Credit Union Day at the State House Showcases the People Helping People Movement with Lawmakers

The League kicked off the week by demonstrating the strength of credit union advocacy!

On Monday, over 40 credit union representatives from all corners of the state joined the League in Augusta for Credit Union Day at the State House. For some participants, it was their first time visiting the capitol building and seeing the Legislature in action.

“We had a fantastic turnout for Credit Union Day at the State House,” shared Robert Caverly, League Vice President of Advocacy & Outreach.  “We have not held this event for a few years, so it was great to bring everyone together in Augusta to showcase the credit union difference.”

The morning’s festivities took place in the Hall of Flags. Tables were set up throughout the hall with Maine Credit Unions’ Financial Fitness Fair materials on-hand. Credit unions representatives were organized at the various fair stations by chapter to make it easier for lawmakers to visit with their constituents. With both the House and Senate in session, this set-up in the Hall of Flags provided great visibility and facilitated conversations with policymakers.

Credit unions were also treated with a visit by a special guest—Governor Janet Mills. Governor Mills stopped by the Hall of Flags to thank credit unions for their ongoing efforts to help hardworking Maine people. She even took time to pose for a photo with attendees before returning to her office.

“Making connections with our credit unions and their elected officials is important,” added Caverly. “It is their stories—their work—that the League advocates on behalf of, but when they have the chance to personally communicate what they are doing to help their members, it is deeply impactful. That is why there is tremendous value in hosting events like Credit Union Day at the State House. It was nice interacting with so many members of the Legislature, and of course, Governor Mills. We greatly appreciate her taking time out of her busy schedule to say hello.”

Following the activities at the State House, attendees traveled to the Senator Inn for lunch and to hear from state and federal regulators. Joanne Black, Supervisory Examiner for the NCUA; John Barr, Deputy Superintendent – Research, Administration & Legal Affairs Legislation at the Maine Bureau of Financial Institutions; and Andrea McLaughlin, Deputy Superintendent – Examination & Supervision Heads Examination Division at the Maine Bureau of Financial Institutions; all offered their insight on new requirements and the exam process. Black specifically addressed liquidity and cybersecurity concerns, while Barr provided a brief overview of the recently passed State Charter bill.

The League would like to thank everyone who participated in this week’s advocacy event. Throughout the year, the League facilitates opportunities to connect with the political process in both Augusta and Washington, DC. If you would like to learn more about how you can engage in these efforts, please email Krista Simonis, League Director of Governmental Affairs, at

Additional Photos from the Day

Credit union representatives gather in the Hall of Flags.

Senator Peggy Rotundo and Jennifer Hogan, CEO at Community CU.

Ryan Poulin, President/CEO at New Dimensions FCU, Rep. Bruce White, and Jason Michaud, CFO at New Dimensions FCU.

Making new connections – advocacy in action.