Governer declares Oct. 17 Credit Union day in Minnesota

ST. PAUL, MN (October 16, 2013) — Gov. Mark Dayton signed a proclamation this week declaring Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, as Credit Union Day in the state of Minnesota. This proclamation coincides with this year’s International Credit Union Day and its theme “Credit Unions Unite for Good: A Better Way.”

The proclamation states, “Credit unions embrace the ‘people-helping-people’ philosophy by pooling personal resources and leadership abilities for the good of the cooperative, empowering members to improve their financial futures and uniting to help those in need.” It also proclaims that “credit unions have demonstrated outstanding leadership throughout the communities in which they serve since they were founded more than 150 years ago.”

International Credit Union Day celebrates the history, tradition and spirit of the international credit union movement. The day is set aside to recognize the cooperative history of credit unions and their achievements and to promote the difference credit unions make in members’ lives in countries around the globe.

“For credit unions in Minnesota and around the world, International Credit Union Day is a time to recognize what the industry has achieved and to highlight the difference credit unions make in their communities. Credit unions truly unite for good wherever they are,” said Minnesota Credit Union Network President & CEO Mark D. Cummins.

Credit unions are not-for-profit, democratically-controlled, cooperative financial institutions. Minnesota is home to 133 credit unions that serve more than 1.5 million members statewide. Worldwide, close to 55,000 credit unions serve more than 200 million people in 101 countries.

The Minnesota Credit Union Network is an organization representing the state’s 133 not-for-profit cooperative credit unions serving more than 1.5 million member-owners in Minnesota. For more information, visit

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