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World Council Hosts Polish Journalists

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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 Grzegorz 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 senior 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 importance of state leagues to credit unions and how roles have changed over the years.

During the afternoon the delegation saw credit 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 they served members and the size of the organization, said Daniel Dziewulski, a reporter from TVP- Poland.

CUNA's Mark Condon and Mike Schenk presented to 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 work CUNA Mutual was currently involved in.

The journalists also had the opportunity to meet with some of the credit union press and to see local journalism in action at the Wisconsin State Journal, Capital Times and Channel 27 News.



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 www.woccu.org.



Contacto principal: Rebecca Carpenter
Correo electrónico: rcarpenter@woccu.org
Teléfono: +1-608-395-2031
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