Annual Meeting & Convention

Annual Meeting & Convention

The 71st Annual Meeting & Convention of

The 71st Annual Meeting & Convention of the Association of Vermont Credit Unions is taking place at the Woodstock Inn & Resort May 18-20, 2018.  We cordially invite all management, staff, and volunteer leaders from our members to join us at the largest annual credit union event in the state of Vermont!  We hope to see you in the beautiful village of Woodstock in May.


Please Note: The procedure and instructions for booking rooms in our Woodstock Inn room block are fully detailed in the Attendee Registration and Information Kit linked below.

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Association Board Nominations and Election Information

2018 Annual Meeting & Convention

Association Director Nominations

DATE:     February 2, 2018

TO:          Member Credit Union Manager / CEOs

FROM:    AVCU Nominating Committee

Susan Poczobut, Chair (NorthCountry FCU)

Wanda Dunham (White River CU)

Bob Lake (Green Mountain CU)

The Association’s 2018 Nominating Committee is seeking qualified persons to be considered for possible nomination for election to the Board of Directors.

Each member of the Association’s Board of Directors is responsible for representing all of the Association’s members and helping set the general direction of the organization. Directors must maintain the best interests of the Association as well as its member credit unions in performing their duties and exercise the highest levels of professionalism and objectivity.

The Association’s bylaws (Art. 6, sec. 6.4) govern who is eligible to serve on the board as follows:

“To be eligible for election as a director, a person must be:

  1. an employee with senior management responsibilities;
  2. an elected director; or
  3. an elected committee member;

of an affiliated credit union in good standing. No member credit union shall be entitled to more than one director, except that if a director holds qualifications from more than one member credit union, he/she shall nevertheless be entitled to serve as a director if he/she fills the above qualifications and if the credit union from which he/she is elected is not represented on the board of directors.”

Three director terms expire at the 2018 71st Annual Meeting on May 18th.  Two are the incumbent terms of Sean Gammon (Members Advantage Community CU) and Susan Poczobut (NorthCountry FCU). The third is a previously unexpired term that was filled for one year by Rick Hommel (Vermont State Employees CU) at the 2017 annual meeting of members. All three vacancies will be filled with persons elected for a three-year term.

Documentation for persons interested in being considered for possible nomination by the Committee should be submitted by an authorized representative of the person’s credit union, which must be a member in good standing with the Association.  Submissions to the Committee, along with any related supporting information, can be made online at Cite the person’s qualifications and include as much relevant background as possible.

All submissions must be completed online no later than March 16, 2018. The Committee may make its selections from individuals submitted, as well as others. Submission of any individuals to the Committee does not automatically insure nomination by the Committee.

More information about director responsibilities and the election timeline follows. Questions about candidate qualifications or the nomination process can be directed to the Committee Chair at On behalf of the other members of the Committee, we look forward to seeing you at the upcoming Annual Meeting & Convention in May.

2018 Director Elections Timeline

Since the Association provides absentee ballots to members requesting them, nominations from the floor of the annual meeting are not permitted. Persons not nominated by the committee, but still interested in seeking election, must do so by petition process in advance of the annual meeting in accordance with these deadlines:

Date:         Deadlines for nomination by petition process:

February 2 – Nominating Committee solicitation for potential nominees (this emailing accompanying the Official Call)

March 16 – Deadline for potential candidates to submit their qualifications to the Nominating Committee

April 6 – Nominating Committee report sent to members

April 13 – Petition nominees submitted to Nominating Committee for inclusion on ballot*

*Candidates submitted by petition must be accompanied by an authorized petition signature (per credit union) of 5 member credit unions. Candidates meeting the petition requirement will be added to the ballot with Committee nominees.

Absentee Ballots

Association Bylaws provide for member credit unions to be allowed to vote for Directors by absentee ballot. The 2018 Absentee Ballot deadline is as follows:

Date      Deadlines for absentee ballot requests and submissions

April 13 – Absentee ballot request deadline

May 4 – Absentee ballot vote submission deadline

May 18 – Annual meeting elections conducted by ballot.  Absentee ballots added to the count by the ballot clerks.

Association Director Responsibilities

As a member of the Board of Directors of the Association of Vermont Credit Unions, an elected director is expected to adhere to the following principles, common to similar positions in all cooperative and democratic organizations.

  1. The highest standards of personal conduct are observed at all times. Maintain integrity, competency and cooperation at all times.
  2. Make reasonable efforts to learn about the financial industry in general, and the Association and related organizations specifically, to increase skills in making and supporting appropriate policies and decisions.
  3. Attend and participate in scheduled meetings and events regularly.
  4. Encourage unity between member credit unions and their officials.
  5. Avoid conflicts of interest regarding Association activities, services and programs, and do not promote or engage in any activity not in the best interests of the Association or its member credit unions.
  6. Be committed to maintaining a strong membership organization.
  7. Observe the different roles of management and the board.
  8. Fully support the decisions and policies adopted by the Board, regardless of personal opinion.
  9. Make every effort to provide credit unions and the Association with accurate, pertinent information and attempt to affirmatively correct any misinformation concerning credit unions or the Association.
  10. Maintain confidentiality of the organization’s business and exercise prudent discretion in disclosing information not yet made common knowledge.

2018 Annual Meeting Schedule

Friday, 5/18

8:30 – 9:30 AM … Golf social tee times (Woodstock Country Club)

2:00 – 6:30 PM … Convention Registration open (Tavern Wing Lobby)

3:00 – 4:00 PM … 71st AVCU Business Meeting (Garden Terrace)

4:00 – 6:30 PM … Exhibitor Hall Open / “Credit Union Concentration” Contest (Ballroom)

4:00 – 9:30 PM … Take-a-Chance Auction ticket sales (Garden Parlor)

6:30 – 8:15 PM … Opening Banquet & Speakers (South Garden Pavilion)

8:15 – 9:30 PM … Dessert Social / Vendor door prizes / Live drawings for “Credit Union Concentration” Winners (Ballroom)


Saturday, 5/19

7:30 AM … Breakfast service begins (Ballroom & Foyer)

7:30 AM – 10:00 PM … Take-a-Chance Auction ticket sales (Garden Parlor)

8:00 AM – 10:00 AM … Strategy Breakfast w/ Mark Sievewright (Garden Terrace … This is a limited attendance “By Invitation Only” event)

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM … Breakfast Roundtable General Session #1 w/ Tim Harrington (Ballroom)

9:15 AM – 10:15 AM … Breakfast Roundtable General Session #2 w/ Mark Lynch & CUDE Panel (Ballroom)

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM … Opening Keynote by Mark Sievewright (Ballroom)

12:00 – 1:30 PM … Networking Lunch (Rockefeller Room)

1:30 – 2:15 PM … Breakout Sessions (Ballroom A & C)

2:30 – 5:00 PM … Special Experiential Learning Event – Life Simulation: Experiencing Poverty (South Garden Pavilion)

6:00 – 7:00 PM … Social Reception (Ballroom Foyer / Outdoor Terrace)

7:00 – 10:15 PM … 71st Anniversary Action Station Banquet & Entertainment (Ballroom)


Sunday, 5/20

8:00 AM – 9:30 AM (Ballroom & Foyer)

Breakfast service

Weekend Closing Presentation by Mark Sievewright

Take-a-Chance Auction Live Drawings

Fabulous Parting Gift Live Drawing

Convention closes

Please email questions about the Annual Meeting & Convention to Conference Manager John Cote:  JohnCote(at)