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!

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!

Information for Credit Unions

Attendee & Guest Registration Kit and links to our Eventbrite registration pages
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

2018 / 2019 Nominating Committee letter seeking candidates for election to AVCU's Board of Directors
Topnotch Resort Meeting & Conference Facilities

Convention Weekend Schedule

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

Friday, 5/17

10:30 AM – Interactive fundraising activities & luncheon benefiting Vermont Foodbank (Location & details TBA)

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

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

4:00 PM – Exhibitor Hall Opens (Pinnacle)

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

6:30 PM – Opening Banquet & Speakers (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 & “Big Five” Silent Auction reopens (Pinnacle Foyer)

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

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

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

12:00 PM – Networking Lunch (Outdoor Pavilion)

12:30 PM – Vermont Advocacy Update by Joe Bergeron & Adam Necrason (Flannel and Patio if weather permits)

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

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

4:45 PM Free time (Auctions relocated to Outdoor Pavilion)

6:00 PM – Social Reception (Outdoor Pavilion)

7:00 PM – 72nd Anniversary Action Station Banquet & Entertainment by Nik & the Nice Guys (Outdoor Pavilion)

10:30 PM – Take a Chance Auction & “Big 5” Silent Auction bidding closes


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 & “Big 5” Silent Auction Winners announced

9:25 AM – Fabulous Parting Gift Live Drawing

9:30 AM – Convention closes

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.


Information for Vendors

Join AVCU and management, staff, and volunteer leaders from our members at the largest annual credit union event in the state of Vermont!  For those new to our Annual Meeting, being an exhibitor is the most cost-effective way to get your company in front of Vermont credit union decision makers. Executives, board members, and employees from the majority of our credit unions, including all those with more than $100 million in assets, regularly attend AVCU’s most important weekend every year.

Click to view the MailChimp invitation that was sent to company representatives January 17th

Downloadable Exhibitor / Sponsor Kit

Attendance at AVCU’s Annual Meeting is limited to employees and volunteers of our member credit unions, their registered guests, and registered representatives of approved exhibiting companies. Purchasing a station in Friday’s Exhibitor Hall is the only way anyone other than Vermont credit union personnel may attend the convention.

Our 2019 Information Kit (530k PDF) provides full details about exhibitor station fees and what’s included for your company’s attending representatives, exclusive presenting sponsorship opportunities, the online application form link, and much more.

Download the Information Kit for Exhibitors and Presenting Sponsors