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Record Number of Supporters Attend DC Reception

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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 Embassy 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 of 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 in Africa; International Partnership Program activities; and enabled the work with the Russian 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 Union 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 country 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 credit union development efforts or for more information on World Council of Credit Unions' Worldwide Foundation, visit or contact Valerie Breunig at or 608-231- 7353.

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 103 países atienden a 208 millones de personas. Obtenga más información sobre el impacto global del Consejo Mundial en

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