New Hampshire Credit Union League Celebrates at Annual Convention
More than 170 credit union CEOs, directors, and guests gathered at the historic Omni Mount Washington Resort in Bretton Woods for the New Hampshire Credit Union League's 60th Annual Meeting and Convention. The League has led the way for 60 years through innovation and leadership to create solutions, services, and programs designed exclusively to meet the needs of its member credit unions. The fresh mountain air and pristine landscape made for a picture perfect weekend as the group attended several informative and impactful general sessions on Friday.
League President Paul Gentile moderated a panel consisting of New Hampshire Deputy Bank Commissioner Ingrid White, League Retained Lobbyist David Collins, and League Retained Counsel Russell Hilliard. The discussion focused on the legislative and regulatory issues affecting credit unions in the Granite State. The session included an update on the recodification of NH banking statutes as an overhaul to make processes simpler. Retained Lobbyist David Collins said, "This is a great opportunity for credit unions and banks to work together with legislators."
CEOs and directors sat in a special presentation given by League President Paul Gentile entitled, The Future of the League. The group listened intently as the details of the proposed merger details between the three state leagues, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island were presented. Several questions were asked which initiated positive dialogue among the participants.
Lt. Colonel Robert Darling recounted his riveting eyewitness account of the first 24 hours of the terrorist attack on the U.S. on September 11, 2001 as the last hour of the day's education events. During that hour, the entire room was mesmerized by his story describing his personal experience inside the President's Bunker and the minute-by-minute drama that unfolded beneath the White House. He revealed the actual dialogue that ensued between the following leaders, President George Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, National Security Advisor Dr. Condoleezza Rice, and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. Lt. Colonel Darling ended his presentation with a message to us all. "Because of you, our first responders and military members will continue to protect us because they know you are doing your part here at home to take care of their families. On behalf of those war fighters, thank you. Your contributions are immeasurable to the continued defense of our great nation. Keep doing the incredible, keep praying for victory....and never underestimate the enormous impact you have on the lives of so many!" The entire room expressed their appreciation with a standing ovation.
The guests capped off the evening with a special welcome reception for League President Paul Gentile and a look back at more than 100 years of credit union moments in New Hampshire during dinner.
When the delegates gathered on Saturday morning for the Business Meeting, they heard reports from numerous League committees as well as League Chairman Gerald Dumoulin and League President Gentile. They also heard from special guest speakers including Deputy Bank Commissioner Ingrid White; CUNA Chairman Dennis Pierce; and CUNA Mutual Group Sales Executive Jeffrey Pierce. The attendees were reminded about the importance of family and how the credit unions are a valued member of the Make-A-Wish family as expressed by both Make-A-Wish New Hampshire Director of Development Donna Parker and Wish child Isabella's mom Jen.
During the meeting, the nominating committee announced the results of the election held for positions on the League's Board of Directors. Gerald Dumoulin, President/CEO, Guardian Angel Credit Union; Brian Hughes, President/CEO, Holy Rosary Credit Union and John Young, President/CEO, New Hampshire Federal Credit Union were re-elected to the board for three-year terms.
Credit unions celebrating anniversaries this year were recognized at the meeting and included: Guardian Angel Credit Union, 85 years; Triangle Credit Union, 75 years; MembersFirst Credit Union of NH, 65 years; Cheshire County Federal Credit Union, 55 years; and St. Joseph Hospital Employees' Credit Union, 45 years. Those celebrating anniversaries but not in attendance were: Anheuser-Busch Employees Credit Union, 75 years and NH Community Federal Credit Union, 55 years.
Following the League's annual meeting, the Board of Directors met and re-elected the following table officers: Chairman - Gerald Dumoulin, president/CEO, Guardian Angel Credit Union; Vice Chairman - Timothy Naro, executive vice president/COO, Granite State Credit Union; and Secretary/Treasurer - Brian Hughes, president/CEO, Holy Rosary Credit Union. Rounding out the remainder of the board is: Ronald H. Covey, Jr., president/CEO, St. Mary's Bank Credit Union; Michael A. L'Ecuyer, president/CEO, Bellwether Community Credit Union; Maurice Simard, Jr., president/treasurer, Triangle Credit Union; and John Young, president/CEO, New Hampshire Federal Credit Union.
After an afternoon of playing the Mt. Washington's challenging but scenic golf course, exploring outdoor activities, enjoying some quiet time/reading, etc., the group returned for the reception and a special evening featuring the sounds of The Freese Brothers Big Band from Concord as guests danced the night away!
Special thanks to this year's sponsors
Sponsorship opportunities are a major component for the convention. Ten sponsors helped support the 2014 Annual Convention. Depending on the level of sponsorship, many of the sponsors addressed the group at various functions throughout the weekend. The format allowed sponsors to meet with registrants and guests in a more relaxed setting as part of the convention. The New Hampshire Credit Union League would like to thank this year's sponsors.
General Session Speaker Sponsor
Tricorp Federal Credit Union
Golf Tournament Sponsor
Saturday Entertainment Sponsor
CUNA Mutual Group
60th Anniversary Gift Sponsor
General Session Break Sponsors
CO-OP Financial Services
CU Direct Corporation
New Hampshire Higher Education Loan Corporation
OM Financial Group