Millard O. “Bob” Wray (Topeka, KS) and Terry Bertholf (Hutchinson, KS) will be inducted into the Kansas Cooperative Hall of Fame on March 18, 2014, during a special dinner ceremony in conjunction with the annual meeting activities of the Kansas Cooperative Council (KCC) and Kansas Farmers Service Association (KFSA).
Millard Wray will be honored posthumously, having passed away in 1989. He was the president of the Kansas Highway Credit Union (later known as the Kansas Credit Union) from 1949 to 1977. He served on the Kansas Corporate Credit Union board from 1959 to 1975 and as chair from 1964 to 1974.
Mr. Wray understood the importance of strong advocacy efforts and securing legislation that created a favorable environment for credit unions to grow. His legislative leadership and deep involvement in the public policy process resulted in Kanas passing legislation that allowed for increasing lending limits, open-end credit, competitive market interest rates, and payroll deduction for government employees. His belief in advocacy didn’t stop at the state line, but carried over to work on federal legislation beneficial to the credit union movement.
The second recipient, Terry Bertholf, for 40 years, devoted his legal career to serving cooperatives and advancing the practice of cooperative law. He has served as legal counsel for individual Kansas cooperatives, General Counsel for the Kansas Cooperative Council (KCC) and KFSA, and has been a long-standing member of the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives’ Legal, Tax & Accounting Committee (LTA). Terry provided leadership to the LTA as chairman and has chaired committees within the LTA. He is a trusted legal advisor to his clients and fellow attorneys across the country. Mr. Bertholf’s understanding of cooperative law has improved co-op structure and will help to provide direction to Kansas cooperatives for many years to come.
The Kansas Cooperative Hall of Fame was formed in 1999 by the Kansas Cooperative Council to recognize Kansans who have been instrumental in developing and spreading the cooperative philosophy on the state, national or international levels. The inductees are nominated by cooperative members and the annual selection of new Hall of Fame members is based on recommendation by a committee of cooperative leaders from across Kansas with approval by the KCC Board of Directors.
All inductees are honored in a permanent display at the Kansas Cooperative Hall of Fame exhibit, located in the Pride of Kansas Building on the Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson. Information on the Hall of Fame and inductees is also available on the KCC webpage.
About the Kansas Cooperative Council The Kansas Cooperative Council (KCC) is a voluntary trade association organized in 1944 to represent all forms of cooperatively structured businesses. The KCC promotes and supports the interests, business success and understanding of agricultural, utility, financial and consumer cooperatives and their members through legislation and regulatory efforts, education and public relations. More information is available on the KCC webpage at www.kansasco-op.coop or by calling 1-888-603-COOP.