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Saving the World... One Member at a Time

Last night's meeting was great!  There were 54 in attendance which is as many as I can remember.  Laurie Moran, from the Danville-Pittsylvania Chamber of Commerce, shared her own personal story about volunteerism and what community involvement means to her.  It was quite touching.  It was also a tremendous encouragement to learn that by and large people are still volunteering for things.  Even the younger generation has about 30% of its people getting involved with volunteer activities.  Laurie spoke about ways that credit unions could get involved in the community.  She suggested that financial education both for individuals and small businesses could be a way to give back to the community and set credit unions apart.

The touching part was her personal story of how once she and a friend faced great opposition to a great idea to help the community.  The influence of her father, who was always there to help others, helped her to realize that she didn't have to save the world, but if what she does saves one person it would be worth it.  This particular event ended up as a huge success and help to many people. 

This is what credit unions are about too.  Our common mission is to help our members one at a time.  Whether it's helping them with a loan, a checking account, or helping them to figure out how they're going to pay their bills after a layoff, credit unions make a difference everyday in the lives of their members.  If we keep that mindset of helping individual members we'll make it through the tough times right along with them.  We don't have to save the world.   Just make your member's day... every day.

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