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Palmetto Citizens makes effective, timely annual visit to SC State House

Thursday, April 12, 2018   (0 Comments)
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Top: (left to right) PCFCU's Robert Terrell, Rep. James Smith (Richland), and PCFCU's Michael Beam. Bottom: PCFCU CEO Nick Wodogaza with Rep. Todd Rutherford (Richland).

COLUMBIA, SC--Palmetto Citizens Federal Credit Union (PCFCU) advocates made their annual three-block trek to the South Carolina State House Wednesday, April 11 and connected with several members of the General Assembly despite a busy legislative calendar that includes the state budget. Their effective work was timely as South Carolina's credit unions prepare for Financial Literacy Day Tuesday, April 17 while anticipating action on S.337 to update the state charter.

Seven members of the PCFCU staff took part, sharing the credit unions' number of members in each legislator's district, explaining the credit union difference, and highlighting financial literacy work. They also encouraged House members to pass S.337 by offering their perspective on charter imbalance.

“We appreciated the opportunity in working with Billy and the League to remind legislators of the difference credit unions make throughout our state," PCFCU President and CEO Nick Wodogaza said. "Since April is also Financial Literacy Month, it was a great time to highlight all that Palmetto Citizens and credit unions across the state are doing to educate our communities, and the citizens of their districts, to make wise financial decisions.”

Key to the credit union's effectiveness in the busy lobby between chambers is preparation. PCFCU has consistently prioritized state-level advocacy and--as they do in Washington--arrives prepared with clear, concise information including a summary document with membership data using CUNA's Project Zip Code.

"I can’t thank Nick and his team enough for emphasizing ongoing advocacy at the state level. They understand that even to a federally-chartered credit union, our local officials are important, and that what happens in Columbia can impact federal and state charters alike," League VP of Governmental Affairs Billy Boylston said.

"I appreciate all of the Palmetto Citizens representatives who invested their time not just educating lawmakers on their credit union, but waving the credit flag on behalf of all credit unions.”

The League has hosted many credit union State House "Hikes" and office visits over the years. For information and scheduling, contact Billy Boylston (SC) or Evelyn Hawthorne (NC).

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