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At the end of “It’s a Wonderful Life,” we never really know if George Bailey retires from the Bailey Building and Loan in Bedford Falls or not-but I won’t be retiring from North Side Community Federal Credit Union. I’m moving on to a new position as executive director at Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago next month. After 10 years at North Side, I’d like to offer a couple of reflections on my experience.

While I never experienced an examiner throwing a dollar in the hat like at the end of the film, I have to say they have been fair and even helpful. I hear the examiner horror stories, especially from small and community development credit unions. Fortunately, I haven’t seen it.

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