Joseph Cugini became manager of Westerly Community Credit Union in 1959. His vision for WCCU: to live the Credit Union philosophy of “People Helping People,” which he achieved.
Over his 41 years at WCCU, he became president/CEO, and chairman of the board. He also started the WCCU Holiday Basketball Tournament in 1984, which still runs today and has raised over $232,823 for the schools’ sports boosters.
Joe Cugini represented WCCU and the credit union movement all of the time. He led the Rhode Island Credit Union League as member, president, and board chairman; the Credit Union National Association as national director, board secretary, chairman of CUNA’s Government Affairs Committee, and board chairman. He was inducted into the Credit Union Executive Society Hall of Fame in 2000. Joe was also president of the World Council of Credit Unions and recognized with the 2003 Distinguished Service Award.
He loved being involved with the community and was named the 1987 Golden Key Club’s Columbus Citizen of the Year and was the recipient of the 1986 Westerly Chamber of Commerce Community Service Award and the 2017 Ocean Community Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year Award.
His efforts over 41 years at the helm of WCCU laid a foundation for who we are today and where we will go in our future. We are an organization that cares about its members, their financial success, and our community ... just like Joe did.
Joseph N. Cugini’s legacy will continue to live on in WCCU. Thank you, Mr. Cugini. You will be missed. Rest in peace.