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Pineywoods Chapter Makes Advocacy a Priority
Friday, February 12, 2016 7:00 AM

Pineywoods Chapter Makes Advocacy a Priority
(Pictured left to right): State Rep. Travis Clardy; Sherry Hellwig, Pineywoods Chapter program chair; Jim Phelps, SVP of advocacy, Cornerstone Credit Union League; State Rep. Trent Ashby; and Jonathan Matthews, Pineywoods Chapter president.

The Pineywoods Chapter of Credit Unions has made advocacy a major focus of their activities, and they're getting results.   

Last year, the chapter exceeded their fundraising goals by more than 200 percent. In addition, they are proactively encouraging local credit unions to take action when a critical legislative or regulatory call is issued. 

“Our chapter understands the essential role that advocacy plays in our daily lives as credit union professionals,” said Jonathan Matthews, CEO of Southland FCU and Pineywoods Chapter President. “Chapter meetings are a great forum for bringing credit unions together to talk about key advocacy issues and build relationships with lawmakers.”

The chapter recently hosted two local lawmakers, State Rep. Travis Clardy (TX-11) and State Rep. Trent Ashby (TX-57), to discuss economic issues affecting East Texas. 

Matthews added, “Our chapter board wants to continue to offer more advocacy and community outreach-themed programs. It’s an effective way to enhance the profile of credit unions in our community.” 

For information on how your chapter can become more involved in advocacy, contact Gretchen Ziegler, Cornerstone’s VP of political affairs, at gziegler@cornerstoneleague.coop.