International Credit Union Day: Minnesota’s Governor Makes it Official
Thursday is International Credit Union Day around the world, and in Minnesota it’s now official.
Gov. Mark Dayton signed a proclamation last week declaring Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012, as Credit Union Day in his state, home to 137 credit unions with more than 1.5 million members.
“Credit unions embrace the ‘people-helping-people’ philosophy, empowering people to improve their financial futures and uniting to help those in need,” the proclamation proclaims.
“In Minnesota, and all over the world, on this day credit unions celebrate their common roots, the cooperative spirit and their community service achievements,” said Minnesota Credit Union Network President/ CEO Mark Cummins.
Meanwhile, the $185 million Firefighters Community Credit Union is inviting its 25,000 members and the public, to its four branches in and around Cleveland on Thursday for some punch and cookies.
“This is a day to celebrate credit unions as a viable not-for-profit alternative to banking, where people are more important than profit,” says Ben Laurendeau, CEO of FFCCU. “It’s also a day for people who have never experienced a credit union to come in and see what the buzz is about.”