Credit unions across the world will celebrate International Credit Union Day on Oct. 17. The theme this year is Unite for Good, playing off of the CUNA initiative from earlier this year. Credit unions will hold open houses, special contests for kids and generally celebrate what makes them unique. This is something that has been going on for nearly 100 years.
According to Credit Union Magazine, Credit Union Day was originally celebrated on Jan. 17; the birthday of Benjamin Franklin. Credit unions felt he embodied the credit union spirit. That date stood from 1927 to 1948, however not much celebrating happened. CUNA and CUNA Mutual Insurance Society decided to move the special day to October and to the third week. More celebrating took place on Credit Union Day from 1948 to 1971. By that time more credit unions were popping up across the world. Credit Union Day was switched to International Credit Union Day as credit unions from Canada, Australia, Great Britain, the Caribbean and beyond began celebrating.