TULSA, Okla. — Even though disappointed at the outcome, Oklahoma volunteers last week were rallying around a wait 'till next year banner after two of their candidates lost in an unusual election for seats on the Oklahoma Credit Union League Board.

Still, Don Bown, chairman of Municipal Employees Credit Union of Oklahoma City, who was unsuccessful in seeking a second term, called the league leadership shortsighted for failing to support either himself or the other defeated volunteer, Frank Cory, director of Weokie CU, also of Oklahoma City. Volunteer representation on trade association boards has become a topic of much discussion in recent years.

"I guess you call it a closed shop," declared Bown in describing what he said was strong CEO influence in picking new board members for three-year terms in the five way race.

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