Did you know that more than 30% of U.S. households are unbanked or underbanked, with many of them turning to payday lenders and other alternative banking methods? Looking for more ways that credit unions can help our rural populations could help this statistic dramatically.

The Southeastern Credit Union Foundation would like to invite you to a roundtable discussion with Deputy Commissioner Mary Barzee Flores from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Sciences. The event will be held Sept. 18.

Flores served in the Federal Public Defender’s Office for the Southern District of Florida and presided as a circuit court judge in Florida’s Eleventh Judicial Circuit prior to her current role as Deputy Commissioner for Consumer Affairs, where she will oversee the Department’s consumer services responsibilities.

Please join us in the exclusive opportunity to meet with the deputy commissioner to discuss the issues that impact Florida and its credit union members. And more importantly, how we, as credit unions, can make a difference. We want this to be an interactive and informative session. If you have any topics you would like included on the agenda, please forward to SECUF Director Juli Lewis by Sept. 15.

 When: Wednesday, Sept. 18 from  12:00 p.m. to 4 p.m.

 What’s on the agenda?

  • What are credit unions currently doing to assist people in rural areas who may not have access to traditional banking services.
  • What needs are not being met in rural areas?
  • What can credit unions do to fill the gaps and better to serve this population?
  • The Future: How can credit unions and the Department of Agriculture work together to make the biggest impact for Floridians?

 Please email Juli Lewis by Sept. 15 to reserve your seat(s).