“Thankful” may not be the first word that comes to mind when reflecting on 2020. Understandably, the word may not be in your top 20 or your top 100 adjectives to describe the year. But despite the chaos and despair we experienced this year, I truly believe there is plenty to be thankful for.
As the CEO of the New York Credit Union Association, I know the year has had its share of difficulties. Many of the Association’s traditional offerings were hampered by all that 2020 threw at us. Yet, in a lot of ways, I’ve never felt so connected to the New York credit union community. While physically separate, we were able to connect more often with more credit unions and more credit union people than at any time in my memory. And for that, I’m thankful.
I’m thankful the Association was able to provide the expertise and guidance so many credit unions were seeking. I’m thankful I got to meet more credit union professionals and volunteers this year – even if it was over Zoom. And I’m thankful our movement was able to stay connected and united – even though we couldn’t be together in person.
To state it simply, 2020 has been difficult. And there is no guarantee that 2021 will be any less difficult. But the Association will be here for your credit union. And I know the credit union movement will be there for New Yorkers. For that, we should all be thankful.
Have a wonderful, happy and healthy Thanksgiving holiday. I wish you all the best as you close out the year. And remember: If your credit union needs any support or assistance, the Association is ready, able and prepared to help.