Every other year, MCUN hosts state and federal regulators in a roundtable discussion. The meeting is a great way to foster our positive relationship with the agencies, and to bring issues to the table that will help improve the exam process for Montana credit unions. We did a pre-meeting survey with Montana CEOs in 2012 to address concerns, hot topics, and suggestions they have for their regulators. This allows MCUN management to bring forward the issues anonymously, but also to help advocate for open dialog. We find great value in being able to proactively address trends and find that the meeting always feels positive and productive.
Shown here are Tabitha Garvin (COO- MCUN), Melanie Hall (MT Commissioner of Banking & Financial Institutions), Mike Dyer (NCUA Region V Assoc Director of Programs), Rita Roach (MT Credit Union Examiner), Richard Scherrer (MT Credit Union Examiner), Tracie Kenyon (CEO- MCUN), Chris Olson (MT Deputy Commissioner), Donya Parrish (VP Dues Services- MCUN), and Tracy Thornburg (Director Compliance- MCUN).
In even-numbered years, the Network teams up with the Montana Electric Cooperatives' Association, the Montana Association of Realtors, and the Montana Chamber of Commerce to offer affordable, one-day, non-partisan campaign schools in four Montana communities: Great Falls, Missoula, Bozeman, and Billings. These campaign schools address working with volunteers, fundraising, message development, communication, campaign and finance laws, writing a campaign plan, getting out the vote, election day activities and other relevant campaign topics, including talking to the press.
For more information, view the 2012 Campaign School Brochure. Sessions were held in four locations across Montana the week of February 6 and over 120 individuals attended.
The links below highlight some positive coverage from the 2012 schools: