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Oklahoma league opens CU House
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (10/29/09)--More than 100 credit union professionals, volunteers and partners gathered to mark the official grand opening of Oklahoma Credit Union House Friday in Oklahoma City. The day, Oct. 23, also marked the Credit Union Association of Oklahoma’s (CUAOk) 75th anniversary.
Click to view larger image More than 100 people gathered at the official grand opening of Oklahoma Credit Union House Friday in Oklahoma City. Among them were, from left: Aaron Owen, Miller Tippens Construction; Doug Aldrich, building committee, Tulsa (Okla.) Teachers CU; Gary Bartley, building committee, Credit Union Service Centers; Gina Wilson, board of managers, Oklahoma Central CU, Tulsa; Michael Kloiber, board of managers, Tinker FCU, Oklahoma City; Kelly Diven, Board of Managers, 66 FCU, Bartlesville; Steve Rasmussen, chairman, CUAOk board of directors, FAA CU, Oklahoma City; DJ Morrow Ingram, president/CEO, CUAOk; Brent Taylor, board of managers, WEOKIE CU, Oklahoma City; Whit Todd, architect, kinslow, keith & todd; and Bill Lavin, building committee and board of managers, Credit Union One of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City. (Photo provided by the Credit Union Association of Oklahoma)
“This is a historic day for the Oklahoma credit union movement and our association,” said Kelly Diven, chairman of the board of managers for Oklahoma Credit Union House and president/CEO of 66 FCU, Bartlesville. “It perfectly symbolizes the cooperative nature of credit unions and our partners.” Twenty-four Oklahoma credit unions gathered to create the limited liability corporation that built Oklahoma Credit Union House, Diven told the crowd. The 8,300 square foot building is debt-free and serves as a meeting and training facility for Oklahoma credit unions and houses CUAOk, formerly the Okahoma Credit Union League. Oklahoma Credit Union House is one story and features a mezzanine with a balcony that boasts a view of Oklahoma’s State Capitol building located about six blocks away. On the main floor is a meeting room that features state-of-the art technology that can accommodate 100 people classroom-style and is divisible by a movable wall. The association’s board room can accommodate a meeting of up to 30 participants. The mezzanine offers a meeting area. The entire building has wireless Internet access. “Our close proximity to the State Capitol serves to underscore the importance of advocacy to our association,” said Steve Rasmussen, chairman of the CUAOk board of directors. “We will hold our annual State Government Affairs Legislative Reception here and will no doubt host many other legislative-related events and meetings.” Along with the 24 investor credit unions, a number of credit union partners and individuals invested in naming rights to rooms in the facility. DJ Morrow Ingram, president/CEO of CUAOk, said there are a few remaining naming rights opportunities available. A paving brick program--where individuals or companies can purchase an engraved brick to be installed on the flag plaza--is ongoing. In her remarks to the crowd prior to the ribbon cutting, Morrow Ingram said: “This house is your house. It will long serve as a powerful visual reminder that Oklahoma credit unions and the millions of members that they serve are an important piece of Oklahoma’s commerce and one that will be a part of the political, business and consumer scene for a long time.”


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