BOISE, Idaho, and SEATAC, Wash. (5/28/15)--In the latest example of the collaborative spirit of credit unions, the Northwest Credit Union Association (NWCUA) and the Idaho Credit Union League (ICUL) will start using video conferences this summer to connect credit unions.
The regional Marketing, Business Development and Community Outreach Networking councils in Idaho, Oregon and Washington will be the first to meet via video conference in August, reducing the time and cost of meeting in person. Video conferencing equipment will be located in Idaho in Boise, Lewiston and Pocatello, providing credit union employees with local access to council meetings.
“We’ve been looking for a way to enhance the networking experience for Idaho’s credit unions and believe we’ve found it through collaboration with the Northwest Credit Union Association and their councils program,” said Kathy Thomson, ICUL president/CEO.
“Using recently purchased video-link equipment housed in Pocatello, Boise and Lewiston, Idaho credit unions will soon be able to tie into compliance and marketing council meetings with credit unions in Washington and Oregon, thus expanding their reach and experience,” she added.
The Compliance Networking Council will add the service in September, with additional council meetings in October and December.
“NWCUA adopted video conferencing to bring together the Oregon and Washington offices. Holding meetings and seeing your colleagues a state away has increased productivity, deepened relationships and allows us to engage beyond a phone call,” said Denise Gabel, NWCUA chief operating officer. “Collaboration of cooperatives is one of the core principles of credit unions, and our associations/leagues are no different.”
NWCUA President/CEO Troy Stang added, “It is empowering for leagues to be joined in such commitments. Choosing to work together brings synergy to the council attendees, making the credit union community stronger.”