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Texas Lawmakers: CU Political Involvement Important
WICHITA FALLS, Texas (11/8/13)--
Former Texas state legislator and current Texoma Community CU board member David Farabee speaks at a meeting of the Wichita Falls Chapter of the Cornerstone Credit Union League.
A Texas state legislator recommended to a Wichita Falls Chapter meeting of the Cornerstone Credit Union League that credit unions get engaged in the political process because being disengaged could prove extremely consequential (The Advocate Nov. 6).
 
State Rep. James Frank (R-Wichita Falls) told about 60 credit union representatives at the meeting last week that credit unions could influence multi-tasking lawmakers by familiarizing themselves with parliamentary process and legislation. He added that they could do it effectively through trade association groups like Cornerstone Credit Union League.
 
"One of the penalties of refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors," he said, quoting Plato.
 
Among those attending the Wichita Falls, Texas, credit union chapter meeting last week were, from left: Christina Alvarez, Wichita Falls Teachers CU; Chantel Brooks, Union Square FCU; Stephanie Snider, Wichita Falls FCU; Julie Farr, Postel CU; Rep. James Frank (R-Wichita Falls); Kate Donovan, Texoma Community CU; and Elizabeth Schenk and Henny Barron, Windthorst FCU. (Photos provided by the Cornerstone Credit Union League)
 
Frank's message was echoed by former Texas state representative and current Texoma Community CU board member David Farabee. "If you're not involved, then government will happen to you, not for you," he said.
 
Farabee also recalled appreciating the positive impact credit unions made in helping him campaigning during two tight races that he won. He said he was certain it was the local credit union folks who walked blocks for him that made the difference in the race's outcome.
 
Following the dinner, Jim Phelps, Cornerstone vice president of advocacy, gave a 15-minute presentation, which included an update on the Credit Union National Association's and the leagues' "Don't Tax My Credit Union" campaign," and recommended Wichita Falls credit unions to involve themselves with Cornerstone's lobbying efforts.


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