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Steve Ford addresses Maine leagues convention
PORTLAND, Maine (5/8/08)--Steve Ford, son of the late President Gerald Ford, addressed the Maine Credit Union League’s Annual Meeting and Convention as the keynote speaker last weekend in Portland.
Steve Ford, son of President Gerald Ford, addressed the Maine Credit Union League’s Annual Meeting and Convention in Portland, Maine.
About 82% of Maine’s credit unions were represented by roughly 650 attendees. This year’s theme was “Maine Credit Unions--70 Years of Giving Back.” “Through leadership and commitment and by working together, the Maine Credit Union League and Maine’s credit unions have a strong record of giving back for more than 70 years, and we’ll continue to give back to members and the community in a variety of ways for years to come,” said John Murphy, league president. Ford spoke about the importance of leadership, overcoming adversity, living with values and character, settling and juggling priorities, and making the right decisions, the league said. “Seven years ago, I was challenged by three people in my life to do something inspiring and to work to make a difference,” Ford said.
Rep. Mike Michaud (D-Maine), the nation's only credit union board member currently in Congress, addresses the Maine Credit Union League's Annual Meeting and Convention.
“I took time off from acting and other activities and traveled to places like Africa and saw poverty, hunger and tragedy, but my travels inspired me because the people in these places had a great attitude and hope.” Several legislators also spoke at the event. Rep. Mike Michaud (D-Maine) praised credit unions “for always putting the best interests of their members first. As a credit union member, I appreciate that. Maine’s credit unions give back to their communities in so many ways, from the best deals in financial services, to financial assistance, to helping end hunger. Maine credit unions are all about people and that truly makes them special.”
Rep. Tom Allen (D-Maine) reiterated his opposition to ever taxing credit unions before an audience of Maine credit union leaders at the Maine Credit Union League's Annual Meeting. (Photos provided by the Maine Credit Union League)
Rep. Tom Allen (D-Maine) acknowledged credit unions for their community service. “I am particularly impressed by the fact that Maine credit unions contributed more than 23,000 hours of volunteer time to their communities last year, and not because you have to but because you want to,” he said. League-endorsed candidate for the First District congressional race, Adam Cote, told the audience of his lifelong membership in a credit union. “When I needed my first car loan and loans for college and other important events in my life, I have always been able to count on my credit union to not just give me a loan, but give me a better deal on a loan. “That’s what credit unions do and I have experienced it first-hand and look forward to being an advocate for credit unions in Congress. Having the support of the league means a lot to me,” he said. Maine Gov. John Baldacci and Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) were scheduled to speak also but cancelled due to flooding in Aroostook County.
Just days after formally endorsing him as the Maine Credit Union League's candidate in the First District Congressional Race, Adam Cote addressed attendees at the Maine CU League's Convention. Pictured (left) is Adam Cote, one of six candidates running in the June Democratic primary, and John Murphy, league president.
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