As true today as it was 65 years ago:

“It is my opinion that these trips to Washington are very worthwhile and should be continued.  Legislation of importance to bankers is constantly in the mill and our opinions can be aired much better if we are on friendly terms with the men (and women!) we wish to contact.”

George A. MacLachlan, President, National Bank of La Crosse; President, WBA 1949-1950, as quoted in As Good As Gold – A History of Banking in Wisconsin

This is Day 2 of 3 for the WBA Washington Conference. WBA Members are currently meeting with Speaker Paul Ryan, Reps.Sean Duffy, Mike Gallagher, Glenn Grothman, Ron Kind, Gwen Moore, Mark Pocan and Jim Sensenbrenner as well as dialogue with the FDIC, Federal Reserve and OCC.

Day 1 of the trip included visits with Sens. Tammy Baldwin and Ron Johnson.

The main focus for this particular trip is regulatory reform and tax relief although the topic of credit unions also was brought up.

Attendees left behind this informational piece on Wisconsin credit unions as well as a brochure that outlined the impact Wisconsin’s banks have on the economy.

WBA members who made the trip to Washington to speak on behalf of the industry included Troy Bartoshevich, Park Bank, Milwaukee; Michael Boettcher, First National Bank-Fox Valley, Neenah; Leif Christianson, Peoples State Bank, Wausau; Michael DeLong, Bremer Bank NA, Menomonie; Nikos Efthimiou, East Wisconsin Savings Bank, Kaukauna; Cynthia Erdman, Partnership Bank, Tomah; Morgan Farmer, Park Bank, Holmen; Brooke Frehse, Stephenson National Bank & Trust, Marinette; Rachel Goodell, Unity Bank, Augusta; Corey Hoze, Associated Bank, Milwaukee; Sharon Kirsh, Horicon Bank; Gary Kuter, Capitol Bank, Madison; Jay McKenna, North Shore Bank FSB, Brookfield; Donna Oathout, American National Bank, Beaver Dam; John Oathout, American National Bank, Beaver Dam; Rose Oswald Poels, WBA, Madison; Tom Pamperin, Premier Community Bank, Marion; Dan Peterson, Stephenson National Bank & Trust, Marinette; Peter Prickett, First National Bank-Fox Valley, Neenah; Elisa Rollo, Stephenson National Bank & Trust, Marinette; Charlie Schmalz, East Wisconsin Savings Bank, Kaukauna; Mike Semmann, WBA, Madison; Jeff Schmid, Fox River State Bank, Burlington; Dan Shepard, Waukesha State Bank; and Keith Shepard, Waukesha State Bank.