Largest-Ever Maine CU attendance at national conference in Washington, D.C., hear lots of praise from Maine's Congressional Delegation

March 4, 2017

Nearly 95 representatives from credit unions throughout Maine attended the 2017 Credit Union National Association's (CUNA) Governmental Affairs Conference from February 26 - March 2, in Washington, D.C.  While the Maine group heard speakers, such as General Colin Powell and CBS News icon, Bob Schieffer, the highlight was the Maine CU League's Luncheon with Maine's Congressional Delegation on Capitol Hill.

At the Luncheon, the Maine group, representing credit unions from Fort Kent to York and nearly all places in between, heard from all four members of Maine's Congressional Delegation and much of what they heard was "lots of praise for how Maine CUs serve members and communities, as well as the popularity of Maine CUs."  Senator Susan Collins commended Maine CUs for "record membership and record achievements in ending hunger and for youth financial education.  Thank you so much for what you do for Maine."  Senator King added, "Maine CUs are about helping people, and you do that everyday."  Congresswoman Chellie Pingree called the fact that nearly 100 credit union representatives from Maine took the time to participate "a tribute to the dedication and commitment Maine CUs have to advocacy on behalf of members and communities."  Congressman Bruce Poliquin noted that Maine CUs are "about helping people and you do that so well.  As a credit union member, I appreciate that."

John Murphy, President of the Maine CU League, said, "It's great to have such a large group in Washington on behalf of Maine's credit unions.  Credit unions play such an important role in the lives of thousands of Maine consumers, with more than 685,000 members statewide, so being involved in legislative advocacy is important.  It was also nice to have all four members of our Delegation acknowledge all of the great work that Maine CUs do, not just in financial services but making a difference in communities, too."