CHARLOTTE, N.C. (9/5/12)--As delegates of the Democratic National Convention (DNC) awaited the 5 p.m. (ET) opening gavel for the convention at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, Credit Union National Association (CUNA) and state league staff blanketed the surrounding area to represent credit unions at events beginning early morning.
For instance, in the shadow of the arena, CUNA Senior Vice President of Legislative Affairs Ryan Donovan and a CUNA contingent attended a Financial Services Roundtable event to honor Rebuilding Together, a network of nearly 200 affiliates that provide no-cost improvements to the homes of low-income homeowners.
From morning until well into the night, CUNA and state credit union league officers and staff represented credit unions at DNC-related events, including the evening's official session at the Times Warner Cable Arena. Early in the evening, a delegation of Democratic women members of the U.S. House voiced their support for another four-year term for President Barack Obama. The evening culminated with a speech by First Lady Michelle Obama. (CUNA Photo)
At the event, Donovan discussed such topics as providing financial services to the underserved, a credit union priority. In a conversation with George Franco, president of National Financial Corp., Donovan described credit union efforts to help their communities in this way. Other topics of the morning included housing and real estate finance policy and retirement savings options for Americans.
Sen. Ben Cardin, a strong Obama supporter from Maryland, addressed the Roundtable gathering.
Meanwhile, North Carolina Credit Union League President John Radebaugh and members of his staff attended a session devoted to the topic of financial literacy, another credit union priority, that was sponsored by the Council for Economic Education.
Also on Tuesday, CUNA was prominent as a sponsor of the National Journal Group's morning convention briefing entitled, "Election 2012: Leading Pollsters Uncover the Real Story." The session features National Journal
Editor in Chief Ron Fournier and Bill Plante of CBS News
asking questions of DNC pollster Joel Benenson.
CUNA and the leagues also had coveted passes for the Times Warner Forum to be in attendance for the evening's activities, which culminated with an address by First Lady Michelle Obama, whose remarks sought, in part, to paint a more personal picture of the president.
Use the resource link for a list of the scheduled DNC speakers for Tuesday.