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We have our jobs and then we have our obligations. Or maybe it’s the other way around? Whatever the case or whatever order that might be in, credit unions seem to be really grabbing hold of these concepts of “job” and “obligation” and melding them into one.

The day-to-day of our jobs is what pays us, and gives us experience and knowledge, as we move forward in our careers. Then there are the break-out teams, committees or research groups that many organizations, including credit unions, set up internally to tackle a particular issue that has become a pillar of belief at the organization.

About 20 years ago I was part of a fairly tight group of employees from all areas of a large telecom company. Our goal as a group was to meet quarterly to discuss particular community issues or problems that we could help solve as a company, by donating and distributing money from a large pot of cash that was set aside each year and earmarked just for these reasons.

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Michael Ogden

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