200-plus attend Ark. legislative lunch

January 16, 2015

FARMERS BRANCH, Texas (1/20/15)--The Arkansas Credit Union Association marked the start of the state legislative session with its annual luncheon at the Capitol Hill Building on the grounds of the Arkansas State Capitol in Little Rock last week.

Click to view larger imageMore than 200 credit union representatives and political leaders were on hand for the Arkansas Credit Union Association's annual legislative luncheon last week. (Cornerstone Credit Union League Photo)

The more than 200 attendees at the luncheon included credit union leaders and volunteers from across the state as well as state senators, state representatives, the land commissioner and the lieutenant governor, the Cornerstone Credit Union League reported (Leaguer Jan. 16)

Prior to the luncheon, the Central Arkansas Chapter hosted a briefing at the association's office for the credit union staff and volunteers scheduled to attend the event. Cornerstone league lobbyist Rod Harrod updated the group on important issues that association's leaders believe will be introduced this session. They also discussed the role of credit union leaders in educating legislators about credit unions, their members and their issues.

"This event is one of the most crucial components of our lobbying efforts," said association President Reta Kahley. "It is our opportunity to meet legislators, tell our stories, and do it in a social setting when we are not asking for any specific help on a piece of legislation. Legislators appreciate the effort we put into the event and usually hold our luncheon up as the example to other trade groups or associations on how to host a legislative event."

"The impressive turnout of lawmakers and staff at the Legislative Luncheon is a strong indicator of the goodwill that credit unions have developed in the Arkansas capital," said Jim Phelps, Cornerstone Credit Union League senior vice president of advocacy. "It's a good example of how sustained grassroots contact can raise our profile with lawmakers."