The New York Credit Union Association will not host any in-person events or training opportunities for credit unions until at least the beginning of July 2021. The Association’s leadership and board of directors made the determination that — due to the uncertainties of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the increased interest and participation in online learning sessions — the New York credit union movement would be better served with a virtual events lineup for at least the first half of 2021.
EXCEL 2021, the Annual Meeting & Convention, is among the events that will no longer be held in person. Plans and information for a virtual Annual Meeting will be announced in the months ahead.
“I know we had all hoped to return to a sense of normalcy sooner rather than later, but at this time it’s clear it would not be prudent or appropriate to host large gatherings,” said Association President/CEO William J. Mellin. “With that said, we’re excited to continue providing the New York credit union movement with high-level events in a virtual format. As circumstances continue to evolve during this pandemic, we will be monitoring the situation and charting our course in a manner that is both safest for all and in the best interests of our members.”
The Association has continued to see strong participation numbers at its virtual events this year, including at the virtual Annual Membership Meeting & Awards Presentation in June, which attracted more than 160 credit union professionals and volunteers.
“Our virtual sessions are a great way to unify the credit union movement even when we are physically unable to come together,” said Mellin. “It’s been encouraging to see such high participation and enthusiasm as credit unions continue to turn to the Association for timely, informative and thought-provoking professional development opportunities, even in the midst of a global pandemic.”
More information about the Association’s 2021 virtual events lineup will be announced in the coming weeks. The Association’s calendar of events can be accessed here.