First, I am a 25-year member of Columbia Credit Union (CCU).Second, I must say that the Save CCU organization is incrediblyhypocritical on several accounts. The following is a good exampleof just one. Under the "Want to Help?" page on Save CCU's Web sitethe following is mentioned in a list of things supporters can do tohelp the Save CCU group further their cause along: "(VERYIMPORTANT!) Be sure to attend the forthcoming "Special Meeting"!This should be the chance - finally! - to get ALL the details outon the table, with EVERYBODY awake and aware of the issue. The votecan still go either way (yes, everybody IS entitled to their ownopinion!), but this time it will at least be the most honest andtrue representation of the will of the full membership that ispossible to achieve. And that's the right way to do it!" In abovestatement, you will notice the claim that "EVERYBODY" will be"aware and awake" concerning conversion issues, the board, etc.There is also mention that the "will of the full membership" willbe heard and represented at such a meeting. This is a ludicrous setof statements for several reasons when you look at it logically. 1.How can "EVERYBODY" attend a special meeting when there is not afacility in the area that will accommodate 59,000+ members? 2. Ofcourse, everyone will not be able to attend the meeting, but even a36% turnout would exceed the Rose Garden's capacity. A 16% turnout(the same percentage that voted on the conversion issue) wouldproduce a turnout of almost 9,500 people. Where in Vancouver couldsuch a place be found? The Clark County Fair Grounds? Perhaps, butcould you imagine the expense for CCU and the hardship in parking,traveling, time, etc. for members to participate in such a meeting?I think one can quickly realize that the special meeting the SaveCCU organization calls for would result in only a fraction of themembership attending. Since the meeting calls for a member to bepresent in order to vote (there would be no mail-in ballot option)some members would be disenfranchised. This is what I believe theSave CCU group is hoping for in order to pack a meeting with fellowdissidents to push through their agenda. Also suspect, is that theorganization's leader is an ex-CEO of the credit union. Any guessas to which person this group nominates first for the new board? Itis clear to me that the Save CCU organization is a fraud andinterested in serving its own interests, while using the "front"that it's moving forward in the member's best interests. I noticedthat since the CCU board's decision to reject this group'spetition, the Save CCU organization has unleashed several rhetoricdriven accusations and charges against them without mention of theboard's primary concern: a member must be present to vote.Ironically, the Save CCU organization founded their entire movementbased on the claim that all members were not given the chance to beheard during the recent mail-in vote to convert to a member ownedbank. So instead of embracing the board's decision, Save CCU ispushing for a meeting to remove the current board and appoint a newone when they know full well that all members cannot possiblyattend, vote and be heard. Brad Huston Battle Ground, WashingtonColumbia Community CU Member

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