November 9, 2007
Matthews takes BCCU first annual public speaking competition

As part of the planned events and activities to commemorate Credit Union Week, on Thursday, October 18, 2007, the Barrouallie Co-operative Credit Union had its first annual public speaking competition among primary schools, at the Kingdom Life Ministries Pentecostal Assembly at Keartons, Barrouallie.{{more}}

This event had three schools participating, namely Layou Government, Barrouallie Government and Westwood Methodist; in two categories – a prepared speech, on the topic “Together We are Better” and an impromptu speech on their picked topics.

The winner of the prepared speech, and overall winner, Akeil Matthews of the Layou Government School began his speech by defining the major words in the theme and highlighted the services offered by the Barrouallie Co-operative Credit Union, as well as some background information about the aforesaid Credit Union.

He did not forget the School co-operatives because they play vital roles also in cultivating good saving habits in young people. His impromptu speech was based on “why it was important to save?”

Second in line was Onipha Mars, representing the Westwood Methodist School, who highlighted the Credit Unions on a whole, talking about the services that they generally offer and giving specific data about the Credits Unions in the world at large. She eventually came home to highlight the benefits of our local Credit Unions here. Her impromptu speech topic was “violence in the community”.

Settling for the third position of the three who participated was Bianca Creese of the Barrouallie Government School, who also placed first in the impromptu speech speaking on “Homework”.

She, too, spoke about the services offered by the Credit Union here at Barrouallie, and provided background information on the start of the Credit Union business here.

Barrouallie Co-operative Credit Union Ltd, a rural society, continues to strive after almost forty nine(49) years in existence.

It has a membership of approximately 760 members and asset base of 1.8 million EC dollars.