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On behalf of Ohio's credit unions, the League spearheads daily advocacy efforts in multiple realms in order to create the best environment for your continued success.

Who will witness "The Game" live from the Shoe?

This year will mark the 115th time “The Game” has been played, and you could be in attendance. Much like Ohio State relies on its supporters for home-field advantage, effective advocacy relies on the support of Ohio’s 270 credit unions. As part of your League’s government advocacy efforts, having a strong credit union political action committee (PAC) ensures the Movement has a seat at the political table. This year’s PAC fundraising goal is $325,000. By logging into the Rallying Point and making a suggested $25 PAC contribution by Nov. 19, you could win two tickets to The Game on Nov. 24.



Official Rules
1. Participation is voluntary and no purchase of a product is necessary. A $25 contribution to the Ohio Credit Union Legislative Action Committee (OCULAC) is suggested and can be made online or by contacting League Manager of Legislative and Political Advocacy Andrew Canan at acanan@ohiocul.org to send a check. The suggested $25 contribution to OCULAC is NOT tax deductible.

2. A purchase or payment will not improve your chances of winning.

3. Eligibility: The OCULAC Sweepstakes is open to all natural persons within the state of Ohio.


4. Entry: Entries will be accepted online through The Rallying Point starting Thursday, November 1, 2018 at 8:30 a.m. EST to Monday, November 19, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. EST. All online entries must be received by November 19 at 5:00 p.m. EST.

5. Sponsorship: The OCULAC Sweepstakes is sponsored and paid for by OCULAC.

6. Limitation on Entries: Limit one entry per person.

7. Grand Prize: The winner will be selected at the Ohio Credit Union League Offices on November 19, 2018 and notified via social media, email or telephone call on or about November 20, 2018. The winner will receive two tickets to Ohio State vs. Michigan on November 24, 2018 valued at approximately $900.

 

8. Official Rules/Names of Winners: To receive a copy of the complete rules, send an email to Andrew Canan at acanan@ohiocul.org. For a list of winner(s), send an email after November 19, 2018 and before January 1, 2019 to acanan@ohiocul.org.


Advocacy Focuses

Legislative Advocacy
Every day, the League fights to ensure that legislators and other elected officials understand the value of credit unions and protect their interests. See what issues are at the forefront, how you can become involved, and what resources are available.

Regulatory Advocacy
As your eyes and ears, the League works with state and national regulators and legislators daily in meetings, conversations, and comment letters, to protect credit unions from unnecessary rules and to guard credit union safety and soundness. Review the latest comments filed on your behalf, how you can participate, and more.

Media Advocacy
Acting as your public relations firm, the League promotes the credit union difference daily and makes sure that credit unions are the ones defining credit unions. The League also provides resources and training to help credit unions develop their own media relationships. Check out the talking points, how-tos, template press releases, and more available to you, plus recent media features about credit unions.

Consumer Advocacy
To sustain and build consumers’ awareness and desire for credit unions, the League is constantly representing credit unions to the public and helping you elevate your profile within your community. Learn about national initiatives that are underway to connect consumers to your credit union.
 

 Advocacy News

 
InVest48 Sparks Proactive Advocacy Engagement
Premier, statewide events are a great way to reach out to all Ohio Movement leaders on important issues, so your League advocacy team couldn’t pass up an opportunity at inVest48 to connect with you! Your love for mini-donuts and strong commitment to 360-degree credit union advocacy is how your League advocates enticed attendees to learn how grassroots outreach makes a difference.
League taking lead to repeal debt collection notice requirement in state law
Credit unions proactively stay in contact with members to protect their financial interests, but due to a recent state law change, communication with a member in certain instances could lead to additional costs. Specifically, the Ohio Revised Code was amended so that a letter of notice must be sent every time a collection attempt is made on a loan that is secured by a residential piece of real property.
Another day, another court interpretation of an auto-dialer
Is it hard to keep up with the regulatory changes? Make sure you receive the latest news on the legal buzz and regulatory rundown by reading the League’s blog, On Miriah’s Mind. Check out April’s edition of On Miriah’s Mind to learn how an Illinois court interpreted the definition of an auto-dialer under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.
League Bracket Challenge raises nearly $700 to support OCULAC
Mirroring the NCAA championship game, the Ohio Credit Union League Bracket Challenge came down to the wire, as TopMark Federal Credit Union CEO Angie Maynard held off a vigilant challenge, from Kemba Credit Union Director Bruce Raines, to win the pool by selecting the University of Virginia as the tournament victors. We had 55 individuals participate and contribute nearly $700 to support the Ohio Credit Union Legislative Action Committee, which helps strengthen the credit union voice within state government.
Advocacy efforts in full force at inVest48, April 15-17
Forward facing, multi-faceted public advocacy is a highly valued benefit the League offers its members. During inVest48, attendees will see first-hand how the League works to strengthen and raise awareness for the Movement. Ohio credit union leaders will hear directly from decision makers on how to best convey their message so the interests of their credit union and members can be advanced.