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CUAD Annual Conference Draws Record Attendance

BISMARCK, N.D. (6/14/13)--The Credit Union Association of the Dakotas held its annual conference last week, attracting the highest attendance since the merger of the North and South Dakota leagues.

Robbie Thompson, president/CEO of the Credit Union Association of the Dakotas, addresses attendees of the group's annual conference last week. (Photo provided by the Credit Union Association of the Dakotas)

During Thursday's general session, Bill Cheney, president/CEO of the Credit Union National Association, provided insight into the state of the industry and discussed the Credit Union National Association's Unite for Good, Don't Tax My Credit Union and Plan to Win initiatives (The Memo June 10).

Cheney said that credit unions do not want to wait until taxing credit unions is part of legislation and then begin to fight it; they must stop it now. "With a shared message and a common vision, nothing is impossible," he said (News Now June 10).

Unite for Good is CUNA's campaign to rally credit unions toward the strategic vision in which "Americans choose credit unions as their best financial partner."  The campaign's goals are: remove barriers, create awareness and foster service excellence.

CUNA's Plan To Win can help credit unions educate their members and prepare for a national call to action to protect the tax status, if needed. The plan includes four steps:

  • Educate;
  • Participate;
  • Communicate; and
  • Hold lawmakers accountable.

"The enthusiasm, excitement and camaraderie were very high and evident were very high and evident throughout the meeting--we clearly United for Good," said Robbie Thompson, president/CEO of the league.

The conference's golf tournament, when combined with the Miracle Match from CO-OP Financial, raised $4,200, CUAD said.

The Irish auction for scholarships to CUNA's Governmental Affairs Conference raised more than $3,700.

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