FARMERS BRANCH, Texas (1/30/14)--Credit union leaders from Texas, Arkansas and Oklahoma shared best practices during Cornerstone Credit Union League's Chapter Leaders Conference in Dallas last week.
The two-day event also offered credit union chapter leaders an opportunity to network, share ideas on how to bring value to local credit unions and positively affect their respective communities through the chapter program (Leaguer
The best practices session was moderated by Scott Rose, CEO of $86 million-asset Kelly Community FCU, Tyler, Texas, and president of the Tyler Area Chapter of CUs.
Panelists included Mark Casares, loan officer at $66 million-asset PosTel Family CU, Wichita Falls, Okla., from the Wichita Falls Chapter; Karyn Gonyea, vice president at $24 million-asset Union Pacific of Arkansas FCU, Little Rock, Ark., from the Central Arkansas Chapter; and Stephen Lark, vice president of marketing and corporate development at $936 million-asset Communication FCU, Oklahoma City, Okla., from the Greater Oklahoma Chapter.
Best practices discussed included:
Taking the "meeting" out of chapters and focusing instead on chapter events;
Focusing on advocating, collaborating and educating (ACE) when planning chapter events;
Rotating chapter event responsibility among local credit unions;
Involving local credit union young professionals in chapter board governance; and
Focusing on "quality vs. quantity" when developing a chapter plan--which may require changing the meeting schedule from monthly to quarterly.