Press Release

President Bush Presents Service Award
to Randolph-Brooks FCU Executive

(LIVE OAK, TEXAS) – On October 6, President George W. Bush presented the Presidential Volunteer Service Award to Sonya McDonald, Vice President of Sales Operations, at Randolph-Brooks Federal Credit Union. McDonald was recognized for her volunteer work with two military charities, Fisher House and Returning Heroes Home.

Fisher House is a national foundation that provides military families a home away from home so they can be near their loved ones during hospitalization for illness or injury. McDonald began her fundraising efforts to benefit Fisher House in early 2006, while her husband, Jim, who is assigned to the 59th Medical Wing at Lackland AFB, was deployed to Iraq.

"I needed something to do to take my mind off Jim being gone," explains McDonald. "My boss suggested I get involved with the Fisher House and I jumped right in."

Randolph-Brooks gave an initial donation of $50,000 and McDonald spearheaded a community campaign to raise $200,000 in six weeks – between Memorial Day and Independence Day. Randolph-Brooks matched the money raised and in the end, presented more than $500,000 to the Fisher House Foundation for the construction of two new houses at Fort Sam Houston that opened in 2007 to support the Center for the Intrepid rehabilitation center.

"We are proud to have made a significant contribution to a program that supports our brave military men and women," said Randy M. Smith, President and CEO of Randolph-Brooks. "The successful outcome of the Fisher House fundraising challenge was made possible through the giving spirit of so many people and the passionate leadership demonstrated by Sonya," Smith added.

Since then, McDonald has continued her volunteer work, serving on the Board of Directors of Returning Heroes Home, an organization that is currently building a new Warrior and Family Support Center at Fort Sam Houston. In the past year, with the assistance of fellow credit union employees, she has helped raise almost $4 million for the project.

"What a tremendous honor for Ms. McDonald, and of course, Randolph-Brooks," noted Dick Ensweiler, president and CEO of the Texas Credit Union League. "I am confident that I speak for the entire credit union community when I say Ms. McDonald is more than deserving of receiving an award of this caliber. The tireless commitment and energy she has devoted to this noteworthy cause is to be applauded. Ms. McDonald is indicative of the type of leader we are fortunate to have serving in our movement."

The President's Volunteer Service Award was created at the President's direction by the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation. To find out more information about this prestigious award, visit