Tracy and Neil's ViClarity CUMA Conference Diaries

—- DAY 2 —-

1pm (Neil) – We just attended a talk on Embedding Compliance in Day – to-Day Operations which raised some very interesting points including new regulations which will be coming in soon. That just about wraps up The CUMA 2016 Autumn Conference. It’s time to pack up the stand and head back to the office. Thanks to everyone who visited our exhibit over the two days it was great meeting all of ye. Follow our Twitter and LinkedIn accounts for more information about ViClarity and if you had a picture taken with us come and have a look at it. Finally a big thanks to all the staff at The Hodson Bay Hotel for the great service and the exceptional food.

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11.30am (Neil) – The ViClarity competition winner  Ursula Nolan of The Civil Service Credit Union just popped by the stand to collect her Android GoTab. She was delighted with prize. Well done Ursula.


9.30am (Neil) – There are some tired bodies around this morning but everyone is in good spirits. A quick thinking exhibitor is providing vitamin water which is going down a treat with everyone.  The first speaker has just taken to the stage in the conference room. We are looking forward to the talk on Embedding Compliance in Day – to-Day Operations which is due to take place at 12.30.

8am (Tracy) – Good morning from Athlone. We had a great night catching up with people after dinner. It’s time to get our exhibit ready outside the main conference room for day 2 of The Credit Union Managers Autumn Conference. Now time for breakfast and we are off to the dining hall.

—- DAY 1 —-

10:30pm (Neil) – The dinner has just finished up and David McWilliams has finished his speech which was very informative and funny at the same time. We are just about done here for the night and  we will head to the bar for a few quite ones  and a catch up with some  more of the Credit Union managers.

9pm (Tracy) – We are on to course number four during the GALA dinner here at The Hodson Bay hotel.  The food has be fabulous so far. There is a great atmosphere in the room as guest speaker David McWilliams gets ready to take the stage.

7pm (Neil) –  The draw for the Android GoTab has just taken place. Congratulations to Ursula Nolan of The Civil Service Credit Union. Well done to all the prize winners on the night.

5:10pm (Tracy) – The I.T Risk Management talk has just finished. Next up is the closing address for today’s event. It will be a cup of tea for myself and Neil before we head downstairs again to conduct our draw for the Android GoTab. 

3:15pm (Tracy) – The new ViClarity Risk Reporting templates are getting a very warm welcome here at CUMA. These templates examine the risks performance over time, the control status, actions and trends. For anyone who uses ViClarity already or anyone who is interested in seeing this template please feel free to call over to out stand or contact Tracy on 01 902 2859.

2pm (Neil) – We have had a very busy period since lunch time meeting lots of people on their way to the next talk.  Bellies are full after dinner but our sweets are going down a treat as dessert. The competition entries are still flooding in.



1pm (Neil) – Just after finishing a lovely lunch, compliments to all at The Hodson Bay Hotel. After lunch we will be attending a talk on Financial Controls Standards in the main conference room.

12pm(Tracy) – Just met with Mick Dillon from Donore Credit Union.  We are happy to provide any level of service here at the stand as I helped him get up and running with his new Twitter account. His first Tweet  “@ViClarity Rules ok!”   Happy Tweeting Mick!

11am (Neil) -I am enjoying getting to meet some of the Credit Union managers for the first time. We are getting great feedback on ViClarity’s new product features and it’s also great to hear some of the Credit Union managers thoughts on a range of subjects such as Risk Management and Cybersecurity. The competition box is filling up quickly for the Android GoTab.  A talk on the  Impact of Strategic Planning on Credit Union Organisational Behaviour and Performance is about to begin in the main conference room. On a side note, someone just took our lunch order, chicken or cod…chicken of course.


10am (Neil) – We are finally set up with our stand. Thankfully DIY wasn’t on the job specification when I joined ViClarity as putting up the stand proved quite tricky but we got there in the end. Tracy wanted to pose for a picture so here it is.

Tracy - CUMA Autumn 2016

8am (Tracy)  We have arrived in Athlone. After being detoured around the back roads of Offaly the sat nav has finally brought us to The Hodson Bay Hotel. It’s a beautiful day here by the lake. We are looking forward to catching up with some familiar faces and meeting some new ones.  We will have plenty going on at stand 26 just outside the door of the conference room.

5am (Neil) – Welcome to our diaries from the CUMA Autumn Conference at the Hodson Bay Hotel in Athlone. It’s an early rise as we set out on our three hour journey. Lets hope Tracy has had an early morning coffee as she is the designated driver for the day.