Annual Meeting & Convention

Annual Meeting & Convention


IMPORTANT UPDATE – As of 3:30 PM on March 23, AVCU’s room block at Stowe Mountain Lodge is sold out and the online reservations link in the attendee information brochure and exhibitor / sponsor information kit has been shut down.  The Lodge has graciously offered to continue booking reservations for a short time by calling 802.760.4755 or 1-888-478-6938 and mentioning the Association of Vermont Credit Unions.
AVCU has been told by the Lodge, “it would be in the guest’s best interest to reserve their accommodations as soon as possible,” so we urge all attendees who do not yet have reservations to call the Lodge at their earliest possible opportunity.

The 70th Annual Meeting & Convention of the Association of Vermont Credit Unions will take place at Stowe Mountain Lodge May 19-21, 2017.  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!

Click here to download the attendee information brochure

Click here to register as an Annual Meeting attendee via Eventbrite

AVCU strategic business partners and other companies interested in being an exhibitor or sponsor of our 70th Annual Meeting & Convention can download the Registration and Information Kit for Exhibitors and Sponsors (1.2MB PDF).

The application to be a registered Exhibitor or Sponsor is submitted online via this SurveyMonkey form.

We hope to see you at Stowe Mountain Lodge on the slopes of Mount Mansfield in May of 2017.

70th Annual Meeting & Convention Event Schedule

Friday May 19

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

1:00 – 3:00 PM ….. Station setup in Exhibitor Hall (Junior Ballroom)

2:00 – 6:30 PM ….. Convention Registration Open (Tamarack Foyer)

3:30 – 6:30 PM ….. Exhibitor Hall Open / “CU Jeopardy!” contest for cash prizes and the Box of Mystery (Junior Ballroom)

4:00 – 9:30 PM ….. Take a Chance Auction Ticket Sales (Tamarack Foyer)

6:30 – 8:15 PM ….. Opening Banquet & Speakers (Tamarack Ballroom)

8:15 – 9:15 PM ….. Dessert Social / Vendor door prizes / Live drawings of “CU Jeopardy!” Winners (Junior Ballroom)

Saturday May 20

7:30 – 10:00 AM ….. Roundtable Breakfast Forums – Richard Gose & Larry Johnson / Mike Schenk & Art Woolf (Tamarack Ballroom)

7:30AM – 7:30 PM ….. Take-a-Chance Auction ticket sales (Tamarack Foyer)

10:15AM – 12:00 PM ….. Opening Keynote – Meagan Johnson (Junior Ballroom)

12:00 – 1:30 PM ….. Sponsor’s Reception lunch (Tamarack Ballroom)

1:30 – 2:30 PM ….. Breakouts – Stephanie Smith & Panel of CU Veterans / Richard Gose, Joe Bergeron, & Adam Necrason (Junior Ballroom)

3:30 – 4:30 PM ….. Business Meeting (Junior Ballroom)

6:00 – 6:30 PM ….. Social Reception (Tamarack Foyer / Terrace)

6:30 – 8:00 PM ….. 70th Anniversary Action Station Banquet (Tamarack Ballroom)

7:30 – 8:00 PM ….. Take a Chance Auction Drawings (Tamarack Ballroom)

8:00 – 10:00 PM ….. Fun Pianos! by 176 Keys (Tamarack Ballroom)

Sunday May 21

7:30 – 9:30 AM ….. Breakfast / closing keynote – Meagan & Larry Johnson (Tamarack Ballroom)

9:30 AM ….. Fabulous Parting Gift Drawing (Tamarack Ballroom)

9:45 AM ….. Convention closes

Association Director Nominations

Association Director Nominations

DATE:     January 27, 2017

TO:          Member Credit Union Manager / CEOs

FROM:    AVCU Nominating Committee

Susan Poczobut, Chair (Granite Hills CU)

                  Wanda Dunham (White River CU)

                  Bob Lake (Green Mountain CU)

                  Bob Morgan (NorthCountry FCU)

The Association’s 2017 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 2017 70th Annual Meeting on May 20th.  Two are the incumbent terms of Carrie Allen (Heritage Family FCU) and Jeff Morse (River Valley CU). The third is a vacancy created by the retirement of Bernie Isabelle (Vermont FCU) late in 2016. 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 17, 2017. 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

2017 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:

Deadlines for nomination by petition process:

January 27        Nominating Committee solicitation for potential nominees (the e-mailing that accompanied the Official Call)

March 17          Deadline for potential candidates to submit their qualifications to the Nominating Committee

April 7               Nominating Committee report sent to members

April 14             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 2017 Absentee Ballot deadline is as follows:

Deadlines for absentee ballot requests and submissions

April 14            Absentee ballot request deadline

May 5               Absentee ballot vote submission deadline

May 20             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.