Officials from Maine’s credit unions, the state and the World Acadian Congress 2014 gathered this week at the $156 million Norstate Federal Credit Union in Madawaska to unveil the design of a new commemorative license plate to mark the upcoming gathering.
Revenue generated from the sale of the plates will benefit the World Acadian Congress, set for August 2014, and the Maine Credit Unions' Campaign for Ending Hunger.
This is first time since the U.S. celebrated its bicentennial in 1976 that Maine has issued a commemorative license plate to mark a significant event.
The World Acadian Congress is a cultural festival event held every five years that celebrates the heritage of the Acadians who lived in the northernmost part of Maine, as well as northwestern New Brunswick and southeastern Quebec. The U.S. portion of the World Acadian Congress 2014 will be held in Maine’s Aroostook County and the two-nation event is expected to draw more than 50,000 visitors from 44 countries.
"We are so pleased that Maine credit unions will be the official distribution source for the 2014 WAC commemorative license plates that are available at participating credit unions,” said David Rossignol, chair of the Maine Credit Union League board of directors and president/CEO of Norstate FCU.
"We are also pleased to announce that the 2014 WAC Maine organizers have partnered with us to support a key project of Maine's credit unions-the Maine Credit Unions' Campaign for Ending Hunger. For every plate sold, $1 of the proceeds will support the campaign," Rossignol said.
John Murphy, president of the Maine Credit Union League, said the league and credit unions’ support of the World Acadian Congress 2014 honors the roots of many Maine credit unions.
"Many Maine credit unions had their beginnings in communities that have a strong connection to the French Acadian and Franco-American heritage and culture,” Murphy said. “This is a natural partnership for Maine's credit unions and we are excited to not only support this event, which will benefit the entire state, but also help raise money for the Maine Credit Unions' Campaign for Ending Hunger, a cause that has raised $4.3 million to help end hunger in Maine since it began in 1990.”