The room will be open to the general public and feature artwork and a video depicting Williams’ life as a dedicated teacher and employee rights advocate for Dallas Independent School District
Credit Union of Texas Unveils New Community Gathering Place in Honor of Longtime Board Chair and Community Leader Ada Williams
Published August 12, 2022
Credit Union of Texas (CUTX) will unveil the Ada Williams Community Room during two celebrations slated for August 22.
- The Ada Williams Community Room will be located on the fifth floor of the CUTX headquarters building and will be open to the public beginning Aug. 23. The room’s operating hours are Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- “Without Ms. Williams, we wouldn’t be the outstanding organization we are today,” said Eric Pointer, president and CEO of CUTX.
ALLEN, Texas, Aug. 22, 2022 – Credit Union of Texas (CUTX) will unveil the Ada Williams Community Room during two celebrations slated for August 22. The community gathering space honors the late Mrs. Ada Williams, who served as CUTX board chairwoman from 1996 until her death in 2017. In addition to her service to CUTX, a credit union founded by teachers nearly 100 years ago, Williams dedicated her life’s work to the Dallas Independent School District (DISD), where she held numerous roles throughout her more than 50-year career.
The first part of the event is planned for 11 a.m. at the Marriot Dallas Allen Hotel and Convention Center, located at 777 Watters Creek Blvd in Allen. Event speakers will include family members, June Jenkins, president of the Collin County NAACP branch, Verna Mitchell, president of the Dallas Retired Teachers Association, Elsie Cooke-Holmes, national president of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Eric Pointer, president and CEO of CUTX, and others. Additionally, at the event, a local artist will be painting a live portrait of Williams to further memorialize her long-lasting legacy. A private ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held that afternoon in the new space located at the CUTX headquarters offices at 900 W Bethany Drive in Allen.
“Without Ms. Williams, we wouldn’t be the outstanding organization we are today,” said Eric Pointer, president and CEO of CUTX. “Her servant leadership and dedication to underserved communities has shaped our culture into what it is now. She was, and remains, a tremendous influence on everyone she touched. Visitors to the Ada Williams Community Room will be inspired by her legacy and have an opportunity to learn from her amazing example.”
After graduating high school, Williams began her career as a teacher of music, math and science for DISD elementary schools. In 1969, she became the first African-American to serve as vice president of the Dallas Music Education Association. She later received a master’s in education with a certificate in counseling from what is now the University of North Texas.
Additionally, Williams was an active parliamentarian throughout her life. She served as parliamentarian for organizations including the DISD Board of Trustees, Kappa Gamma Society International, the Dallas Retired Teachers Association and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., for which she was a national parliamentarian and was named national parliamentarian emeritus in 2015. Williams also received the Sojourner Truth Award from the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Club, the organization’s highest honor.
The Ada Williams Community Room will feature a mural of Williams along with several of her awards and accolades. It will also include an interactive feature allowing visitors to scan a QR code to watch a video about Williams’ life and legacy.
The Ada Williams Community Room will be located on the fifth floor of the CUTX headquarters building and will be open to the public beginning Aug. 23. The room’s operating hours are Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. To book the room, groups, individuals and organizations can reach out to the CUTX community engagement team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For almost 100 years, Credit Union of Texas has provided financial services to members throughout North Texas. Living out its vision to deliver an unexpected experience, CUTX has grown to over $2 billion in assets. Membership is open to anyone who lives, works or worships, or is related to a member in Dallas, Denton, Collin, Rockwall or Upshur and its surrounding counties. In the last year, CUTX was recognized with the Communities Foundation of Texas “Be in Good Company” Seal of Excellence, voted the Best Credit Union in DFW by the readers of The Dallas Morning News and named the winner of the Torch Awards for Ethics, Better Business Bureau Serving North Central Texas. For more information about CUTX, visit www.cutx.org.