More than 40 credit union advocates gathered in Winston-Salem Tuesday afternoon for the 2011 Principles & Philosophy Conference. The event, which offers credit union leaders an opportunity to learn and more fully understand the strengths of the cooperative business model, got underway at the Graylyn International Conference Center.
The day's events began with a scavenger hunt on the grounds of the beautiful Graylyn property. Conference participants split off into teams, searched for clues, and answered questions about the Seven Cooperative Principles of Credit Unions. "It was a fun way for people to get to know one another better, learn their way around the property and test their basic knowledge of the Seven Cooperative Principles," said Jeff Hardin, NC Credit Union League Director of Communications.
Conference attendees later learned about the history of the cooperative and credit union movements. Matt Davis, Filene Research Institute Director of Innovation, focused on the worldwide cooperative and credit union movements, while Leigh Brady, State Employee's CU SVP of Education Services, focused on the history of credit unions in NC. Both Davis and Brady engaged the audience to consider how modern credit unions were living up to the values they were founded upon.
The conference continues Wednesday with Larry Blanchard of CUNA Mutual Group and Lois Kitsch of the National CU Foundation, who are on hand to facilitate. The group will closely examine each of the Seven Cooperative Principles, and discuss how credit unions are following these principles. The attendees will also be tasked to develop a short "elevator speech" that helps them talk about the impact of their job at the credit union in a powerful way.