Truliant Federal Credit Union in Winston-Salem recently held a political training class for members of the Truliant Political Involvement Committee. The four hour training session covered every aspect of preparing a credit union advocate for political advocacy work. Attendees were provided an overview of the structure of North Carolina government on both the state and federal levels, given tips for communicating with legislators, and provided insight into what’s expected of them as political advocates.
Marc Schaefer, President and CEO of Truliant, kicked-off the meeting by explaining the importance of having effective political advocacy efforts. “We have a compelling story to tell that differs from others in the financial services industry,” said Schaefer. “There’s no one better equipped to tell that story than everyone sitting in the room today. You know the members on a first-name basis, you recognize them when they walk into the credit union, and you have a personal commitment to improve their financial lives. This is such an important story to share with our elected officials.”
In addition to the training, all attendees were given a training booklet which provided detailed information about all of the material covered during the meeting and offered more insight into the structure of government for those attendees wanting to learn more.
Telco Community Credit Union in Asheville also recently held political training but instead focused on political initiatives training. Pam Melton, NCCUL Director Political Affairs, visited each credit union branch and offered insight into the importance of credit unions being politically active in North Carolina. Melton explained the importance of the League’s state political action committee and Grassroots efforts.
Rita Gentry, CEO of Telco Community Credit Union, explained the political aspect of what the League provides to credit unions. “I think political initiatives are one of the most important things that the League offers our credit unions,” said Gentry. “The value can’t always be measured buts it’s necessary and important especially in today’s political environment.”
The informational meetings offered credit union employees an informal setting to learn about the League’s political initiatives and how they can become involved. “I really think these types of small informational meetings can be so informative,” explained Melton. “People tend to be less hesitant to ask questions and it turns into a learning session for everyone involved.”
If you are interested in political training or would like to know about the League’s political initiatives and how your credit union can get involved, please contact Pam Melton
, at 919-457-9067. Whether you are looking for a larger-scaled training session or a small-scaled informational meeting, Pam is available to host group meetings, or numerous small meetings at your credit union.