Association Town Hall Series Off to Strong Start; Still Additional Opportunities to Attend Next Week

Complimenting credit union leaders on their ability to manage the most challenging economic times in modern history, Northwest Credit Union Association CEO John Annaloro kicked off a series of Town Hall Meetings in Longview, Wash., and in Portland and Springfield, Ore., this week. Six additional opportunities to attend the Town Hall Meetings are available to member credit unions next week.

“Your execution is amazing,” Annaloro said. “Your ability to navigate this environment is more remarkable than that of any aggregate group of credit union leaders from 10-15 years ago.”

Bringing the CEOs up to date on the progress made since the launch of the Northwest Credit Union Association through the merged resources of the Washington Credit Union League and the Credit Union Association of Oregon eight months ago, Annaloro noted that the recession and congressional activity in financial services had created “incredible timing for the remodeling of the association landscape. As an Association and as a united front in the industry, we will always work together to advocate, to bring about change, to look ahead, and we must be always be managing the regulatory burdens and the hyperevolution of the economy.”

Association President Troy Stang offered a detailed presentation on Association resources for member credit unions. He explained that since the merger, experienced advocate Jennifer Wagner has been focused exclusively on federal advocacy, while Pamela Leavitt, Mike Dewey, Stacy Augustine and Mark Minickiello form a robust team focused on legislative advocacy in Oregon and Washington. The grassroots advocacy programs established by Leavitt in Oregon 12 years ago are now branching out to benefit all NW credit union advocacy efforts, Stang said. He praised successful PAC fundraising this year while noting that the Association’s regulatory advocate, Jaycee Winn, personally helps members prepare comment letters for pending regulatory rules.

When looking at the regulatory compliance function, by the numbers, Stang said the Infosight and Compliance Answer Library (CAL) pages had more than 12,000 usages through July and noted that nearly 90 percent of Oregon and Washington credit unions have taken advantage of more than 100 online and in-person training opportunities.

Of course, given the nature of the meetings, Stang and Annaloro did as much listening as talking.

Shortly after a request for a more CEO-focused newsletter, Annaloro began strategizing for content in Anthem directed solely top executives.

As Association representatives explained Task Force recommendations for redistricting to determine Board of Directors leadership in 2012, the attendees recommended that a communications structure be implemented so that board members’ constituent communication channels continue to evolve.

Bill Anderson, the Association’s inaugural board chairman, spoke highly of the teamwork of the 18 current board members, describing them as “amazingly engaged and effective.”

IBEW and United Workers FCU CEO Barbara Mathey attended one of the gatherings and weighed in from her perspective as a board member of the Oregon Credit Union Foundation. She noted that a letter of intent has been signed to merge with the Washington Credit Union Foundation, and the due diligence and planning continues. She complimented the dedication of both Foundations and said a great deal of thought and planning are involved in the process.

Additional Town Hall Meetings are scheduled across Washington from Aug. 22-25, including stops in Spokane, Richland, Yakima, Seattle, Arlington and Lakewood. Registration is available on the NWCUA website.


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