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Making the Most of the MCUN Annual Convention

by Donya Parrish, MCUN

With the Montana Credit Union Network Annual Convention coming up, it seems like a good time to talk about attending, and more importantly, making the most of your time there.

The gathering includes credit union CEOs, staff, and volunteers from all across Montana. It will be held in Helena this year with the vendor expo and initial events at the fairgrounds (inside of course), and more education sessions and business meetings at the Great Northern Hotel.

Aside from taking advantage of the education sessions during the convention, here are a few tips for making the most of your time:

1) Embrace the Theme

As we celebrate "Off to the Races" with a horse racing theme, there will be fun, appropriate attire (see the links below), and more with a Kentucky Derby twist. Even if you choose not to don a derby hat or apparel, compliment and support those that do.

There will be hats decorated by the children at Shodair Hospital auctioned off. Buy one for a friend or try a few on for size!

2) Expect Special Treatment

This year, we have a special VIP suite just for volunteers during the Expo. Please stop by so Tabitha and I can thank you for your role at  the credit union. We know you are special and give so much and we want to provide you additional recognition for your dedication to Montana's credit unions!

3) Bolster Relationships

It is normal to gravitate to those you already know or have relationships with. This year, make it a point to introduce yourself to at least five people over those few days. Find out their role at their credit union, ask what they have going on, and build a relationship that could be invaluable in the future. Sometimes you have a lot more in common with strangers than expected. And, the sharing and helpfulness of this industry is its greatest benefit!

As you go around the vendor expo, rather than just picking up a trinket and having your card marked, take a minute to ask a question of the vendor about how they could best support your credit union.

4) Support Fundraisers

My favorite part of Annual Convention is the fundraisers that are held. Not just because we get to play as adults, but because I see the programs and individuals that benefit from the proceeds raised. There will be golf on the first day, assuming Mother Nature gives us decent weather. That, a non-golf tour of Helena, and a wine pull before the banquet on Thursday all support MCUCD, which provides meaningful services to low-income Montanans. Your dollars DO make a difference!

We'll see you soon!

Donya Parrish is the VP-Dues Based 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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