Annual Reports

Business Meeting – 2021 Agenda & Rules of Order

Wednesday, June 9, 2021 – 3:00 PM

Zoom Webinar

  1. Call to Order
  2. Incorporation of the Official Call into the Minutes
  3. Credentials Committee Report
  4. Acceptance of the Rules of Order
  5. Appointment of a Parliamentarian
  6. Approval of the Minutes of the 73rd Annual Meeting
  7. New Business
  8. Elections
  9. Reports
  10. Adjournment

I) Robert’s Rules of Order shall govern the meeting in all cases in which they are applicable and in which they are not inconsistent with the Bylaws of the Association of Vermont Credit Unions, A parliamentarian shall be appointed by the Chairman.

II) All committees, unless specifically provided, shall be appointed by the presiding officer.

  • Credentials Committee – This committee oversees registration of delegates and alternates. Visual confirmation of delegates and alternates will begin at 2:55 PM on Wednesday, June 9, 2021. The committee shall confirm credentials of all delegates or alternates and report to the presiding officer who shall facilitate their reporting at the time indicated on the agenda. If there is any challenge to the rights of any person to be a delegate or alternate, then such matters shall be referred without debate by the presiding officer to the Credentials Committee for investigation, report, and recommendation.
  • Nominating Committee – This committee shall submit to the Association meeting a list of nominees for all vacant offices for the consideration of the delegates at the meeting.

III) The report of the Credentials Committee shall be accepted as evidence of delegates and alternates in attendance at the Association meeting in determining the presence of a quorum.

IV) Regarding decorum and debate, only Association directors, the Association president, and delegates, or their alternates, are entitled to the use and privilege of the floor. The chair may use its discretion in all other cases.

  • Delegates and alternates desiring to address the meeting or to make a motion shall give their name and name of their credit union by typed entry in the Chat Box.
  • Discussion – It is desirable that all keep remarks as brief as possible.
  • Voting – All voting shall be done in one of the following manners:
    • Chat Box response; or
    • Official roll call with Chat Box response.
  • The presiding officer may designate the method to be used unless over-ruled by majority vote on appeal from the decision of the Chair.

Business Meeting – Final Report of the 2020-2021 Nominating Committee

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

FROM:  2020 / 2021 AVCU Nominating Committee

                Carrie Allen (Chair) – Heritage Family CU

               Wanda Dunham – White River CU

               Bob LakeGreen Mountain CU

DATE:   June 1, 2021

RE:         2021 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 2021 Annual Meeting of members.

On March 26, 2021, a request was sent to member credit unions for the purpose of soliciting names of possible candidates to fill the vacancies. After careful consideration, the Committee decided to place these individuals in nomination for election to the Association’s board of directors:

  • Sean Gammon, Members Advantage Community CU (incumbent)
  • Rick Hommel, VSECU (incumbent)
  • Lisa Huyer, NorthCountry Federal Credit Union (incumbent)

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 2021 director elections ballot was required to submit his / her completed petition and qualifications to the Nominating Committee by May 14, 2021.  No petition candidate nominations were received prior to the deadline, so the slate of candidates remains as originally presented.

Absentee Ballots

Under Association Bylaws, member credit unions are allowed to vote for Directors by absentee ballot prior to an announced deadline. As the original slate of candidates remains unchanged with three candidates for three expiring positions, all candidates will be elected by acclimation during the annual business meeting – therefore absentee ballots are unnecessary.


2021 AVCU Director Election Nominees

Sean Gammon

Sean is the Chief Executive Officer of Members Advantage Community Credit Union, a $353.3 million institution (as of 3/31/21) serving more than 34,500 members throughout the state of Vermont and Cheshire, Grafton, and Sullivan counties in New Hampshire. He has held this position since 2002 and has more than 24 years of experience in the credit union industry.  He has completed both CUNA Management School and CUNA Financial Management School, and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Vermont. He has served on the Association’s Board of Directors since 2003, is a past Treasurer and Vice-chair, and has been Chair since 2011. He has been a Director for the New England Credit Union Executives Society since 2007, has served on the Board of Directors of the Vermont Chapter of the March of Dimes, was a Director for the South Burlington Little League from 2011 to 2018, and was an active volunteer coach for youth sports in Burlington and South Burlington from 2005 to 2020.

Rick Hommel

Rick is Senior Vice-President / Technology and Operations for Vermont State Employees Credit Union (VSECU), a $1.1 billion institution (as of 3/31/21) serving nearly 70,500 members throughout the state of Vermont.  Rick has been with VSECU since May of 1999, in that time also holding positions as SVP Retail Operations, VP Retail Operation, VP Information Technology, and E-Commerce Manager.  He has served on the Association’s Board of Directors since 2017 and has been Treasurer since 2018. He was the Chairperson of Fiserv’s Retail Strategic Advisory Council from 2012-2016 and currently serves on PSCU’s Technology Advisory Committee and the Global Alliance for Banking Values’ Digital Business and Innovation Committee. He held various volunteer roles in the Washington West Supervisory Union, including a number of coaching positions, from 1999-2014 and is a Vermont Foodbank volunteer.  In 2015, he earned the Certified Chief Executive (CCE) designation from Credit Union Executives Society and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Management of Information Systems and Accounting from the University of Vermont.

