Advocacy starts at the personal level

first_imgFor many years I’ve been an ardent advocate for spelling out the credit union difference—contrasting the cooperative approach to mortgage lending and other financial services from the for-profit sector. I still am.I also believe in the importance of advocacy at the national level. But from a broader perspective, I like to point to advocacy on a more foundational level.What I mean is, we put a lot of energy into telling lawmakers and regulators how things should be, but we don’t put that same energy into advocating the credit union difference to our members—both current and prospective—and our employees.I believe advocacy should start with each of us as personal ambassadors for credit unions—to explain to others how we are different: we are member-owned as cooperatives; we believe in being part of this movement, that it’s a shared experience; and that we re-invest in our operations and our people—not handing over profits to stockholders.This is a powerful message, and as we look for new members to join the movement—a given if we are to become stronger—we need to make a commitment to sharing our vision and “spreading the word” to others.Practically, there are many ways to do this:Tailor services to your membership that highlight the credit union difference, including creating niche products to help deserving members into car loans and finding ways to put more members into homes of their own—to help them build good credit and financial independence. Incorporate a lesson about the credit union difference for new employees. Make it part of their interaction with members. Teach them and they will teach others. 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Bob Dorsa Bob Dorsa is the President of the ACUMA (American Credit Union Mortgage Association) a professional trade association (co-founded by Dorsa in 1996). ACUMA is one of the most unique niche … Web: www.acuma.org Details Hold listening sessions (for members, but also employees) and work in the message at an appropriate time. Make it part of your marketing and promotion concepts. Include it in newsletters for members and devote a page on your website. Enlist the help of like-minded folks. Consider other cooperatives in your community and develop relationships with Realtors, who also want to put people into homes.To borrow a phrase, advocacy begins with you. Every time you share the message about the credit union difference, you have an opportunity to make a connection. The more connections, the stronger the bond.We believe in the credit union difference. Let’s make sure others know how we feel about it, every single day. Reach out to the community. Include mention in any public appearances and talks.last_img read more

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FRIENDLIES: Gyan will be missed but worth the risk – Avram Grant

first_imgGhana national team trainer, Avram Grant is bemoaning the absence of skipper Asamoah Gyan in the Black Stars’ upcoming two international friendly games against Senegal and Mali in France at the end of the week.The Al Ain hitman is struggling with an injury that saw him miss his club’s games in both the Asian Champions’ League and the UAE’s Pro League over the past week.Despite being initially named in the 22-man Ghana squad for the two friendlies against the two felllow West African countries, Coach Grant apparently had no choice than to drop his star striker ahead of the team’s gathering in Paris this week.“Gyan is not fully fit and so we decided to give opportunities to other players to test their mettle during the international friendlies,” Grant toldFootball411.“He is a big team player for the Black Stars and missing him is indeed a big blow for us, but this is an international friendly and not any major tournament so we decided not to risk him,” the Israeli tactician explained.He added: “We are hoping that he will get well soon and start to play a part for his team and the national team because he is such a hard working guy.” –last_img read more

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NASCAR lineup at Talladega: Starting order, pole for Monday’s postponed race without qualifying

first_imgThe starting grid for Monday’s race at Talladega, scheduled to start at 3 p.m. ET and broadcast live on Fox, features three Joe Gibbs Racing drivers in the first four starting spots as a result of the procedure that utilizes a combination of points standings and a random draw to set the lineup.MORE: Updated 2020 NASCAR Cup Series scheduleAs for pit stall selection for the NASCAR Cup Series races being run without qualifying, it is ordered based on finishing positions from the series’ previous race, followed by new entries in order of points. So Homestead winner Denny Hamlin had the first pit stall selection for Monday’s race at Talladega and chose the No. 1 stall.Cup pit stalls for Talladega. Selection order from Homestead results. Draw for lineup Thursday. #nascar ⁦@NASCARONFOX⁩ pic.twitter.com/v6lvO6YAsE— Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) June 17, 2020Below is the starting lineup for Monday’s NASCAR race at Talladega and how it was set.Who won the pole for the NASCAR race at Talladega?For the second consecutive week, a JGR driver is on the pole thanks to a random draw for starting positions. Martin Truex Jr. will roll off first at Talladega, and he will be surrounded by his own teammates.Denny Hamlin, who drew the pole for last week’s race at Homestead on his way to a victory, will join Truex on the front row to start the Talladega race. Behind them will be teammate Kyle Busch, who drew the No. 3 position, and Hendrick Motorsports’ Jimmie Johnson.Below is the protocol for how the Cup Series field was set at Talladega: (UPDATE: Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega was postponed to Monday due to severe weather. The race will start at 3 p.m. ET on Fox.)The starting lineup and pole for Monday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway were set by the same procedure that determined the starting lineup for the last four Cup Series races, all of which were scheduled to run without prior practice or qualifying sessions. Positions 1-12: Random draw from charter teams in those positions in owner pointsPositions 13-24: Random draw from charter teams in those positions in owner pointsPositions 25-36: Random draw from charter teams in those positions in owner pointsPositions 37-40: Open teams in order of owners pointsNASCAR starting lineup at TalladegaThe same protocol that set the lineup for Monday’s Talladega race will be used for all NASCAR Cup Series races currently confirmed on the 2020 schedule. NASCAR is proceeding without qualifying and practice sessions prior to races in an effort to limit time spent at the track amid the COVID-19 pandemic.The only exception will be next week’s Sunday race at Pocono, which is the second leg of a doubleheader. An front-half inversion of the results from the Saturday race will determine the starting lineup for Sunday’s race.As for Monday’s race at Talladega, the draw for the starting lineup took place Thursday. Below are the results:Pos.DriverCar No.Team1Martin Truex Jr.19Joe Gibbs Racing2Denny Hamlin11Joe Gibbs Racing3Kyle Busch18Joe Gibbs Racing4Jimmie Johnson48Hendrick Motorsports5Kevin Harvick4Stewart-Haas Racing6Brad Keselowski2Team Penske7Kurt Busch1Chip Ganassi Racing8Alex Bowman88Hendrick Motorsports9Joey Logano22Team Penske10Clint Bowyer14Stewart-Haas Racing11Chase Elliott9Hendrick Motorsports12Ryan Blaney12Team Penske13Matt Kenseth42Chip Ganassi Racing14Ryan Newman6Roush Fenway Racing15Aric Almirola10Stewart-Haas Racing16Tyler Reddick8Richard Childress Racing17Austin Dillon3Richard Childress Racing18Erik Jones20Joe Gibbs Racing19William Byron24Hendrick Motorsports20Ricky Stenhouse Jr.47JTG Daugherty Racing21Chris Buescher17Roush Fenway Racing22John Hunter Nemechek38Front Row Motorsports23Matt DiBenedetto21Wood Brothers Racing24Bubba Wallace43Richard Petty Motorsports25Corey LaJoie32Go Fas Racing26Michael McDowell34Front Row Motorsports27Brennan Poole15Premium Motorsports28Cole Custer41Stewart-Haas Racing29Gray Gaulding27Rick Ware Racing30BJ McLeod77Spire Motorsports31Ryan Preece37JTG Daugherty Racing32Quin Houff00StarCom Racing33Ty Dillon13Germain Racing34JJ Yeley53Rick Ware Racing35Christopher Bell95Leavine Family Racing36Joey Gase51Petty Ware Racing37Daniel Suarez96Gaunt Brothers Racing38Timmy Hill66Motorsports Business Management39Brendan Gaughan62Beard Motorsports40Garrett Smithley78B.J. McLeod Motorsportslast_img read more

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