MADISON, Wis. (10/16/15)--“Happy International Credit Union Day!” was the refrain heard Thursday throughout the 105 countries where financial cooperatives make a difference in the lives of their members.
The “People Helping People” theme of this year’s ICU Day was a message credit unions live every day--one they could easily convey in their branches, within their communities, on social media and even in song.
“CUNA is proud to celebrate International Credit Union Day and mark the accomplishments of credit unions around the globe,” said CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle. “It’s important to honor the history of the credit union movement and highlight the good work of our cooperative, not-for-profit financial institutions.”
Putting a focus on youth financial literacy, the National Credit Union Administration released “World of Cents,” a new online interactive financial education tool. “This year’s theme is ‘People Helping People,’ and educating young people is fundamental to that concept,” NCUA Chair Debbie Matz said.
State governmental leaders took note of the celebration as well. Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott made official proclamations of ICU Day. In Pennsylvania, state Sen. John Eichelberger (R-Blair) and state Rep. Rob Matzie (D-Beaver) sponsored resolutions in their respective chambers honoring Credit Union Week (Life is a Highway Oct. 15).
Finance website GoBankingRates marked the day by sharing its top 15 credit unions in categories such as best CD rates, mortgages, member service and even company mascot.
Countless credit unions around the country celebrated at their branches with treats, beverages and giveaways, reminding their members that their credit unions are there to serve them throughout the year. (See related story: CU benefits shared worldwide on ICU Day.)
Click through the Storify below to see some of the creative ways credit unions celebrated. Hover over the slide to see the caption.