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Lavage Honored with Robert N. Pursel Award

1/6/2023
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Photo (l-r): Bill Lavage, President/CEO, Service 1st; Dr. O. Fred Miller, Director (Retired), Service 1st Board of Directors; Barbara Criswell, Director, Service 1st Board of Directors; Karen Wood, Chief Experience Officer, Service 1st; Steven Endress, Board Chairperson, Service 1st Board of Directors; Kathy Linn, Director, Service 1st Board of Directors; Jay Reed, Chief Information Officer, Service 1st; Mike Thomas, Chief Financial Officer, Service 1st; Suzette Sands, Administrative Assistant to the CEO, Service 1st,  Greg Burke, MD, FACP, Director, Service 1st Board of Directors and Linda Brown, Chief Administrative Officer, Service 1st.

(Danville, PA) – Service 1st Federal Credit Union President/CEO Bill Lavage was recently honored with the 2022 Robert N. Pursel Award for Community Service during the Community Giving Foundation's Holiday Happenings Gala held at the Pine Barn Inn, located in Danville. 

The Robert N. Pursel Award for Community Service is given to individuals and organizations that have shown exemplary commitment to the community through professional work and volunteerism. 

“I am honored and humbled to receive the Robert N. Pursel Award for Community Service,” said Bill Lavage. “This prestigious award represents service to Danville. I love Danville. When you love something, you put forth an effort to make it better.  I have enjoyed working with the many, many wonderful people whose efforts have made Danville a great place to live, work and raise a family. I know this award recognizes an individual. However, you cannot separate Bill Lavage and Service 1st. I work with a team that does not accept things as they are, but they accept the responsibility for changing them and they do change them for the better. This includes our communities. I dedicate and share this award with my Service 1st family. Without them, I probably would not be accepting this award.”

The award was named in honor of Robert Newton Pursel, whose great, great, great-grandfather was one of the first settlers in the Danville area. Pursel worked and traveled in the Middle East, Bolivia, Columbia, Ecuador, Venezuela and Saudi Arabia while an employee of gas and oil companies. He also served as a major and a lieutenant colonel under General Eisenhower during World War II. Upon retirement, he returned to Danville where he quickly became ingrained in the community. He not only founded but also volunteered for a number of community organizations and was instrumental in attracting new industries to Danville. 

Lavage moved to Danville in 1981 to lead Geisinger Employees Federal Credit Union. Under his leadership, Geisinger Employees Federal Credit Union became Service 1st Federal Credit Union, and grew to over $620 million in assets with 11 locations throughout the region and a strong online and mobile presence. It has grown from a business of four employees to over 120 employees system-wide.

As an active member of the community, Lavage has shared his service and leadership with the Danville Area Chamber of Commerce, Columbia Montour Council of Boy Scouts of America, Danville Area Little League, St. Joseph’s Basketball League, Danville Area Community Center, Danville Area Community Foundation, Danville Business Alliance, Columbia-Montour Partnership for Community Development, Montour Area Recreation Commission (MARC), ThinkBIG® Pediatric Cancer Fund, and Going Gold Pediatric Cancer Awareness Initiative. Additionally, he started two traditions at Service 1st, the Annual Charity Duck Derby and the credit union’s Annual Charity Golf Tournament. Together, these events have raised over $607,000 to benefit local non-profit organizations.

Lavage and wife Cindy reside in Riverside, Pennsylvania. They have two sons, Aaron and Dan, and four grandchildren – Elliot, Sammy, and twins Julia and Natalie. 

For more information, call 800.562.6049.
 
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