WASHINGTON (11/3/15)--The Credit Union Association of the Dakotas (CUAD) and the Pennsylvania Credit Union Association (PCUA) carried the torch for the final leg of this year’s Hike the Hill season last week.
Overall this year state credit union leagues posted some impressive Hike the Hill numbers, with:
“We can’t overstate the importance of the Hike the Hill program in our 360-degree approach to advocacy,” Trey Hawkins, CUNA vice president of political affairs, told News Now. “Congress listens first and foremost to constituents, and a personal visit by a constituent with a lawmaker is among the most powerful advocacy tools in our or any industry’s toolbox.
"That’s why we are so grateful that so many credit union leaders took the time and expense to represent their members’ interests here in Washington as part of Hike the Hill.”
Furthermore, the leagues held a number of special events this year:
“It’s really important credit unions get out here in front of our legislators and tell our story, as opposed to letting someone else tell our story for us,” Alan Meyer, president/CEO of 1st MidAmerica CU, Bethalto, Ill., told News Now. “The other piece of that is, we need to do it on a repeating basis. Going once and telling our story doesn’t get the job done.”
During the Dakotas league visit, which included the attendance of 14 CUAD members and credit union leaders, the league discussed regulatory burden, overdraft protection, cybersecurity and the examination process, among other subjects.
“These are just a few examples of the dialogue we had with lawmakers and policymakers in Washington, D.C., these past few days,” Jeff Olson, CUAD president/CEO, wrote (Memo Oct. 28). “The more we tell our story and advocate for our members, the more we win. When we get in front of our lawmakers and educate on behalf of the not-for-profit financial cooperative model, our members win.”
Added Patrick Conway, PCUA president/CEO: “Taking this time to meet with our representatives in Washington is critical to building and maintaining relationships with our elected officials" (Life is a Highway Oct. 27).
The PCUA delegation met with 15 lawmakers and held a reception at Credit Union House with Jim Nussle, CUNA president/CEO, as its special guest.