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International Credit Union Day Activities Honor CU Commitments to Members

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MADISON, Wis.—Today, credit unions worldwide are celebrating International Credit Union (ICU) Day and this year’s theme, Together We’re Better™. With parades, picnics, special speakers and lobbying events, credit union members and the professionals who serve them are celebrating the role these not-for-profit, member-owned cooperatives play in their communities with a special holiday that can be enjoyed by all people regardless of religion, political beliefs, cultural differences or language.

“In a bustling world, it is easy to lose sight of the impact our credit unions have on the lives of our members and our communities,” said Melvin Edwards, chairman of the World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU). “ICU Day is the one day each year when we can all take time to celebrate that impact.”

“The credit union movement was founded on the philosophy of cooperation and its central values of equality, equity, and mutual self-help,” said Dan Mica, president/ CEO of the Credit Union National Association (CUNA). “This year's theme – ‘Together We're Better’ - focuses on credit unions' track record of serving their members most effectively through cooperation at the local, state, national and international levels.”

CUNA is celebrating ICU Day in Washington, D.C. with a “Hike the Hill” visit to the U.S. Capitol. Credit union leagues from across the country will participate in congressional visits, joining hands to highlight how credit unions differ from other financial institutions and how they have with WOCCU embraced international credit union development along.

After the event, CUNA and WOCCU will jointly sponsor a reception for the participants. Some credit unions leagues, including the Maryland and D.C. Credit Union Association (MDDCCUA), will be holding their own celebratory events. MDDCCUA’s celebration is being held at the Nicaraguan Embassy in Washington, D.C.

On the day following the celebrations, WOCCU’s International Partnerships department will be holding its annual Partnerships Workshop. Credit union leagues involved with one of WOCCU’s 22 partnership programs are invited to share best practices and experiences of their partnership.

International Credit Union Day has been celebrated on the third Thursday in October for the past 59 years. The day is co-sponsored by WOCCU and CUNA and will take place next year on October 16.

El Consejo Mundial de Cooperativas de Ahorro y Crédito es la asociación gremial y agencia de desarrollo para el sistema internacional de cooperativas de ahorro y crédito. El Consejo Mundial promueve el crecimiento sustentable de las cooperativas de ahorro y crédito y otras cooperativas financieras en todo el mundo a fin de facultar a las personas para que mejoren su calidad de vida a través del acceso a servicios financieros asequibles y de alta calidad. El Consejo Mundial realiza esfuerzos de defensa activa en representación del sistema global de las cooperativas de ahorro y crédito ante organizaciones internacionales y trabaja con gobiernos nacionales para mejorar la legislación y la regulación. Sus programas de asistencia técnica introducen nuevas herramientas y tecnologías para fortalecer el desempeño financiero de las cooperativas de ahorro y crédito y profundizar su alcance comunitario.

El Consejo Mundial ha implementado 290 programas de asistencia técnica en 71 países. A nivel mundial, 57,000 cooperativas de ahorro y crédito en 105 países atienden a 217 millones de personas. Obtenga más información sobre el impacto global del Consejo Mundial en

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