Special Advocacy Reception at Convention Puts Credit Union Volunteers at the Forefront of Political Advocacy

As part of its initiative to educate, train, and build an “army” of volunteer advocates, the New Jersey Credit Union League has extended an invitation to all New Jersey credit union volunteers attending its 2018 Convention to a special Advocacy Reception Sunday at 2:15 pm with special guest State Senator Jeff Van Drew, the leading candidate to replace retiring Congressman LoBiondo in the 2nd District.

Gary Chizmadia, CUDE, Chairman of Credit Union of New Jersey and a member of CUNA’s Volunteer Leadership Committee (VLC), also extended a personal invitation to these volunteers, urging them to attend and become active in credit union legislative advocacy efforts.

To RSVP to attend the reception, credit union volunteers can send an email to Kristen Lopez at klopez@njcul.org

The New Jersey Credit Union League, CUNA, and the state league system have been working diligently to introduce the concept of a Volunteer Advocacy Army nationally.

On the state level, the mission of NJCUL’s Army of Volunteers is to support the League’s advocacy efforts and implementation of the credit union public policy agenda by increasing awareness and visibility of the state’s credit union industry among opinion-leaders, policymakers and elected officials in Trenton and Washington, positioning the NJCUL, its affiliates and member credit unions to ensure an environment in which credit unions are able to successfully meet member needs in a changing and expanding financial services marketplace, and ensuring credit unions are able to engage opponents on an equal footing when competing for support among state lawmakers and New Jersey’s congressional delegation.

Members have the opportunity to participate in, and provide guidance to, the establishment of the NJ credit union industry’s legislative and public policy initiatives, priorities and goals, establish and build long-term relationships with key public officials and help marshal the credit union movement’s grassroots strength in support of those initiatives, priorities, and goals.

Membership is open to interested credit union volunteers willing to actively support the legislative and public policy agenda of New Jersey’s credit unions. Army of Volunteers members must be doers, not talkers. Activities will include the opportunity to meet with lawmakers in Trenton and Washington.

Anyone interested in participating should call or email NJCUL Vice President of Corporate & Governmental Affairs Chris Abeel at 800-792-8861, ext. 127 or cabeel@njcul.org