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CU system leaders to gather at Estes Park
WASHINGTON (9/1/09)--Credit union system leaders past and present will gather Sept. 14-17 in Estes Park, Colo., to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Credit Union National Association (CUNA).
Click to view larger image Among the guests will be Kathy Pellitier, granddaughter of credit union pioneer Roy F. Bergengren. She is shown here speaking at an event at America's Credit Union Conference and Expo in June. (Photos provided by CUNA)
Estes Park is where CUNA's Constitution and Bylaws were signed on Aug. 10, 1934, less than two months after the Federal Credit Union Act was signed into law and 25 years after the nation's first credit union was established. "Seventy-five years ago, an extraordinary group of credit union pioneers held a 'meeting of the minds' in Estes Park, Colo., about a national association that would enhance the movement throughout the land and help it become self-reliant," said CUNA President/CEO Dan Mica. "Today, it is an honor for all of us at CUNA to continue the work set out by those leaders three-quarters of a century ago," Mica added. "Our focus, like that of our founders, is on advancing this great movement to new heights through leadership, advocacy and services." Among the highlights at this month's meeting will be special guest Kathy Pelletier of Berlin, Vt., granddaughter of credit union pioneer Roy F. Bergengren, who attended the meeting and helped found CUNA. Activities scheduled include:
* A CUNA and CUNA Strategic Services board of directors commemorative meeting; * Dedication of a 75th anniversary plaque at the YMCA Camp in Estes Park, where the original gathering of CUNA's founders took place; * Keynote speeches from today's credit union leaders; and * A photo at the outdoor site where 52 credit union delegates from 21 states and the District of Columbia originally posed for the iconic group photo taken in 1934.
Click to view larger image Pioneers of the credit union movement gathered in 1934 for a group photo commemorating the founding of the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) at Estes Park, Colo. A similar photo is planned for the CUNA 75th anniversary gathering Sept. 14-17 in Estes Park.
Among those invited to join the CUNA and CSS boards and executive management teams for the commemorative events are the credit union league presidents and their chairs from the 50 states, past CUNA chairs and CUNA presidents; representatives of affiliated and guest organizations, and board members of the National Credit Union Administration. Today CUNA represents nearly 90% of the nation's 8,000 state and federally chartered credit unions, which have combined assets of close to $900 billion and serve more than 92 million Americans. "When we meet in Estes Park as a tribute to our organization's founders, all of us will have 75 years of credit union progress on our minds--and a determination to ensure the next 75 years of progress and prosperity for credit unions," Mica said.
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