World Council Hosts Polish Journalists
Madison, WI—A delegation of thirty Polish
journalists and high level representatives from
the Polish National Association of Cooperative
Savings and Credit Unions (NACSCU) visited
Madison, WI, from May 16-19, to learn about the
credit union system in the United States and to
collaborate with local journalists.
Grzegorz Bierecki, NACSCU president, and
Buczkowski, CEO of NACSCU's Insurance Group
accompanied the delegation of journalist as they
meet with World Council of Credit Union, the
Credit Union National Association, CUNA Mutual
Group and the local media this week.
The delegation met with World Council's
staff: Pete Crear, CEO; Brian Branch, COO and
David Grace, Sr. Manager of Trade Association
Services to discuss current activities,
organizational structure, advocacy efforts and
the importance of credit union development.
Gary Plank, WOCCU board chairman and CEO of the
Arizona Credit Union League shared the
of state leagues to credit unions and how roles
have changed over the years.
During the afternoon the delegation saw
union operations first hand with how credit
unions served members at the UW Credit Union.
Paul Kundert, UW Credit Union CEO also gave a
brief overview of his organization's successes,
membership make up and products and
services. "We were impressed with the advanced
nature of the credit union's operations, how
served members and the size of the organization,
said Daniel Dziewulski, a reporter from TVP-
CUNA's Mark Condon and Mike Schenk presented
the group on the credit union system in the U.S.
They discussed the 'credit union difference' as
manifested in the U.S., including its social
mission and how the government supports credit
unions. The delegation later met with Paul
Thrienen and Sue Racine from CUNA Mutual and
learned about the domestic and international
CUNA Mutual was currently involved in.
The journalists also had the opportunity to
with some of the credit union press and to see
local journalism in action at the Wisconsin
Journal, Capital Times and Channel 27 News.
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.