Annual Meeting & Convention

Annual Meeting & Convention

The 72nd Annual Meeting & Convention of

The 72nd Annual Meeting & Convention of the Association of Vermont Credit Unions is taking place at Topnotch Resort May 17-19, 2019.  Convention attendees will be Topnotch Resort’s ONLY guests for the entirety of the weekend, so the Association and our member credit union attendees are going to have our own private Vermont luxury resort all to ourselves!

Please Note: Attendee registration for AVCU’s 72nd Annual Meeting closed at 5:00 PM on Friday, April 26th.

2019 Auction Preview Galleries

Take a Chance Auction Gallery
Silent Auction Gallery

Information for Credit Unions

Convention Weekend Schedule

Please Note: Schedule and times are tentative and subject to change

Friday, 5/17

2:00 PM – Convention registration opens (Notch Room)

3:00 PM – 72nd AVCU Business Meeting (Summit)

4:00 PM – Exhibitor Hall Opens, hosted bar sponsored by NEACH (Pinnacle)

5:00 PM – Take a Chance Auction ticket sales & Silent Auction bidding opens (Pinnacle Foyer)

6:30 PM – Opening Banquet & Speakers sponsored by NEACH (Outdoor Pavilion)

8:15 PM – Dessert & Ice Cream Social / Vendor door prizes / Exhibitor BINGO! Winner drawings (Pinnacle)


Saturday, 5/18

7:30 AM – Breakfast service begins (Pinnacle)

7:30 AM – Take a Chance Auction & Silent Auction bidding reopens (Pinnacle Foyer)

8:00 AM – Breakfast General Session by Todd Romer sponsored by Worldpay (Pinnacle)

9:15 AM – Breakfast General Session by Jim Bouchard sponsored by Worldpay (Pinnacle)

10:30 AM – Keynote by Amy Walter sponsored by CU Direct (Pinnacle)

12:00 PM – Networking Lunch (Outdoor Pavilion)

12:30 PM – Vermont Advocacy Update by Joe Bergeron & Adam Necrason (Outdoor Pavilion)

1:30 PM – Breakout Sessions by Romer and Bouchard (Pinnacle)

2:45 PM – Retire on Track® Retirement Fair sponsored by CUNA Mutual Group (Summit)

5:30 PM – Social Reception (Outdoor Pavilion)

6:00 PM – 72nd Anniversary Action Station Banquet & Entertainment by Nik & the Nice Guys sponsored by Tricorp Federal Credit Union (Outdoor Pavilion)

10:00 PM – Auction “ticket drop”, Silent Auction bidding, and entertainment ends


Sunday, 5/19 (all located in Pinnacle Ballroom)

8:00 AM – Breakfast service

8:30 AM – Weekend Closing Presentation by Jim Bouchard

9:00 AM -Take a Chance Auction & Silent Auction Winners announced

9:25 AM – Fabulous Parting Gift Live Drawing sponsored by Worldpay

9:30 AM – Convention closes

Report of the 2019 Nominating Committee

TO:        Member Credit Union Manager / CEOs, Chairs, & Delegates

FROM:  2019 AVCU Nominating Committee

                Lisa Huyer (Chair) – NorthCountry FCU

               Wanda Dunham – White River CU

               Bob LakeGreen Mountain CU

DATE:   April 5, 2019

RE:    2019 Director Nominations

The Nominating Committee of the Association of Vermont Credit Unions has performed the task of selecting candidates to fill terms expiring on the Association’s Board of Directors at the upcoming 2019 Annual Meeting of members.

An election will be held to fill one expiring director position for a three-year term.

On February 8, 2019 a request was sent to member credit unions for the purpose of soliciting names of possible candidates to fill the vacancy. After careful consideration, the Committee decided to place in nomination Greg Hahr of New England Federal Credit Union for election to the Association’s board of directors.

Petition Nominations

Association bylaws allow for additional nominees to be added to the ballot by petition. Any qualified individual seeking to be added to the 2019 director elections ballot must submit his / her completed petition and qualifications to the Nominating Committee by April 12, 2019.  Candidates submitted by petition must be accompanied by the authorized signatures of 5 member credit unions (based on current membership). Qualified individuals are those from member credit unions not already represented on the board of directors, and serving as a credit union chief executive, senior manager, or any elected volunteer. Upon determination of eligibility and petition criteria by the Nominating Committee, Petition Nominees will be added to the elections ballot, and member credit unions will be notified of the revised list of nominees on the ballot. No nominations will be allowed from the floor of the annual meeting. The appropriate Petition Nomination Form is available by request to

Absentee Ballots

Under Association Bylaws, member credit unions are allowed to vote for Directors by absentee ballot in accordance with the deadlines below. Absentee ballots are available upon request to

Date                Deadlines for absentee ballot requests and submissions

April 12           Absentee ballot request deadline

May 3              Absentee ballot vote submission deadline

May 17            Annual meeting elections (absentee ballots counted by ballot clerks)

2019 AVCU Director Election Nominee

Greg Hahr

Greg is Chief Lending Officer for New England Federal Credit Union (NEFCU) a $1.26 billion institution (as of 12/31/18) serving nearly 90,000 members throughout Chittenden, Grand Isle, Franklin, Lamoille, Washington and Addison counties in Vermont, four counties in southeastern Michigan, and two Ohio.  He has been with NEFCU since 2010, previously serving as Mortgage Manager. His prior experience includes 30 years of executive and managerial experience with financial institutions and mortgage companies and he is a past president and vice-president of the Vermont Mortgage Bankers Association.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with minor in Economics from the University of Vermont, has completed the CUNA CEO Institute, CUNA Regulatory Compliance School, and is a 2017 graduate of Leadership Champlain.  In his community, Greg has served on the Starksboro Zoning Board of Adjustments, multiple school boards, and for a decade has been an active coach of youth soccer, basketball, and softball.

