Town Halls See High Engagement in the First Five Meetings Throughout Washington

Discussions have focused on a number of topics, including advocacy, credit union awareness, regulation, and the latest trends in products and services.

5/14/2019 

An engaged group of about 20 credit union professionals from five credit unions gathered for the Bellingham Town Hall meeting held at WECU’s Education Center on May 3. Many came with questions and topics ready for discussion.

The Northwest Credit Union Association’s annual Town Hall events are happening throughout the region this spring and summer, and so far, they’ve seen excellent attendance, with credit union executives engaging with their Association on a number of key topics. 

Credit union leaders throughout Washington have taken deep dives into the Association’s current initiatives, including policy advancement, public awareness, engagement, programming, resources, and collective action. More than 100 credit union leaders have attended, representing 46 credit unions in the first five meetings held in Kennewick, Spokane, Seattle, Bellingham, and Olympia.  

“Town Halls provide a face-to-face dialogue, where we hear about each community’s needs and priorities,” said Northwest Credit Union Association President and CEO Troy Stang. “They are a perfect opportunity to connect with our member credit unions in their own backyards. We feel fortunate to have a high number of professionals interested and engaged in advancing the Movement in the Northwest.” 
 
Credit union leaders were actively engaged in discussions and asked many questions, including finding effective ways to inspire their team members to advocate on behalf of the Credit Union Movement.   

The meetings launched with a dive into policy advancement. Washington credit union leaders heard more on House Bill 1247, which was recently signed into law and modernizes the state credit union charter. They also focused on the Association’s recent public awareness accomplishments, and the national Open Your Eyes to a Credit Union initiative, including information on its fundraising and participation goals. 
 
The Town Halls presented an opportunity to learn about new and expanded resources available to the Northwest Credit Union Movement. Participants took note of the new Risk Management Council, and the integration of video conference attendance for meetings and events. 

The meetings included an overview of the Association’s collective action initiatives, as well. Credit union leaders learned how Strategic Link’s business partnerships provide outstanding value, with members accessing cost savings through collective buying power, industry expertise through thought leadership and experience, and innovation through fintech’s emerging technology. 
 
Attendees also heard more about the Community Impact Reporting Tool and the pivotal role it will play in telling the collective story of credit unions’ impact. In addition, they learned how credit unions are finding solutions to tackle housing hurdles in their communities during the Workforce Housing Forums — held directly after select Town Hall meetings. 

“The issue of workforce housing impacts every community across our region,” said Northwest Credit Union Foundation Executive Director Sharee Adkins. “The forums provide an opportunity to learn about local housing challenges and share how the Foundation is working with credit unions across the region to identify and launch innovative solutions.”  

The response to the Town Halls has been positive, with many of the attendees preparing questions and topics for discussion. Attendees have touched on industry contraction and industry disruptors, marketing, collaboration, attracting and retaining talent, fintech, and more. 

Your Association is dedicated to listening and implementing member feedback when planning initiatives and resources for credit union members. The feedback received from credit union leaders at Town Halls is valuable and appreciated.  

Later this month, the Town Halls will resume with the next event slated for Vancouver, Washington, on May 31. All Town Hall events are scheduled from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Workforce Housing Forums are scheduled from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Visit the Town Halls webpage to view the complete schedule here. 

For more information about the Town Halls, contact  Programming Director  Holly Miller. For questions about the Workforce Housing Forums, contact Foundation Executive Director,  Sharee Adkins. 

Credit unionwill have additional opportunities to interact with their Association and industry experts at other upcoming events in 2019, including Executives@SunValley2019 and at the MAXX 2019 Annual Convention. 

Executives@SunValley2019, scheduled for Aug. 13-15 in Sun Valley, Idaho, will provide credit union leaders with the opportunity to hear from industry experts, network with colleagues from Idaho, Oregon, and Washington, and interact with their Association, as well as have a dialogue with U.S. Senator Mike Crapo, Chairman of the Senate Banking Committee. 

And the largest industry event of its kind in the Northwest, the MAXX 2019 Annual Convention and Strategic Link Exhibitor Trade Show, is another excellent opportunity for credit unions to hear from industry experts, learn about the latest in services and products, participate in breakout sessions, reunite with their peers, and celebrate professional achievements. This year’s convention and trade show will be held Oct. 15-17 in Spokane. Registration and information are available online.