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Thriving Pine Bluff Chapter of CUs Welcomes Three New Members
Monday, June 1, 2015 6:45 AM

Exciting things are happening in the Pine Bluff Chapter of Credit Unions. At their regular meeting last week, they welcomed three additional credit unions:  Timberline Federal Credit Union in Crossett, Arkansas; Superior Federal Credit Union in Warren/Monticello; and River Valley Community Federal Credit Union in Camden. When the South Arkansas Chapter disbanded late last year, these three credit unions opted to join the thriving Pine Bluff Chapter. 

Ron Harrod, lobbyist and governmental affairs consultant for the Arkansas Credit Union Association and Cornerstone Credit Union League, spoke to a group of about 60 people about the legislative session that ended in Arkansas, as well as the special session that began in the state capitol. 

Harrod highlighted the bills that passed, as well as the ones the League worked hard to kill. He gave the attendees an overview of the interchange bill that was introduced late in the session and told the credit unions in attendance how passage of that bill would have effectively ended the use of debit and credit cards in Arkansas. He talked about the team effort between the league, the association, CUNA, and affiliates; and the electronic payment systems in getting this bill sent to interim study, where it was effectively dead for this session.

Arkansas Credit Union Association President Reta Kahley and CULAC trustee for Arkansas, Joe Spadoni, spoke to attendees about payroll deduction and how important it is to be actively involved in political activities. They talked about how PAC funds are distributed in-state and in DC and urged credit union employees to consider giving up one trip to Sonic or a coke for a day to become an active PAC participant. The Pine Bluff Chapter holds a very successful PAC fundraiser every year.

Kahley introduced the credit unions that currently participate in the sustained giving program from the chapter—Arkansas Superior FCU and Pine Bluff Cotton Belt FCU—and urged the other credit unions in attendance to consider joining them.

The chapter then elected new officers for the next two years. Alan McFalls from Fairfield FCU was elected president, Joe Spadoni from Pine Bluff Cotton Belt FCU was elected vice president, and Debbie Gatlin from Pine FCU was elected secretary. They will soon be planning upcoming chapter events and programs.