WOCCU Board Chairman Addresses Irish CU League
L.R. (Bobby) McVeigh presents an award at Killarney Credit Union's open house.
Killarney, Ireland—World Council of Credit
Unions, Inc. (WOCCU)'s board chairman, L. R.
(Bobby) McVeigh addressed Irish credit union
leaders last week at the Bi-Annual Delegate
Meeting held in Killarney, Ireland. ILCU, the
credit union movement with the highest
penetration rate of any credit union movement in
the world – having 2,800,000 members – also
enjoys the largest number of delegates. The
Irish credit union system was founded, and is
still shaped in great deal, by volunteer
governance at all levels, from local to
ILCU board members pose for a photo at the Killarney Ireland Civic Reception.
In McVeigh's remarks to the ILCU membership he
recognized the work of Irish credit unions, but
noted that there is still more to do. "The wants
for many of us are many and the actual needs are
few. For example, for the price of three cups of
tea in Ireland, you could support a child in
certain parts of the developing world for a
week. Credit union work is essential, and
through your support of World Council that is
happening," commented McVeigh.
The close of McVeigh's speech focused on
development and how individuals can get
involved. McVeigh paid special thanks to Jim
McMahon, former WOCCU board member and ILCU board
member, and John O'Reagan, outgoing ILCU board
chairman, for their continued support of World
Council and development work.
At the close of the meeting ILCU delegates
officially elected their first female ILCU board
chairman, Anne O'Bryne.
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, 57,000 credit unions in 105 countries serve 217 million people. Learn more about World Council's impact around the world at www.woccu.org.