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Missouri CUs talk good works at State Capitol
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (2/25/08)--Twenty-five employees from 13 Missouri credit unions shared the credit union difference during a visit with state lawmakers Wednesday. Along with legislator-office visits, five tables in the state Capitol rotunda featured “Credit Unions in the Community” activities and outreach efforts, said the Missouri Credit Union Association (Legislative Updates Feb. 22). Displays included information about credit unions’ work with specific financial education, consumer advocacy and charitable programs, including:
* Foreclosure alternatives; * Identity theft prevention; * REAL Solutions and payday lending alternatives; * Youth financial education and savings programs for children; * How to get the best deal on a car loan; and * Improving credit scores.
“It was really valuable to show our legislators the many ways that credit unions help members with their financial concerns while actively participating in the community,” said Debra Echele, Chesterfield, Mo.-based First Community CU marketing representative. “The most important part is just being visible to lawmakers,” said Mickey Fuller, America CU president. “Credit unions need to continue to make our presence known and keep our issues in front of them.”
From left: Missouri State Sen. Wes Shoemyer (D-18) meets with Betty Clark and Donna Evans from United CU, Mexico, Mo., at a “Credit Unions in the Community” event Wednesday at the Missouri State Capitol.
Credit unions staffers share information with (right) Missouri State Sen. Kevin Engler (R-3) Wednesday at the Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City. (Photos provided by the Missouri Credit Union Association)


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