Great Turnout for the Final NJ DNA Meeting of the Year

Posted by Marissa Anema Thursday, December 01, 2011 11:19:00 AM

JAMESBURG, N.J. – The final meeting of the New Jersey Director and Volunteer Networking Alliance (NJ DNA) group was held at the Forsgate Country Club in Jamesburg, N.J. on Wednesday, December 30, 2011.

Kicking off the meeting, League Director of Education and Training Barbara Agin welcomed the guests, discussing the dates for the 2012 NJ DNA dinners and talking about the value of the Reality Check Conference being held February 27-29, 2012 at Harrah’s Casino Resort in Atlantic City, N.J.

The large gathering of credit union directors and volunteers hears from attorneys Drew Edwards (back left) and Stephen Edwards (back right).

Just before dinner was served, Agin asked for topic suggestions for the 2012 meetings. The group mentioned the following areas of interest: fraud prevention, recruiting volunteers, being proactive with member growth and awareness (keeping the momentum of Bank Transfer Day going), getting youth to join and stay with the credit union, financial literacy for volunteers (NCUA’s new requirement) and financial literacy for schools, comparing/contrasting bank vs. credit union products, increasing loan growth, and social media.

Drew Edwards discusses NCUA's new standards for directors.

The evening’s speakers were credit union attorneys Stephen and Drew Edwards from the law firm Edwards & Edwards. Drew introduced the topic “Duties of Directors and Indemnification of Directors and Employees”. He explained that the topic pertains to being "protected" as volunteers. The purpose of the topic is to ensure that volunteers understand what their responsibilities are and how they are looked at differently than volunteers at a paid financial institution.

Both speakers discussed the value of an indemnification policy and suggested that volunteers check if their credit union has one. The presentation was very thorough and provoked good questions from the group throughout and afterwards.

For more information on NJ DNA and its upcoming meetings in 2012, visit This aspect of the NJCUL site is limited to directors and volunteers only and is password protected. If you are a director or volunteer and would like access to the League's resources for directors and volunteers, visit

Interested in joining NJ DNA? Contact Chris Abeel at or 800-792-8861 ext. 127 or Nicola Foggie at or 800-792-8861 ext. 112.


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