Advocacy training for credit union employees is essential

first_imgWhen the people of the credit union movement stand together, we are most effective. Issues concerning us, our choice to be members of the nation’s credit unions and the unique structure of our chosen financial institutions are a rallying point for a grassroots effort that has historically been one of the most impactful groups in our country.When our people stand together, we lead with a loud voice, and we can change the world. Rallying those voices within the credit union movement is one of the most powerful tools in our arsenal. But exactly how does that happen? It is relatively simple and well worth the effort.Credit unions employees, and their members share a common bond. We call it ownership. When people are educated regarding the credit union difference, they understand that they own something. Ownership fosters a strong desire to protect and preserve. From there, it is a natural progression to engage in grassroots advocacy. The league’s efforts to train and engage advocates can pay off because when we have an issue to support or fight against, their passion drives action.Advocates can and should be everyone in a credit union, from young professionals, to front-facing employees, all the way up to the board, and executive leadership. No one group of employees can drive engagement – again, it’s an ownership question. When we train advocates at our credit unions, we want to focus on the entire employee base, because their passion will mobilize them.So how do leagues train grassroots advocates? It starts with understanding what it truly means. Making a heart connection helps illustrate the very definition of the words grassroots advocate. Simple questions about their children and families are very effective. When employees think about the people they care most about – their families – their inner advocate rises up. People would do just about anything to ensure and protect their children’s safety, education, activities and so on – it’s a similar picture to paint for advocacy. Ownership. When someone understands they have ownership, they tend to invest in something one hundred times over.In training advocates, once they grasp the ownership piece, the rest can fall in place fairly easy. Defining the process of what an advocacy program is, and the very definition of power to display the size of our movement, helps paint the picture of how we as owners have the right to speak out, stand up and defend our movement. It’s very empowering.Grassroots advocacy programs and engaged credit union employees and members are our most effective means to educate, communicate & mobilize our power to shape public policy. With a proactive and aggressive grassroots advocacy program, we will be more effective in the legislative & political arena. Effective programs illustrate membership by congressional district and use data to help impact legislative relationships.To be most effective, any grassroots program needs buy in from the top. Management at the credit union needs to take ownership and have a belief in the credit union movement. This allows key personnel to be point persons within credit unions and help communicate action items, relay information and help mobilize when needed. Our people are our power. Training and engaging them is critical to the success and growth of our movement.The Mountain West Credit Union Association is a proud partner of the AACUL League System engaging best practices and collaboration between state and regional credit union leagues and associations. 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Scott Earl Scott Earl serves as the president and chief executive officer of the Mountain West Credit Union Association. This association is a combined entity comprising the Arizona Credit Union League, the … Web: www.mwcua.com Detailslast_img read more

Another UK patient might have caught vCJD from blood

first_img Health Secretary John Reid stated, “I would emphasise again that the exclusion criteria are being tightened because of a small but unquantifiable risk. People should continue to have a blood transfusion when it is really necessary. Any slight risk associated with receiving blood must be balanced against the significant risk of not receiving that blood when it is most needed.” The official statement provided no details about the patient who received the blood transfusion. When the first possible transfusion-linked case was reported, officials said the patient had received blood in 1996 from a donor who became ill with vCJD in 1999. The recipient had died of the disease shortly before the suspected case was announced. But officials said the recipient might have acquired vCJD in the usual way: by eating meat products from cattle infected with bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or mad cow disease. BSE spread through British cattle herds in the 1980s and 1990s. The department said it had expected to see further cases after the first case of possible transmission via donated blood was reported in the UK in December 2003. The second case is “of particular scientific interest” because the patient had a different genetic type from that of other vCJD patients so far, the announcement said. A detailed report of the case will be published in The Lancet. The UK Department of Health announced, “A patient in the UK received a blood transfusion in 1999 from a donor who later went on to develop vCJD. The patient died of causes unrelated to vCJD but a post mortem revealed the presence of the vCJD agent in the patient’s spleen.” This group was not excluded in April because the government wanted to assess the impact of the new restrictions on the blood supply, officials said. Now it appears that the impact is small, so the committee that oversees blood safety recommended adding the new restriction. Jul 22, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – A second possible case of transmission of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) via blood transfusion has been reported in the United Kingdom, triggering new restrictions on who can give blood. See also: The UK uses several other precautions to protect the blood supply from vCJD infectivity, the Department of Health noted. Since 1997, new cases of vCJD have triggered a search for and destruction of any blood donated by the patient. Since 1998 the UK has used blood plasma from the United States to produce all plasma derivatives. And since October 1999, white blood cells, which may pose the greatest risk of transmitting vCJD, have been removed from blood used for transfusions. As a result of the first possible transfusion-related vCJD case, the UK in April stopped taking blood donations from anyone who had received a blood transfusion since January 1980. Starting Aug 2, the department said, donations will not be accepted from people who are unsure if they have had a transfusion since January 1980. This includes apheresis donors—those who frequently give blood and have it retransfused after the removal of certain components. Dec 19, 2003, CIDRAP News story, “Blood transmission of vCJD suspected in Britain”last_img read more

