Advocacy and the credit union difference were the major themes last week as the Vermont Credit Union Association (AVCU) celebrated its annual CU Day at the Statehouse in Montpelier.
In the morning, visitors to the Statehouse Card Room were greeted by a display highlighting the economic contributions and good works in the community offered by Vermont’s credit unions.
Throughout the morning, members of AVCU’s advocacy team, led by AVCU Director of Program Services Michelle Fullerton and President Joe Bergeron, met with legislators, many of whom shared how proud they were to be loyal credit union members.
Three CU Young Professionals of Vermont board members attended the event and spent the morning learning firsthand about the legislative process, AVCU's role in advocacy, and a typical Statehouse day. Participating in the day’s events were Shauna Wheaton, branch manager, New England FCU, Williston, Vt., Mahasidhdhi Parmar, business loan analyst New England FCU; and Jessie Curry, training and service specialist, Vermont FCU, Burlington, Vt.
In the early afternoon, after a briefing by Bergeron and AVCU lobbyists Adam Necrason and Jessica Oski, a group of some 30 credit union leaders heard from Administration appointees, statewide elected officers, and legislators, including:
AVCU memorialized the success and spirit of the event with a YouTube video.