From the author of "Animal Farm" and "1984"....
"In a time of universal deceit - telling the truth is a revolutionary act.
- George Orwell
... By George! He does have a point there...
Yes, it does seem to be an undoable revolutionary act for our current leaders.
think this is relevant to the plight of many members of SECU. A conversation overheard yesterday. "When I get off work today, I'll have you some gas money."
SECU has charted a new course ... there will be a lot of members paying a lot more money in interest rates going forward. This board/CEO has worldly pursuits. They all sing from the same hymnal, the gospel of wealth. So how much is enough for them?$100 million balance sheet? $500 million?10 million members?Being treated like a rock star for being on the board?and for what? None of that will bring you happiness or joy ... but don't take my word for it ... good luck in your pursuit!
... sorry that should have been Billion ... or maybe Trillion !!! I mean the sky's the limit ... we could add some additional fees ... just because we can!Who's going to stop us?
When the drifters like the visionary Chalk and pompous Bombastica came in and started the Why not number1? rambling, thing started spiraling downwards in an even faster pace. Getting rid of all these drifters is the first step to healing.
Think you meant grifter....
... then again the million dollar comment could have been a freudian slip ... ;). Full steam ahead ...
I’m a LONG-standing member of this fine institution along with many of my family members. I really miss the good ‘ol days of our credit union. A somewhat altered version of the lyrics of the Merle Haggard song, “Are the Good Times Really Over?” seems highly appropriate at this juncture in our historic past, present and future. For those of you younger members who have never heard of Merle Haggard and/or have never heard this song, please search for it on the internet and give it a listen, for both the lyrics and for the tune as you read along below:Here it goes….to the tune of “Are the Good Times Really Over?" written by and sung by Merle Haggard. I wish our loan rates were still equitableIt was back when SECU was strongBack before Hayes and before Brady/Bomba came alongBefore the Mismanagement and IneptnessWhen a member considered joining and still wouldIs the best of the credit union behind us nowAnd are the good times really over for good?And are we rollin’ downhill like a snowball headed for h*llWith no kinda chance for the exploited lady or the struggling maleWish a loan and its rate Was still fair for all like it shouldIs the best of the credit union behind us nowAnd are the good times really over for good?I wish our executives were still respected And a low-ranking was a bad place to be It was back before the board lied to us all at the annual meetBefore race-based lending, when a minority could obtain reasonable loans and still wouldIs the best of the credit union behind us nowAnd are the good times really over for good?Are we rollin’ downhill like a snowball headed for h*llWith no kinda chance for the exploited lady or the struggling maleWish a loan and its rate Was still fair for all like it shouldIs the best of the credit union behind us nowAnd are the good times really over for good?Stop rolling downhill like a snowball headed for h*llStand up for the exploited lady and for the struggling maleLet’s make a loan and its rateThat is still fair for all like it should‘Cause the best of the credit union is still yet to comeAnd the good times ain’t over for goodNow, on a more serious note…..some have called Mr. Blaine loud, opinionated and overly intense. Isn’t that exactly what we want/need in a CEO advocating for our members? Mr. Blaine made a real difference for the good of the credit union and for its wonderful membership base. The member approval rating (externally and internally surveyed) was 98%, the HIGHEST in the nation, during Mr. Blaine’s tenure. That’s no longer the case. You ALWAYS knew/know, where Mr. Blaine stood/stands with our revered credit union and ALL of its members, not just the affluent members and the executive staff/board elite. Mr. Blaine had many strategic and successful agenda items when he started his CEO term. Ms. Brady admittedly is “…..being thoughtful and talking to lots of folks…..” to come up with a plan. Can she not think on her own? She's been here for 35 years, applied for the CEO position when Hayes was selected, and she still doesn't know what our priorities should be??? Is she qualified to be CEO?We need to “Make Our Many Members’ Appointed SECU Absolutely Great Again” (“MOMMA”SAGA). “Send us your Mama!” The members have spoken with 3 boards members unseated this month. We're on the right path to take back OUR credit union. Me. Blaine and Mr. Lord were both honorable and highly respected leaders. Unfortunately, Ms. Brady is not. When employees saw Mr. Blaine or Mr. Lord approaching, they would run up to meet them or to tell them hello. When employees see Ms. Brady coming, they sometimes run the other way. Is this what we should want in a leader??
you could write a sequel, 'Rich Men North of Johnson County'
There's plenty of rich men in Johnson County now.
"...some have called Mr. Blaine loud, opinionated and overly intense."and this is now viewed as a bad thing ...? if you are a pushover, you'll get steam rolled by your adversaries (sharks smell blood) ... have some principles and stand by them else you are building them on the shifting sands of popular opinion! and when the storms come, as they will, you'll be awash in the waters with the sharks circling!
looks like there is another long hard year ahead for SECU as 3 new board members won't be able to change much. At least Perkins, Stone, and Clements will be speaking up for people of modest means. Our job continues to be alerting members to the destruction the elitist board members and Brady continue to inflict upon SECU's member-owners. It is also in encouraging our Branch employees in staying on the job. Anyone who has service to the members as the focus of their jobs will need to be encouraged to stay--their reward will be untied hands after next October. Let's shoot for 100,000 votes and wave byebye to McKinley Wooten,Stelfanie Williams, Mark Fleming, and Bob Brinson. Do you have the toughness and stamina to go through the self nomination process. The Destroyers( the remaining members of this board + Brady) will probably come up with some more illegal bylaw changes 180 days prior to the annual meeting. Don't be surprised if they won't allow the member owners to ever speak to the board again either! Four more tough folks dedicated to serving people of modest means. Is that YOU?
Not only do we need to WORK HARD to replace the next 4 board members in 2024 - we also need to show Brady the door! The Brady Bunch is not good for us moving forward - we were just fine for 85 years until Haze & Brady took the helm! Haze took the money and ran so now it's time for Brady get off OUR ship!!! We've got to fight people - we only won one tiny battle - the war is still raging!!!
Do you want another outsider? It kinda sounds that way.
Absolutely not! Not sure why you would think that. Bringing in Haze was a huge mistake and cost us $6.5 million that we know about! That money move was never disclosed to members.
"... will probably come up with some more illegal bylaw changes 180 days prior to the annual meeting."Why wouldn't they, who's to stop them?
They will do anything to get rid of or limit the annual meeting next year.
They need to take a new picture of the new board and update their website ... You know be on the cutting edge new/new .... tired of looking at the old one ...
3 down 4 to go .......