September 16, 2004
Victory For Save Columbia Credit Union
An optimist isn't necessarily a blithe, slightly sappy whistler in the dark of our time. To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness. What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places--and there are so many--where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction. And if we do act, in however small a way, we don't have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.
In a stunning victory for SaveCCU, Columbia Credit Union members replaced all the incumbents for the seven open positions on both Columbia Credit Union's Board of Directors and the Supervisory Committee. For more detail link to my Press Release where you will also find important links to the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA). By submitting your comments to NCUA, you can help support their newly proposed rules to protect members of credit unions that are subject to bank conversion proposals.
Now comes the challenge of creating better protections for all of the members of Columbia Credit Union (CCU). Review proposed changes to CCU Bylaws developed by SaveCCU member Robert Tice: Proposed Bylaws Changes with Summary
As a member of CCU Supervisory Committee I welcome your advice on all matters relating to Columbia Credit Union: firstname.lastname@example.org
I thank everyone who so valiantly demonstrated what it means to belong to a democratically run financial institution.
Be well in the journey.
Lloyd K. Marbet
On Friday, September 10, 2004 I filed a lawsuit in Multnomah County Circuit Court against the web site: www.retainourboard.org. Prior to that I sent an email message to them asking that they remove language regarding my current occupation that was blatantly false. On the day I filed this lawsuit, the unknown people responsible for this web site removed it from the internet. As usual only cowards fear the light of day. The following links will take you to the press release that I issued regarding this lawsuit, an audio tape of the press conference and a copy of an ad that I printed in Vancouver's local newspaper, The Columbian: