I always enjoy Paul Gentile’s columns and I especially enjoyed his recent column about paying directors (CU Times, Aug. 8). I believe it is a subject that should be openly and vigorously discussed.

By way of background, I began my credit union involvement as an unpaid credit union director 26 years ago in Australia. I was a director in Australia for 23 years before moving to live in the United States three years ago. For half my time as a credit union director I was unpaid and for the other half I was paid. I also served on two other nonprofit boards for many of those years–one paid and one unpaid. Since moving to the U.S., I have closely studied the credit union system and have presented, trained and consulted on credit union board governance issues in over 40 states.

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