Georgia & Polish Credit Unions Celebrate 10 Years of People to People Partnership in Krakow, Poland
Duluth, GA – Seventeen representatives from eight
Georgia credit unions and the Georgia Credit Union
Affiliates (GCUA) recently participated in the
10th Anniversary Celebration of the People to
People Partnership in Krakow, Poland from June
The highlight of the trip was a symposium entitled
"Focus on the Future-The Next 10 Years." The
event included a presentation of the highlights
and successes of the first ten years of the
partnership and an open dialogue session led by
Mike Mercer, President, Georgia Credit Union
Affiliates (GCUA) and Grzegorz Bierecki,
President, National Association of Cooperative and
Savings Credit Unions (NACSCU).
The symposium also featured partnership success
profiles presented by the Georgia and Polish
credit unions, and discussions on identifying
priorities for future partnership collaborations.
"This celebration was one of the most fulfilling
and thought provoking events of our 10-year
partnership with the Polish credit union system.
Participants left the celebration with a deeper
appreciation of what the Polish credit union
system has achieved in terms of serving the
consumers of Poland. In addition, the Polish
credit union movement has been instrumental in the
growth and development of credit unions within
several former east block countries," according to
Dan Denning, Staff Liaison for the Georgia/Polish
partnership at GCUA.
Additional highlights of the trip included the
delegations' participation in the 13th Annual
General Meeting of NACSCU. In addition to the
Georgia delegation, there were hundreds of
attendees from the eastern European countries of
Lithuania, Ukraine, Belarus, Romania and Moldova;
all of which have been assisted in starting their
own credit unions by the Polish credit union
system. Representatives from the World Council of
Credit Unions (WOCCU) were also present.
The Polish Partnership was formed on May 12, 1995
to establish cooperation for the benefit of the
Poland and Georgia credit union movements. This
partnership has focused on assistance in
developing new products and services, direct
training for leaders of new Polish credit unions,
sharing information and expertise, funding special
projects, providing technical assistance and
participating in exchange visits. Thirteen
Georgia credit unions have participated in the
program since its inception.
The Georgia credit unions represented on the trip
were: BOND Community Credit Union, Delta
Employees Credit Union, Gwinnett Federal Credit
Union, Health Center Credit Union, Lockheed
Georgia Employees' Federal Credit Union, MACO
Educators Federal Credit Union, Robins Federal
Credit Union and TIC Federal Credit Union.
Since its rebirth in 1991 the Poland credit union
movement has become Poland's largest network of
financial services. They have accumulated more
than $1 billion USD in consumer savings with more
than seventy-seven credit unions serving more than
1 million Polish citizens.
Georgia credit unions are cooperative non-profit
financial institutions that help members and their
families achieve their financial goals. Credit
unions' service and operations are guided by four
cooperative principles: "Members, Not Just
Customers," "One Member, One Vote," "Service Makes
the Difference," and "Profits Belong to the
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Contact: Daniel Denning
Organization: Georgia Credit Union Foundation
Phone: 770-476-9625 ext. 3425