Why it’s Our Duty to Mention Credit Unions on a First Date
From Rachel Best:
I think we all love credit unions. Or we wouldn’t be reading this totally splendid blog, right?
In fact, I would go so far as to say that “credit union people” are more vocal about their love of their credit union than bank people. We tell the grocery clerk about the differences between a credit union and a bank. We say, “Hey, I get my ATM transactions surcharge-free, how about you?” We argue tax-exempt status with our friend who works for a community bank and then make a pact to stop discussing it so we can stay friends.
I think I talk more about credit unions than astronauts talk about the moon. When people ask me where I work, my friends all go, “Is this where you start talking about credit unions?” No joke…they actually do this. YES, this is when I start talking about credit unions and their awesomeness. And most of them love it (or in the case of the above community banker friend – tolerate it) because they are credit union members themselves. For those that aren’t, I try to show them the light. I’ve had new acquaintances and professional friends comment at the end of my credit union diatribe, “Why isn’t everyone in a credit union then?” I tell them that they qualify and visit creditunion.coop, etc, etc. I forgo mentioning that it’s because big banks are bad. Got to keep it friendly, you know?
I lecture young cousins about where to get their first loans. And while I wouldn’t know from personal experience, I’ve heard that bars are a great place to discuss credit unions. Mention it on first dates – you’ll know right away if your compatible! Who cares if it’s awkward, embrace it, it’s our duty! Ask, “Do I look like the Little Guy when I carry this umbrella?”
If you haven’t gotten someone to say “Why isn’t everyone in a credit union then?” this month, then we’ve failed. I don’t think we are doing our job nor our service to fellow citizens if we don’t get them to realize what they are missing.
So go out and get them champs! If you can’t bring people to the mountain, bring the mountain to the people.
Rachel Best is the Meetings and Exhibits Manager for the Credit Union National Association. Read her last CUNAverse blog post here.