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Building a Fiscally Strong North Carolina

Building a Fiscally Strong North Carolina

Release date: 3/14/2013

Winston-Salem, N.C. (March 15, 2013) – Truliant Federal Credit Union was proud to sponsor a luncheon with the topic, Building a Fiscally Strong North Carolina at the Piedmont Club in downtown Winston-Salem on Thursday, March 14. Janet Cowell, treasurer of the State of North Carolina was the featured speaker.

Elected in 2008, Treasurer Cowell is the state’s 27th popularly elected Treasurer and the first woman to win the post. Cowell oversees more than $74 billion in pension fund investments for the 850,000 teachers, firefighters and public employees of North Carolina. She also educates college students on credit card debt, helps return cash back to citizens, and promotes financial literacy among the state’s K-12 students.

“At Truliant, our mission is to enhance the financial lives of our members-owners and through partnering with organizations and schools, we’re able to do just that with students,” said Marc Schaefer, president and CEO of Truliant Federal Credit Union. “Financial literacy is very important to Truliant that is why we have partnered with two local High Schools and their Finance Academies, as well as placed a student operated credit union financial center in East Forsyth High School and Wiley Middle School.”

Proceeds from the luncheon will benefit the North Carolina Council on Economic Education (NCCEE), a nonprofit organization whose mission is to enhance and advance the economic and financial education for the educators and students of North Carolina.

Truliant has plans to partner with NCCEE this summer to provide professional development training in financial literacy for teachers in Guilford and Gaston Counties. “We are excited about partnering with NCCEE to sponsor training for teachers who sometimes feel uncomfortable teaching personal finance standards,” said Marjorie Rorie, director of community services for Truliant. “The luncheon today showed us just how important financial education partnerships are in building a fiscally strong state.”

“Today’s luncheon event featuring Treasurer Cowell was an outstanding opportunity for NCCEE to build awareness of our programs and mission in the Piedmont Triad region. With support from organizations like Truliant Federal Credit Union, we are able to increase the economic and financial literacy of the citizens of North Carolina beginning as early as the elementary grades,” said Sandy Wheat, executive director of the NCCEE. “The presence of so many community leaders today will help to insure that financial literacy remains a priority in our education system.”