Proponents of membership choice praised CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle and the CUNA board of directors who decided to end the dual membership requirement and to allow membership optionality during a board meeting in Washington Thursday.

"I commend the CUNA board for (its) decision. I appreciate the fact that they were willing to reconsider the issue of membership choice and, after thoroughly considering all of the arguments, display the courage to go in a different direction," Tom Dorety, president/CEO of the $6.5 billion Suncoast Credit Union in Tampa, Fla., said.

Dorety chaired the CUNA Structure and Governance Task Force that recommended in September to the national trade association board that credit unions be given membership choice in CUNA and/or a league.

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