Tuesday, June 18, 2013
A turnout of nearly 800 people attended the Maine Credit Union League's 75th Annual Meeting & Convention June 14-15, at the Holiday Inn by the Bay in Portland. Perhaps, even more impressive is the fact that 57 of Maine's 61 credit unions were represented at this year's event.
The two-day event included a number of special activities commemorating the League's 75th Anniversary including a special video highlighting the formation of the League to the present, commemorative banners with a timeline of key milestones and events of the League, and a special 75th Anniversary Booklet with memories from long-time current and former credit union board members and other credit union pioneers in Maine. Nearly 40 former League board members and guests were in attendance at the Delegates' Meeting and received special acknowledgement from League Board Chair, David Rossignol.
"Achieving 75 years is a great accomplishment, and it was wonderful that so many integral people who helped to build the League and the Maine Credit Union System into the vibrant and successful organization it is today were able to attend and be part of the celebration. The League and Maine's credit unions are stronger than ever so we had a lot to celebrate in recognizing our past, present and look ahead to the future," explained John Murphy, President of the Maine Credit Union League.
In addition to the 75th Anniversary components, this year's Annual Meeting & Convention also featured a great line-up of speakers including Bill Cheney, President/CEO of the Credit Union National Association. Cheney applauded the League on celebrating 75 years and for being "engaged and involved in the political process and having the support of its entire Congressional Delegation. Your League and Maine's credit unions do a great job with advocacy and awareness." Jim "The Rookie" Morris, whose real-life story inspired the blockbuster movie, The Rookie, also addressed a packed audience of attendees. Morris encouraged attendees to "embrace those individuals who support you in a positive way (dream makers) and to avoid those who put you down and discourage you to pursue your goals (dream killers). Life is not about you; it's about what you can do for other people."
Congressman Mike Michaud reaffirmed his strong support of credit unions in his speech to convention-goers. Congressman Michaud called credit unions "a great example of why using local institutions, focused on helping people, is a great choice." Senators Collins and King sent video greetings that highlighted the "strength of Maine's credit unions with nearly 630,000 members, the success and commitment of helping communities, specifically through the Maine CUs' Campaign for Ending Hunger, and the important role that credit unions play in the economic success of consumers and small businesses in Maine."
"A large crowd, great speakers and a special milestone anniversary all combined to make this year's Convention and Meeting a great success. We are really pleased with the level of participation and involvement our credit unions had in supporting this event. It was very special," added Murphy.