In the age of social media, text messages and email, it’s become quite easy to communicate via electronic means. However, nothing replaces a face-to-face visit. North Carolina credit unions experienced this firsthand as Congressman Walter Jones visited Marine Federal Credit Union in Havelock, Congressman Robert Pittenger visited Charlotte Metro Federal Credit Union in Charlotte and Congressman David Price visited Coastal Federal Credit Union in Raleigh this week.
“The theme that linked all of these visits was grassroots advocacy, said Pam Melton, NCCUL Director of Political Affairs. “Face-to-face visits allow credit unions the opportunity to sit down with members of Congress and share stories and experiences that are truly unique to the credit union industry. These stories allow our elected officials to experience the value that credit unions offer their members. In addition it helps them to better understand the need to protect our structure so that we can continue serving our members.”
Congressman Jones visited Marine Federal Credit Union on August 26. Jones has been a supporter of credit unions through the years and is very familiar with Marine and its military membership. Marine CEO Craig Chamberlin and his leadership team provided Jones with an update on what Marine is doing to benefit its members. Since Marine serves those in the military, their focus and member benefits differ somewhat from others in our industry so they have a great story to share about how they are benefiting those who serve our country.
Charlotte Metro Federal Credit Union hosted Congressman Robert Pittenger on August 27. Bob Bruns, CEO of Charlotte Metro, discussed issues of importance to our industry and stressed the importance of preserving the credit union tax status. Bill Hamlin, Board Chairman, shared his passion for credit unions. He commented that he was introduced to credit unions by his father as a young child, which is what motivated him to become actively involved with the credit union movement.
The Congressman commented that it was enjoyable hearing stories such as Bill’s and that it provided a better understanding about the value that credit unions offer.
Congressman David Price visited Coastal Federal Credit Union on August 28 for a special town hall style meeting. He was provided a tour of Coastal’s Teller Center to see firsthand their innovative personal teller machine system. In addition, credit union staff was provided an opportunity to ask questions and receive updates from the Congressman.
Chuck Purvis, CEO of Coastal, commented about the importance of taking advantage of opportunities to bring elected officials into credit unions where they can see firsthand how we make a difference to our members. He also noted the importance of discussing issues that are important to the industry in a relaxed atmosphere that’s away from the distractions of Washington.
“North Carolina credit unions are doing a fantastic job of spreading their grassroots message,” said Melton. “So far, we’ve had six members of Congress visit area credit unions and have two other visits planned. Each visit results in a different story or different example of how important credit unions are to the financial services industry, and underscores why our structure is worth protecting.”
If you would like more details on any of the Congressional visits or if you would like more information on political initiatives, please contact Pam Melton
of the League at 919-457-9067.