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Legislators join CU leaders at Meet & Greet in Raleigh, NC

Tuesday, November 7, 2017   (0 Comments)
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State lawmakers from North Carolina’s Triangle area learned about the credit union difference at the first Credit Unions Legislative Meet & Greet Nov. 2, 2017. Joining the half dozen lawmakers were representatives of the NC Department of Commerce and Congressman David Price’s Raleigh office and, most notably, over 40 employees and members of Triangle area credit unions, including Local Government FCU, Coastal CU, State Employees CU, and Duke University FCU.

The event, hosted at Local Government FCU and sponsored by Coastal CU, was an opportunity for the credit union community to enjoy fellowship, food and share information about the credit union movement with lawmakers. The event came about through a partnership among CUaware, the Tarheel Chapter of Credit Unions and the Carolinas Credit Union League. 

Swannanoa Fire Department Chief Anthony Penland shares his testimonial on the positive experience the department has had working with Local Government FCU through its commercial loan and debit card programs.

The format of the program included an opportunity for lawmakers and representatives to address the crowd, view brief video presentations on the credit union difference both locally and nationally, and hear a live testimonial from Swannanoa Fire Department Chief Anthony Penland on the impact of credit unions, specifically his department’s positive experience with LGFCU. 

Overall, the event was designed to address a specific need for ongoing education of lawmakers, as the League’s Evelyn Hawthorne explained, “When I joined the League nearly two years ago, I knew that a higher percentage of elected officials turn over with each election cycle than in the past. I learned also that many of the newer legislators serving think that credit unions are just a different kind of bank. There is a great deficit in understanding about credit union issues, how they are different from banks, their importance to NC’s economy and how credit unions can be used to help communities. This event aimed to address that need by engaging credit unions’ greatest asset – their community.” 

“Our hope is that similar events will happen around North Carolina every two years or so and will become fun occasions that everyone eagerly anticipates,” she added. 

To host or assist in arranging an event in your area, please contact Evelyn Hawthorne at 919-457-9066 or

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