David L. Chatfield International Training Fund Announced
Supports Training for Credit Union Staff and Leaders Worldwide
Matt Davidson, Executive Vice President-California
and Nevada Credit Union Leagues, announced a
special program to honor David L. Chatfield at the
World Credit Union Conference in Rome July 26.
Chatfield, a former WOCCU Board member and credit
union leader, retires as CEO of the California and
Nevada Credit Union Leagues next April.
The November issue of Credit Union Digest,
the monthly magazine of the league, will carry the
theme "Celebrate – Windows of Opportunity" and
will honor Chatfield's career. Feature stories
will review Dave's career, share stories of his
impact on the credit union movement and reminisce
a bit with photos and histories of his work with
other credit union leaders and members. Special
full and half page display messages will be
accepted through September 12, 2005. All proceeds
will benefit the new David Chatfield International
Training Fund. For more information on the
magazine special edition contact Traci Miller,
or 909.581.3226 by September 12,
Need for International Training
Proceeds from the sale of these display messages
and cash gifts will fund the David L. Chatfield
International Training Fund. Currently, there is a
great need to provide training to credit union
staff and leaders around the world, particularly
in developing countries.
Training of this type includes basic topics such
as sound lending practices, the role and
responsibilities of credit union boards, and
adopting computer technology. WOCCU holds
regional technical conferences in Africa, Eastern
Europe and Latin America. This fund will allow
conferences to be held more regularly and involve
more people, as developing country credit unions
cannot pay fees needed to hold such conferences.
As credit unions around the world become more
sophisticated and more efficiently managed, the
image of the entire movement benefits.
In addition to the Credit Union Digest
message special section, friends of David L.
Chatfield may donate gifts of any amount directly
to the David L. Chatfield International Training
Fund. The fund is administered by the Worldwide
Foundation for Credit Unions, Inc. (WF), the US
501(c)(3) philanthropic arm of the World Council
of Credit Unions, Inc. (WOCCU).
Chatfield Fund donors will be recognized at the
following levels if their gift is received before
September 12, 2005:
$100 - listed in Nov 2005 CU Digest at Waves level;
$350 - listed in Nov 2005 CU Digest at Sun level;
$750 - listed in Nov 2005 CU Digest at Half-page
sponsor level and receive half page ad;
$1,500 - listed in Nov 2005 CU Digest at Full-page
sponsor level and receive full-page ad. Also
recognized as WOCCU Bronze Supporter
Donors at the $5,000 and above levels are also
recognized as WOCCU Supporters and receive
additional donor benefits.
After September 12, when the magazine is sent to
press, gifts will be recognized on a web page
dedicated to the program and in future WOCCU news
For more information on the special Credit
edition and advertising, please contact Traci
Miller, California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues
or 909-581-3226). For more information on the
WOCCU fund see WOCCU's "Get Involved" web page
, or contact Valerie Breunig, Worldwide
Foundation for Credit Unions, Inc. 5710 Mineral Pt
Rd, Madison, WI 53705, Phone: 608.231.7353,
. Gifts to the foundation are fully U.S. tax
David L. Chatfield has served credit unions for
more than four decades
from the volunteer, executive, regulator,
supplier, and league sides.
His commitment and dedication to the credit union
movement have made an
impact on many-not only in the United States, but
throughout the world.
Beginning his credit union career in 1965 as a
volunteer elected official of a small Colorado
credit union, Dave went on to serve as a CUNA
Mutual field representative, general manager for
the New York State Credit Union League service
corporation, and as the first director of
political action in CUNA's Washington office. He
then went north to become president of the Alaska
Credit Union League, and later became an executive
with Alaska USA Federal Credit Union.
In 1988, Dave became the first credit union
professional appointed to the NCUA board. The
following year, he was named the first executive
director of the Filene Research Institute. He also
participated in the creation of the Center for
Credit Union Research at the University of
Wisconsin. In March 1991, Dave accepted a position
on the west coast as president and CEO of the
California Credit Union League. In 1996, his title
was expanded to include president and CEO of the
Nevada Credit Union League.
Dave's involvement with credit unions also
includes: founding the Shapiro Group (after a
private meeting with Leo Shapiro) to provide
special assistance to smaller credit unions;
traveling to Central and Eastern Europe to help
craft legislation for credit unions in Poland and
elsewhere and to encourage the formation of credit
unions in the region; acting as chairman of the
Credit Union House LLC; and serving on the boards
of Western CUNA Management School, O'Rourke Career
Connections LLC, CU West Mortgage Corp., and the
World Council of Credit Unions.
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.
Phone: (608) 395-2000