WASHINGTON (6/16/14)--The Maine Credit Union League's Hike the Hill trip, June 9-11, provided reinforcement of congressional support for the state's credit unions.
|From left, Ryan Donovan, Credit Union National Association senior vice president of legislative affairs; Rep. Ken Fredette, Minority Leader of the Maine House and board member of Sebasticook Valley FCU, Pittsfield, Maine; and John Murphy, Maine Credit Union League president, at an evening reception the league hosted at Credit Union House following a legislative briefing from CUNA. (Maine Credit Union League photo)|
Twenty-three states are scheduled for this year's Hike the Hill program. Hike the Hill, which runs from May to September, is sponsored by the Credit Union National Association and state leagues to give credit union officials a chance to bring the credit union message to their elected representatives and federal regulators in the nation's capital.
Among those participating from Maine on this year's trip was the Maine House Minority Leader Rep. Ken Fredette, who has been on the board of Sebasticook Valley FCU, Pittfield, Maine, with $80 million in assets, for nearly 20 years.
On his first hike, Fredette said the trip showed "the strength of Maine's credit unions in Washington, and the value and importance of communicating with legislators. Personal relationships and getting involved play a crucial role in legislative success at both the state and national level. I thoroughly enjoyed being a part of the trip."
Each member of the state's congressional delegation reiterated appreciation for all that Maine's credit unions do for the residents of Maine, for being an essential part of Maine's economy, and for demonstrating leadership on raising funds for ending hunger and other causes.
League President John Murphy thanked each member of the delegation for their strong support of credit union issues and for their service to the people of Maine.
"Every opportunity to meet with each member of our congressional delegation and discuss a variety of issues important to credit unions further solidifies and reinforces the strong relationship we have with our elected officials," Murphy said. "We value these relationships, and the support we receive from each of them."