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North Highlands, Calif. May 6, 2011 – Each spring, Credit Union Partners in Education (CU-PIE) hosts a speech competition among credit union professionals to highlight credit unions’ responsibility and privilege to promote financial wellness. For more than forty years, the Sacramento Valley Chapter of the California-Nevada Credit Union League and CU-PIE have worked together to present this event and shine a light on financial literacy. The event began as a competition to crown a white-gloved “Miss Credit Union,” and has evolved into a co-ed speech contest which provides the rising stars at participating credit unions an opportunity to share their talent and innovative ideas.

Competitors are tasked with speaking on a topic related to National Credit Union Youth Week. This year, speakers delivered their own perspectives on "How to Get Your Financial Ship off the Rocks." Past themes have included “The Magic of Saving,” “How We Can Help Members in Financial Distress,” and “How Do We Bring Youth to the Credit Union.” Speeches are three to five minutes in length, and judged by a panel of three community leaders. The 2011 CU-PIE Speech Competition winners include:

  • First Place:  Elise Page, SAFE Credit Union
  • Second Place:  Javier Huerta, The Golden 1 Credit Union
  • Third Place:  Kaylin Fadel, SAFE Credit Union

All Sacramento Valley-CCUL credit unions are invited to send representatives to speak at the chapter dinner. The credit unions hold internal competitions to determine which speakers will compete at the chapter level. This platform allows credit union employees across branches and departments to have a forum to express their passion for financial literacy – first to their peers, and then to credit union executives and industry partners.

Credit unions are not only committed to the financial well-being of their members, but also the well-being of their greater community. And, one of the best ways to help young Californians reach their goals is to encourage financial literacy. CU-PIE events allow credit union employees and volunteers to network, sharing their ideas and expertise in connecting with youth. The annual speech competition is a highly-anticipated event, giving future leaders of participating credit unions a forum to share original ideas and to remind us of our shared heritage of improving the well-being of our communities.

Established in 1940, SAFE Credit Union maintains assets in excess of $1.6 billion and serves more than 150,000 members through 21 branches in the greater Sacramento region. Visit SAFE online at safecu.org.


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