MADISON, Wis. (8/28/13)--John Sackett, chairman of the Credit Union National Association's Volunteer Leadership Committee, will participate in and bring the volunteer viewpoint to future CUNA Board meetings, CUNA announced Monday.
The move will ensure the volunteer viewpoint is heard at the system's highest levels, CUNA said.
Sackett, treasurer of Royal CU in Eau Claire, Wis., will attend his first CUNA Board meeting in mid-September.
"Credit union volunteers play a critical goal in the success of the credit union system, and we must continue to find new ways to get them more engaged with CUNA," said CUNA President/CEO Bill Cheney. "We are grateful to have the benefit of Mr. Sackett's views, and I look forward to his participation in our meetings."
Sackett has been a member of RCU for more than 25 years and served 17 of those years as chairman. He was appointed chairman of the Volunteer Leadership Committee in January 2011. The CUNA Board created the committee to support volunteers and further increase their participation in CUNA. The committee also is a strategic leadership resource for CUNA, providing staff with advice and guidance for enhanced volunteer-centered initiatives.
"We all know the incredible contributions that volunteers have made to the success of the movement--and how critical they are for our future," said CUNA Chairman Pat Wesenberg, who is also president/CEO of Central City CU, Marshfield, Wis.
"With the many challenges before credit unions today--particularly in reducing the regulatory burden, addressing the issues of small credit unions and preserving our tax exemption--this added voice to our board deliberations is most welcome," Wesenberg added.