GAC To Feature AGM, Journalist Bob Woodward

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CUNA's Governmental Affairs Conference boasts two new features for this year: the trade group's Annual General Meeting will take place in conjunction with GAC, and The Washington Post's famed investigative journalist, Bob Woodward will be a guest speaker.

The CUNA AGM, which had been held in conjunction with Future Forum over the last few years, will be held Sunday, Feb. 26, beginning at 2 p.m. during the Governmental Affairs Conference at the Washington Hilton Hotel.

The AGM also serves as the starting point for those starting terms in the association's elected leadership, either as board directors or officers. Directors serve three-year terms; officers serve one-year terms.

According to CUNA President Dan Mica, the change of date and venue from the Future Forum to the GAC provides the association's new and continuing leadership with recognition at the venue of CUNA's largest national conference, and the new Annual General Meeting date ensures that officers and board members, whose terms were set to end in October 2006, will serve complete terms (their terms will end at the GAC in February, 2007).

"Essentially, this means that, for this transition year, board members and officers receive five additional months on their terms," Mica said. "No new officers or board members will be installed at the 2006 AGM, as they will be continuing their service in the posts to which they had been previously selected."

To further highlight the new date change and venue for the AGM, CUNA has invited Washington Post investigative journalist Bob Woodward to address the meeting.

Woodward is an assistant managing editor of the Post, and has won nearly every American journalism award during his 35 years at the newspaper.

The Pulitzer Prize was given to the Washington Post in 1973 for the reporting of Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein on the Watergate scandal.

In addition, Woodward was the lead reporter for the Post's articles on the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks that won the National Affairs Pulitzer Prize in 2002.

The author of 10 top-selling books (including more No. 1 selling non-fiction books than any other contemporary American writers), Woodward's latest book is "The Secret Man" (July 2005), which reveals long-awaited answers behind the person who was "Deep Throat," the source who assisted Woodward and Bernstein in uncovering the Watergate scandal in the mid-1970s.

Another recent and best-selling book was "Plan of Attack," published in 2004, which focused on the Bush Administration's decision to invade Iraq.

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