Fogarty hits Wexford treble

first_img The conditional, fresh from his first Cheltenham Festival triumph on Don Poli, continued his fine run with what proved an eventful hat-trick. A dramatic double in the opening two races on Sardinia and The Mooch for Paul Nolan was followed by success on the Colm Murphy-trained Mister Hotelier in the Michael O’Murchadha Memorial Rated Hurdle. Mikey Fogarty was the star of the show as he snatched a 263-1 St Patrick’s Day treble at Wexford. Press Association “I thought the blinkers would sharpen him up and they did to a certain extent. He will mix it now between the hurdles and the Flat.” It was a similar story in the Join The Wexford Racecourse Supporters Club Today Maiden Hurdle with The Mooch (5-1) going on to beat Ontopoftheworld by a neck after Lipinski took a fatal fall at the last when in the lead. “I think I’ll do the Lotto on the way home tonight! His jumping wasn’t fluent and he would have finished a decent second, but he wasn’t stopping. He was giving plenty of weight as well,” said Nolan. “We couldn’t sell him at Newmarket, and this was his first run since then.” Liz Doyle’s Snowell (7-2 favourite) completed a treble wiith a head success in a driving finish to the St Patrick’s Day Novice Handicap Hurdle under 7lb-claiming amateur Johnny Burke. “Johnny was brave at the last and so was the little horse. I wasn’t very confident coming here today, as this was a better race than the two he won before,” said Doyle. Bottom weight Foritsa (5-2 favourite) also sealed his third win in a row when taking the Arctic Tack Stud Veterans Handicap Chase. Successful on this course and at Thurles before the turn of the year, the Gordon Doyle-trained 10-year-old was a length and a half too good for Solstice Knight in the hands of Adam O’Neill, who also claims 7lb. Henry de Bromhead added to his Down Royal double through Never Complain and Riviera Sun when An Dearthair Og (4-1 joint-favourite) took the McGuinness Lambert Auctioneers Novice Handicap Chase. Andrew Lynch’s mount opened his account with a five and a half lengths verdict over Decade Player. Robert Tyner’s Carrigmoorna Rock (9-2), ridden by amateur David O’Leary, just got the better of Missypet in a tight finish to the Notnowcato At Knockhouse Stud Mares (Pro/Am) INH Flat Race. “It is unreal, and it is great to do it in my home town as well,” said Fogarty. Mister Hotelier (7-1) secured only his second win from 15 starts when holding Lughnasa by three-quarters of a length. “Mikey gave him a peach of a ride, he won the race. I could only half see it because I got my eyes lasered last week,” said Murphy, who was also on the board with Express Du Berlais at Down Royal. “It is nice that the horses are coming back into form, and he will mix it between fences and hurdles.” Fogarty and Nolan had luck on their side in the first two races. Voice Of A Curlew looked the likely winner of the Wexford Racecourse Supporters Club Maiden Hurdle, but she crashed out at the final flight. The favourite Ashjar was hampered in the incident, while the ex-Aidan O’Brien-trained Sardinia (9-2) met the flight all wrong but recovered to collect by half a length from Shutter Island. Nolan said: “He is just not that good at jumping, and he took a few hurdles out the ground and it cost him a lot. last_img read more