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Lansing CUs league host Hondurans
LANSING, Mich. (9/7/12)--Four Lansing, Mich.-area credit unions last week hosted representatives from a Honduran credit union as part of an exchange program sponsored by the World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) and the Michigan Credit Union League (MCUL).

A group from Educators CU of Honduras recently visited four Michigan credit unions as part of a cultural and industry exchange program sponsored by the World Council of Credit Unions and the Michigan Credit Union League. Here, the visitors are at the Michigan State Capitol.
Representatives from the Educators CU of Honduras met with Lansing Automakers FCU, CASE CU, Lake Trust CU, and Michigan State University FCU (Michigan Monitor Sept. 4).

Educators CU of Honduras was founded in 1971 by a group of teachers seeking access to financial services. The credit union now serves roughly 63,000 educators across Honduras, including members in 10 of the country's 18 states, with 12 points of service and one mobile branch.

With the help of an interpreter, the Michigan hosts explained the roles of technology, board governance and culture in daily U.S. operations. The Michigan credit unions also described the features and benefits of their products and services, and discussed how they work to retain and attract members.

Representatives from Educators CU of Honduras learn about board governance at Lansing (Mich.) Automakers FCU. (Photos provided by the Michigan Credit Union League).
The group also spent a day in the Lansing office of MCUL, meeting with staff to learn about the state trade association's role in advocacy, communication and education.

Lansing Automakers FCU hosted a reception in honor of the Honduran group at Lansing's R.E. Olds Transportation Museum. There, Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero presented the visitors with an official proclamation naming Aug. 27 "Educators Credit Union of Honduras Day" in Lansing.

The group also toured the State Capitol and General Motors' Grand River plant in Lansing.
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