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Minnesota CUs learn importance of caucusing
ST. PAUL, Minn. (1/10/08)--About 45 attendees learned the basis of precinct caucusing during a Minnesota Credit Union Network (MnCUN) political caucus training seminar Tuesday.
James Patrick Barone, chair of Minnesota’s 4th Congressional District DFL, leads caucus training during a Minnesota Credit Union Network political caucus training seminar Tuesday. (Photo provided by the Minnesota Credit Union Network)
James Patrick Barone, chair of Minnesota’s 4th Congressional District DFL Party, led the training. He provided an overview of what happens at Minnesota caucuses and how people can get involved. Topics included: when and where caucuses are held; what is on a caucus agenda; and how credit unions can caucus to push their issues forward. “Caucuses are a powerful tool for credit unions because they center around a group of people coming together and pushing their ideals forward,” said Mara Humphrey, MnCUN’s vice president of governmental affairs. “We held this training to teach credit unions about the importance of caucusing and to provide them with the understanding they need to effectively caucus in February.” MnCUN President/CEO Mark Cummins encouraged attendees to be more involved politically. Minnesota credit unions can join MnCUN’s GrassRoots Education and Action Team (GREAT), take part in political fundraising, run Project Zip Code at their credit union, or participate in the Political and Grassroots Network. “Credit union professionals and volunteers have a wide variety of channels through which they can become more involved on a grassroots level, and I challenge them to do so,” Cummins said.
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