PORTLAND, Ore. (10/7/15)--The board of directors of the Northwest Credit Union Association passed a resolution supporting united coordination as one system between credit unions, their regional association and CUNA to “advance world-class advocacy promoting credit unions.”
The resolution was announced on the opening day of the NWCUA’s Amplify Convention in Portland, Ore., and presented to CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle as he delivered the keynote address at the event.
Credit unions rights and structure as not-for-profit cooperatives, the resolution states, must be maintained as an alternative to balance the nation’s credit structure.
“The combined forces of engaged credit union members, credit unions, state/regional Leagues and CUNA is more effective in achieving results for not-for-profit credit unions, their members, and the consumers who deserve the choice to choose a credit union as their financial services provider,” the resolution stated.
“We feel strongly that advocacy is Job One,” noted Jack Fallis, president/CEO of Spokane, Wash.-based Global CU and NWCUA board chair. “Credit unions, the Northwest Credit Union Association and CUNA are better together securing unencumbered access for consumers to cooperative not-for-profit credit unions.”
“Advocacy isn’t just about passing legislation,” said Troy Stang, NWCUA president/CEO. “It is about creating an environment for success for credit unions and credit union members, and doing so together as one system. No single person, single credit union, or single trade association can create that environment alone.”
A record 700 credit union professionals, directors and business partners are registered for Amplify, the region’s largest credit union gathering.
CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle addressed the conference and spoke in favor of full engagement for the leagues, CUNA, credit unions and their members.
“Our vision is that if in fact credit unions are going to be Americans’ best financial services partner than we as your trade association have to be your best partners,” Nussle told his credit unions audience. He said that in the past 15 years the credit union system may have over promised, collected dues checks and implied they could do the job of advocacy alone.
“It doesn’t work that way,” he said, “If you want to move the needle you have got to engage real people in this business of advocacy. He went on to assure, “We’re working closely with your league to get the job done…We’re going to put all your dues to advocacy because that is Job One.”
NWCUA President/CEO Troy Stang and NWCUA Board Chair Jack Fallis, who is president/ CEO of Spokane, Wash.-based Global CU, presented Nussle with the resolution.