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Hike The Hill 2019: Royal YP CU Activist Takes On D.C.

October 16, 2019   |   Written by Amanda Farnham | YP CU Activist

Hello again! I’m Amanda Farnham and I’m here to share some of the highlights of my experience as a young professional at the table at the Wisconsin Credit Union League’s Hike the Hill event in September. This was my first opportunity to represent Royal Credit Union as the Young Professional Credit Union Activist (YP CU Activist). To prepare for this trip, I spent time with my advocacy mentor, Jennifer McHugh. As a credit union activist, Jen shared her personal experiences. She did a fantastic job explaining the topics that would be discussed and the importance of why credit union professionals attend the annual event.

Hike the Hill groupJen McHugh, Melissa Koontz, Amanda Farnham, John Sackett

I was one of about 40 credit union professionals from Wisconsin sharing the credit union story with our WI lawmakers. Almost two days were spent at the Credit Union House in Washington D.C. and we were lucky enough to go to the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) to meet with board member Todd Harper. Throughout the two days in D.C. we talked about different issues that credit unions are facing and shared many great credit union stories. As we shared stories about the credit unions something that resonated with me was the importance of financial literacy for our youth and young adults. Lawmakers continuously talked about how important financial literacy is and I was proud to be at the table sharing the powerful impact that credit unions have with their financial literacy efforts.

Amanda Farnham
Amanda with Wisconsin Representative Ron Kind

This experience has helped me gain more of an understanding of the importance of credit union advocacy. I left inspired to share the credit union story with my fellow young professionals! I gained many new Wisconsin credit union connections which are also valuable to a young professional like myself.

I hope that you continue to follow @afarnham_CU on Twitter as I post about my preparation for the Wisconsin Government Affairs Conference in January! Jen and I were recently interviewed for a website called CULtivate. Read the article on CULtivate