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On the Way to GAC (via Memory Lane)

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PUBLISHERS POV : BY TIM O’HARA

This weekend marks the first time in 20 years that I haven’t attended CUNA’s Governmental Affairs
Conference (GAC) in Washington, D.C. I really regret not being there and plan on returning next
year.
Although GAC has been held in the glitzy Walter E. Washington Convention Center for the past decade, I began attending it when it was held at the Washington Hilton on Connecticut Ave. NW. I’ll never forget my very first visit to the expansive vendors’ exhibit hall in the Hilton, way down a series of escalators into the gargantuan, subterranean meeting space. I think it took me a couple of years to find out it was actually a parking garage throughout most of the rest of the year.

I have so many great memories of attending the greatest show of the credit union year that I’d love to share a few of them with you. On one of my first GAC visits, while waiting in a very crowded line to get into the basement exhibit hall at the start of an early morning session, I noticed three men, each sporting a gigantic ring on his hand.

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