LAS VEGAS (7/9/10)--The historic, one-time only, joint conference of the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) and the World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) will get underway Sunday at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, with more than 2,800 people from 60 countries attending and 500 representatives of more than 206 vendors manning the exhibit hall.
"The 1 Credit Union Conference--One World, One Event" will officially begin at 5 p.m PT with the Opening Ceremony and International Flag Parade as attendees parade in their national dress with their flags. This year, the event substitutes for CUNA's annual America's Credit Union Conference and WOCCU's annual World Credit Union Conference. "This will be the best of WOCCU and the best of CUNA, combined into one event," said Todd Spiczenski, vice president of the center for professional development at CUNA. CUNA's News Now
will cover the event daily in its regular coverage, and send updates on "Live at The 1," in real time. Readers can also follow the events via News Now's
Twitter account, LiveWire. CUNA*verse--CUNA's official blog site--will be blogging from the event also. CUNA's Credit Union Magazine's
online site will also cover each day's events with its Daily on www.creditunionmagazine.org. And WOCCU will feature daily press releases on its website. The conference will end with a closing session Wednesday followed by an awards ceremony and reception. The largest delegations are from the U.S., followed by Canada and the Caribbean. Eighty-five to 90% of attendees from other countries needed visas to enter the U.S. for the conference, said WOCCU. Of those attending, 275 are Spanish speakers. Those speaking Spanish and Russian will have access to interpreters for the sessions. WOCCU said the conference has attracted its largest numbers ever from the Caribbean and New Zealand. Even before the official event gets started, the Global Women's Leadership Network Forum and the WOCCU Young Credit Union Person's (WYCUP) Networking session will be meeting Sunday. The largest sponsors of the event are CO-OP Financial Services, CUNA Mutual Group, CUNA Strategic Services, the National Credit Union Foundation, and the PSCU Financial Services.