January 15, 2010 ● Volume 33, Issue 1 Archived Issues
Nominations open for Network Board seats, Election Committee appointed
MnCUN will be holding elections in March for four seats on its Board of Directors. The official Call for Candidates was sent Jan. 13, and nominations will be accepted through Feb. 17 for the seats listed below. All incumbents are eligible to serve another term, but interests for the seats have not yet been declared.
- Metro (currently held by Jeff Schwalen, Hiway FCU);
- Non-Metro (currently held by Doug Hallstrom, Minnco CU);
- 2,000 members or fewer (currently held by Karen Fleming, HBI ECU); and
- 2,001-10,000 members (currently held by Joyce Kalbakdalen, Soo Select CU).
Additionally, the Network announced the members of the 2010 Election Committee:
The Election Committee is selected annually by the MnCUN Board Chair and is comprised of a minimum of three individuals who oversee and conduct the mail ballot election. With questions about the elections, please contact any member of the election committee.
Political Caucus Workshop encourages credit union political involvement
Positioning Minnesota credit unions to be politically active in 2010, the Network hosted a Political Caucus Workshop on Jan. 12. Led by James Patrick Barone, Chair of Minnesota’s 4th Congressional District DFL party, the workshop provided credit union professionals an overview of how to increase their involvement in local politics.
During the workshop, Barone provided attendees a summary of the precinct caucus process and explained how credit union supporters can use these political forums to bring attention to the issues affecting them and their communities.
Political caucuses, he explained, have two main purposes. First, these political events elect delegates who select which candidates the party will support. The second intent of political caucuses is to provide citizens a forum to voice their views on a wide range of political issues. If the concern about these issues is prevalent enough, they may be included in the party’s platform.
"The issues discussed at caucuses provide those running for office insight into what people are thinking and what is important to them,” Barone said.
Through their participation in political caucuses, credit union professionals and volunteers can bring the concerns of the movement to the attention of potential politicians. MnCUN hosted this political training as part of its continual efforts to equip credit union supporters with the tools to influence the political process.
"Caucuses are a powerful political advocacy venue for credit unions because they provide citizens the opportunity to come together and push their ideals forward,” said Mara Humphrey, MnCUN Vice President-Governmental Affairs. "The movement’s grassroots strength naturally leads itself to credit union involvement in political caucuses, and it is important that credit union professionals and volunteers effectively utilize this political opportunity.”
CU Day early bird discount ends Jan. 19
Credit unions planning to attend MnCUN’s Credit Union Day at the Capitol on Feb. 10 must register by Tuesday, Jan. 19, to receive a $30 early bird discount. This year’s CU Day will highlight the role credit unions play in serving "Main Street Minnesota.”
During CU Day, credit union professionals and volunteers will remind elected officials that credit unions serve 1.5 million Minnesotans. Attendees will receive important legislative updates and first-hand knowledge from state senators and representatives about the 2010 Legislative Session.
Participants will also have time to meet with Minnesota’s lawmakers about the issues important to credit unions. Prior to CU Day, credit union professionals and volunteers must make appointments to meet with their legislators during this advocacy event. For step-by-step instructions on how to make legislative appointments, visit the CU Day at the Capitol page of the Network web site.
All CU Day registrations must be received by Monday, Feb. 1. For complete information, a printable brochure and online registration, visit the CU Day at the Capitol page of the Network web site.
Credit unions reaffirm value of MnCUN membership
As of Jan. 14, 39 credit unions have paid their 2010 MnCUN membership dues. Special recognition goes to CITIES Credit Union in Vadnais Heights, which was the first dues payer in 2010.
Dues packets were mailed to all Minnesota credit unions in late December. Included in the packet was a detailed dues invoice, along with credit union information forms, CUNA’s Power of Association brochure, and MnCUN’s Compliance Resource Guide.
