Record Number of Supporters Attend DC Reception
Gary Plank, WOCCU board chairman thanks WOCCU Supporters for their role in credit union development.
Washington, DC— Just blocks from the United
States Capitol, the World Council of Credit
Unions hosted a sold out donor reception at the
Canadian Embassy Saturday evening. A record
crowd of 360 World Council Supporters attended
the event, which coincides with the CUNA
Governmental Affairs Conference.
Ron McMorran, Finance Counsellor at the
of Canada, a supporter of the international
credit union movement, officially welcomed the
group on behalf of Ambassador Michael Wilson and
the entire embassy staff. The WOCCU Supporters
Reception recognizes and celebrates the impact
the Supporters Program, which in 2006 raised
almost $1.2 million to support international
credit union development work.
Gary Plank, World Council board chairman
noted, "The money raised through the Supporters
Program funds projects such as the Strathmore-
WOCCU African Management Institute, the first
credit union certification program of its kind
Africa; International Partnership Program
activities; and enabled the work with the
Credit Union League to develop an advocacy
program, data processing systems, training
programs and a marketing component." Donations
to the WOCCU Disaster Relief Fund continued to
help rebuild credit unions and communities
destroyed by the tsunami in Sri Lanka as well as
mudslides in the Philippines.
Penny Reeves, a World Council and Credit
Central of Canada board member concluded the
evening's program and thanked individual donors,
along with inviting attendees to World Council's
2007 World Credit Union Conference in Calgary,
Alberta July 29-August 1. Reeves shared, "We in
Alberta are delighted to have been chosen as the
host province. Our Canadian system includes
1,156 credit unions and caisse populaires, with
more than 10.6 million members across the
and $180 billion in assets."
l-r: Ron McMorran, Finance Counsellor at the Candian Embassy poses with Pete Crear, WOCCU CEO during the reception.
To learn how you can support international
union development efforts or for more
on World Council of Credit Unions' Worldwide
Foundation, visit www.woccu.org or contact
Valerie Breunig at firstname.lastname@example.org or 608-231-
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, 56,000 credit unions in 101 countries serve 200 million people. Learn more about World Council's impact around the world at www.woccu.org.