Hawaii Credit Union League says Aloha to Dorie Fitchett

on "November 17, 2020 9:46 am"

Long-time League employee and credit union industry veteran Dorie Fitchett retired this month.  For nearly 24 years, Fitchett worked at the League – first as a member services consultant, then in the regulatory department as the credit unions’ “go-to” person for understanding the ever-changing regulatory landscape. She was also well known as the League’s Bank Secrecy Act instructor.

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Dorie at the 2016 CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference in Washington D.C. with NCUA Chairman J. Mark McWatters and HCUL President Dennis Tanimoto.

In her own words, Dorie Fitchett offers her fond Aloha to the many friends she made in the credit union movement.

My journey into our industry started at Oahu Educational Employees FCU as a receptionist, teller, collection clerk, loan interviewer, and loan officer. As a loan officer at the credit union, one of my responsibilities was taking care of our student loan portfolio, this led me to a position at the Hawaii Educational Loan Program (HELP) where we processed guaranteed student loans for all the banks and 70 credit unions in Hawaii. It was here I started to build relationships in the credit union industry.

While at the HELP office I was approached by Users Incorporated to come on board to assist credit unions with their core data processing needs. While at Users I learned what credit unions were about and how important compliance was to success. Fortunately, Users was an associate member of the League which allowed me to attend Leagues educational sessions to keep me up to date with rules and regulations. I was acquainted with the League’s annual conventions while an employee at Users back when the Kona Surf Resort was the HCUL convention hotel! It was much easier attending the conventions as a vendor than an employee of the League. I had no clue how much work was involved in putting a huge successful event together.

After converting 17 credit unions to a new core processing system, it was time for me to continue my journey in our industry at Hawaii Credit Union League. Clara Temporal hired me in December 1996 and I was fortunate to work with a great team (all now retired Mildred Kurosu, Bob Jonick, and Michael Leach) that helped me over the years with compliance and advocacy. It was their work ethic and knowledge that made me want to be the best I could be to help our credit unions thrive and succeed.

Over the 23 years at the League, gave me opportunities to continue learning by attending CUNA compliance schools and league educational sessions. I earned my designations of Credit Union Compliance Expert and Bank Secrecy Act Compliance Specialist from CUNA. It was a pleasure to pass on my knowledge by presenting educational sessions to our credit unions on bank secrecy act and crime.

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Dorie at the annual convention credentials registration with Tracy Aiwohi. 

 

I will miss all the people I built relationships with during my career. A hui hou!

Dorie