FARMERS BRANCH, Texas (5/1/14)--As part of its ongoing involvement in the Cornerstone Credit Union League's advocacy program, a new team of advocates at A+ FCU recently held its first CU: R.O.A.R. meeting, which was attended by Jim Phelps, league vice president of advocacy (The Advocate April 29).
The $1.06 billion-asset credit union signed up for the league's "Credit Unions: Ready. Organized. Activate. Respond." program more than a year ago and is active in Hike the Hill visits, Project Zip Code and other advocacy efforts.
Two A+ FCU employees spearheaded the effort, recruiting 20 volunteers from the credit union's branches to be a part of the advocacy team.
The first meeting began with a presentation from A+ FCU CEO Kerry Parker, who spoke about the importance of becoming politically engaged.
Organizers then conducted a one-hour presentation called "Credit Unions: What Makes Us Different and Why Does It Matter?" where they covered the history of credit unions and highlighted the differences and advantages credit unions hold over banks.
Later, Phelps gave a presentation covering information about state and federal lawmakers in Texas, meeting with elected officials and working with political action committees.
The meeting concluded with team discussions about subjects such as local engagement, participation in political action committee activities, and how to communicate and educate co-workers about advocacy and political activism.
Phelps came away impressed with the first R.O.A.R. event. "This dynamic group has hit on a great way to conduct their advocacy meetings, getting the most mileage out of the time available," said Phelps in The Advocate. "Other credit unions can learn from the structure they have implemented."