Goodbye Councils & Hello Foundation!
One door closes, another opens…
In May of 2007, I left the National Credit Union Foundation (the national charitable arm of the credit union system) to become the Web Manager at the CUNA Councils. A couple years and a title change later, I’m now leaving the Councils to go back to the Foundation! I’ll be sad to leave my CUNA friends and colleagues, but will only be one floor away on campus here in Madison.
It does mean however, that I’ll be stepping down from the CUNAverse team. The blog has only been part of the credit union blogosphere for four months and I know that with this great group of enthusiastic and talented colleagues, it will be vibrant for years to come. And I won’t be too far away, so I might post as a guest blogger from time to time …
But back to the Councils, I have a deep appreciation for them in many ways and I’ve learned a lot. Too much for one single post, but here are some highlights:
Credit union people actually do cooperate. Obviously I knew that was true before, but information sharing and networking is the basis of the Councils. Even to this day, it’s mind blowing to me to see someone on one of the list serves go “Hey, I’m working on my marketing plan for next year, can someone send me or upload theirs?” Then a dozen members respond happily sharing their files. I have an email I kept from a former banker that joined the council who said it best – “What is impressive and inspirational is the unselfish demonstration of genuine desire to extend assistance to one another.” Indeed. People helping people on another level.
HR people can make list serve topics like dress code and tattoos in the workplace really, really interesting. To wear or to not wear Capri pants, that is the question.
Some people will try and tell you white papers are dead – far from it. The Councils continue to publish them – about 25 a year, with around 250 total papers in circulation – members love them (they are a free member benefit). Sometimes you have to ignore the pundits and continue to listen to your members.
I learned a lot about online community management, but you know that already.
And finally, credit union people continue to be some of the nicest, passionate, inspiring and amazing people I’ve ever met. Whether it be at Council conferences, credit union events, online, in emails, on Twitter, or even around the hallways at CUNA, you all make everyday a little bit better and I’m lucky to know you. Thanks for all you do and thanks for always making me feel like a part of something wonderful.