Thus far, the credit unions that have re-affiliated for 2010 include:
- Bluestone FCU;
- Buckbee-Mears ECU;
- Central Minnesota FCU;
- CITIES CU;
- City-County FCU;
- Cook Area CU;
- Dawson Co-op CU;
- Duluth Police Department ECU
- Eaton ECU;
- Electrus FCU;
- Ely Steelworkers CU;
- Embarrass Vermillion FCU;
- Energy Services FCU;
- General Mills FCU;
- HBI ECU;
- HeathEast ECU;
- Heartland CU;
- Lakes Area FCU;
- Mayo EFCU;
- Mico ECU;
- Minnesota Valley CU;
- Moorhead Teachers CU;
- Nashwauk FCU;
- Northcountry Cooperative FCU;
- Northridge Community CU;
- Northwoods CU;
- Northern States Power St. Paul CU;
- Oak Trust CU;
- Red Wing CU;
- Richfield/Bloomington CU;
- Soo Line CU;
- SouthPoint FCU;
- St. Cloud FCU;
- St. James Public Schools FCU;
- St. Pascal Parish CU;
- St. Thomas EFCU;
- Teamsters CU;
- United ECU; and
- Wadena FCU.
Minnesota Credit Union Network dues should be remitted by Friday, Jan. 29. With questions, please contact the Network office at (651) 288-5170.
Nominate a colleague for MnCUN’s Professional & Volunteer Awards
MnCUN is now accepting nominations for its annual Outstanding Professional and Volunteer of the Year Awards. If your credit union has an extraordinary employee, board member or volunteer committee member, be sure to nominate them for these prestigious awards.
The Professional of the Year Award recognizes one credit union professional who has selflessly given time, effort and talent to the support and promotion of the credit union ideal and the betterment of credit unions in Minnesota. Professionals of all positions and backgrounds are eligible to receive this award.
The Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Award is bestowed upon one credit union volunteer who best exemplifies the credit union spirit through dedication to, and belief in, the movement. Grounds for nomination include involvement at local and state levels and participation in other activities that further the organized movement.
Consider nominating a colleague, co-worker or volunteer for these top awards. Simply follow the nomination instructions and return all information to the Network office by Friday, Feb. 26. The winners of the Professional and Volunteer Awards will be recognized with a video tribute that will be shown at the Network Annual Meeting, to be held in Brooklyn Park on April 23-24, 2010. Complete award information and nomination forms are available on the 2010 MnCUN Professional & Volunteer of the Year Awards page of the Network web site. With questions about the awards program, contact Rachel Kuenzel at the Network office.
City & County CU employee receives Lending Specialist Certification
Thomas Coulter of City & County Credit Union in St. Paul was recently designated as a Certified Lending Specialist through CUNA’s Certified Executive Program. Through this program, credit union professionals take self-study, college-level business and finance courses that have a credit union focus.
To receive certification, professionals must pass a variety of in-depth courses in a specialty area. Throughout his coursework, Coulter’s courses concentrated on collections, mortgage and consumer lending, and management.
"The Network applauds credit union employees committed to continued learning,” said Neil Christy, MnCUN’s Vice President of Education & Credit Union Development. "Tom’s certification demonstrates his commitment to the credit union movement and to serving members.”
Select credit unions receive CUNA Political Action Survey
Earlier this month, approximately 40 Minnesota credit unions received CUNA's 2010 Political Action Survey. Those that received the survey are part of a group of credit unions across the country that were randomly chosen to be part of this scientific sample. The feedback provided through this survey will help CUNA develop its political action program.
If your credit union received this survey from CUNA, it is very important that you complete and return it as soon as possible. Your responses will remain confidential and will provide CUNA with insight into the legislative and regulatory issues facing Minnesota credit unions.
The Political Action Survey should be returned to CUNA by Friday, Jan. 29. With questions about the survey, contact Beth Soltis, CUNA Senior Research Analyst, at (800) 356-9655 ext. 4056.
Credit union notes…
Effective Jan.1, Norco Credit Union merged with Ashland Credit Union in Kentucky. The merged credit union has $155 million in assets and serves more than 23,000 members through three branches located in Kentucky, Ohio and Minnesota.