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A Brief History of International CU Day

This year’s slogan: CUs Unite for Good

October 15, 2013
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Sixty-Five Years of ICU Day Slogans

International Credit Union Day has been celebrated officially since 1948 with these slogans:

1948 – Now is the time to build a better world through credit unions*
1954 – Serving people worldwide*
1955 – We help each other – Join Us!
1956 – To give thanks for your credit union blessing. To make plans for a great future.*
1957 – We help each other – Join Us!
1958 – We help each other – Join Us!
1959 –
1960 – Credit union day—all over the world*
1960 – Sharing is the whole idea (?)
1961 – We Help Each Other – Join Us.
1962 – People helping people to economic progress.
1963 – Helping hands in many lands.
1964 – Credit Unions: Your friend in need, your partner in progress.
1965 – Opportunity, Security and Service for All.
1966 – Better living in any language.
1967 – People Helping People for the Dignity of Mankind
1968 – We Care. We Share.
1969 – We care, we share*
1969 – For those in need of any land or creed.
1970 – Invest in humanity.
1971 – Sharing is the whole idea.
1972 – Help make credit unions worldwide.*
1972 – Join your credit union. It’s where you belong.
1973 – Your credit union better for savings and loans. It’s where you belong.
1974 – Together for one new world.
1975 – Your country, your credit union – Democracy in action.
1976 –
1977 –
1978 – Sharing is the whole idea.*
1979 – All kinds of people should get together.
1979 – Better living in any language.*
1980 – The Hands of Friendship and Cooperation Joined Around the World (unofficial).
1980 – People helping people to lead better lives.*
1981 – America’s credit unions – a family 44 million strong
1982 – A strong and growing family. (alt. A Strong Growing Family – Credit Unions.)
1983 – Tell the World (about Credit Unions.)
1984 – Credit Unions: Cooperatives first.
1985 – Credit Union Youth – Our Next Generation.
1986 – The universal language of credit unions.
1987 – Credit Unions Light the Way.
1988 – Credit Unions: United—Unique.*
1989 – Credit Unions: One Voice.
1990 – Credit Unions: Getting (Creating) a Global Vision.
1991 – Credit Unions: Passports to Opportunity.
1992 – Credit Unions: A Universal Language.
1993 – Credit Unions: The Power of Partnership.
1994 – Credit Unions: Choices and Challenges.
1995 – Credit Unions: Bring People Together.
1996 – Credit Unions: Picture the Possibilities.
1997 – Not for profit, not for charity, but for service.
1998 – Although the times may change, our principles will not.
1999 – Celebrate! The Credit Union (alt. Difference Credit Unions Celebrate the Difference)
2000 – Join us! 100 million credit union members worldwide.
2001 – Catch Our Spirit.*
2002 – Building a Better Tomorrow.
2003 – Credit Unions: The Heart of Our Communities.
2004 – Credit Unions: Dream…Belong…Achieve.
2005 – Credit Unions: Members Make it Happen.*
2006 – Credit Unions: Making a World of Difference.
2007 – Credit Unions: Together We’re Better.
2008 – My Credit Union: It Belongs to Me.
2009 – Your Money. Your Choice. Your Credit Union.
2010 – Local. Trusted. Serving You.
2011 – Credit Unions Build a Better World
2012 – Members Matter Most
2013 – Credit Unions Unite for Good
*Slogans marked with an asterisk are from WOCCU’s “ICU Day Past Themes” web page

This article was written by former CUNA Archivist Gabriel Kirkpatrick in 2004, and revised by current CUNA Archivist Shawn San Roman.

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