Booking Accommodations at Topnotch Resort

Before calling to make reservations, AVCU strongly urges everyone to download the Guide linked below. Reading it is a vital part of understanding our full group buyout of the Resort’s accommodations, as our inventory offers two distinctly different options:

1) Hotel rooms ($229 group rate per night, plus applicable taxes) located on the main building’s three levels and featuring a conventional one bath and one or two bed layout capable of accommodating one to four guests

2) Resort homes ($219 group rate per night, per bedroom, plus applicable taxes) located within walking distance (or a short drive if preferred) of the main building. Resort homes feature two or three en suite bedrooms plus shared living and kitchen spaces and can accommodate up to six guests. There is a two night minimum stay occupancy requirement for all bedrooms in the 20 resort homes in our group’s full buyout.

In addition to the greatly reduced group rate AVCU contractually negotiated with Topnotch, we’re also pleased to have negotiated a waiver of Topnotch’s porterage ($6 per stay), housekeeping ($3 per day), and resort ($30 per bedroom per day) fees. Waiver of the resort fee also gives every overnight guest in our group complimentary access to their award-winning spa’s indoor and outdoor heated pools and hot tubs, plus a 20% discount off all individually-booked spa treatments.

The Guide also contains the direct phone number to call, procedure for reaching the Group Reservations desk, important Topnotch and AVCU policies and deadlines, and descriptions and quantities of hotel rooms and two or three bedroom resort homes in our initial inventory when group reservations opened on 2/8/19.

Click here to download AVCU’s Guide to Topnotch Resort Guest Rooms

Convention Speaker Profiles

Amy Walter, Saturday 10:30 AM Keynote

One of the most accurate, objective, insightful, and widely respected political analysts in the country, Amy Walter is the national editor of the non-partisan Cook Political Report, the former political director of ABC News, and is a frequent analyst and panel guest on numerous television, radio, and Internet shows.

Known as one of the best political journalists covering Washington, D.C., Walter appears weekly on the popular “Politics Monday” segment on the PBS NewsHour, hosts the Friday edition of WNYC’s nationally-syndicated public radio news program, “The Takeaway,” and is a regular Sunday panelist on NBC’s Meet the Press and CBS’ Face The Nation. She also appears frequently on Special Report with Bret Baier on Fox News Channel.

In her presentations, Walter expertly breaks down the electoral process, congressional culture, and the Washington political scene. Her astuteness, wit, and range of expertise creates an engaging, compelling presentation, and her reliable and accurate analysis has earned her numerous accolades. She takes audiences on an insider’s tour of Washington through the eyes of the woman with her finger on the pulse of politics.

Named one of the “Top 50 Journalists” by Washingtonian magazine, Walter was dubbed one of the most powerful people in politics in George magazine for her insights into the mechanics that make the political machine run. She also won The Washington Post’s Crystal Ball Award for her spot-on election predictions and has been frequently quoted as a congressional election expert in newspapers such as The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and The New York Times.

Charlie Cook, editor and publisher of the Cook Political Report says about Walter, “Today, her work is trusted and respected by Democrats and Republicans alike. She knows how to get beyond bluster and spin to unearth – and explain – what really matters in a political arena. And, she has a proven track record of success, which is essential for those whose jobs depend on accurate political forecasting.”


Jim Bouchard, Saturday 9:15 AM General Session & 1:30 PM Breakout

Jim Bouchard is an internationally recognized business speaker, trainer and author of THE SENSEI LEADER and THINK Like a BLACK BELT.  His presentations resonate particularly well with c-level executives and emerging leaders. Jim’s articles are regularly featured in numerous credit union industry journals and online media outlets.

“Respect. Trust. Loyalty. In my 30 years working with leaders around the world, it comes down to those three words. What can we possibly accomplish as leaders without the respect, trust and loyalty of the people we serve? That’s what it’s all about.” – Jim Bouchard

As his general session, Jim will present his flagship program entitled “THE SENSEI LEADER: Effective Leadership Through Courage, Compassion and Wisdom”.  This highly interactive program will engage and challenge audience members to think about your most essential leadership strategies, then learn how to apply them in your life, in your business, and most importantly with the members you serve!

The topic of Jim’s breakout session has yet to be determined and will be announced in February. Jim will also wrap-up the weekend with a closing presentation on Sunday morning.


Todd Romer, Saturday 8:00 AM General Session & 1:30 PM Breakout

Todd Romer is the founder of Young Money University (YMU) and the Young Money LIVE! Financial Success Speaking Tour. The author of YOUNG MONEY: A Powerful 5 Step Plan to Financial Success Now , Todd has taught and coached thousands of millennials to create a life that fits their dreams by learning how to think about and see money differently. His YMU platform focuses on how to save, manage, spend, invest and give money differently through a distinct and disruptive five step system that leads people to a more purposeful and significant life.

Since 2010, the Young Money LIVE! Financial Success Speaking Tour has been held on nearly 400 college and university campuses and another 100+ high schools in 35 states. Through his speaking presentations to associations like AVCU and financial institutions, Todd also helps organizations market to, retain and empower millennials.

During his general session, Todd will present his five step system for bringing a fresh perspective to money management that will benefit his audience of credit union employees and volunteers. He’ll also offer successful teaching and coaching strategies that will help credit union personnel better engage with younger members to help them get started on the road to financial success at an early age.

The topic of Todd’s breakout session has yet to be determined and will be announced in February.  Todd will also be involved with Saturday afternoon’s Retire on Track® Retirement Fair.