What I Learned at Our Annual MeetingComment February 8, 2013 by Triangle Credit Union
I wrote a few weeks back about my excitement on attending our annual meeting. I cited my eagerness to participate in the democratic process and my desire to hear the reports of how my Credit Union (as an employee and a member) was doing. I must say, I was not disappointed and since the meeting I have become further emboldened with credit union zeal.
Besides learning that my Credit Union is strong – President & CEO Maurice Simard stated in his Treasurer’s Report that “2012 was a good year for Triangle Credit Union…we rank as one of the stronger Financial Institutions in New Hampshire” – I learned something deeper and more emotionally resonant. Upon hearing the chorus of ayes from our members as we voted on board nominations, I was struck by history and I realized I was participating in the ritual of another era. Echoes of the ayes from that first organizational meeting held on October 2nd, 1939, where seventeen Nashua Corp factory workers met to vote in our first board members, rang through the hall. Instantaneously I experienced the 73 annual meetings that came before our most recent, and I felt connected to the factory floor and the struggles and triumphs of our older generations.As younger generations connect digitally, becoming nodes in a vast network of information, they stand to lose an understanding of where they have come from. One longtime member told me a fascinating oral history of the immigrant Lithuanian and Irish populations of Nashua during the 20th century, and how each group had cheered the good fortune of the other. And I realized, as I spoke with someone with firsthand knowledge, that I was experiencing something that I could not get from Wikipedia, an emotional connection to the past.
Rituals and oral history are vital to our awareness and understanding. Though I can envision a future where we stream our Annual Meeting and allow for virtual ballots, there will always be a need to come together as a group to eat, drink, and say aye in unison. I for one wish to carry the torch from my elders and will advocate for the traditional face-to-face gathering to remain a vital element of our Credit Union. No matter how disparate and decentralized our membership becomes, there will be a place for our traditions and for that we can thank the older generations.
I look forward to next year’s meeting, our 75th!
Ian - eCommerce Content Specialist