43 representatives from 11 chapter boards converged on Myrtle Beach April 2-3 for the second annual Chapter Leaders’ Workshop. The event brings chapter board members and CUaware Council leaders together for networking, sharing and exchanging ideas that will strengthen chapters across the two Carolinas.
The event kicked off with a networking reception Tuesday evening, sponsored by Vizo Financial. The reception created a friendly, open and casual environment for chapter officials to begin their dialogue. On Wednesday, the group discussed specific successes their chapters had experienced as well as “opportunity questions” that each chapter posed to the larger group.
The opportunity questions centered on engagement back home with a variety of audiences, including CEOs, business partners and young professionals. Developing processes for recruiting board members also served as a hot topic of discussion, along with creating fun events that encourage networking with employees from other credit unions. Lauren Whaley, president of the Carolinas Credit Union Foundation, also shared fundraising tips and strategies for the group.
Small group discussion dominated the event, with board members assigned seats at tables with representatives from other chapters. “We wanted to create an environment for chapter leaders that put them in touch with a lot of ideas and perspectives,” shared Jeff Hardin, CCUL’s director of cooperative initiatives, who facilitated the workshop. “The value of this format is that it put everyone in the role of both teacher and student.”
“This is a must-have for any chapter board member who is serious about the mission of their respective chapter,” shared one board member in the after-event survey. “The concise and knowledgeable atmosphere really helps in getting that 'fire' burning again.”
The workshop concluded with table groups brainstorming ideas on post-it notes. These were later combined and shared with everyone in attendance.
“It was a great event,” shared Hardin. “It is CCUL’s privilege to support our chapters in the Carolinas in their cooperative mission and purpose.”