WOCCU Commemorates CUNA
Cuna Turns 70, Receives Credit Union Ambassador's Award From WOCCU
Gary Plank, WOCCU delegate and first vice chairman (right) presents the Credit Union Ambassador Award to CUNA president (center) Dan Mica and board chairman Dick Ensweiler
In honor of Credit Union National
(CUNA) 70th anniversary, the World Council of
Credit Unions, Inc. (WOCCU) presented their
largest member with a Credit Union Ambassador's
Award on October 23. WOCCU began as an
outgrowth of CUNA, CUNA International, before
gaining autonomy, and CUNA has since become
their largest member.
Gary Plank, WOCCU delegate and first vice
chairman of the board, delivered a speech
commemorating CUNA on its achievement, focusing
on their role in the International Partnerships
program—an initiative that pairs credit unions
in developed and developing nations for mutual
development. CUNA contributes monetary support
and technical assistance to the program, which
continues to thrive, adding three new
Partnerships last year.
Plank also spoke more generally about the
supportive relationship between WOCCU and CUNA,
saying, "Over the years, CUNA has been an
invaluable mentor, partner and friend to
WOCCU." He added that CUNA has "guided our
organization, taught us through example, stepped
in when needed and encouraged our many
international development efforts." After his
speech, Plank presented the award to CUNA
president and CEO Dan Mica.
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, 51,000 credit unions in 100 countries serve 196 million people. Learn more about World Council's impact around the world at www.woccu.org.