COLUMBUS, Ohio (6/29/15)--The Ohio Credit Union League (OCUL) has leveraged the power of technology to create an online community for its members.
The Huddle connects more than 4,000 credit union leaders, volunteers and staff from throughout the state from their desktops, laptops, tablets and cell phones to discuss credit union issues.
Users access the community and post messages through the league’s website. Each morning, participants receive an e-mail summary of the previous day’s activity.
The idea for the online community sprang from the league’s 2014 organizational transition from geographically defined chapters to outreach alliances that focus on financial literacy, scholarship funds or charitable giving (News Now Dec. 19).
Katie Walton, OCUL director of marketing and communications, likens the Huddle to “that great networking hour at an annual meeting”--part social time, part business, but always informative--with the added advantages of being borderless and round-the-clock.
“It’s an online mimic of a discussion where you can talk about things that are loosely business related and other things that are more operational,” she told News Now.
The site has caught on quickly with members. Since an April 27 launch, it has received 307 comments on 92 topics. In two months, 600 people have logged into Huddle 3,271 times.
More importantly, participants are problem solving and receiving informative answers to their questions, Walton said.
“You wonder what they might have done if they didn’t have this as a resource,” she said.