CUs join forces, voices to open 2018 CUNA GAC
Tuesday, February 27, 2018
|CUNA CEO Jim Nussle shares the collective impact of credit unions during Monday's opening general session of the 2018 CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference in Washington, DC.
Washington, DC--In less than 48 hours, the largest-ever contingent of credit union advocates--5,000-plus strong--has converged in Washington for the 2018 Credit Union National Association (CUNA) Governmental Affairs Conference, and each one has something to say.
"Your Voice Is Critical. Make It Heard." is their challenge to step forward for the more than 1,000 credit unions they represent, speak to pressing issues like common-sense regulation, and leave no doubt about what they need to revolutionize service to members.
For Carolinas credit unions, those opportunities come on Tuesday and Wednesday as they take to Capitol Hill for meetings with members of Congress.
Early activities set the tone. On Saturday evening, League President and CEO John Radebaugh was honored by the American Association of Credit Union Leagues with its Eugene Farley League Leadership Award. Then on Sunday, the Small Credit Union Roundtable sponsored by CUNA Mutual Group joined more than 125 participants in "Shark Tank" style collaboration on lending and membership drives. Together they voiced 40 ideas, selected eight to be highlighted in Credit Union Magazine, and rewarded the top two ideas with complimentary CUNA Council memberships.
Gian Paul Gonzalez carried the theme to the main stage in the afternoon Ed (Filene) Talk sponsored by CUNA Councils. Well-known for inspiring a late-season surge by the New York Giants with the slogan "All In," he was clear that commitment is about resolve regardless of immediate wins--something he had experienced personally throughout his life.
Late Sunday, Carolinas participants joined Georgia peers for their traditional welcome reception and picked up briefing materials for their work on the Hill.
Monday was big from the beginning. CUNA CEO Jim Nussle shared impressive numbers on the CUNA GAC, the work credit unions have done for their members and communities, and the power of cooperation through CUNA. True to form, he again called on the audience--this year for a quick video message asking President Donald Trump for common-sense regulation. That message, it turns out, would be carried later to the President by a coalition that included Local Government FCU CEO Maurice Smith.
Top billing at the Washington Convention Center went to President George W. Bush, who sat down with Nussle--and a packed session hall--in a comfortable conversation about politics, public service, and leadership.
His anecdotes were engaging and clear, just as many will be from credit unions in the days ahead.
"We need to make sure we get our point across that we don’t want a rigged system, we don’t want one-size-fits-all regulations,” Nussle said of credit unions' stories and their top priority. “We want to make sure that the regulations that we have are common sense."
Monday at the CUNA GAC also included:
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