MONTPELIER, Vt. (4/15/13)--The Association of Vermont Credit Unions CU Day at the statehouse in Montpelier Wednesday drew a large crowd of credit union leaders and state legislators, AVCU said.
AVCU President Joe Bergeron said of the event that there is "nothing more important than putting a credit union executive or volunteer face-to-face with their elected official" (NewsLines Express April 12).
"Whether in Montpelier or in Washington, I cannot stress enough to managers and board members how important it is to take an active role in protecting the future of your credit union by getting involved with government relations," he added.
"It's not just a 'big credit union' thing, it's an 'every credit union' thing, regardless of how many or how few members or assets your credit union has," Bergeron said.
So far this year, Vermont has not witnessed much activity on credit union-related legislation in the statehouse. However, AVCU's lobbying team continues its vigilance, monitoring operations at the state legislature.
Bergeron explained that it is because of AVCU's attentiveness, enhanced by the contribution of credit union leaders who attend the annual CU Day, that Vermont's credit unions enjoy a lasting and very positive image among legislators.
"They see and hear from me and our lobbyists all the time," Bergeron said.
Vermont credit union leaders met with several legislative leaders and committee chairs, as well as two representatives from the Department of Financial Regulation (DFR), Deputy Commissioner Tom Candon and his boss, new DFR Commissioner Susan Donegan.
It was the first opportunity credit union leaders had to meet with Donegan in a group setting, since her appointment as commissioner was announced in November.
The AVCU statehouse helps to raise awareness of credit unions, which is a key tenet of the strategic vision that Credit Union National Association President/CEO Bill Cheney debuted at CUNA's Governmental Affairs Conference. "Uniting for Good" to raise awareness, remove barriers and foster service excellence will achieve a vision of "Americans choosing credit unions as their best financial partner."