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Advocacy Kicks Off Annual Meeting

More than 90 credit union representatives met in Jefferson City on April 2 for the Missouri Credit Union Association’s (MCUA) 83rd Annual Advocacy & Business Meeting. Missouri Attorney General, Chris Koster, welcomed attendees during the Advocacy Luncheon where he stressed the importance of work ethic and having passion for your chosen profession. MCUA President/CEO Mike Beall closed the luncheon with an overview of state and federal political activity.

“Election years tend to bring a lot of uncertainty and change to the Missouri General Assembly and Washington, D.C.,” says Beall. “These are important times on the state and national levels, and that’s why today’s agenda is dedicated to advocacy training.”

Credit union representatives spent the afternoon in educational sessions designed to prepare them for tomorrow’s legislative visits. The agenda included a Legislative Briefing, Media Training and Advocacy Training.  

"The Advocacy Training offered unique ways to connect with legislators during an election year - like working on a campaign - because it establishes a positive relationship early on," says Jennifer Wright, Arsenal Credit Union business services officer. "I actually met with one of our legislators during the MCUA dinner and committed to going door to door for his upcoming campaign."   

Throughout the two-day conference, attendees will meet with state legislators during a dinner reception on April 2 and office visits April 3.

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