the communities served by the credit unions financially and philanthropically.
From supporting the Annual Christmas Wishes program to deliver the magic of the holidays to students at Lincoln Elementary – of which 95% live below the poverty line, to hosting numerous collection drives each year to benefit Utah-based shelters and organizations, and helping make dreams come true for children battling life-threatening illnesses through generous grants to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Utah and Primary Children’s Medical Center, among others, Bryan’s leadership has made a positive impact across the state.
In bestowing the “Outstanding Eagle Scout” award on Bryan, NESA said Bryan has demonstrated “distinguished service to his profession and community” by retaining “a positive, long-term impact throughout the state of Utah” while elevating “the stature of the Eagle Scout in the eye of the public.”
In reflecting back on his earlier years in scouts, Bryan recalled the positive influence of his childhood scoutmaster who encouraged all of the scouts in his troop to achieve Eagle Scout status.
“Looking back now, through his support I realized the importance of setting and accomplishing goals which followed me as I grew older. Around the campfire he would talk about the important things of life and the obligations we each had to be our best.”
Bryan enjoyed scouting throughout his youth and later, as an adult, served as a scoutmaster, committee chair, and as a member of the council training staff for Exploring Leadership Institute. He earned the “Scouter’s Key” award, completed Wood Badge training and was invited to attend the Latter-Day Saints Church’s national leadership week for scouting officials at Philmont Scout Ranch. Afterwards, Bryan organized and conducted similar training programs based on the Philmont model in his local area. He has served youth in the LDS Church as a Stake Young Men’s President and Bishop.
Prominent in his home stands a trophy of an eagle inscribed with the dates representing three generations of Bryan’s achieving Eagle Scout ranking. Bryan’s father was an Eagle Scout and Bryan’s sons have also earned this honorable status. Bryan even encouraged his daughters to marry Eagle Scouts, as the ranking represents commitment and strength through good will and perseverance.
For Bryan, becoming an Eagle Scout goes beyond the fulfillment of requirements, representing “living the principles of the scout oath: duty to God and country, duty to others and duty to self.”
About Chartway Federal Credit Union
Chartway FCU, a not-for-profit financial institution, has been serving members and families since 1959, building a service network that includes 60 branches in 10 states. Headquartered in Virginia Beach, VA, the credit union’s reach extends through Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Rhode Island, Texas, Virginia and Utah.
HeritageWest Credit Union and SouthWest Community Credit Union joined the Chartway family in 2010. Utah Central became part of the organization in 2011. Altogether, the organization has assets of more than $1.9 billion and serves nearly 200,000 members. For more information, visit www.chartway.com; or, follow them at www.facebook.com/chartwayfcu.