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Mississippi hosts SE regional directors conference this week

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JACKSON, Miss. (7/14/08)--The Southeast Regional Credit Union Directors Conference is being held in Biloxi, Miss., this week, with more than 450 attendees expected. This year’s theme is “Lighting Paths, Changing Lives.” “Participants will leave the conference energized and confident in their ability to ‘light the path’ to their credit unions’ and members’ success,” said Charles Elliot, Mississippi Credit Union Association president/CEO. Attendees also will participate in a school-supply drive to help Mississippi gulf coast area schools and shelters. The conference, which began Sunday and ends Wednesday, is conducted by the credit union leagues of Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. Credit unions who missed the conference might want to check out the Credit Union National Association’s directors conference and materials. Use the link for more information.

Space still available at DE summer session

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BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, Wash. (7/11/08)--Space is still available at the Development Education (DE) Summer Session Aug. 14-20 in Seattle, the National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF) said last week. The DE program helps individuals connect with their goals and the broader cooperative community. Throughout the interactive, six-day training being held at IslandWood on Bainbridge Island, students study about national and international credit union systems and cooperatives. Training focuses on cooperative principles, social impact, and credit union uniqueness as a competitive advantage in today’s marketplace. Joshua Kurtz, chief financial officer, Millstream Area CU, Findlay, Ohio, attended the program last year. “Every day as I listened to the different speakers and we acted out different scenarios, it became clearer to me exactly what my purpose and responsibility in life was,” Kurtz said. “I now can say with confidence that it is helping people less fortunate make their lives better-- whether it’s community service, donating money, or simply sitting down with a member to show how to balance a checkbook. I now know that I am committed to serving people.” DE training is open to everyone--from new employees needing a credit union orientation to seasoned executives. Registrations will be accepted through August 4, unless the class fills up earlier. For more information, contact Program Director Tom Decker at 800-356-9655, ext. 4374 or e-mail NCUF is the primary sponsor of the DE program. Support is provided by the World Council of Credit Unions, the Credit Union National Association, CUNA Mutual Group, state credit union leagues and foundations.