FORT WAYNE, Ind. -- While home during the August recess, U.S. Congressman Mark Souder (R-Ind.) accepted an invitation from the Northeastern Chapter of Credit Unions to speak to credit union representatives from his district.
Instrumental in organizing the meeting were leaders from Fire Police City County Federal Credit Union (Fort Wayne), including one of its supervisory committee members who serves on the Souder campaign finance committee. Indiana Credit Union League representatives also attended the meeting.
League President John McKenzie opened the meeting, welcoming the congressman and thanking those from the chapter who made the meeting possible. McKenzie's remarks included emphasizing how credit union members would benefit from legislative action that would provide credit unions with a risk-based capital approach and an increased member business lending cap.
During the meeting, McKenzie presented Souder with a copy of Indiana 24/7, a pictorial book that was signed by those in attendance, along with a bookmark commemorating the passage of H.R. 1151, of which he was a co-sponsor. Souder spent more than an hour with the group, taking questions from the audience and discussing credit union issues along with local, national and world events. When the conversation turned to the financial services marketplace, he complimented credit unions' commitment to personal service in a society that is becoming more global and impersonal everyday. His admiration of credit unions' contributions to their communities was apparent. "Some say that credit unions don't have local community investment requirements, but credit unions, by definition, are local community investment," said Rep. Souder.