MONTPELIER, Vt. (4/14/15)--Vermont credit union representatives took their message to the Statehouse in Montpelier last week for their annual Credit Union Day and received praise as a "safe haven" for consumers.
This year's event took on a slightly different appearance with the addition of several new faces to the afternoon lineup of legislative dignitaries who addressed credit union leaders from across the state, the Association of Vermont Credit Unions (AVCU) reported (NewsLines Express April 10).
In the morning, league President Joe Bergeron and Vice President Bryan Kent staffed the AVCU display. Bergeron and Kent provided information to legislators and briefed them on credit union issues.
In the afternoon, Speaker of the House Shap Smith (D-Morrisville), President Pro Tem of the Senate John Campbell (D-Windsor) and Rep. Johanna Donovan (D-Burlington) were joined by Sen. Becca Balint (D-Battleboro) and Rep. Cory Parent (R-St. Albans) in a meeting with the credit union contingent.
The legislators were joined by Lt. Gov. Phil Scott and Commissioner Susan Donegan and Deputy Commissioner Cynthia Stuart from the Department of Financial Regulation.
Bergeron and AVCU's state lobbyists Adam Necrason and Jessica Oski also provided updates on several legislative issues pertinent to credit unions. The day concluded with the legislator appreciation reception, where attendance was in a constant state of flux due to House members being called back to chambers to vote on pressing legislative matters.
Although a variety of issues were discussed, economic development was clearly the primary theme among all presenters. Additionally, Donovan proudly stated that "credit unions have saved me at least two times" financially. She said she considers credit unions a safe haven where members are stakeholders.
Balint enthusiastically explained that she's a lifelong credit union member who loves how easy it is to work with credit unions because they're so people friendly, NewsLines Express reported.