League Annual Meetings Look Back at 2020 and Prepare for 2021

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Leaders from the boards of the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues thanked fellow colleagues in the industry for their enduring advocacy and support during an unprecedented year in which credit unions continued spotlighting their unique “member owned” model to local communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The annual business meetings of both state leagues took place on Oct. 26, the same day the Leagues’ first-ever Virtual REACH 2020 conference kicked off.

Even Jim Nussle, president and CEO of the Credit Union National Association (CUNA), chimed in with a brief, inspiring pre-recorded message discussing the local legislative and regulatory environment (and economic challenges) that Nevada credit unions are facing as they continue reaching out to members with COVID-19 financial relief and trustworthy services.

“Thank you for your incredible work during an incredible year as we all continue to ‘REACH’ beyond 2020,” he said. “Credit unions are truly Americans’ financial first responders. You’ve served your members and put them first.”

California’s Annual Meeting: ‘Credit Unions Stood Tall’
This year marks the California League’s 85th annual meeting.

“2020 was highlighted by multiple challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic — and as usual, credit unions across California stood tall against these issues,” said John Cassidy, this past year’s California League board chairman and CEO of Sierra Central CU.

He talked about how credit unions worked to help each other and their members deal with the pandemic crisis. Hundreds of thousands in individual loan relief and loan waivers were granted to members across the state.

“The pandemic also caused our state legislature to do some things that nobody expected, but it could have been a lot worse if our League leadership hadn’t bee there to step in and shield credit unions and consumers,” Cassidy added.

Diana Dykstra, president and CEO of the Leagues, thanked Cassidy and the entire board for their mentorship and leadership. “We do what we do at the League so you can serve your members,” she said.

Nevada’s Annual Meeting: ‘Unselfish Dedication’ by Leaders
For the Nevada League, it was its 51st annual meeting.

“It’s been a gratifying experience representing Nevada member credit unions over the past two years,” said Scott Arkills, this past year’s Nevada League board chairman and CEO of Silver State Schools CU. “We have grown in members and financial metrics. I want to thank you all for your unselfish dedication to the Nevada Credit Union League.”

Dykstra applauded Nevada credit unions for their work in local communities during 2020. “You all stood up and continued to serve your members amid high unemployment and fear of the future,” she said. “You continue to do great work. I want to thank you all for your commitment, your trust, and the staff here at the California and Nevada leagues. We truly honor our partnership with Nevada.”

New CCUL and NCUL Boards of Directors
The California Credit Union League’s 2021 Board of Directors includes: John Cassidy, Sierra Central CU (Chairman and Asset Group D Director); Dave Roughton, SAFE CU (Vice Chair and At Large Director); Geri LaChance, SESLOC FCU (At Large Executive Committee Member and At Large Director); Nader Moghaddam, Financial Partners CU (Past Chairman and At Large Director); Rosie Zarubick, Novo FCU (Asset Group A Director); Chuck Papenfus, Inland Valley FCU (Asset Group B Director); Carol Galizia, LA Financial CU (Asset Group C Director); Jon Hernandez, CalCom FCU (At Large Director); and Teresa Campbell, San Diego County CU (At Large Director).

The Nevada Credit Union League’s 2021 Board of Directors includes: Matt Kershaw, Clark County CU (Chairman); Jennifer Denoo, Great Basin FCU (Vice Chair); Wally Murray, Greater Nevada CU (Secretary/Treasurer); Scott Arkills, Silver State Schools CU (Director); and Rick Schmidt, Weststar CU (Director).

You can watch the entire conference in real-time or on-demand! Click here to experience this exclusive virtual conference on Oct. 26, 28 and 29, and Nov. 4 and 5. REACH 2020 is one of the credit union industry’s premier annual events, drawing leaders and system partners from across California, Nevada and the United States.

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