40 Hours of Convention: A Week’s Worth of CU Love in Just Three Days

You’ve heard the pitch: The Washington Credit Union League Annual Convention and Business Meeting taking place this September 14–16 in SeaTac is the state’s premiere, not-to-miss credit union event of the year.

But why should you attend? Here’s why, generally:

The annual event is a networking Mecca for current and future industry leaders, as well as service companies offering cutting edge products and ideas. The grand halls of the Doubletree Hotel in SeaTac will serve, once again, as the meeting ground of long-time friends and the staging area for some of the highest quality and affordable industry education events you’ll find anywhere. There will be parties, ceremonies, awards celebrations, impromptu get-togethers and formal meetings that, when all is told, create an immersive credit union experience like no other.

In just three days and over the course of 40 hours, 2010 Convention attendees will experience a full week’s worth of credit union love.

Specifically though, why should YOU attend?

Well, in addition to all of what was listed above, attend because this year’s Convention and Annual Business Meeting could possibly be the last one staged exclusively for Washington credit unions. Pending a merger vote by the members of the Washington Credit Union League and the Credit Union Association of Oregon, the future of convention is at a crossroads. 

40 Hours of Convention-Day 1
The first day of convention is filled with both tradition and change as the CULAF Golf Tournament takes place at Washington National Golf Course from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., followed by the Annual Business Meeting from 3 – 4 p.m., and a welcome reception from 5 – 7 p.m. Plans are also in the works to stage a town hall meeting about the potential merger prior to the Annual Business Meeting.

In past years the Annual Business Meeting was held on the Friday following convention. This year it helps kick off Convention week. Either way, the ABM is the League’s opportunity to talk about what’s been going on during the past year—both accomplishments and challenges—and to hear from you! There’s no charge to attend, but pre-registration is required. And as you already know, we have a lot to talk about.

The Annual Meeting is followed by a Keynote Kickoff from soon-to-be former Credit Union National Association President and CEO Dan Mica. 

Afterwards, join your credit union colleagues for an evening of fun and relaxation at the top of the Doubletree Hotel in Maxi’s Lounge.  At the reception you’ll enjoy a music ensemble that includes Michelle Purnell of Seattle Metropolitan Credit Union. After a morning of golf and an afternoon of business, it will be the perfect time to socialize and reconnect with colleagues.

40 Hours of Convention: Day 2
Convention really gets moving on Wednesday with 11-and-a-half hours of events, beginning at 9 a.m.   The opening general session features author, blogger and economist James Kwak. His recent book titled 13 Bankers tackles the issues surrounding the economic crisis and lays out a plan of what should be done to ensure that the Great Recession will never re-occur. Read more about Kwak at his blog http://baselinescenario.com/.

Immediately following the general session is the Exhibit hall grand opening and lunch in the trade show. The rest of the day will be filled with education sessions, another general session and a few invitation-only receptions. But don’t stay up too late because you want to be ready for Thursday, the biggest day of all.

40 Hours of Convention: Day 3
You’ve made it this far and there’s only one day (14 hours) of convention remaining. You can do it! Stay focused. Enjoy a continental breakfast from 7:30 – 8:30 a.m. as you peruse the Exhibit Hall. Afterwards, enjoy the first general session of the day with David Miln Smith, Ph.D., as he discusses risk taking as an invaluable, everyday tactic not just an occasional strategy.

Smith, who speaks from a lifetime of adventure to entertain, teach, motivate, and inspire , regularly leaves his audiences revved up, prepared, and excited to meet their challenges with courage and confidence.

The exhibit hall reopens for its final time at 10 a.m.

As you exit the exhibit hall after it closes at noon, meander on over to the Spectrum Awards Luncheon to participate in a credit union event that celebrates all that is good about credit union marketing and communication (separate registration required). View the best of what marketing professionals bring to the credit union movement in the Spectrum gallery and help celebrate their achievements at the luncheon.

If Spectrum is not something you’re interested in, there will be several concurrent education sessions from 12:15 – 1:45 p.m., and again from 2 – 3:15 p.m., followed by the fifth and final general session featuring former NCUA Chairman Dennis Dollar from 3:30 – 4:45 p.m. His presentation, Standing for Success: Why the American Credit Union Movement is Worth Standing For, will focus on the nobility of credit union love.

The final convention events are the business-formal Washington Credit Union Foundation Summit Dinner and Awards program followed by Comedy Night. A combined four hours, these two must-attend soirées will have you celebrating the accomplishments of individuals in the Washington credit union system and laughing with your friends as a comedy team performs with suggested topics from the audience.

On a number of levels, the 2010 Convention and Annual Business Meeting is truly an event not to be missed. More details, including registration information can be found at the Washington Credit Union League’s Annual Convention and Business Meeting pages at www.waleague.org/convention.



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