Legislators Give Maine CUs Warm Welcome, Recognition At State House Event

March 28, 2014

On Friday, March 21, it was all about “members” and lots of them at the State House in Augusta.  The Maine Credit Union League hosted its Annual Credit Union Day in the Hall of Flags, and Maine’s 637,000 credit union members were well-represented.  Nearly 100 credit union representatives from virtually every region of the state participated in this year’s event.  They were joined by close to 150 members of the Maine Legislature, one of the largest turnouts of legislators in recent memory.

“Credit Union Day at the State House is about relationships, and it provides an opportunity to connect local credit unions with their own legislators.  The feedback from legislators was one of appreciation not just in the fact that so many credit union credit union representatives took the time to personally come to Augusta, but in the ways in which credit unions support and assist their members.  It was nice to hear legislator after legislator remark how important credit unions are to their communities across the State,” explained John Murphy, President of the Maine Credit Union League.

Among the legislators attending this year’s CU Day at the State House were the four credit union volunteers serving in the Maine House including House Minority Speaker, Rep. Ken Fredette (R-Newport), who serves on the Board of Sebasticook Valley FCU; Rep. Michael Lajoie (D-Lewiston), Board Chair at Lewiston Municipal FCU; Rep. Jeffrey Gifford (R-Lincoln), who serves on the Board of Lincoln Maine FCU; and Rep. Ray Wallace (R-Dexter), a member of the Supervisory Committee at Maine Highlands FCU.

In addition to meeting with legislators, the Maine House and Senate passed a Joint Resolution recognizing the “important and significant role of credit unions in Maine to consumers and communities through financial services, and initiatives, such as financial education, the Maine Credit Unions’ Campaign for Ending Hunger and others.  The League also distributed an update on the Maine Credit Union Movement and other materials highlighting the strength and success of Maine’s credit unions.  “Maine credit unions are strong, popular and thriving, and we reinforced that by having such a strong participation at Credit Union Day,” Murphy added.