I can remember the day I officially declared that I am too old to learn any new technology.

We had just put in a new phone system that integrated into our email. The 20-something help desk kid guy was trying to teach me how to use it. The phone rang, and suddenly my computer made a strange ping sound, a popup window appeared on my screen and something shot into my email inbox. I went to pick up the phone and he commanded “Stop! You never have to touch your phone again. Just select the pop up button. It is so easy”. (Yeah, right. You try, after 25 years of conditioning, not picking up your receiver when the phone rings!)

It was too much and I swore off technology at that moment.

Well, here I am three years later. I’ve mastered a new Blackberry, I can program my TiVo, I know how to use my OnStar in the car and now I’m even learning how to post on a new blog. The 20-something Trabian who showed me the html codes swore it was easy. Right. (um, did that link work?!?)

It has been one week since we launched Our Voices. We’ve received some very nice accolades. I’d like to share them with you.

Jim Bruene, of NetBanker (one of the most widely read blogs in our industry) gave it an A+.

William Azaroff, the driving force behind Vancity’s Change Everything, said we kicked it up a notch

And two marketing / innovation blogs said this:

Tinfoiling used the term ingeniuous


EP Experience Planner cites Verity as a great example of advocacy and transparency.

I’ve also been waiting to link to this post:

Currency Marketing says we “totally get it”

Those are some nice comments to end the week on, aren’t they? Thanks all for the kind words. We appreciate them.

I hope everyone has a safe Memorial Day weekend.

Shari Storm

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6 Responses

  1. Brent says:


    1) All of the links work. High five! 2) You Verities deserve all the props and then some. Keep on rockin.

  2. William Azaroff says:

    It is a wonderful blog. Very engaging and lots of room to grow. Nice work!

  3. Shari Storm says:

    Thanks Mr. “20-something Trabian” 😉

    Did you notice that I also had a strike through AND italics? Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks?

    By the by, Forum’s new site is great. Nice job.

  4. Justin says:

    The blog looks nice, I agree, but have you received any direct comments from your members? Not to say the compliments are not warrented, but they all appear to be coming from people that blog themselves (and would like others to read their blog) or those that stand to make money by getting more credit unions to blog.

    How about some members reading this blog making some commnents about the new blog and why they think it is good for them and other members?

  5. Dave says:

    I’ve been a member for close to ten years, and love the fact that you guys are very forward-thinking.

    I think it’s great to give yourself some kudos once in a while. One thing I’ve liked about your blog is that you don’t usually do this—you usually comes across as more informational and low key.

    Keep up the great work.

  6. Russell Hampton says:

    Nice blog Shari. Thanks for inviting me to check it out. We recently added new phones here at the office. I thought that I would like my voicemail going to my Outlook inbox. I don’t. Maybe I am getting too old too. Of course, I have trouble with the newest remote for the cable at home as well.

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