<p>I always enjoy reading predictions-some are usable in future planning and others are just wild guesses. Mike Welch’s January 2002 “Predictions” column takes yet another swing at the Renaissance Commission (“CUNA will enjoy a number of legislative successes, but not under the umbrella of the Renaissance Commission…”), a development that I predict will fall into the latter category. The mission of the Renaissance Commission was clear: “Dream big, look ahead, test old notions and develop new ideas.” The original Renaissance recommendations were sent to the credit union community for comment and then were modified by the Governmental Affairs Committee to 1) ensure real-world viability, and 2) address concerns by the CUNA Board. This should send a clear message that Renaissance is and will be a part of CUNA’s governmental affairs efforts this year and beyond. I feel certain that Mr. Welch’s prediction about Renaissance will be as accurate as the one he makes about the NCUA Board having two-holdover members in early 2002. Let’s all work together to acquire good legislation and regulation! Richard L. Ensweiler President, Texas Credit Union League Chairman, CUNA Governmental Affairs Committee</p>

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