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Welcome to the Family!

by Donya Parrish, MCUN

Two events this month have me thinking about this wonderful movement we work in. Credit unions around the world celebrated their “Authentic Difference” on International Credit Union Day last week. It was a day for cookies, community events, open houses, and more at Montana’s credit unions. More importantly, it was a day to say to your members “we are proud of who we are”!

This week, our MCUN staff and many credit union folks head to Kalispell for the Fall Forum. This regular conference is being celebrated as a CU Family Reunion. There will be games and educational sessions, and there will be networking! The heart of this cooperative financial sector is that folks come together and share. They discuss how they survived a data processing conversion with those who haven’t completed it yet; they talk about what examiners expected on their last visit; ideas are traded on how to deal with the upcoming compliance challenges, and so much more.

And, while the conference and sessions are important, it is the friendships and connections made during those meetings that just cannot be explained to those who are not in attendance. Understandably, not every meeting is at a time or location that fits all schedules. But, if I had one piece of advise for someone who is new to a Montana credit union, either on staff or as a board member, it is to take advantage of those who are already there. Call them, email them, or say hello at a meeting. They will be thrilled to have a new family member, and you will find you have much to learn from each other!

Donya Parrish is the VP-Risk Management for the Montana Credit Union Network. She would welcome any questions or comments on this material. You can email or call her (406-324-7374).


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