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Philosophy in Action Workshop

Credit Union Philosophy in Action Workshop Scheduled for October 15-16, at CFE Credit Union in Lake Mary, Florida.

The League of Southeastern Credit Unions (LSCU) will present a Credit Union Philosophy in Action Workshop, October 15-16, in Lake Mary, Fla. at CFE Credit Union. Modeled after the National Credit Union Foundation’s very successful Credit Union Development Education (CUDE) program, the workshop will provide participants with a historical perspective on credit unions and cooperatives while focusing on how to implement the seven cooperative principles of credit unions in their day-to-day work activities. The day and a half workshop will be led by Lois Kitsch, national program manager for the National Credit Union Foundation and development education facilitator for the National Credit Union Foundation’s CUDE program, and Larry Blanchard, senior vice president and Washington representative for CUNA Mutual.

 “After completing the CUDE program last year, I saw the need to offer a similar program to our Alabama and Florida credit unions,” said Cassandra Grayson, association services chief of staff for the League of Southeastern Credit Unions. “Patrick La Pine [LSCU president/CEO] also recognized the need to educate new and upcoming credit union leaders on the credit union philosophy and cooperative principles, so we worked with the National Credit Union Foundation to develop a program incorporating the core concepts of the CUDE program.”

With the retiring of many credit union CEOs and top management, new individuals are entering the credit union ranks at an unprecedented pace, noted Laura Vann, VP, Cooperative Initiatives. “We think that it is the perfect time to offer an intense training program on how to put the credit union philosophy into action on a day-to-day basis.

The workshop is an appropriate learning experience for both seasoned credit union executives as well as the individuals new to the credit union movement. The program is designed to get them to think, individually and as a group, about new approaches to similar problems and concerns.”

While the CUDE program is an intensive, week-long program, the October Philosophy in Action Workshop will offer a similar experience in a compressed format. According to Lois Kitsch, CUDE training provides participants with critical lessons in cooperative principles and credit union philosophy while incorporating challenges credit unions face today.

“At our workshop, we will aim at providing participants with the same critical lessons by incorporating both classroom instruction and group activities,” said Vann. “We want to energize, and re-energize, credit union leaders in Alabama and Florida about the credit union movement and the deep-seeded principles that make credit unions unique from other financial service providers. It is our hope that participants will take the lessons learned back to their own credit unions and share them throughout their organizations.”