It was one of the biggest smiles I had ever seen…

Okay, I am getting a little ahead of myself. Let me start from the beginning.  It was the first evening of the Credit Union Development Education Program. This intense training brings people from all over the world together to study the cooperative principles, credit union philosophy, and the challenges credit unions are facing. I was talking to a woman who had flown from the Philippines to Washington state to participate in this educational experience.

The story she was sharing revolved around the annual meeting at her credit union. She described a weekend full of education and discussion. Thousands of passionate people were in attendance. The ear-to-ear smile was the result of the pride she felt in seeing each of these people having the opportunity to cast a vote at the annual election. It didn’t matter their gender, race, or their net worth. They were participating in one of the distinguishing characteristics of a credit union, or as they are called in the Philippines, cooperative – every member gets one vote for the board of directors.

One member, one vote – credit unions around the world are governed by this principle. It reinforces that our leadership is elected by our members, for our members. Every member has an equal voice, one that is not dependent on the amount of money they have but simply by their willingness to be part of the process. The annual election of the directors that will represent our membership reminds us of our purpose – to create value for our membership.

On Monday, April 27th at 7:00 p.m., Verity is holding its annual meeting at our Northgate Headquarters location.  We would love to see you there.

Justin Martin

Justin started his long career at Verity as a summer intern. After leaving to pursue a degree in human resource management at Western Washington University, he returned to what he describes as “one of the strongest environments I have seen in terms of focus on their employees.” During his time here, Verity has been recognized with multiple awards ranging from employee development initiatives to overall work environment. Justin holds an MBA from Seattle University along with being an honors graduate from Western CUNA Management School and a certified Credit Union Development Educator.

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