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2012 International Credit Union Day Celebration

2012 International Credit Union Day Celebration

Release date: 10/23/2012

International Credit Union Day Celebration
Allows Truliant Members and Employees to Experience the Credit Union Difference

Winston-Salem, N.C. (Oct. 24, 2012) — Credit union members around the world celebrated International Credit Union Day on October 18 with parades, festivals, contests and open houses to help commemorate the credit union movement’s impact and achievements.

In honor of this special day, and in celebration of the organization’s 60th anniversary, Truliant Federal Credit Union provided cake and giveaway items to its member-owners at its 22 Member Financial Centers. At its corporate headquarters in Winston-Salem, staff members from different countries displayed international items in the employee café and enjoyed music provided by the Enrichment Center Percussion Ensemble as they dined.

Credit unions are not-for-profit financial cooperatives that provide an effective and viable alternative to for-profit financial institutions for more than 196 million members in 100 countries worldwide. They exist to serve their members, providing a safe place to save money and access affordable loans. Truliant was chartered in 1952 and currently serves more than 180,000 members-owners with 22 Member Financial Centers in NC, SC, OH and VA.

Since 1948, International Credit Union Day has been celebrated annually on the third Thursday of October. Each year, the international event affords the opportunity to remember credit unions’ proud history and promote awareness of and support for the credit union difference. This year’s theme, “Members Matter Most,” celebrates credit union’s commitment to their member owners, as well as the important economic and social contributions credit unions make to their communities worldwide. International Credit Union Day also aligned the greater cooperative business sector and the United Nations, which celebrated 2012 as the International Year of Cooperatives.

Credit unions are recognized as a force for positive economic and social change and have provided significant value in both developed and emerging nations. International Credit Union Day is sponsored by the World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU), the international trade association and development agency for credit unions worldwide and numerous national credit union trade associations and global federations.