Message from Todd Mason: Collaboration Is Key to Success

On May 14, our League hosted its 83rd Annual Meeting. Even though we didn’t meet in-person due to COVID-19 safety concerns, themes of collaboration and cooperation were clear even in our virtual environment!

It truly has been a remarkable year navigating the pandemic together. The path to where we are today wasn’t always easy, but our credit union movement has kept its focus on what matters most: our members. I wholeheartedly believe Maine’s credit union members are in a better financial position because we all worked together to make a positive difference.

In my remarks, I expressed my appreciation for your trust in the League, our dedicated Board of Directors, and in each other, but allow me to say thank you again. I am humbled by what Maine’s credit unions have accomplished during the most trying of circumstances and eager to see what our ongoing collaboration will deliver for Maine and our members in the future.

With this spirit of cooperation in mind, I would be remiss if I didn’t take an opportunity to encourage your credit union to participate in the Campaign for Ending Hunger $100,000 Challenge. This important fundraiser kicks off June 1 with a goal of raising $100,000 in 30 days to benefit Good Shepherd Food Bank and community food pantries.

With demand for food assistance still high across Maine, our hunger-relief partners are counting on us to provide them with some much needed financial support. Even though we surpassed our fundraising goal last year when we held our first Challenge, success in 2021 will depend on widespread participation in this initiative within our network. I hope you will join the League and your credit union colleagues in making a contribution and challenging others to do the same.

Raising awareness about hunger in Maine is equally as important. Our month-long Challenge will be a great time for our movement to use its powerful voice to draw attention to this critical issue. Doing so may bring our state one step closer to eliminating hunger for good!

As COVID-19 protocols continue to lift in the weeks ahead, we will have more opportunities to physically collaborate alongside one another again. This will be a refreshing and welcomed change! But until that shift takes place, we’ll remain virtually connected and deeply rooted in our shared People Helping People philosophy which, as we have proved, is unwavering no matter the circumstance.