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Arkansas CU Association Hosts 200+ at Annual Legislative Luncheon
Friday, January 16, 2015 6:55 AM

The Arkansas Credit Union Association held its Legislative Luncheon at the Capitol Hill Building on the grounds of the Arkansas State Capitol in Little Rock on Wednesday, Jan. 14. This annual event always marks the start of the legislative session for the Association.

Credit union leaders and volunteers from across the state were in attendance, as well as the state's senators, representatives, land commissioner, and lieutenant governor. In total, more than 200 people attended. 

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Prior to the luncheon, the Central Arkansas Chapter hosted a briefing at the Association's office for all of the credit union staff and volunteers who were to attend the event. Cornerstone Credit Union League lobbyist Rod Harrod updated the group on important issues that the Association's leaders believe will be introduced this session. They also discussed the luncheon and the role of credit union leaders in educating legislators about credit unions, their members, and their issues.

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"This event is one of the most crucial components of our lobbying efforts," Arkansas Credit Union Association President Reta Kahley said. "It is our opportunity to meet legislators, tell our stories, and do it in a social setting when we are not asking for any specific help on a piece of legislation. Legislators appreciate the effort we put into the event and usually hold our luncheon up as the example to other trade groups or associations on how to host a legislative event."

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"The impressive turnout of lawmakers and staff at the Legislative Luncheon is a strong indicator of the goodwill that credit unions have developed in the Arkansas capital,” said Jim Phelps, Cornerstone’s SVP of Advocacy. "It’s a good example of how sustained grassroots contact can raise our profile with lawmakers."

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