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WOCCU redefines rules of engagement
MADISON, Wis. (10/6/10)--Engaging credit unions and volunteers from developed countries in World Council of Credit Union (WOCCU) programs and activities is the best way to gain organizational support and reignite the credit union philosophy worldwide,
Click to view larger image At the World Council of Credit Unions’ (WOCCU) Corporate Strategic Conference in Madison, Wis., last week are (left) Barry Jolette, WOCCU chairman; Anne Cochran, WOCCU treasurer; and Greg Moser, vice president of WOCCU Services Group.
Click to view larger image Brian Branch, left, World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) executive vice president and chief operating officer and Pete Crear, WOCCU president/CEO, attended the WOCCU Corporate Strategic Conference in Madison, Wis. The goal of the conference is to enhance WOCCU’s capabilities. (Photos provided by the World Council of Credit Unions)
according to WOCCU’s Corporate Strategic Conference, which took place in Madison last week. “I’d like to believe that we can make a difference in peoples’ lives,” said Barry Jolette, WOCCU chair and president/CEO of San Mateo CU in Redwood City, Calif. He provided opening comments to the second-annual conference and was on hand with other representatives from U.S. credit union leagues and credit union organizations in Canada and Ireland. The purpose of the conference was to enhance WOCCU’s capabilities by including representatives from partner organizations in defining its future directions. “The purpose of this meeting is about looking analytically at ourselves, determining what we have learned and deciding where we need to go,” said Brian Branch, WOCCU executive vice president and chief operating officer. “If we focus only on what staff can do, we limit our range. But if we extend that range by reaching out to our partners, we may be able to tap unlimited possibilities.” Partner organization representatives attending included Anne Cochran, WOCCU treasurer and CEO of the Louisiana Credit Union League; Mike Lanotte, senior vice president and general counsel, Credit Union Association of New York; Murray Williams, chief operating officer, Iowa Credit Union League; Alan Moore, international development officer, Irish Credit Union League Foundation; and Derek Cameron, program officer for the Canadian Cooperative Association. Field officers from WOCCU development program in Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Haiti, Kenya, Mexico and Sri Lanka also joined staff from WOCCU’s Madison and Washington, D.C., offices. More than 40 presenters and evaluators participated. “The ability to gather staff from around the globe for an annual planning session has always been an asset for World Council,” said Pete Crear, WOCCU president/CEO. “But the opportunity to engage the expertise of partners in our global development efforts significantly extends our reach and enhances our ability to improve the lives of people worldwide through the power of credit unions.”
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