Credit union staff, boards and members are the best advocates for credit unions. More than 80 people from 30 credit unions learned how to better advocate on behalf of credit union with lawmakers by taking part in advocacy training across the state.
The Missouri Credit Union Association (MCUA) offered advocacy training in St. Louis on January 26, Springfield on January 29, Kansas City on February 2 and Jefferson City on February 6. It was presented by Amy McLard, vice president of federal legislative affairs, and Jay Swearingen, vice presidents of grassroots and development.
“We are asking credit unions to designate at least 3-5 people at the credit union – volunteers or staff – to take the lead on legislative and political efforts as part of the credit union advocacy corps,” explains Swearingen. “This training is designed to demystify the process and help people get involved in supporting credit union political action.”
The training highlighted:
• How the political process works
• Making the credit union case with lawmakers
• Why credit union staff, board, members are so important to credit union advocacy efforts
Participants included credit union staff and volunteers, including those who are taking part in the newly created MCUA Credit Union Advocacy Corps. Attendees shared their reactions to the training.
“I liked the range of topics – it started with general definitions and wound us through what to expect and how to handle it.”
“The advocacy training gave me a good idea how to talk with lawmakers.”
“We all need to get involved for the long-term health of credit unions.”
“Something I will share with my credit union is how we need to keep fighting for the credit union cause and our role in making a difference.”
Future advocacy training opportunities will be offered, including a session during the Missouri Credit Union Association’s Annual Advocacy and Business Meeting, which takes place April 2-3. To take part in the credit union advocacy corps or be informed about future training opportunities, contact Jay Swearingen at 800-633-1722. Click here for more information about the advocacy corps.