PORTLAND, Maine (6/20/13)--Nearly 800 people attended the Maine Credit Union League's 75th Annual Meeting & Convention Friday and Saturday, in Portland. Also, 57 of Maine's 61 credit unions were represented at this year's convention, which featured several congressional speakers who praised Maine's credit unions.
Maine Credit Union League President John Murphy, left, and Jim "The Rookie" Morris, one of the featured speakers at the Maine Credit Union League's 75th Annual Meeting & Convention, pose together. This year's convention attracted nearly 800 people and representatives from about 95% of the state's credit unions. (Photo provided by the Maine Credit Union League)
Nearly 40 former league board members and guests attended the Delegates' Meeting and received special acknowledgement from League Board Chair David Rossignol.
The two-day event included several special activities commemorating the league's 75th anniversary, including a special video highlighting the formation of the league to the present, commemorative banners with a timeline of key milestones and events of the league, and a special 75th anniversary booklet with memories from long-time, current and former credit union board members and other credit union pioneers in Maine.
"The league and Maine's credit unions are stronger than ever so we had a lot to celebrate in recognizing our past, present and look ahead to the future," said John Murphy, league president.
Bill Cheney, president/CEO of the Credit Union National Association, was among the speakers. Cheney applauded the league on celebrating 75 years and for being "engaged and involved in the political process and having the support of its entire congressional delegation."
Lee Wetherington, director of Strategic Insight for ProfitStars and the convention's opening speaker, focused on the "significant opportunities credit unions have in the marketplace with consumers and mobile technology. Credit unions have data on members that enable you to provide value with integrity, unlike others in the marketplace, and that is a significant advantage because integrity wins every time," he added.
U.S. Rep Mike Michaud (D-Maine), who is exploring a possible run for governor of Maine in 2014, reaffirmed his strong support of credit unions in his speech to convention-goers. Michaud called credit unions "a great example of why using local institutions, focused on helping people, is a great choice."
Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Angus King (I-Maine) sent video greetings that highlighted the "strength of Maine's credit unions with nearly 630,000 members, the success and commitment of helping communities, specifically through the Maine CUs' Campaign for Ending Hunger, and the important role that credit unions play in the economic success of consumers and small businesses in Maine."