Lisa Huyer

Lisa is an Executive Vice President / Chief Financial Officer for NorthCountry Federal Credit Union, a $838.4 million institution (as of 3/31/21) serving more than 60,500 members in Addison, Caledonia, Chittenden, Essex, Franklin, Grand Isle, Lamoille, Orange, Orleans, and Washington Counties.  During her 32 years of service to NorthCountry FCU, Lisa has managed several departments and currently oversees Risk Management, Collections, Support Services, Accounting, Projects, Facilities, and IT. Lisa has served on the Association’s Board of Directors since 2018 and as Treasurer since 2020. She previously served on the Association’s Audit Committee and on CUNA’s 2016 Task Force to reform the reporting structure for 5300 Call Reports.  She volunteers for various credit union-sponsored events, including holiday gift wrapping for Anew Place and the annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk. For several years, she also served as a volunteer on the Finance Committee for the Greater Burlington YMCA.  She holds an Associate’s Degree in Accounting from Champlain College, a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from State University of New York Oneonta, is a licensed Certified Public Accountant, and has completed the Credit Union Executives Society CEO Institutes to earn the Certified Chief Executive (CCE) designation.

Business Meeting – Report of the 2020-2021 Audit Committee

June 1, 2021

Board of Directors

Association of Vermont Credit Unions, Inc

Association of Vermont Credit Unions Services Corporation

On Tuesday, June 1, 2021 the committee met to review and receive the financial reports of the Association of Vermont Credit Unions and its subsidiary Association of Vermont Credit Unions Services Corporation.

We met via teleconference with Association President Joe Bergeron, Finance Administrator Mary Robert, and Todd Burgess, Certified Public Accountant of A.M. Peisch & Company. The committee reviewed the report prepared by A.M. Peisch & Company, about which Mr. Burgess noted highlights and responded to Committee questions.

After reviewing the report and supporting documentation, the Audit Committee found it to be thorough and understandable. The financial statements were found to be in balance, with proper accounting procedures being followed.

Available as a separate document are the Consolidated Financial Position and Consolidated Statement of Activities for the Association of Vermont Credit Unions, Inc. and Subsidiary as of December 31, 2020. A copy of the Reviewed Financial Statements and Report is on file at the Association office and is available to member credit unions upon request.

We want to thank Association staff and A.M. Peisch & Company for their cooperation in explaining and reviewing the financial report of the Association of Vermont Credit Unions, Inc. and Subsidiary.

Respectfully submitted,

Susan Leonard, Chair, New England FCU

Terence Field, VSECU

Lisa Huyer, NorthCountry Federal CU


Business Meeting – Minutes of the 73rd Annual Business Meeting

Zoom Webinar, October 8, 2020

The seventy-third Annual Meeting of the Association of Vermont Credit Unions, Inc. (AVCU) was called to order by Chairman Sean Gammon at 3:04 p.m.

Secretary Rick Hommel announced that the Official Call to the 73rd Annual Meeting was emailed to all member credit unions on September 4th.

The Credentials Committee Report was given by Secretary Hommel, who stated that 12-member credit unions were present for a total of 24 delegate votes.  A quorum was declared.

A motion was made by John Dwyer (New England FCU), and seconded by Susan Leonard (New England FCU) that Robert’s Rules of Order and the “Rules of Order” as published on the Reports page of AVCU’s online Annual Yearbook be adopted as governance for the meeting.  SO VOTED.

Introductions – Chairman Gammon introduced AVCU Board Vice-chair Carrie Allen (Heritage Family FCU), Treasurer Jeff Morse (River Valley CU), Secretary Rick Hommel (VSECU) and Director Greg Hahr (New England Federal CU). Directors Brett Smith (One CU) and Lisa Huyer (NorthCountry FCU) were unable to attend.  He then introduced Richard Brock, AVCU’s Legal Counsel from the firm of Brock and Brock, PLLC.  Mr. Gammon appointed Mr. Brock to serve as parliamentarian for the business meeting.

Chairman Gammon thanked President Bergeron and the staff for the work done during the previous year.

Chairman Gammon appointed Mary Robert (AVCU) as Recording Secretary for the Minutes and noted that John Cote and Jen Malroux (AVCU) had served as the Credentials Committee.

Minutes – A motion to dispense with the reading of the Minutes of the 72nd Annual Meeting and to accept them as published on the Reports page of AVCU’s online Annual Yearbook was made by Kevin Loso (Heritage Family FCU) and seconded by Tracey Hill (Vermont VA FCU).  SO VOTED.

New Business – None

Old Business – None

Elections – Chairman Gammon thanked Election Committee Chair Lisa Huyer (NorthCountry FCU), and members Wanda Dunham (White River CU), and Bob Lake (Green Mountain CU) for their service.  He then announced that no absentee ballots or petition requests to add candidates to the ballot were received by their announced deadlines, so the slate of candidates remained unchanged.  Carrie Allen (Heritage Family FCU); Jean Giard (Vermont Federal CU), and Brett Smith (One CU).

Chair Gammon declared that as there were three candidates for the expired terms, that Carrie, Jean and Brett were elected by acclamation, then congratulated them.

Chairman Gammon then thanked and recognized Jeff Morse as a retiring board member who had served for more than 13 years.

Reports – Chairman Gammon thanked the members of all AVCU Committees for their work throughout the year then called upon President Joe Bergeron for his management report.

A motion was made by Tracey Hill (Vermont VA FCU) and seconded by Rob Miller (VSECU) to dispense with the reading of reports and accept them as published on the Reports page of AVCU’s online Annual Yearbook.  SO VOTED.

Adjournment – The meeting was adjourned at 3:27 p.m. upon a motion by by Tracey Hill (Vermont VA FCU) and seconded by Kevin Loso (Heritage Family FCU). SO VOTED

Respectfully Submitted, Rick Hommel, Secretary

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At a reorganizational board of directors meeting immediately following the AVCU Business Meeting, the following officers were elected for 2020 / 2021:

Chairman – Sean Gammon

Vice Chairman – Carrie Allen

Treasurer – Lisa Huyer

Secretary – Rick Hommel