This page uses JavaScript. Your browser either does not support JavaScript or you have it turned off. To see this page properly please use a JavaScript enabled browser.
A Direct Line - A Blog addressing issues and topics of interest for Montana credit union board members
Home > Credit Union Directors > These are a Few of My Favorite Things

Our weekly blog addresses issues and topics of interest for Montana credit union board members. 

These are a Few of My Favorite Things

by Donya Parrish, MCUN

The Christmas station on the radio has been playing "These are a Few of My Favorite Things," a song that I always identify with the movie The Sound of Music. One of the song's best qualities is that it implies that the list of items is not conclusive and there may be many other "favorite things" that the tune is just not long enough to accommodate. The positive tone and simple reminder to be grateful for even the smallest blessings makes it a classic.
As 2016 draws to a close and I reflect on the past twelve months, there are a few blogs that make my list of favorite things. If you missed them the first time, or want to read them again in a different frame of mind, here are my picks for a few of my favorite things:

  • A simple reminder that the statement “we have always done it that way” is a barrier to growth and new ideas. (Starting Today, We Do It Different
  • We all confuse CUNA and CUNA Mutual Group at times, but they are different. This blog explains the primary services each of these valued partners provides to Montana credit unions. (A Case of Mistaken Identity)
  • Can you imagine a world without credit unions? Consumers who they have helped over the years can’t either. Cheers to the underdog! (Rooting for the Underdog)
  • What better way to celebrate than to recognize one of your own. It was a heartwarming moment when Alan Johnson was named the MCUN Volunteer of the Year in May! (2016 Volunteer of the Year)

Thank you for your commitment to the credit union movement in 2016, and for your readership of this blog. We will continue in 2017 and look forward to what the new year brings. Happy New Year!

Donya Parrish is the VP-Risk Management for the Montana Credit Union Network. She would welcome any questions or comments on this material. You can email or call her (406-324-7374).

At the bottom of this page, you'll find links to past blog posts organized (loosely) into four categories. Feel free to browse. The blogs are all fairly short and provide food for thought in the areas of directors' duties and responsibilities, advocacy, working with the CEO, and ideas for strategic planning.

About Us

Network Governance
Full Staff Listing
Credit Union Chapters

Contact Us

Credit Union Jobs


CU PolicyPro
Fraud Resource Center
Compliance Training Tools


Advocacy &
Government Relations

     National Programs
     State Programs

Government Relations
     Montana Government
     Federal Government Affairs

Political Action

Field of Membership Expansion

Community Development 


Conferences and Trainings
Distance Learning
Financial Literacy for Volunteers


League Service Group

Directly Provided Services
Group Benefit Trust

Communications & PR

Credit Unions in the News
President's Report
Photo Galleries
Network News
News Archive

Credit Union Directors

The Director's Job
Volunteer Recognition
Helpful Resources
The Blog "A Direct Line"


Find a Credit Union Near You
ip of the Week
Topic of the Month
Reciprocal Check Cashing

Montana's Credit Unions

Credit Unions in the News
Credit Unions for Kids
Credit Union Philosophy