Being There: Staff, Volunteers Advocate for Credit Unions in Raleigh

On Wednesday, May 28th, representatives of the Piedmont, Northwest, Foothills and Western Chapters paid visits to their elected leaders in Raleigh. The visits, which are part of the annual State Capital Connections program, came one week after members of the Tarheel, North Piedmont, Northeast and Southeast Chapters visited with members of the NC General Assembly.

Not unlike the Hike the Hill events in Washington, DC, SCC involves a lot of talking, walking and handshaking. But through each step, word and extended hand, important relationships are developed or renewed.

Fueling the meetings this year was the recent release of Dr. William Jackson’s study, which showed that credit unions saved their members and other consumers a whopping $529 million in one year! These results, which Jackson based on 2006 data, show the impact and value of NC credit unions — especially now that the economy is struggling.

Beyond the fact that the credit union folks relate stories that inform policy makers about the value credit unions bring to local communities, these meetings represent lobbying as its supposed to be: grassroots constituents sharing their perspectives. What these folks are doing is so far removed from the K Street nonsense that comes to mind when many think of lobbying.

In the above video, you’ll hear from Lori Thompson, one of those grassroots credit union advocates, as well as Dan Schline of the League and Rep. Trudi Walend (R-Transylvania), who graciously sat down for an interview despite her frenetic schedule. But the League thanks all of the credit union staff and volunteers who took time out of their schedule the past couple of weeks to join us for State Capital Connections.

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