SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (7/1/13)--Joe Bergeron, president of the Association of Vermont Credit Unions (AVCU), and Brian Hughes, CEO of Holy Rosary CU in Rochester, N.H., were re-elected to the TriCorp FCU board at Tricorp's 38th annual meeting in South Portland, according to AVCU.
Board officers elected were:
Chair--Ralph Ferland, EMMC FCU, Bangor, Maine;
Vice chair--Katie O'Brien, Casco FCU, Gorham, Maine;
Treasurer--Paul Roy, Bellwether Community CU, Manchester, N.H.; and
Secretary--Bergeron (NewsLines Express June 28).
Other directors are: David Desjardins, Acadia FCU, Fort Kent, Maine, and immediate past chair Don Casko, Katahdin FCU, Millinocket, Maine.
In other activities at the meeting, Brian Branch, president of the World Council of Credit Unions, gave a presentation about international credit union CEO development to about 60 leaders representing 28 of the corporate's member organizations assembled for the meeting.
Branch presented statistics about the world's 53,000 credit unions, and emphasized the story of World Council's work rebuilding the Busia Orphanage in Kenya.
He also spoke about the importance of credit union systems cooperating with each other locally, regionally, nationally and globally to share expertise and ideas. Branch cited the efforts of the Maine Credit Union League and Synergent as examples of successful sharing and collaboration, said the Maine Credit Union League (Weekly Update
The league, Synergent and Maine credit unions hosted several delegations from the Rwanda credit union movement and the Association of British Credit Unions during the past decade, and shared technology best practices, economies of scale and other ideas to help credit unions in those countries grow.
"Credit unions in the U.S. and Canada are often turned to for leadership in helping credit union movements in other countries get started and to grow stronger, so it is great to see the Maine League, Synergent and Maine credit unions embrace the spirit of cooperation," Branch added.