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Arizona Antigua CU leagues sign partnership pact
PHOENIX (4/1/08)--The Arizona Credit Union System (ACUS) signed a partnership agreement this week with the Antigua & Barbuda Cooperative Credit Union League to help the Caribbean island nation better serve its affiliated credit unions.
Elis Southwell (left), president, Antigua & Barbuda Cooperative Credit Union League, and Scott Earl, president/CEO, Arizona Credit Union System, sign an international partnership between the two organizations.
Delegates from the Antigua & Barbuda Cooperative Credit Union League visit the $1.108 billion asset Arizona State CU, Phoenix, one of the state’s largest credit unions. (Photos provided by World Council of Credit Unions)
The partnership agreement was arranged through the World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) International Partnership program. Representatives from ACUS visited Antigua in June as the first step toward the agreement. Last week, ACUS hosted a delegation of five representatives from the Antigua league. Ellis Southwell, president of the Antigua League, and Scott Earl, president/CEO of ACUS, signed the agreement during the visit. “Credit unions, no matter where they are, are not that different,” Earl said. “The bottom line is that it is all about the member. Our goal is to work with the Antigua & Barbuda Credit Union League to institutionalize the organization and allow it to serve its member credit unions more efficiently.” The partnership will focus on strengthening the Antigua league through the development of new revenue streams and new products and services to be offered to its affiliated credit unions. Currently, the league relies on its volunteer board of directors, its volunteer supervisory committee and a dues-based structure to operate and serve affiliates. The league said it also would like to incorporate more training programs--especially for compliance issues--into its member service program. “The Antigua league is a small league with potential, and we believe that this partnership with the ACUS will help us unleash the possibilities and help us to develop ourselves so that we can assist our affiliates,” Southwell said.
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