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Lynchburg Chapter Spreads the CU Message During Visit to the General Assembly

The Lynchburg Chapter had its day in Richmond Monday, with members of Beacon CU telling delegation members thank you for their support of the state chartered credit union bylaw bill and noting how Beacon helps its members with special hands-on services.

Beacon CEO Greg McConville, joined by Beacon staff members Terry Hammond and Joe Goude, as well as by Lynda-Sue Napier, an NSWC member who lives in Lynchburg now, met with the following legislators:

Sen. Steve Newman, Senate Republican Caucus Vice Chairman and member of the Senate’s Commerce and Labor Committee; and Delegates Kathy Byron, member of the House Commerce and Labor Committee and caucus chief deputy whip, Lacey Putney, the dean of the General Assembly with 50 years of service, and Scott Garrett. The group also talked with aides to freshmen Sen. Tom Garrett and Del. Matt Fariss.

The Senate and House Commerce and Labor committees have played key roles in moving our legislation by both unanimously reporting out our companion bills, HB 214 and SB 132. Both would allow state chartered credit unions to make changes to standard bylaws such as committee membership. Both the bills have passed their respective chambers and will now go back to legislators for further review after Crossover Day.

Beacon representatives made note that their credit union is the largest lender in the region for auto loans while also offering the credit union difference of looking after their members with more hands-on service. Beacon, they said, also offered small loans $500 and under and provided programs to help members rebuild bad credit records. The representatives also talked about their efforts to protect members from financial elder abuse.

“We’ll make any size loan,” McConville told the aide to Sen. Garrett. “We don’t have shareholders pushing us to make a profit.”


Jason Clarke (DuPont Community Credit Union) reports that two of the legislators visited by the Central Virginia Chapter last week mentioned the credit union meetings in their newsletters: Sen. Mark Obenshain and Del. Dickie Bell.

Tags: Beacon Credit Union, General Assembly 2012, Lynchburg Chapter


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