I had the great pleasure of meeting Virginia (Ginny) Brady (far right), Linda Bourgeois (far left), and Jody Carpenter of UFirst Federal Credit Union in Plattsburgh, New York, yesterday. I first met Ginny in Spokane in September, where she was invited to speak to the Washington Credit Union League’s annual convention because of her experience blogging. To the best of my knowledge, Ginny is the first member of a credit union board of directors to blog. Her blog, the Boardcast, has just celebrated its one year anniversary. Her blog covers a range of issues pertinent to members from the Board’s perspective. She is a pioneer because she is using this technology to inform and converse with members. As a Board member, who is acting to guide the credit union in the members’ best interests, I think having a Board blog is a great thing. How better to represent the membership than to inform them what is going on, and invite their feedback? All credit union boards, and even management teams, ought to consider blogging with their members.
Linda, UFirst’s CEO and Jody, Director of Marketing, are doing some really neat things as well, especially with youth financial literacy outreach. In addition to her CEO duties, Linda was recently chosen to be president of the Adirondack Chapter of the NY State CU League. And UFirst’s new branch is elegant, and warmly professional. In all, it was a wonderful visit and I look forward to returning to Plattsburgh in the near future. It was also inspiring to learn that Linda comes from a family with a rich tradition serving Canadian Caisse Populaires. This is also the first time I have visited a credit union where we were both eager to take picture of the visit for each of our blogs! You win, Ginny, you blogged it first! :)