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Annual Business Meeting highlights 2013 AC&E

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The 2013 LSCU Annual Convention & Exposition (AC& E) is well underway.

Day two of the AC&E began with the Opening Ceremonies and the LSCU Annual Business Meeting. Bill Cheney, CUNA president/CEO was in attendance and spoke about credit union tax exemption, as well as CUNA’s Unite for Good and Don’t Tax My Credit Union initiatives. Attendees were particularly interested in an email Cheney read right from his phone that laid out the rest of the summer on tax reform. It said a draft of tax reform could come in July and be before the Senate before the August break. Of course, as Cheney pointed out, that's a plan, not fact yet.

LSCU & Affiliates President/CEO Patrick La Pine laid out how the League is working for credit unions. He also showed how the numbers suggest that credit unions are seeing improved numbers across both states. At the end, he said the tax fight is real and, while the League is working on a strategy plan for the tax fight, it needs all credit unions to work together on the issues, much like HR 1151.

After the meeting, attendees could begin attending a variety of educational sessions. Thursday and Friday feature 18 educational opportunities. The topics include meeting with state and federal regulators, lending strategies, in-school branches, healthcare strategies, and a small asset sized roundtable. A number of sessions were standing room only. Two more opportunities are coming on Friday.

The exhibit hall has seen great traffic and many of the 120 vendors say they are getting quality leads. Many new first time exhibitors have commented on how the LSCU AC&E is one of the best shows they attend.

Day two of the AC&E also marked the first opportunity to place bids at the LSCU Silent Auction. Be sure to stop by and bid on the more than 115 items. The auction concludes Friday night during the Vegas style  Annual Dinner, Entertainment, & Silent Auction. Spend time with your peers, enjoy the Rat Pack and raise money for the PACs and Children’s Miracle Network. Stay for Friday night and end the conference with a night you won’t forget.

Bill Cheney presented Don’t Tax My Credit Union and Unite for Good during the annual business meeting
Three lucky attendees won $100 bills for attending the Annual Business Meeting
Patrick presenting during the Annual Business meeting

The team of Kenny Mitchell, David Tuyo, Brent Lister and Yusef Adas won this year's golf tournament.

LSCU & Affiliates Chairman Mary Ott Wood ran the business meeting and offered her remarks.

Amerikids sang the National Anthem while the Central Florida Air Force ROTC presented the colors.

Dan Kelley from Seminole Schools talks with Tallahassee Leon’s Lisa Brown

Attendees connected with vendors for two hours on Thursday afternoon.