FEDERAL WAY, Wash. – The Washington Credit Union League has amultiple tier membership system it says takes into considerationthe unique relationships the League has with out-of-state creditunions and others involved with the movement and allows them tobelong to WCUL. In addition to regular affiliated dues-payingleague members with voting rights, the League's bylaws allow forthe following non-voting types of memberships: * associate members:about a dozen CUs from other states with branches in WashingtonState and which are affiliated with a CU trade association in theirown state. May not hold office and dues assessed on a scheduledetermined by WCUL president/CEO. * auxiliary members: for CUs notaffiliated with a trade association in their own state, foreignCUs, and providers of cooperative or not-for-profit services suchas Philippine and Canadian CUs the League has relations with, andthe Yakima Nation Tribal Credit Center. No members in this groupyet. Can not hold office or vote; dues assessed on schedule decidedby League president and aren't less than dues charged regularmembers. Do not have access to CUNA services. * patron members:designed to allow past or present professionals or volunteers (noorganizations, associations or business entities) to remainconnected to the CU movement's information and social networks; cannot hold office or vote at League membership meetings; serviceavailability and pricing at discretion of WCUL president. *non-member sponsors: vendors and suppliers to the CU industry arenot eligible to be members of the League but they can receive oneor more bundled packages of League services; can not vote or holdoffice; service availability and pricing at League president'sdiscretion; no access to CUNA services. In addition to the abovecategories, the League president/CEO also is allowed to usediscretion in administering all policies concerning the delivery ofproducts and services to non-members. WCUL President/CEO JohnAnnaloro says the League often invites non-affiliates to its annualmeeting to spend time networking. He added that the League onlychecks attendees' membership credentials for voting procedures.

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