CUNA Reschedules Future Forum For June

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CUNA has rescheduled its annual Future Forum meeting, previously held in conjunction with the trade group's annual general meeting in the fall, for June 11-14, 2006, at the J.W. Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes, in Orlando, Fla.

CUNA CEO Dan Mica cited two primary reasons for the change: 1) The June date works better for the credit union business year (as it is much earlier in the budget cycle); 2) The June date facilitates participation by families of Future Forum participants.

"For several years now, credit union representatives have urged us to change the date so that more of their family members could join them in the outstanding locations of the Future Forum," Mica said. "This year, with the event being held in Orlando-the home of so many fine family-oriented venues-we felt that the time was right to make a change."

CUNA said it has been considering separating the two meetings and moving Future Forum to a different time of the year for some time, but what facilitated the decision to move forward with the change was a call from the conference hotel, which had already been reserved for a September date, letting the trade group know it had a date available in June, according to CUNA's Pat Keefe.

Though not a major consideration in the decision, the move will also mean the meeting will be held at the very start of Florida's hurricane season, which runs from June 1 to Nov. 31. September is generally considered "prime time" for hurricanes in Florida.

CUNA said it will be announcing the date and venue for the AGM later this fall. Again, the decision to separate the two meetings is one the trade association has been considering for some time, Keefe said, noting, "Future Forum has developed into a fairly substantial meeting on its own."

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