WASHINGTON (5/6/15)--Over the past weekend, the chairman of CUNA’s System Structure and Governance Task Force, Tom Dorety of Suncoast CU, Tampa, Fla., discussed with the CUNA board some initial models the Task Force is considering. The group has been meeting since last fall and commissioned several focus groups and a nationwide survey of credit unions to gather credit union feedback to inform its deliberations.
The Task Force is considering what changes might be needed to the membership structure of CUNA and the state credit union leagues, and to CUNA’s governance, that would produce the most powerful, coordinated system-wide advocacy machine.
The Task Force is seeking a solution that will give credit unions an element of choice in how they belong to and interact with the system without harming the advocacy strength that comes from an interdependent, unified system. The Task Force believes this will require accountability throughout the system. In its work, the Task Force is considering how it believes the credit union system will evolve over the next decade.
Among the possible changes that could be discussed in the future is one that would unite CUNA and the state leagues under the existing banner of America's Credit Unions.
After receiving initial feedback from the CUNA board, league presidents, and members of the National Credit Union Roundtable on the broad slate of discussion items, the Task Force will now review, modify and refine its initial model outlines into recommendations that it will present to the CUNA board in the summer.