NOTICE TO MEMBERS:
2020 VIRTUAL ANNUAL MEETING
November 19th, 2020 @ 5PM
To comply with social distancing guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the meeting will be held via zoom conference.
If you plan to attend the meeting, please sign up with a member service representative at the branch or call 315-894-9924. Please provide your full name, email and or phone number you will be calling in with. We will be electing board of directors and going over the credit unions financials. We will hold a question and answer session after the meeting.
Thank you for your patience and understanding. Hopefully, we will return to normal meetings in 2021.
As a not-for-profit that is cooperatively owned by our members, the entire credit union benefits when our members engage and participate in their ownership. That’s why we invite our members to attend our annual meeting each year. It’s an opportunity for you to meet our management and elected board and other volunteers as well as many of the other employees who serve the membership. It’s also an occasion that we use to report on the performance of our mutually owned credit union and look ahead to the future.
Why Do Credit Unions have Annual Meetings?
When you opened your deposit relationship with your credit union, you became an owner because your deposit represents a share of ownership (much like a share of a corporation or stock purchase). At the annual meeting, the members elect a volunteer Board of Directors whose responsibility is to oversee the credit union and serve the membership with decisions that are based upon what will best benefit the credit union’s near- and long-term direction while ensuring it is in the best interest of the membership at large.
If you are interested in serving as a volunteer, we encourage you to review the qualifications and contact us with any questions you may have.
Getting More Involved in your Cooperative
Knowing that you are an owner, whether you have an interest in running for the Board of Directors or not, you may want to see about becoming more involved. Unlike business that’s conducted at a bank, many newer (and often long-time) members are surprised to learn that, when they are part of a credit union, their voice is heard and their opinions really do count.
A credit union’s annual meeting provides a wonderful forum for members to obtain specific financial information about their credit union’s performance from the prior year and learn more about the strategy and efforts that will be followed for the current year.
All members are invited and encouraged to attend the annual meeting, since the information that’s shared impacts the dividends that are paid, the rates that are received, the products that solve life needs, the fees that are sometimes applicable and the reasons that those fees exist, not to mention the investments in technology, branches, ATMs and more.
With all that said, remember that the credit union exists to serve the ever-growing needs of the people who do business with the credit union. They are members and owners who experience more benefit from stronger and deeper relationships. The people who work for the credit union, while they are members first, are genuinely interested in serving other members to help improve the lives of other fellow owners. As the old credit union mantra goes, they are “people helping people.”