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Kansas, Missouri Credit Union Leaders Share #CUDifference at GAC

More than 70 Kansas and Missouri credit union advocates are in Washington, D.C. to share the credit union difference as part of the Credit Union National Association’s (CUNA) Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC) in Washington, D.C., February 21-25. Participants include several first-time attendees and represent 22 credit unions, the Heartland Credit Union Association (HCUA) and Kansas Corporate Credit Union.

HCUA President/CEOs Marla Marsh and Don Cohenour represented Kansas and Missouri during the opening ceremony presentation of state flags. Displays in the GAC Convention entry highlighted ways credit unions are making a difference in their communities - including multiple examples contributed by Heartland Credit Union Association member credit unions. Both states are represented in the GAC Crashers program by Ashley Scoggins from West Community Credit Union (O'Fallon, MO) and Jason Carlson from Meritrust Credit Union (Wichita, KS).

Watch Monday's GAC recap to see and hear from some familiar HCUA member credit union advocates.

Capitol Hill visits take place February 24-25. Attendees came together for a legislative briefing and group dinner on February 23 to review bills and topics in advance of the  meetings with federal lawmakers. There are multiple issues facing credit unions and their members,  including the importance of the credit union tax status, need for improved merchant data security measures, addressing the growth in regulatory burden and outside agencies' impact on credit union's ability to serve members. In addition, member business lending, supplemental capital and parity bills for credit unions will be addressed.

HCUA utilized a nationwide credit union study on regulatory burden and its impact on credit unions and their members, as a result they created handouts for the Congressional delegation. Click here for the Kansas HCUA regulatory burden impact information. Click here for the Missouri HCUA regulatory burden impact information.

"Credit union volunteers and staff coming to Capitol Hill to express their members' concerns and explain how proposed legislation and policies affect them makes an impact," says Amy McLard, HCUA Advocacy. “The difference credit unions have on people's lives back in the district is important for lawmakers and staff to hear about. GAC attendees bring that information direct from Kansas and Missouri credit unions and make it real to our elected officials."

HCUA thanks the following Kansas and Missouri credit unions for participating in the 2016 CUNA GAC:

  • Anheuser-Busch Employees’ Credit Union
  • Arsenal Credit Union
  • CommunityAmerica Credit Union
  • Credit Union of America
  • Educational Credit Union
  • Electro Savings Credit Union
  • Envista Credit Union
  • Frontier Community Credit Union
  • Heartland Credit Union
  • Infuze Credit Union
  • Mainstreet Credit Union
  • Mazuma Credit Union
  • McPherson Coop Credit Union
  • Meritrust Credit Union
  • Mid American Credit Union
  • Ozark Federal Credit Union
  • St. Louis Community Credit Union
  • United Consumers Credit Union
  • Vantage Credit Union
  • West Community Credit Union
  • Wheat State Credit Union
  • Wichita Federal Credit Union

Like the Credit Union Advocates Facebook page and follow @Advocate4CUs to stay up-to-date on HCUA activities at the GAC. The HCUA newsletter will have additional information and photos from Hill visits next week.

Take Action at Home

While credit union leaders are in Washington, D.C., support from home is very important. Credit union advocates are encouraged to make a short, 15-second-or-less video telling what the credit union difference means to you. You can post it to Twitter, Facebook and/or Instagram using the hashtag #CUdifference. 

For more social media tips, read this article

Caption (top): Marla Marsh and Don Cohenour represented Kansas and Missouri (respectively) during the flag presentation of GAC's opening ceremony. 

Caption (bottom): Jeremy Stauffacher, of Heartland Credit Union (Hutchinson, KS).