Volunteer leaders gather for Southeast Regional Directors’ Conference in Memphis

By Jessica McCosh, Tennessee Credit Union League

More than 300 volunteer leaders from across the south gathered in July for the 2023 Southeast Regional Directors’ Conference. The Southeastern Regional Credit Union Schools (SRCUS) event was hosted this year by the Tennessee Credit Union League at the historic Peabody Hotel in Memphis, TN.

“This event is a true showcase of the credit union principle of cooperation among cooperatives,” said Fred Robinson, president and CEO of the Tennessee Credit Union League. “Board of directors and supervisory committee members from more than 30 credit unions came together for four days of professional development and fellowship.”

The Peabody Hotel’s duckmaster leads the ducks during an exclusive rooftop duck march.

Photo credit: Tennessee Credit Union League

The event kicked off on Sunday evening with a welcome reception, an exclusive history presentation of the Peabody Hotel by the duckmaster and a private rooftop duck march by the famous Peabody Hotel’s ducks.

On Monday morning, Memphis Chamber President Ted Townsend welcomed attendees to Memphis and shared insights about Bluff City. The conference opened with a morning keynote by Jody Urqhart and provided a lively, interactive look at how to inspire a spirited and resilient workforce that stays focused and productive.

Breakout sessions featured tracks specifically for board of directors and supervisory committee members. In addition, a special session on jewelry making by a credit union volunteer leader was included for conference guests.

Tuesday afternoon guests toured the home of rock and roll legend Elvis Presley. Later that evening at the closing reception, they enjoyed music and entertainment by Elvis impersonator, Brian Lee Howell.   

During the last day of the conference, Dan Meers, mascot for the Kansas City Chiefs, shared some valuable lessons he’s learned during his long career as a professional mascot. Whether at home, work or in the community, Dan challenged the audience to live each day to the fullest by wisely investing their lives and not just spending them.

Visit srcus.org/se-regional-directors-conference for more information about next year’s conference!

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