President’s Point

I like holidays. Holidays are times to celebrate and recognize important observances.

I have fond memories of happy holidays with family and friends. If you are like me, you probably look forward each year to your favorite festivals. These are good times for all. Did you know that October is chock full of holidays? I thought I’d share a few in case you are looking for a new reason to party.

You are probably familiar with Oktoberfest and Halloween. But October also includes other notable days such as National Nut Day on October 22 and Do Something Nice Day on October 5. October is also full of month-long celebrations like Cookie Month and Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month. I don’t know about you, but I plan on being a party animal for Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month. (My wife told me that joke was corny.)

I have a new favorite holiday: International Credit Union (ICU) day. What is ICU Day, you ask? ICU Day is celebrated on the third Thursday of October each year. Since it began in 1948, the day has been set aside to recognize credit unions and their achievements. It is a day to honor those who have dedicated their lives to the business of helping others through these financial cooperatives.

The ultimate goal of ICU Day is to raise awareness about the great work credit unions are doing around the globe and give members the opportunity to get more involved. Credit unions and members throughout the world celebrate the day with fundraisers, open houses, contests, picnics and parades. The celebrations reflect the cultures among various countries.

This year, credit unions celebrate over 100 years of serving members in the U.S. The services offered have certainly changed over the years. In 1909, we didn’t have debit cards, mobile services and ATMs. Still, credit unions continue to embrace the same dedication to helping members live better lives.

This year, I’m going all out with my ICU Day celebration. I will see if I can find a parade.

I hope you will join me!