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Lawmakers show support on ICU Day
MADISON, Wis. (10/20/09)--Lawmakers nationwide gathered to show their support of credit unions on Thursday for International Credit Union Day. In Illinois, State Sen. David Koehler (D-Peoria) and State Rep. Joe Lyons (D-Chicago) read statements of support on Illinois Senate and House floors, according to the Illinois Credit Union League. “Congratulations to all Illinois credit unions on your day,” Lyons said while on the House floor. Koehler and Lyons both serve on credit union boards--Koehler on the CEFCU board in Peoria, and Lyons on the board of Credit Union 1 in Rantoul.
From left: Missouri State Rep. Al Liese (D-79) meets with Treina Lind of St. Louis Community CU during a legislative reception in St. Louis to celebrate International Credit Union Day. (Photo provided by the Missouri Credit Union Association)
Missouri lawmakers also gathered to celebrate at the Missouri Credit Union Association’s St. Louis Chapter’s International Credit Union Day Legislative Reception. During the event, 11 state representatives learned about the credit union difference and the benefits of credit union members (The Missouri difference Oct. 16). “When I explained the cooperative structure of shared branching to State Rep. Chuck Gatschenberger, he seemed impressed by the convenience it offers members,” said Charlie Waalkes, American Eagle CU president. “In speaking with the legislators, it was obvious that they are concerned about the financial services industry and the impact to consumers,” added Michelle Rosner, 1st Financial Federal CU vice president of marketing.
Wisconsin lawmakers gathered at Credit Union House in Madison, Wis., to celebrate International Credit Union Day. From left are: Rep. Jason Fields (D-11); Joanne Whiting, executive vice president and chief advocacy officer, Wisconsin Credit Union League; and Tom Liebe, Wisconsin league vice president of governmental affairs.(Photo provided by the Wisconsin Credit Union League)
The Wisconsin Credit Union League hosted an event Thursday at Credit Union House in Madison, Wis., with more than 70 individuals attending--including lawmakers and public officials. Attendees included:
* Rod Nilsestuen, secretary, Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection; * Catherine Haberland, executive assistant, Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions; * State Rep. Tom Nelson (D-5); * State Rep. Jason Fields (D-11), Wisconsin Financial Institutions Committee chair; * State Rep. Kelda Helen-Roys (D-81); * State Rep. Christine Sinicki (D-20); * State Rep. Jim Soletski (D-88); * State Sen. Rob Cowles (R-District 2); and * Darcy Luoma, Madison office director for U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl (D-Wis.).
Brett Thompson, Wisconsin Credit Union League president/CEO, spoke to guests about the league's involvement in the World Council of Credit Union’s International Partnership Program, and the importance of educating legislators, public officials and consumers on the value credit unions provide to their members and communities. "We find great value in sharing knowledge with our friends in the Dominican Republic," Thompson said. "It reminds us that we are part of a larger cooperative system that shares a common mission, and we must work together to protect peoples’ rights to belong to a not-for-profit credit union."


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