All About International Credit Union Day
The credit union movement has been around for over a hundred years, but its history in the US begins in the Industrial Age, when a booming economy brought not just optimism about the future, but an increased need for a financial institution that could help people achieve their dreams through education and service. Many things have changed since the Industrial Age, but the credit union movement remains as committed as ever to building prosperity through its core principals of cooperation, democratic control, education and service.
International Credit Union Day was first celebrated in the US in 1948 and later spread to other countries. Every third Thursday of October, credit unions around the world celebrate the “people helping people” philosophy and achievements of the credit union movement. This year’s theme is “Dreams Thrive Here,” a reminder of how credit unions like GECU are helping people from all walks of life pursue and achieve their dreams.
The Credit Union Difference
Credit unions are not-for-profit institutions and are run for the benefit of the members, who own the credit union and vote on its leaders. Because of this, the credit unions goal is to help its members succeed through affordable, accessible financial goods and services and education that helps members achieve their dreams. GECU is proud to join in this year’s celebration in recognition of our members who are achieving their goals and making their dreams a reality.
You Are Invited
You are invited to stop by any GECU location on Thursday, October 19th between 9:30 am and 5:00 pm for giveaways and fun. We’ll have adult coloring books that celebrate the history of International Credit Union Day for grownups and Dru Blue coloring sheets for kids, while supplies last.
Come Celebrate With Us
International Credit Union Day is a great opportunity to take place in a worldwide celebration of a movement that is working to build a brighter, more prosperous future for everyone. As a celebration it is a reminder of the credit union’s strength of everyday people working together to make good things happen and we hope you can join us.
Tell Us Your Credit Union Story!
Let us know about how GECU helped you achieve one of your goals in the comments below!