WASHINGTON (4/18/08)--The celebration of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the American credit union movement is the focus of a new team composed of Credit Union System organizations announced Thursday. The “Credit Union Action at 100” (CUAT100) team is made up of representatives of the Credit Union National Association (CUNA), the American Association of Credit Union Leagues (AACUL), America’s Credit Union Museum and CUNA Mutual Group. CUAT100 is charged with focusing on a variety of measures to ensure that the 100th anniversary of the American credit union movement is properly--and respectfully--marked and recognized. The team will focus on publicity and media outreach plans, marketing materials for credit unions and state leagues, creation of a historical website, and recognition events tied into major meetings, such as the 2009 America’s Credit Union Conference and Exposition, which will be held June 21-24 in Boston, in coordination with the Massachusetts Credit Union League. Members of the CUAT 100 are:
* Mark Wolff, CUNA senior vice president, communications; * Jill Tomalin, CUNA senior vice president, association services; * Rob Kimmett, senior vice president, marketing and public relations for the Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island credit union leagues; * Chris Roe, CUNA Mutual Group senior vice president, government and industry affairs; and * Peggy Powell, executive director, America’s Credit Union Museum.
The team will tap the resources of staff within their organizations, as well as reach out to additional groups within the movement during the course of its planning. “Credit unions were a groundbreaking concept and continue to shake the earth today with outstanding service to consumers,” Wolff said. “For 100 years, people have shown how--working cooperatively--they can pool their resources to help one another and take control of their own financial futures. “Today, credit unions remain true to their original mission while pursuing innovations that will help us keep pace with the 21st century needs of our members.” CUAT100 will take measures to highlight the credit union movement’s noble past, vibrant present and promising future in celebratory events and activities, Wolff added.