Governor Declares Oct. 18 as Credit Union Day in Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Gov. Mark Dayton signed a proclamation last week declaring Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012, as Credit Union Day in the state of Minnesota. This proclamation coincides with this year’s International Credit Union Day and its theme “Members Matter Most.”

The proclamation states, “Credit unions embrace the ‘people-helping-people’ philosophy, empowering people to improve their financial futures and uniting to help those in need.” It goes on to proclaim 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.

“In Minnesota, and all over the world, on this day credit unions celebrate their common roots, the cooperative spirit and their community service achievements,” said Minnesota Credit Union Network President & CEO Mark D. Cummins. “We take this time to recognize what the industry has accomplished, the difference credit unions make around the world and that they truly are the smarter choice.”

Credit unions are not-for-profit, democratically-controlled, cooperative financial institutions. Minnesota is home to 137 credit unions that serve more than 1.5 million members statewide. Worldwide, more than 51,000 credit unions serve 196 million people in 100 countries.

The Minnesota Credit Union Network is an organization representing the state’s 137 not-for-profit cooperative credit unions serving more than 1.5 million member-owners in Minnesota. For more information, visit

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