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    REAL Solutions Summer Meeting – Albuquerque, NM

    It’s official! Our summer 2010 REAL Solutions Field Coach & League Liaison meeting is set for August 25th-26th in beautiful Old Town Albuquerque, New Mexico. To ensure you don’t miss one minute of the amazing sessions we have planned, please plan to arrive prior to the working lunch on August 25th at 12Noon and depart anytime Friday, August 27th, 2010.

    Below is a glimpse of the program highlights and full details can be found on the attached agenda:

    Wednesday – August 25, 2010

    After a warm welcome from our state hosts, Sylvia Lyons (President/CEO of CUA of New Mexico), as well New Mexico’s Secretary of State, Mary Herrera, we’ll spend Day One highlighting some of the REAL Solutions efforts from your peers representing the state of Georgia, Illinois, Texas and Wisconsin, as well as open dialogue regarding all REAL Solutions (state) efforts.

    We will end the day with a Reception @ St. Claire Bistro and then you’re free to have dinner on your own.

    Thursday – August 26, 2010

    HarborOne U

    HarborOne is a pioneer in offering educational opportunities to local residents and businesses and their innovative Multicultural Banking Center in Brockton, MA is cited as a national model. Maureen Wilkinson of HarborOne U will share how her credit union provides financial education for every phase of life, furthering the notion – you’re never too old (or young) to learn.

    Poverty Simulation Workshop

    This is a role-playing experience offering you the opportunity to learn more about the realities of what it means to live in conditions of poverty. After the simulation, you’ll have the opportunity to share your insights and hopefully establish an awakening of the human cost of poverty.

    Outstanding Credit Union Efforts

    We are excited to bring you a panel of dynamic credit union professionals, representing four credit unions in Colorado, Oregon, Missouri and New Mexico to talk for their innovative approach, development and implementation of “out of the box” CU services and/or products. Our speakers are:

    Prepaid Cards

    Did you know an estimated 30-40 million Americans do not have a bank account? 30 to 40 Million! Those people are turning to non-traditional financial service providers like Wal-Mart, which offer Reloadable cards, making access to a bank accounts less important than in the past. Join our product guru and REAL Solutions Field Coach, Bill Myers as he shares the ins and outs of the Prepaid Card Market and how credit unions can offer a better positioned/priced product and provide these consumers access to mainstream financial services.

    Serving Native Populations

    Native populations are found in every area of the country and create a new emerging market niches for credit unions. Weaving an international Indigenous network, Americans for Indian Opportunity (AIO) catalyzes and facilitates culturally appropriate initiatives and opportunities that enrich the cultural, political and economic lives of Indigenous peoples. Hear from Association Founder, LaDonna Harris (Comanche) how AIO draws upon traditional Indigenous philosophies to foster value-based leadership, inspire stakeholder-driven solutions, and convene visionary leaders to probe contemporary issues and address challenges of the new century.

    Visit the Native American Cultural Center

    Following LaDonna’s presentation, participants are invited to tour the Native American Cultural Center, visit with AIO (Americans for Indian Opportunities) Ambassadors and enjoy dinner in their locally known and beloved restaurant.

    Below are additional program details including hotel information, transportation options and contact info. If you have any questions, contact Jeff Purvis @ 800.356.9655, x6284 or jpurvis@ncuf.coop.

    • There is no registration fee, so all program materials are FREE! FREE I SAY!

    Hotel Details:

    Hotel Albuquerque – 800 Rio Grande Boulevard NW – Albuquerque, New Mexico 87104

    • Ask for Reservations at (505) 843-6300 or toll free at (800) 237-2133 – Hours: M-Fri 7am-8pm // Sat 9am-5:30pm // Sun 10am-6pm
    • Room Rate Details: $119.00 plus tax per night (single/double occupancy) Room Rate, guests must state that they would like to be placed within the “Real Solutions: League Liaison and Field Coach Meeting” block of rooms (or Group Block Code GRPI29).
    • Group Rate Cut-off date: Friday, August 6th, 2010.

    Travel Details

    Hotel Directions

    Google Maps

    Transportation Options:

    • Taxi
      • Albuquerque Cab Company – Phone: (505) 883-4888
      • Yellow Cab Company – Phone: (505) 247-8888
      • Cost: $25.00 – $30.00 – one way
    • Shuttle
      • The Sunport Shuttle check-in counter is conveniently located inside the airport on the Baggage Claim Level across from Southwest’s Baggage Carousel No. 3.

    If you have any questions, feel to contact myself or Jeff Purvis, per the contact information below.

    We look forward to seeing you in Albuquerque!

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