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Fort Worth Chapter Excels in Advocacy
Monday, October 28, 2013 6:50 AM

Pictured from left to right: Larry Wade, Walter Furnace, Texas Rep. Bill Zedler, Natalie Parish, and Terrie Johnson.

The Fort Worth Chapter of Credit Unions has been busy advocating for the credit union movement. They recently sponsored several robust days of advocacy, training, celebration, and PAC fundraising, including:


CU: ROAR Training

In late September, about a dozen attendees from local credit unions attended the chapter's CU: ROAR training. The training was held in the clubhouse at The Golf Club at Fossil Creek in Fort Worth. Jim Phelps, Cornerstone Credit Union League’s (Cornerstone) vice president of Advocacy, conducted the hour-and-a-half training.

Walter Furnace, legislative coordinator for the chapter, said, "Jim did an outstanding job in presenting the CU: ROAR training. As a longtime member of the League’s Advocacy team, Jim is well equipped to provide this type of training."  


Legislative Meet-N-Greet

After the CU: ROAR training, the Fort Worth group held their chapter program, hosting featured speaker and Texas state representative Bill Zedler (District 96, Tarrant County). Jeff Huffman, Cornerstone's governmental relations vice president, earns kudos for orchestrating Rep. Zedler's appearance at the event, and according to Furnace, "Rep. Zedler has always been accessible to the chapter, be it in Fort Worth or during our Hike the Hill visits in Austin."

Rep. Zedler provided attendees with a recap of the 2013 Texas Legislative Session and the subsequent special sessions. He reported that the 2013 session was "a good one" for credit unions, in light of the passage of the Credit Union Department's legislative package and the fact that no changes were made to the credit union franchise tax exemption. Instead, the Legislature was focused on three major issues this session:  education, water, and transportation. After his presentation, Rep. Zedler took questions from the audience and thanked credit unions for the financial services they provide to members.


Golf Tournament, ICU Day, and PAC Fundraising

Last week, the Fort Worth Chapter sponsored a golf tournament, and Natalie Parish, chapter president, reported, "The weather was perfect at Sky Creek Golf Club as 102 golfers teed off for a great round supporting Cornerstone Credit Union League PAC. This year, the Fort Worth Chapter raised a total of $3,180 with his golf efforts."

For its October chapter meeting, to celebrate International Credit Union Day, and to raise funds for the TCCUL PAC, the Fort Worth Chapter of Credit Unions hosted its 2nd Annual Chili Cook-Off and Cake Auction at Rahr Brewery. Fourteen chili cooks competed, and over 100 people attended the event.

Votes for the first and second place People's Choice awards were taken in the form of dollars. Voters placed the money in small boxes in front of their favorite chili—an easy, fun, and effective way to raise PAC funds! $453 dollars were collected through votes that evening. The chapter served hot dogs, Fritos, and all the fixings to accompany the delicious chili.

Later that evening, the chapter held its annual cake auction. Volunteers from chapter credit unions baked and brought 62 cakes for the live auction, garnering a little over $2,400 for the PAC.

The Fort Worth Chapter of Credit Unions proves that PAC fundraising can be fun. Attendees had a great time supporting their PAC, enjoying the festivities, and networking with other credit union employees and chapter vendors. To top things off, each attendee received a glass complete with the cook-off logo. All total, the chili cook-off raised a total of $3,220 for PAC.

Cornerstone would love to hear stories about credit union activities and events. Do you have some advocacy happenings you'd like to share with other credit unions? Contact Kimber Cockrill at or Linda Webb-Mañon at