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The Rock Stars Are Coming!

Watch for our bonus, star-studded CU Day edition.

October 07, 2013
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On International Credit Union Day (Oct. 17), you’ll receive a special bonus issue of Credit Union Magazine filled with credit union rock stars. 

These are people who have taken, or are taking, extraordinary actions to exemplify credit union values. These are the people who eat, sleep, and breathe credit union ideals and principles. They’re always coming up with innovative ways to advance the credit union cause. 

For the past few months, our subscribers have been nominating their outstanding colleagues for rock star status on our website. The end result will be a special International Credit Union Day edition featuring photos and profiles of nearly 50 rock stars from credit unions, leagues, and related organizations.

Our rock stars come from a wide cross-section of the movement and have diverse responsibilities. They promote financial literacy in schools, work teller counters, travel internationally, serve the underbanked—and even write songs about credit unions. 

This will be our second bonus International Credit Union Day edition. Last year’s version was a look back at the credit union movement’s formative years and a look forward as nearly 20 credit union leaders described their hopes for the future of the movement. 

If you missed it, that issue is in our digital archives, or right here.

If you missed your chance to nominate a rock star, don’t worry. We’ll be doing this again next year. 

In fact, this special International Credit Union Day rock star edition will become an annual event. Next summer, we’ll announce in our print and online channels that the rock star nomination process has started. 

Speaking of rock stars... 

Mark Condon, CUNA’s senior vice president of business and consumer publishing, is embarking on a new career after more than 30 years with CUNA. Condon plans to obtain his Masters’ degree and teach history at a local college.

I’ve known Mark for more than 30 years. He’s an avid learner, voracious reader, and an astute student of history. But above all, his story-telling skills are legendary. 

We’ve suspected for quite some time that Condon has actually been a history professor cleverly disguised as a CUNA executive—and now we know. All of his CUNA colleagues wish him the very best.

 

 

 

 

 

Steve Rodgers is Credit Union Magazine's editor-in-chief.

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