MnCUN Welcomes International Partner CENCOPAN to Minnesota
CENCOPAN delegates visiting US Federal Credit Union
The Minnesota Credit Union Network (MnCUN) and
members recently hosted representatives from
CENCOPAN, its partner credit union association in
Paraguay. During their visit, the CENCOPAN
delegation participated in MnCUN's Annual General
Meeting and had the opportunity to visit several
other credit unions and learn about credit union
operations in Minnesota.
The delegation's first stop in Minnesota was
Mid-States Corporate Federal Credit Union office
for a presentation by the President of Minnesota
Operations, Lew Lambert. The rest of the day was
spent at MnCUN's headquarters, where the group
with several staff members to learn more about
MnCUN's operations and the legal/regulatory
framework for credit unions. The day ended with a
tour of the MnCUN offices and check processing
At the start of the Annual General Meeting the
following day, CENCOPAN Board President Modesto
Segovia Boltes discussed their partnership with
Minnesota and how it has benefited CENCOPAN.
After several afternoon break-out sessions,
Minnesota Credit Union Foundation Board President
Kristi Mukomela recognized the visitors from
Paraguay and their contributions to the
partnership program during a MnCUF-hosted
The Meeting continued the next day with more
break-out sessions and an optional tour of the
Weisman Art Museum for the Paraguayan visitors.
MnCUN's Annual General Meeting closed with a
banquet and a fundraising event benefiting Credit
Unions for Kids.
Two members of the Paraguayan delegation,
Viveros and Maria del Carmen Gonzalez, extended
their stay to participate in a three-week
internship, allowing them an inside look at
credit unions in Minnesota. Viveros and Gonzalez
will stay with credit union host families and
will have the opportunity to work closely with
credit union staff on a daily basis during their
stay. The internship will serve as an
opportunity not only for professional
development, but also as an important cultural
exchange between Paraguay and Minnesota.
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