Jack and Connie McLanahan
Jack and Connie McLanahan demonstrate a personal commitment
to the cooperative way of life. They worked as a team to build and merge cooperative
structures into a cooperative society. Jack, as educator, organizer, communicator
and manager, made significant contributions to the advancement of cooperatives.
In his work with Midland Cooperatives he organized a network of study clubs across
Minnesota and Wisconsin. As education director of the Cooperative League of the
USA he strengthened regional cooperative education departments nationwide. At
the Michigan Credit Union League, Jack developed departments of communication,
education, training and research, a Code of Ethics for Credit Unions, and a credit
union foundation, all of which served as models for CUNA and other Leagues. In
1937, in recognition of Jacks contributions to cooperative education, President
Truman appointed him to represent the U.S. cooperative/credit union movement on
the national commission for UNESCO. In 1951 he was joined by Connie Ablett. Ever
since then they have focused their considerable energies and skills promoting
cooperatives and credit unions in Appalachia. Working through the Human Economic
Appalachian Development (HEAD) Corporation, they helped organize and build the
Central Appalachian Peoples Federal Credit Union and the Federation of Appalachian
Housing Enterprises. They were also co-founders of the Cooperative Alumni Association.
Their mark of excellence, perseverance and scholarship
has been further demonstrated in the co-editing and publishing in 1990 of the
Cooperative/Credit Union Dictionary and Reference, which has been hailed
as an encyclopedia of the many-faceted cooperative world.