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NCSL Kentucky league CUNA attract legions of legislators
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (8/5/10)--Events hosted by the Kentucky Credit Union League and the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) attracted multitudes of legislators attending the 2010 Legislative Summit of the National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL). Many met a football legend who got his gridiron start in Louisville.
Click to view larger image Idaho State Sen. Denton Darrington, right, enjoys meeting football great Paul Hornung at an appearance sponsored by the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) and the Kentucky Credit Union League at the National Conference of State Legislators' Legislative Summit in Louisville, Ky. (Photo provided by CUNA)
The summit is the largest annual gathering of state lawmakers in the nation. There, legislators study current issues, promulgate policy for advocacy for the NCSL in interfacing with the federal government, and meet with constituents and representatives of trade associations, businesses and other organizations. CUNA's annual booth at the conference provides "a forum for lawmakers to obtain information about credit unions and meet with league representatives and CUNA in an informal setting," said Chris Johnson, CUNA vice president of state governmental affairs. At this year's conference, state credit union leagues and associations from Georgia, Virginia, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Texas, New Mexico, Utah and Idaho greeted their state legislators at the booth. Legislators flocked to the booth in record numbers for special events coordinated by Debbie Painter, director of public affairs and government relations at the Kentucky league and Lynn Coard, director of state advocacy for CUNA. Two events sponsored by the league--the serving of Kentucky standards mint juleps and bourbon balls--were well attended. Another popular event, sponsored by CUNA and the league, was the appearance at the booth of Paul Hornung, Heisman Trophy winner at the University of Notre Dame and two-time NFL Most Valuable Player as a member of the Green Bay Packers. Among those who arrrived at the booth to meet Hornung was NCSL President Don Balfour, a state senator from Georgia. "Attending and participating in the NCSL's annual meeting is a vital part of the advocacy program of the Kentucky Credit Union League," said league President/CEO Wendell Lyons. "We have found that getting together with our state's legislators at a league-sponsored breakfast, visiting with them at the booth, and attending special events with them at the booth engenders a very positive impression of credit unions among our legislators," he added. "I think they are impressed by the effort that the leagues and CUNA make to welcome them during an occasion when they are away from the hectic environment of their state capitols." John Graham, president/CEO of Kentucky Employees CU and a member of CUNA's Board of Directors was a first-time volunteer at the CUNA booth. "I was impressed by the creativity and energy that the state league volunteers and CUNA staff brought to the events at the booth. Equally impressive was the response of the state legislators who came to the events," Graham said. "This type of informal interaction between credit union representatives and state legislators creates invaluable goodwill with the legislators."


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