Thinking about joining the Member Forum but not sure what's involved? Tony Saunders shares some of his reasons why he joined, and why he thinks you should too!
1. Introduce yourself! Who are you, and how long have you been a member with BCU.
I am Tony Saunders, a retired electrician, and I have been a member of Bristol Credit Union for nearly 3 years. Apart from a short spell in the forces, I grew up and still live in Knowle, Bristol.
2. What made you join Bristol Credit Union?
I joined Bristol Credit Union because I wanted somewhere that allowed me to build up savings for solar panels, away from the mainstream banking system.
The other reason for joining was to try to raise awareness of the credit union among people who may not wish to use the main banks.
3. What made you want to join the Member Forum?
When the opportunity arose to join the Member Forum I accepted because I felt that it was a perfect way for ordinary members to communicate with the board of directors, about a range of issues such as: questions about policies, changes to the credit union, and suggestions for new products.
4. Describe a typical Member Forum meeting
Forum meetings take place every 4 to 6 weeks on a weekday evening and they last about 2 hours. We cover a wide range of topics e.g. the legal and financial set up of a credit union, the best ways to communicate with members, and how to improve communication to and from the board.
Most recently we discussed going into schools and setting up a savings scheme where children could learn about the basics of saving, and help prepare young people for the financial world when they enter the work place.
5. What do you think the Member Forum has achieved so far?
I feel the Member Forum has made good progress in developing a framework that will allow members to raise issues with the board.
6. What would you say to someone who is considering joining the Member Forum?
Have an open mind! You do not have to have a detailed understanding of money matters; more important are your life experiences, and an ability to understand people.
Interested in joining the Member Forum? Find out more.
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