Stepping-Out For TheSwearing-In

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WASHINGTON - (01/19/05) -- NAFCU executives and directors willjoin NCUA Chairman JoAnn Johnson and President Bush Wednesday nightat the Texas State Society's Black Tie and Boots Ball kicking offthe Presidential Inauguration, one of a number of inaugural eventsshowing the credit union colors. The events will proceed with NAFCUdirectors attending the North Carolina State Society Ball at theCity of Washington Museum; and NAFCU Director Bill Cheney (XeroxFCU) joining California Congressman Ed Royce during a series ofinaugural events. The NAFCU officials will attend ceremonycelebrating the Medal of Honor winners at the Reserve OfficersAssociation to kick off inauguration day, before swinging over tothe noon swearing in for President Bush's second term at theCapitol, then scattering for several other inaugural events. "We'retrying to be more active and involved, just like we were at thepolitical conventions; trying to show a credit union presence,"Brad Thaler, vice president of government affairs, told The CreditUnion Journal. CUNA representatives will also be donning black tiesand gowns for the presidential swearing-in ceremonies, with creditunion executives representing the Texas, California, Kentucky andOregon leagues expected to attend one or more events, according toRichard Gose, political director for the trade group. "This is oneof those deals where we're participating wherever we can," saidGose. Credit union and CUNA officials will be watching theinaugural parade as it passes down Pennsylvania Avenue in front ofCUNA headquarters.

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