We're coming to the end of the year, and though the Michigan Credit Union League is preparing for the year ahead, I want to take a moment to reflect on the one behind us. Whether it's the passage of S.2155 and preservation of the credit union tax status, the more than $100,000 raised for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals or our most successful Annual Convention & Exposition to date, MCUL had a good year. However, we know we're only as strong as the support we have from the Michigan credit union community.
Over the past two decades, the League has reduced its affiliation dues by more than 80 percent. In 2000, we collected more than $3 million; last year, MCUL collected just over $500,000. I am very proud that our association has the ability to offer our members the lowest league dues in the country, while still offering the highest level of service.
With this letter and the following materials, I ask that you maintain your support of MCUL and CUNA through affiliating with both associations in 2019. In conjunction with our national partner, MCUL is dedicated to helping credit unions serve, grow and remain strong through our four-pillar approach: removing barriers, promoting the credit union difference, providing solutions for service excellence and delivering a total regulatory compliance solution. These pillars guide us in providing members effective advocacy and education, comprehensive compliance support and a sophisticated cooperative advertising campaign.
Next year, MCUL and CUNA will continue working together on many initiatives, including the pursuit of meaningful legislation with our new Congress. As mentioned earlier, we had some great advocacy successes in 2018. These were only possible through the collaboration of the CUNA/League system. Moving into 2019, we have many more successes we'd like to achieve, and while our agenda is ambitious, we know how much progress we can make with your support of CUNA and MCUL. One of the inserts included in this packet further details some of the key elements of the CUNA value proposition.
Credit unions can quickly and easily affiliate with both MCUL and CUNA through our secure online portal at MCUL.org/affiliation. I have also included a printed copy of your invoice should you choose to do so through the mail. I ask you to please consider completing this process at your earliest convenience, but no later than Jan. 31, 2019. If you would like assistance, or have any questions, please feel free to contact your League Representative, their name and direct line can be found at the bottom of the printed invoice.
Your dedication makes a positive impact on our country, and especially on the great state of Michigan. If you have any comments, questions or feedback, please feel free to contact me at your convenience. Thank you once again for your continued commitment to the credit union movement and the members that we serve.
President/CEO, MCUL & Affiliates