FROM The Editor
It’s New Year’s resolution time, but instead of trying to get in shape, quit smoking or stop biting your nails, why not resolve to do something differently as a credit union leader or volunteer? There are plenty of ways to strengthen your involvement and knowledge of the issues that are easy to do, and certainly more likely to last than, say, giving up your weekly Snickers bar.
This is a big year for credit unions; one of the biggest. With Congress looking at ways to protect the economy and consumers, there are many possible implications for credit unions, but the only way to shield our industry is by staying on top of the issues and making our voice heard. If you’re familiar with grassroots advocacy efforts in Michigan, but have always been on the fence about taking part yourself, why not make 2010 the year you look into it? The MCUL provides many opportunities in this area including the MCUL Governmental Affairs Conference, Capitol Day, chapter legislative breakfasts and more. At the national level, the 2010 CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference is Feb. 21-25 in Washington, D.C., and featured on page 10 of this issue of Contact.
Another resolution could be to stay plugged-in to Michigan credit union industry news. Take advantage of the MCUL Web site homepage to keep aware of weekly happenings on the legislative, regulatory, and credit union community fronts. If you aren’t signed up for the MCUL’s weekly newsletter, Monitor, you can sign up at monitor.mcul.org.
There is also a myriad of MCUL educational events throughout the year for all levels of credit union staff. Resolve to take part in training or get members of your staff to utilize these helpful conferences and sessions. The MCUL Web site has a full education calendar, and pages 24 and 25 of Contact look at upcoming events and profile the 2010 Marketing and Lending Conferences.
The League is here to serve and advocate for credit unions. Keep the chocolate, and make 2010 the year you look at some ways to better yourself and your staff by utilizing what the MCUL has to offer.
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