The World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) celebrates 40 years of service in 2011.
We opened for business Jan. 1, 1971, having evolved from CUNA’s World Extension Department, an initiative Roy Bergengren lobbied for the year before he died.
We’re honored by our origins, as we are by the many individuals, organizations, and credit unions that have helped WOCCU grow to the level of service it has reached today.
Growth comes only for those organizations able to fulfill their missions and add to the greater good of their constituencies. Credit unions are like that, as is CUNA.
I also believe that description defines WOCCU. That is our mission and the goal for which we strive every day.
It’s easy to get caught up in the “romance” of international development, an arduous task many of us know as having no romance at all. But the rewards from helping others in extreme need through credit unions are more fulfilling than most of us could ever hope.
And it’s those rewards that keep WOCCU moving forward, a momentum that furthers our legacy of service.
Credit unions everywhere are emerging from some tough economic times, but there is light on our collective horizon. If we stay true to our mission of providing service to members, we will continue to make a difference locally as well as globally.
And that’s a legacy of which I am sure Roy Bergengren would be very proud.
PETE CREAR is president/CEO of the World Council of Credit Unions.