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Self-Help’s 2022 Annual Meetings: Gathering to Celebrate a Legacy of Service

By staff
  | Dec 01, 2022

Self-Help's two sister credit unions recently held annual meetings to celebrate our legacy of partnerships with and service to communities across our footprint. For the first time in over two years, we gathered in person with members, partners, and friends to recognize the successes of the past year and look toward our goals for the future. Take a look at some of our favorite moments from the meetings below. 

November 16, 2022 | Self-Help Credit Union Annual Meeting

Self-Help board member Farad Ali and former staff member Susan Lupton celebrate visiting in person.

Self-Help Credit Union's annual meeting took place at its 302 West Main Street offices in Durham, North Carolina. At this meeting, SHCU Board Secretary La-Tasha Best-Gaddy emceed, while SHCU Board President Scott Misner presided over credit union business. Self-Help members in attendance elected five new board members: LaTorrie Greer, Laura Pichardo-Cruz, Ed Fulbright, David Kearns and Jackie Mondora. 



SHCU President Randy Chambers honors longtime board members Al Reberg and La-Tasha Best-Gaddy.

Self-Help staff and CEO Martin Eakes as well as local partners delivered presentations to participants on the impact of our homeownership and financial coaching work. You can watch some of their remarks in the videos below. 
Listen to Regional Manager Tamara Stanley share her experiences working with borrowers to build strong financial foundations for homeownership:


CEO Martin Eakes relates a powerful story from a first-time homeowner:

October 26, 2022 | Self-Help Federal Credit Union Annual Meeting

Participants gather at SHFCU’s Chatham branch building, which now includes offices and community space.

SHFCU's Annual Meeting was held on October 26th at our newly renovated Chatham branch building, which now includes offices and community space, in Chicago, Illinois. Members elected Maggie Cervantes (Board Secretary); Raul Raymundo (Board Chair); and Martin Eakes to the SHFCU board. This event featured food and live music as staff, members and partners gathered to celebrate the combined legacies of Self-Help and our two partner institutions on the South Side of Chicago, the former Seaway Bank and Second Federal Savings Bank, which now continue to serve the South Side community as divisions of Self-Help Federal Credit Union.


Reverend Al Sampson (left) and Self-Help CEO Martin Eakes (right).

Self-Help was thrilled to celebrate the work and partnership of these two historic institutions, which have long served the Black and Latino residents of Chicago and provide a model for forging cross-cultural impact and racial equity in communities that have traditionally been underserved and have faced economic challenges.

City of Chicago Treasurer Melissa Conyears-Ervin spoke at the event, along with other local partners. Hear her talk about the importance of neighborhood financial institutions that reflect and understand the communities they serve:

Self-Help is a family of organizations that includes two credit unions, Self-Help Credit Union, which serves members in Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia, and Self-Help Federal Credit Union, which serves members in California, Greater Chicago, Milwaukee, and Washington. If you’re interested in learning more about Self-Help and our structure, you can find out more here.



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