Success In Portland!  Maine CUs Come Together To Learn, Network, Fundraise and More At 77th Annual Meeting & Convention

May 18, 2015

The theme of the 2015 Maine CU League's Annual Meeting & Convention was "Envision. Lead. Succeed," and, from all indications, it was Mission Accomplished.  With a strong turnout of 730 attendees, highly-rated and well-received keynote speakers, and more than $65,000 raised for the Maine CUs' Campaign for Ending Hunger, the event, which took place May 14-16, in Portland, was a great success.

"We received lots of positive comments from attendees, exhibitors and sponsors about the enthusiasm, program and organization of the Convention and Annual Meeting.  The planning and preparation for the Convention basically begins when the last Convention ends so to see it pay off with a successful event is a testament to all of the hard work that goes into it.  The spirit of cooperation among credit unions certainly came through, and with the record-setting amount raised for the Maine CUs' Campaign for Ending Hunger, the philosophy of 'people helping people' came through, as well," remarked John Murphy, President of the Maine Credit Union League.

Keynote speakers for the Convention included Opening Session Speaker, Scott Burrows, a star athlete before a serious automobile accident left him a quadriplegic, who told attendees that life is about "vision, mindset and grit, and if you follow those three principles you can go far in life and achieve remarkable things."  Despite being told by doctors he would never walk, Burrows spent thousands of hours working towards that goal and more than 2,000 days after becoming paralyzed did stand up and walked with the help of a cane.  Jackson Hataway, Ph.D., addressed the Annual Meeting and called on credit unions to "identify and retain staff that can be the leaders of tomorrow.  Empower and provide the resources for your staff to grow and make decisions that will connect them to the future of the credit union, and will also have a positive impact on the bottom line."  The Closing Session Speaker was Mark Eaton, whose extraordinary story includes going from a 7'4", 21 year-old auto mechanic who couldn't play basketball to a 12-year career as an NBA All-Star and record holder.  Today, Eaton is a successful motivational speaker and entrepreneur.  In his remarks, he highlighted the four commitments of a winning team and urged the audience to "create teams that are unstoppable, dominant forces.  A team is a group of people committed to each other.  Every player on that team, whether it is a sports team or in a credit union branch, is essential to the team's success.  Stop competing with each other and start cooperating."