TAMPA, Fla. (8/31/12)--Credit Union National Association (CUNA), state credit union league, and credit union involvement at the Republican National Convention (RNC) continued Thursday, even after the climatic events a day earlier that included Ann Romney helping to launch the credit union-supported therapeutic playground project at All Children's Hospital and a separate, Tampa-flavored CUNA gathering to honor convention delegates and members of the U.S. Congress.
CUNA senior officials, including President/CEO Bill Cheney, continued to have a presence at the Tampa Bay Times Forum convention venue and attended the Thursday night acceptance speech of Mitt Romney to become the Republican candidate for president.
Earlier in the day, CUNA, as it had done all week, sponsored the National Journal Group morning convention briefing Thursday. The final session was called "View from the Top: A Conversation with Campaign Managers and Senior Strategists" and included panelists: John Brabender of Brabender Cox; Terry Nelson of FP1 Strategies; and Sara Fagen of DDC Advocacy. CUNA is sponsoring similar National Journal Group briefings all next week at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.
Credit unions have had a strong presence at the RNC all week. Leagues represented here have included:
- League of Southeastern Credit Unions;
- California and Nevada Credit Union League;
- Mountain West Credit Union Association;
- North Carolina Credit Union League;
- Credit Union Association of New Mexico;
- Michigan Credit Union League.
Credit union events here culminated Wednesday when Ann Romney, wife of Republican presidential nominee--now candidate--Mitt Romney, helped CUNA, the League of Southeastern Credit Unions and other credit union and hospital representatives open a new therapeutic playground at the hospital in nearby St. Petersburg in a ribbon cutting ceremony. (See Aug. 30 News Now
: Ann Romney praises CU RNC effort to enrich Tampa community.)
At the beginning of her remarks there, Romney thanked credit unions for their fundraising efforts that made the playground project possible.
Later Wednesday, CUNA sponsored an event to honor delegates and lawmakers participating in the RNC. Working with Arturo Fuente Jr., the head of a 100-year-old Tampa-based family business--Tampa Sweetheart Cigars, which makes and sells famous cigars, as well as distributes to other cigar shops--CUNA hosted about 300 RNC delegates at a reception, which included about two dozen federal and state lawmakers.
The reception was held on the grounds of GTE Financial, a credit union in Tampa. Fuente is a board member at GTE Financial.