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12 Missouri CUs tout benefits at state Capitol
JEFERSON CITY, Mo. (2/24/09)--Missouri lawmakers learned about the benefits of credit unions at Credit Unions in the Community Day Feb. 18 at the Missouri Capitol Rotunda.
From left, Treina Lind, St. Louis (Mo.) Community CU, talks with State Sen. Robin Wright-Jones (D-5) at Credit Unions in the Community Day Feb. 18 at the Missouri Capitol Rotunda.
Twelve Missouri credit unions displayed table topics that showed how credit unions help their members and their communities (The Missouri difference Feb. 20). “The lawmakers were very interested in payday loan alternatives considering the current financial condition,” said Heather Misuraca, St. Louis-based Gateway Metro FCU branch manager. “They took literature from our table to learn more, and most of them thanked us for coming.” The uniqueness of credit unions was also touted by lawmakers. Columbia-based Tigers CU Business Development Officer Laura Royse was introduced by State Rep. Mary Still (D-25) on the House floor during session. Tigers is one of only four student-run credit unions in the country, Still said.
Mary Still (D-25), left, introduced Laura Royse, Tigers CU, Columbia, on the Missouri House floor to recognize Tigers as one of only four student-run credit unions in the U.S. (Photos provided by the Missouri Credit Union Association)
“Rep. Still noticed the Mizzou sign at my table and wanted to share the concept of a student-run credit union with her fellow lawmakers,” Royse said. “It was exciting to be introduced during session and to spread the word about credit unions.” Credit Unions in the Community Day participants and topics included:
* Anheuser-Busch Employees’ CU, St. Louis--Serving the Underserved; * CommunityAmerica CU, Kansas City--Financial Makeover; * First Community CU, Chesterfield--Savings Programs for Children; * Gateway Metro FCU, St. Louis--Payday Loan Alternatives; * Mazuma CU, Kansas City--Identity Theft; * Mid Missouri CU, Fort Leonard Wood--Helping the Military Community/Homes for Our Troops; * Neighbors CU, St. Louis--Financial Education; * River Region CU, Jefferson City--Partnerships with Schools; * St. Louis (Mo.) Community CU--Volunteer Income Tax Assistance /Get Checking/REAL Solutions; * Tigers CU, Columbia--Student-Run Credit Unions; * United CU, Mexico--Budget and Financial Counseling/ACCEL; and * Vantage CU, Bridgeton--Scholarships;
Additional table topics included Biz Kid$, the Children’s Miracle Network, the Credit Union Difference and National Endowment for Financial Education.
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