Early Bird Deadline Nears for WOCCU’s World Credit Union Conference

MADISON, Wis. — Time is running out to take advantage of the “early bird” deadline for World Council of Credit Unions’ (WOCCU) 2011 World Credit Union Conference in Glasgow, Scotland, July 24-27. Those who sign up before May 19 will receive a discounted rate.

During the conference, attendees will have the opportunity to connect with peers from around the world, hear from world-renowned speakers including former Prime Minister of Great Britain Gordon Brown, celebrate WOCCU’s 40th anniversary and bid farewell to WOCCU President and CEO Pete Crear before his retirement in August.

“This will be a groundbreaking conference as we celebrate WOCCU’s 40th anniversary and say goodbye to Pete,” said WOCCU Chair Barry Jolette, president and CEO of San Mateo Credit Union in Redwood City, Calif. “Pete has played a critical role in the worldwide credit union movement, and I hope many of his colleagues will be able to wish him well as he starts the next chapter of his life.”

Throughout the conference will be local credit union visits, networking and golf events. There will also be a breakfast series featuring leading business authors. Special tributes will honor Crear’s achievements and pay homage to the many triumphs of WOCCU and its members over the past 40 years.

A companion program and wide variety of sightseeing tours are scheduled for guests and spouses to join in this year’s activities.

Register on or before May 19 to take advantage of discounted registration fees. Visit for more information about the conference and to register for the event.

World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) is the global trade association and development agency for credit unions. WOCCU promotes the sustainable development of credit unions and other financial cooperatives around the world to empower people through access to high quality and affordable financial services. WOCCU advocates on behalf of the global credit union system before international organizations and works with national governments to improve legislation and regulation. Its technical assistance programs introduce new tools and technologies to strengthen credit unions’ financial performance and increase their outreach.

Worldwide, 49,000 credit unions in 97 countries serve 184 million people. In 2009, WOCCU’s technical assistance programs reached 5.9 million people in 16 countries. Learn more about WOCCU’s impact around the world at

Contact: Jennifer Ballweg
Organization: World Council of Credit Unions
Phone: +1-608-395-2014

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