Throw a dart on the calendar and chances are any date you hitthere is a group of credit union leaders meeting somewhere. Thecredit union industry is now supporting more meetings and eventsthan ever before, and the dynamics are changing. It's also becomingbrutally competitive.

Speaking of that, let's start with the most obviouscompetition–CUNA and NAFCU. If you start planning your conferenceschedule for next year you will notice that CUNA and NAFCU are nowpiggybacking each other on a major event.

CUNA's flagship event is and will always be the CUNAGovernmental Affairs Conference held in Washington, D.C. around theend of February/beginning of March. NAFCU's biggest event of courseis its annual conference held in the first half of July. CUNA'snext big meeting, its annual meeting, has been bouncing all overthe calendar and the name continues to change. Once just the CUNAAnnual Meeting, it changed to the CUNA Future Forum and changedagain this year to CUNA's America's Credit Union Conference andExposition. All these name changes are bad–consistency rules whenit comes to annual events. CUNA needs to find a name it likes andstick with it. CUNA has also changed the timing of the event fromSeptember to June and now next year to July! Again, where's theconsistency?

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