International Credit Union Day (ICU Day) has been celebrated on the third Thursday of October since 1948. The day is recognized to reflect upon the credit union movement's history and to promote its achievements. It is a day to honor those who have dedicated their lives to the movement, recognize the hard work of those working in the credit union industry and show members our appreciation.
The ultimate goal is to raise awareness about the great work that credit unions are doing around the world and give members the opportunity to get more involved. Credit unions and associations throughout the world celebrate the day with open houses, contests, picnics and parades.
This year on October 17, 2013, credit unions in 100 countries will celebrate International Credit Union (ICU) Day by banding together and appreciating their members.
As a credit union member, you belong to a global movement in which people help people. Worldwide, 188 million members experience the benefits of belonging to a financial cooperative that believes in and is willing to fight for this year’s message: "Members Matter Most."
Credit unions exist to serve you, the member, not to increase the bottom line. A focus on su-perb customer service and member satisfaction sets credit unions apart from other financial in-stitutions. As not-for-profit cooperative institutions, credit unions return their earnings to mem-bers in the form of higher interest on deposits, lower loan rates, and fewer fees.
Irrespective of the amount you have on deposit with us, you are a member and an owner, with equal ownership and one vote. Members are never just numbers; your ownership empowers you and provides a voice.
In addition to member control, credit unions offer education and training programs. Fifty-four percent of Americans ages 18 to 34 check their social media accounts daily, while less than one third do a daily check on their financial statements. Credit unions actively focus on creating fiscally responsible members through their wide variety of education programs, which positively impact savings and spending habits for a lifetime.
Member control, education and training programs, and concern for the community are key cooperative values that differentiate credit unions from other financial institutions. Our people first philosophy illustrates an underlying credit union message that will be celebrated this fall. ICU Day’s theme, "Members Matter Most," conveys a simple message that strikes home in its ability to communicate our top priority.
Credit union membership affects lives around the world. Reina and Rofina, women from an isolated community in Mexico, gained access to a nearby credit union five years ago when a road was built. The credit union secured a loan to build a food distribution center where they now work dispensing beans, rice, and sugar to surrounding villages. Caja Zongolica, their credit union, created stability for Reina and Rofina and their family’s future. It’s people like you, Reina, and Rofina who make the credit union difference a reality.
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