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Cheney Highlights Strong CU System Leaders, Current And Future

WASHINGTON (6/17/13)--Credit Union National Association President/CEO Bill Cheney last week thanked two retiring league presidents--Dan Plauda of the Illinois Credit Union League and Sylvia Lyon of the Credit Union Association of New Mexico--for their "tremendous contributions not only to the credit union systems in their respective states, but to the credit union system as a whole." While acknowledging that the credit union system "may be turning a page," with these and similar announcements from long-time league leaders in Massachusetts/New Hampshire/Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Tennessee--it also heralds a new, exciting chapter to come, Cheney added.

Plauda will be retiring on June 30, 2014 after 37 years of service to the credit union movement, the ICUL announced last week. (See June 11 News Now story: Plauda To Exit Illinois League June 2014.)

Lyon's pending retirement was also announced last week. CUANM Board Chairman and Rio Grande CU President/CEO Chris Fitzgerald in a statement thanked the 20-year credit union veteran for her efforts, which led to great successes in the areas of governance, strategic positioning, political advocacy and philanthropic commitment.

"New league leaders have been making their mark, spearheading innovations in league advocacy and service. The American Association of Credit Union Leagues is closely studying the evolution to anticipate its own members' needs and stay ahead of the curve," Cheney said in this week's edition of The Cheney Report.

This week's Cheney Report also includes:

  • Updates on tax and housing finance reform efforts;
  • Positive press coverage for; and
  • News on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's overdraft work.

Each Friday, The Cheney Report provides a valuable window into CUNA's actions on behalf of member credit unions and reinforces the value of CUNA membership.

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