Vote Online Today for the 2005 ICU Day Theme
Madison, WI - Credit union leaders,
staff, and volunteers all over
world are encouraged to participate in an online
poll, voting for their favorite 2005
International Credit Union (ICU) Day theme on the
website of the World Council of Credit Unions,
Click here to cast your vote!
Individuals can choose their favorite theme
one of five finalists. The winning theme will be
announced online on
13th. The finalists include:
Credit Unions: Members Make it Happen
Credit Unions: People Helping People to Help
Credit Unions Connect the World
Power of Cooperation: Innovation... Community...
Cooperatives: Sharing the Spirit
International Credit Union Day celebrates the
history, tradition and spirit of the
international credit union movement. Established
in 1948, International Credit Union Day is
celebrated annually on the third Thursday in
October, bringing people together to reflect upon
their cooperative history, credit union
achievements and to promote the credit union idea
around the world. It's a holiday that can be
enjoyed by everyone – one that crosses religious,
political, cultural and language barriers.
Members of World Council celebrate the day
open houses, picnics, fairs, and parades.
International Credit Union Day is an open
invitation to more than 123 million members in
40,000 credit unions around the world to share
the credit union experience.
"It's up to individuals, credit unions,
leagues and members from movements around the
world to select their favorite ICU Day theme for
2005," noted Kimberly Johnston, WOCCU marketing
and communications manager. Johnston
continued, "Part of the credit union difference
is that we are democratically organized and
operated institutions. What better way to
celebrate ICU Day than to have the theme picked
democratically by members, staff and volunteers
around the world?"
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, 56,000 credit unions in 101 countries serve 200 million people. Learn more about World Council's impact around the world at www.woccu.org.