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Maine CUs turn out for CU Day at State House
AUGUSTA, Maine (3/8/12)--Nearly 50 credit union representatives from throughout Maine made a trip Thursday to the state capital in Augusta to participate in Maine Credit Union Day at the State House.

John Murphy, president of the Maine Credit Union League, left, catches up with a familiar face, State Rep. Ray Wallace (R-Dexter), who is a volunteer serving on the Supervisory Committee at Maine Highlands FCU in Dexter, at Maine Credit Union Day at the State House in Augusta.  Wallace is one of six credit union volunteers serving in the Maine Legislature. (Photo provided by the Maine Credit Union League)

The morning-long event attracted nearly 100 legislators, who visited with credit union representatives in the Hall of Flags, according to the Maine Credit Union League. One legislator called the opportunity to meet with his local credit union "a chance to touch base on important issues and get feedback on the economy from their point of view. Credit unions are so connected with their communities and members, which provide a great perspective and insight into how many of my constituents are doing."

Another legislator told the league: "Maine credit unions are a vital part of helping thousands of Maine people succeed financially. I told the credit unions I spoke with how much I appreciated the benefits and the services they provide to members."

Highlights of the day included watching the legislature in session, meeting with legislators and being recognized with a joint resolution by the Maine House and Senate.

The resolution was "for the positive contributions and significant role [credit unions] have made on the lives of Maine citizens and their communities for more than 91 years. Your service and dedication to this state is a tribute to many of those values and principles that we all hold dear."

The resolution also honored Maine's credit unions for their "leadership on ending hunger in Maine, by raising a record-setting $447,000 in 2011, and for the significant contributions credit unions provide to the people of Maine."

"It was great that, even in less than ideal weather conditions, we again demonstrated a strong presence at the State House and reinforced the commitment and involvement that Maine's credit unions have in legislative affairs," said John Murphy, league president, referring to snowy weather.

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