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“Most battles are won before they are ever fought.”
This quote, made famous by WWII General, George S. Patton, captures the idea behind CU: R.O.A.R.
It’s the Cornerstone Credit Union League’s initiative for grassroots and PAC support that stands for Ready, Organized, Activate, and Respond. Simply put, it is an advocacy program that connects credit union advocates with lawmakers.
While we often boast of "millions of credit union members ready to respond" the reality is that unless we can back it up with real grassroots action, our efforts ring hollow. It is for this reason that we urge you to join CU: R.O.A.R.
The credit union CEO should complete the CU: R.O.A.R. enrollment form below. This will add your credit union to the “ROAR” list, and help us better understand the types of advocacy activities that you are willing to engage in.
Once your credit union is signed up, ask any staff, volunteers or members who are interested in becoming more involved in advocacy to also complete the enrollment form. These folks will serve as your “Advocacy Team” for responding to calls to action or participating in local legislative meetings.
We all know credit unions are highly regulated by both the state and federal government. That means changes in laws and regulations can have a big impact on operations, the bottom-line and, most importantly, our ability to serve our members.
So, if you want to have a say in your own affairs, and don’t want to let others (banks?) control your fate, it only makes sense to become politically engaged.
Not much at all. In fact, it’s really up to you. We realize you’re already busy running a credit union. All we’re asking you to do is agree to “get involved” when we alert you to important issues affecting credit unions.
You always have final decision on which issues you’ll work on and how much effort you’ll put into it. Depending on your time and resources, it might mean you’ll send an email to a lawmaker or visit them at their local office. Or, you might encourage your staff and volunteers to write letters to a regulator on a potentially harmful proposal. Or, you may even join fellow credit union leaders for meetings with lawmakers in Washington, DC. It’s all up to you.
For questions about CU: R.O.A.R. contact Jim Phelps at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 800-442-5762 ext. 6481.