Rus­sians en­joy visit to Slane Credit Union

Drogheda Independent - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

SLANE Credit Union was de­lighted to host a del­e­ga­tion from the Rus­sian credit union move­ment Moldova.

The vis­it­ing del­e­ga­tion met with Bar­bara Markey, Man­ager and var­i­ous Board mem­bers of Slane Credit Union in­clud­ing Eileen Ho­gan, Chair and Charles Mur­phy, cur­rent Pres­i­dent of Ir­ish League of Credit Unions, to dis­cuss all things credit union. The del­e­ga­tion from Rus­sia com­prised of CEOs, Chairs and Ac­coun­tants from both com­mu­nity and work­based credit unions from five re­gions in Rus­sia.

The visit to Ire­land was or­gan­ised by the Ir­ish League of Credit Unions In­ter­na­tional De­vel­op­ment Foun­da­tion (ILCU Foun­da­tion), the char­i­ta­ble arm of the Ir­ish credit union move­ment. The five-day study visit is an op­por­tu­nity for the del­e­ga­tion to learn more about var­i­ous as­pects of the Ir­ish credit union move­ment.

Dur­ing the visit to Slane Credit Union, Bar­bara shared the his­tory of Slane Credit Union, and dis­cus­sions with the del­e­ga­tion cen­tred on a va­ri­ety of top­ics in­clud­ing reg­u­la­tion, strate­gic plans and day-to-day credit union op­er­a­tions.

The dis­cus­sions were very in­for­ma­tive and the del­e­ga­tion now hopes to im­ple­ment a lot of what they learned in their own credit unions. The del­e­ga­tion also had the op­por­tu­nity to walk around Slane vil­lage and fol­low­ing the dis­cus­sions Slane Credit Union pre­sented each par­tic­i­pant with a bot­tle of Slane Ir­ish whiskey to mark their visit.

The de­vel­op­ment of credit unions in Rus­sia be­gan in the late 1990s and to­day there are al­most 2 mil­lion credit union mem­bers.

Speak­ing about the visit, Bar­bara Markey, Man­ager of Slane Credit Union, said: “it was a great hon­our for Slane Credit Union to wel­come the del­e­ga­tion from Rus­sia to Slane. Credit unions have helped com­mu­ni­ties like Slane to thrive and it’s great to share this suc­cess with credit union move­ments in­ter­na­tion­ally to help them strengthen their own credit unions.”

Galina Shu­bina, Chair of Me­tallist Credit Co­op­er­a­tive and head of the del­e­ga­tion from Rus­sia thanked Slane Credit Union for the warm wel­come. She noted that the move­ment in Rus­sia is small but nev­er­the­less the credit unions are some­thing that Rus­sians need and the visit to Slane is very use­ful.”

Sinéad Ly­nam, En­gage­ment Of­fi­cer with the ILCU Foun­da­tion thanked Slane Credit Union for host­ing the group and for their sup­port of the ILCU Foun­da­tion. “These vis­its are a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity for the del­e­ga­tion to see and hear first­hand how a suc­cess­ful credit union op­er­ates.’

Bellew­stown GC Lady cap­tain Cather­ine Geghe­gan Quinn pre­sent­ing a cheque to Bellew­stown NS for autism/ child sup­port ser­vices from the ladies char­ity day in Septem­ber. She at­tended three other lo­cal schools to as­sist them also.

The Rus­sians pic­tured with Bar­bara Markey, CEO and Board Direc­tors out­side Slane Credit Union.

Duleek girls na­tional school prin­ci­pal Kath­leen Healy with the lady cap­tain.

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