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Minnesota young CU pros meet young lawmakers
ST. PAUL, Minn. (2/4/09)--Attendees of the third annual Minnesota Young Credit Union Professionals (MYCUP) at the Capitol traveled to the Minnesota State Capitol Jan. 27 to meet with young legislators and learn about the legislative process.
Click to view larger imageAt the Minnesota Young Credit Union Professionals at the Capitol event Jan. 27, State Rep. Larry Hosch (DFL-St. Joseph) encouraged young credit union professionals to engage their representatives in issues important to them. (Photo provided by the Minnesota Credit Union Network)
About 20 credit union professionals attended the event, which was geared toward credit union professionals under the age of 35. MYCUP is a networking group for credit union professionals of all levels. Held in conjunction with the Minnesota Credit Union Network’s (MnCUN) Credit Union Day at the Capitol, MYCUP at the Capitol provided young credit union professionals the opportunity to hear firsthand about life in Minnesota politics. State Rep. Larry Hosch (DFL-St. Joseph) and State Sen. Katie Sieben (DFL-Newport), both under the age of 35, spoke at the event. Both speakers encouraged attendees to develop relationships with their elected officials and to share information with them. “Your representatives are in no way the experts at everything,” Hosch said. “You are experts, and you should always engage your representatives in the issues important to you, your family, and your community.” Sieben agreed, saying that she always enjoys hearing from constituents and noting the issues important to them. Sieben provided her perspective on the state budget, which was released Tuesday. “We need all types of innovative ideas to help get us through this tough time,” Sieben said. MYCUP attendees also learned about the importance of credit union advocacy and ways to become involved in Minnesota’s GrassRoots Education & Action Team. MnCUN “needs all credit union professionals, regardless of their age or position, to be engaged in our grassroots efforts,” said Mark D. Cummins, MnCUN president/CEO. “The accomplishments of Rep. Hosch and Sen. Sieben illustrate that a person’s ability to be effective in politics is not dependent upon their age. These young legislators serve as an inspiration to MYCUP attendees to get involved in politics in their own way.”
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