The LSCU & Affiliates President/CEO Patrick La Pine and CUNA President/CEO Bill Cheney began their tour of Alabama and the Florida panhandle with chapter meetings in Huntsville and Birmingham. The Birmingham Chapter also held a reception for Cheney that saw him and La Pine interacting with credit unions and lawmakers.
The Huntsville meeting consisted of the Muscle Shoals and Northeast chapters meeting at Redstone FCU to hear from Cheney. He presented a national overview of the movement including tax reform and the Don't Tax My Credit Union program. Credit unions asked great questions including the effect of the Affordable Healthcare Act. Cheney said his credit union will see a 40-percent increase in healthcare costs.
In Birmingham, Sen. Slade Blackwell (R-Birmingham) and Rep. Paul Demarco (R-Birmingham) attended the reception. This was a great opportunity for them to not only hear from local credit unions, but to hear Cheney speak from a national perspective. It was a broad overview for them.
"The first stop was exactly what we were looking for from credit unions. Asking questions on how the national issues would effect them and giving Bill excellent feedback. Getting a chance to interact with lawmakers will be very positive. It's not often that they get to hear from the national movement," said La Pine.
Wednesday La Pine and Cheney will stop in Tuscaloosa and Montgomery before heading to Mobile for Thursday. You can see more pictures from the trip on the
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CUNA President/CEO Bill Cheney and TVA FCU Marketing Director and Muscle Shoals Chapter president at the Huntsville meeting.
Cheney (left) and LSCU & Affiliates President/CEO Patrick La Pine (left) speak with Redstone FCU EVP/CFO Kathy Cook in Huntsville.
Cheney and Listerhill CU CEO Brad Green speak in Huntsville.
North Alabama Educators CEO Greg Olmstead (left), Councill FCU CEO Rufus Gilmore (center) and Redstone FCU CEO Joe Newberry (left) talk before Cheney's presentation.
Cheney speaks with Rep. Paul DeMarco (R-Birmingham) and LSCU Director of Governmental Affairs, Alabama Jason Cochran.
La Pine and Cheney speak with APCO E CU CEO Merrill Mann in Birmingham.