Vt. reminds state legislature CUs are 'sweet deal' for consumers

February 17, 2015

COLCHESTER, Vt. (2/18/15)--Every year, Vermont legislators receive a Valentine's Day treat from the Association of Vermont Credit Unions (AVCU)--a reminder of why credit unions are a "sweet deal" for the state's consumers and 335,000 credit union members.

An annual token from the Association of Vermont Credit Unions, the heart-shaped chocolate lollipops remind Vermont state legislators why credit unions are a "sweet deal" for the state's consumers. (Association of Vermont Credit Unions Photo)

Debbie Quintana, AVCU program services representative, created the informational card--promoting credit unions' unique, cooperative, not-for-profit structure--that wrapped around the heart-shaped chocolate pops (NewsLines Express Feb. 13).

"When other sources of consumer credit have tightened up, Vermont credit unions continue to make responsible loans ... just as they've been doing for 76 years," the card noted.

AVCU Vice President Bryan Kent delivered the treats to the State House in Montpelier, along with a few extras for the young members of the State House Page Program, so that the packages would be in legislators' mailboxes when they arrived Friday morning.

"Since AVCU began doing this several years ago, I'm frequently amazed at the comments I receive from lawmakers and how such a simple gesture is remembered, often from year to year," said AVCU President/CEO Joe Bergeron. 

"Along with our annual Legislator Appreciation Reception during CU in Day in the State House each April, this little chocolate gift and Valentine's Day message are a perfect counterpoint to our conventional lobbying efforts and really helps distinguish Vermont credit unions from other State House interest groups," he added.