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May 25, 2005

2005 International Credit Union Day Theme Chosen

Credit Unions: Members Make It Happen

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Madison, WI - Credit union leaders, members and volunteers all over the world played a role in choosing this year's International Credit Union Day (ICU Day) theme, Credit Unions: Members Make it Happen. Individuals were able to vote for their favorite theme on World Council of Credit Unions' on-line poll. Out of 3,753 votes, 1,887 voters (50%) chose this year's theme.

Other potential themes included: Credit Unions: People Helping People to Help Themselves (receiving 20% of the vote); Credit Unions Connect the World (11%); Cooperatives: Sharing the Spirit (11%); The Power of Cooperation: Innovation...Community...Commitment...Success (8%).

Kimberly Johnston, WOCCU marketing and communications manager noted, "World Council would like to thank everyone who participated in this year's theme selection." She continued, "International Credit Union Day artwork will be available on the WOCCU website on June 10, 2005."

World Council of Credit Unions is the global trade association and development agency for credit unions. World Council promotes the sustainable development of credit unions and other financial cooperatives around the world to empower people through access to high quality and affordable financial services. World Council advocates on behalf of the global credit union system before international organizations and works with national governments to improve legislation and regulation. Its technical assistance programs introduce new tools and technologies to strengthen credit unions' financial performance and increase their outreach.

World Council has implemented more than 290 technical assistance programs in 71 countries. Worldwide, 60,500 credit unions in 109 countries serve 223 million people. Learn more about World Council's impact around the world at


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