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The Passion to serve

by Donya Parrish, MCUN

After spending the last several weeks at the state legislature, there is one thing I have noticed. Many of our state senators and representatives are there because they had a personal experience that developed into a passion, which drove them to get involved. Whether that passion is to change an injustice or to advocate for a particular topic, those strong feelings come out most on floor debate. It has been moving, and emotional, to hear some of the stories these individuals and their families have endured.

It got me thinking about why each of you serves as a volunteer board member of a credit union. Maybe you were asked at a weak moment or perhaps a free sandwich once a month at a meeting is appealing? My hope is that many of you are part of your credit union’s governance structure because you believe in credit unions and the great work your financial cooperatives are doing to help consumers become financially successful.

"My hope is that many of you are part of your credit union's governance structure because you believe in credit unions"

--Donya Parrish

But, here’s the thing. You don’t have to be in the state legislature to have a voice. Credit unions remain an untapped resource for millions of Americans. How can they not know you have fewer fees, better rates, and a true caring attitude about their finances?

There are many members in your community that could tell you stories about how your credit union saved them financially. I hear them all the time when folks see my nametag and know I am at the capital as the voice of credit unions. It makes me proud to represent you, and I'm even prouder to know how much time all of the many volunteer board and committee members spend making this movement truly great.

So, thank you for all you do. Your work does not go unnoticed! And, when your passion for credit unions gets to the point that you want to run for office and advocate for the movement there, let me know. We love to support credit union-friendly candidates!

Donya Parrish is the VP-Dues Supported Services for the Montana Credit Union Network. She would welcome any questions or comments on this material. You can email Donya or call her at 800-745-5546, ext. 122.


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