Credit union representatives from the Triad area joined the League in presenting the CU Advocate Award to Congresswoman Virginia Foxx (R - 5th District) on Wednesday. The event, which took place at the newly opened WinMock at Kinderton facility in Bermuda Run, included about 45 credit union representatives.
Created by the League this year, the Credit Union Advocate Award honors state and federal legislators who have demonstrated a clear and consistent understanding of and appreciation for credit unions. Through their willingness to publicly and strongly support credit unions and seek credit union perspectives when considering proposed legislation, Credit Union Advocates demonstrate their commitment to the NC credit union movement and the millions of North Carolinians who choose credit unions.
"Cong. Foxx has consistently supported credit unions on issues of real importance, including bankruptcy cramdown, Interchange and business lending," noted Dan Schline, NCCUL SVP of Association Services. "She has proven to be a terrific ally for credit unions and their 3 million members in NC."
In accepting the award, Foxx praised credit unions for their advocacy efforts and for what she called common-sense positions on the issues. "The best way to be an advocate is to get to know your state and federal lawmakers," Foxx said. "You all have done a great job."
She joked that she would agree with credit unions on the issues even if she did not receive an award, and went on to praise credit unions for staying true to their core purpose and mission. "I support you on the issues because they're the right things to do. Your cause is just."
Members of the League's Governmental Affairs Committee vote on Credit Union Advocate Award nominees. The committee also selected Congressman Larry Kissell (D - 8th District). Kissell accepted his award at the NCCUL Annual Meeting in Pinehurst in June.
In addition to League staff, representatives from Allegacy FCU, Lion's Share FCU, Members CU, Piedmont Advantage CU, State Employees' CU, Truliant FCU, Winston-Salem City Employees' FCU and First Carolina Corporate CU attended the luncheon and award ceremony.