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Metro West Supports MCUL Conversion Policy

On March 6, the Metro West Chapter Executive Committee passed a three-tiered statement that provides encouragement and full support for:

  • The current MCUL Board conversion policy that essentially supports the rights of credit union members to determine their own destiny but encourages action to ensure that members receive sufficient information to make informed decisions;
  • The actions that the MCUL staff members have taken thus far are consistent with the objectives of the MCUL Board policy;
  • The allocation of funds to the National Center for Member Trust, an organization whose purpose is consistent with MCUL Board policy and actions.

In a separate action at our meeting, the Metro West Chapter unanimously passed a motion to allocate $5,000 to the National Center for Member Trust in a show of support for this organization to provide assistance for member groups formed to educate their memberships.

The Metro West Chapter Executive Committee feels strongly that we need to band together in support of Michigan credit union members and our credit union charter. We encourage all chapters to take similar actions of support and provide funding if possible.

If a chapter determines that it can provide funding, contributions should not be made directly to DFCU Owners United. Individuals as well as individual credit unions can make direct contributions and we encourage that. But the chapters are “League entities,” and as such, should not.

Chapter contributions can be made to the National Center for Member Trust. More information on the National Center for Member Trust is available online at

I can be contacted at or (734) 466-6101 if I can provide any further assistance. I’m sure it would also be helpful to MCUL President/CEO Dave Adams to know if a chapter does contribute.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Anthony M. Carnarvon
Metro West Chapter

Editor's Note
“Expect the Extreme” is the rather provocative theme of the 2006 MCUL Annual Convention and Exposition (AC&E) — but a perusal of this year’s agenda and program will mark the phrase as an apt one.

State-of-the-art convention facilities . . . a dynamic education program . . . outstanding entertainment and social events such as the Double J Ranch visit and spa outing . . . a visit by nationally known author, humorist, economist and pop icon Ben Stein . . . indeed, there is nothing mundane or routine about the event in store May 18-20 for Michigan’s credit union family.

Grand Rapids will once again serve as our host city for the AC&E, and the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel and new DeVos Place make Michigan’s second largest city one of the Midwest’s finest convention sites. Those who attended the 2005 AC&E will remember being struck by the architectural beauty and functionality of the $220-million DeVos Place, a strikingly futuristic glass, steel and brick edifice with a roofline inspired by a wave’s curl.

Opening in 2003 at a completion cost of some $220 million, the facility towers imposingly along the Grand River of 13 acres of prime real estate and features some 1 million square feet of floor space. In years past, the Exposition was pushing the boundaries of the old Grand Center, but today’s Expo has a comfortable setting and room to grow.

Each and every year, the MCUL AC&E stands as the highlight of the Michigan credit union movement’s annual calendar, and ranks as one of the premier trade shows in the country. We look forward to seeing old friends and making new ones in Grand Rapids. Look for a preview of the 2006 AC&E agenda on Page 10.

Continuing a practice first begun in 1992, this edition of Contact Magazine also includes the MCUL/CUcorp Annual Report, a concise yet comprehensive summary of all the activities, events and financial trends affecting the MCUL and its affiliates over the previous year. These are challenging times for credit unions, but as the report clearly shows, 2005 will be remembered as another positive chapter in the continuing success story of the Michigan credit union movement and the MCUL. You’ll find the special Annual Report section beginning on Page 13.

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