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State Government Affairs Conference built relationships

Jan 30, 2018
By Christine Henzig, Director of Communications
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More than 200 credit union Activists gathered in the Rotunda of the state Capitol

The League's January Government Affairs Conference (GAC) brought more than 200 Activists (above, in the state Capitol Rotunda) in Madison to further acquaint lawmakers with their credit union, thank them for their recent support in passing credit union-supported legislation and to seek support for new legislation that would provide equal treatment for credit unions with federally chartered credit unions regarding exams.

The state GAC featured:

Legislative Office Visits

GAC attendees visited their lawmakers

More than 800 pairings of Activists and lawmakers or their staff - like this one with James Nelson (above far right), a staffer for Rep. Leon Young (D-Milwaukee) - helped Activists explain what they do and state priorities that legislators can help support. In the visits, Activists:

Debriefing Following Capitol Visits

Government Affairs Specialist Andrea Gugel led the post-Capitol visit debriefing

League Government Affairs Specialist Andrea Gugel (above) led the group's post-Capitol visit debriefing, which updates the group and The League on the outcome of legislative meetings and ensures prompt follow-up on any issues or questions.

Evening Reception

Activists mingled with their lawmakers at a casual reception

Activists met again in the evening to mingle with lawmakers. The casual networking helps Activists build relationships, like the crew from Bull's Eye Credit Union did with Rep. Scott Krug (R-Nekoosa), above, center.

Governor's Address

GAC attendees watched Governor Walker give his State of the State Address

Attendees grabbed some popcorn and watched Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (above) give his State of the State address, which he provided to a statewide audience from a location down the street.

Advocacy Update

League VP of Government Affairs Sarah Wainscott provided an advocacy update

League Vice President of Government Affairs Sarah Wainscott (above) provided the big picture on advocacy, explaining the development of a statewide prize-linked savings program, an Advocacy Army of credit union volunteers, prep for Convention and potential future legislation.

Tapping opportunity 

Gene Marks shared ideas to capitalize on opportunities created by federal policy changes

A keynote address from Gene Marks, a columnist, entrepreneur and business owner (above), shared how new legislation and the policies of the Trump Administration will affect credit unions and members. He highlighted new technologies that can help credit unions and actions that can help members.

Back Your PAC Trivia Night

Trivia Night offered a spectacular view of Madison and fierce competition

Many Activists (above) convened Monday evening before the GAC for a second-annual pre-GAC fundraiser for WCULAF, credit unions' state-level political action committee supporting credit union-friendly and strategically important legislators and committees. A fierce but friendly trivia competition raised more than $9,000. Special thanks to Val Mindak of Park City Credit Union, Steve Nothem of Premier Financial Credit Union, Colleen Woggon of Oakdale Credit Union and Michele Lehmann of St. Mary's & Affiliates Credit Union for their dedication and hard work to make the event a success.

More Information

Your next opportunity to engage with Wisconsin lawmakers - at the federal level - is at the CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference, Feb. 25-March 1 in Washington, D.C., featuring our HYPE event for first-time attendees and Young Professionals.

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