From offering savings to consumer to ending hunger, Legislators recognize Maine CUs in front of record crowd at State House

April 1, 2016

More than 125 credit union representatives from credit unions across Maine heard bipartisan praise from legislative leaders and legislators about the work and contribution of Maine credit unions to communities across Maine.  "Credit unions are local and exist to serve their members, and that makes a difference," remarked House Minority Leader Ken Fredette.  Senate Minority Leader Justin Alfond called the efforts of Maine credit unions to ending hunger "remarkable, especially the impact that your fundraising has on helping Maine children."  The remarks from Rep. Fredette and Sen. Alfond were just a few made legislators at the State House in Augusta as part of Maine CU Day at the State House on Thursday, March 31.

"We once again demonstrated the engagement strength of Maine's credit unions by having such a significant presence attend this event.  It was nice to have credit unions from every region of the state represented," said John Murphy, President of the Maine Credit Union League. 

From 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., credit union officials met with their local legislators, highlighted the important role that credit unions play in communities across Maine, and provided examples of the credit union difference.  One of the highlights of the event was the presentation of the Legislative Sentiment recognizing Maine's credit unions.  The special ceremony featured credit union Board Members who are serving in the Legislature, Legislative leaders, credit union officials and League representatives.  House Minority Leader, Ken Fredette, who is a CU Board Member at Sebasticook Valley FCU, presented the Legislative Sentiment recognizing and praising Maine's credit unions to John Murphy, President of the League, who accepted it on behalf of the state's credit unions.

In addition to the Legislative Sentiment presentation and the numerous conversations, a mini-Financial Fitness - Money Management Experience Fair was held for legislators to see first-hand what these, award-winning fairs are all about.  Volunteers from credit unions staffed each of the booths that are part of the Fairs held for high school students, and answered questions from legislators interested in learning more about how the fairs work.  Legislators were impressed with the scope of the fairs and "the learning opportunity it provides for students to get a better understanding of money management."