MONTPELIER, Vt. (4/7/14)--Credit union leaders in Vermont rubbed shoulders with legislators last week during the Association of Vermont Credit Unions' 2014 Credit Union Day at the Statehouse.
Commissioner Susan Donegan, left, shares the concerns of the Department of Financial Regulation to representatives of the Association of Vermont Credit Unions, including lead lobbyist Adam Necrason. (Association of Vermont Credit Unions photo)
Within the scheduled sessions during the daylong event, those in attendance had ample opportunity to lock in critical face-time with state legislators.
"Statehouse Day gives executives and board members from credit unions of all sizes the opportunity to take an active role in protecting our future through government relations," league president Joe Bergeron said. "It's not just a 'big credit union' thing, it's an 'every credit union' thing."
The day began with a session in which legislators learned about credit unions across Vermont. The credit union leaders, then, received a private briefing from the league's lobbying team.
Finally, those in attendance heard from their elected officials, who discussed what was on the horizon for the 2014 legislative session.
Sen. Tim Ashe (D-Burlington), Finance Committee chair; Senate President Pro Tem John Campbell (D-Windsor); House Speaker Shap Smith (D-Morristown); and Rep. William Botzow (D-Bennington) all spoke during the event.
The lineup also included Susan Donegan, Department of Financial Regulation commissioner, who spoke about the issues her department is facing.
The day wrapped up with a legislator appreciation reception.
"They see and hear from me and our lobbyists all the time," Bergeron said. "But there is nothing more important than putting a credit union executive or volunteer face-to-face with their elected officials."