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|The Pulse (03-03-16)|
March 3, 2016 ● Volume 5, Issue 9.5
Help consumers find your CU by adding and updating aSmarterChoice information
Consumers across the country continue to discover credit unions – the smarter choice in the financial industry!
aSmarterChoice.org uses news stories and member testimonials to educate consumers about credit unions. The national credit union locator on the site enables users to quickly and successfully find a credit union in their area. In addition, this website offers free marketing resources that credit unions can use to promote this valuable tool.
In 2015, consumers who used aSmarterChoice clicked on search result links to individual Minnesota credit unions approximately 2,000 times. To maintain that momentum, credit unions need to update their own information within the locator to ensure that it’s accurate and comprehensive. Take the time to review information posted for your credit union on the website. To edit your profile, visit aSmarterChoice.org's update your records page or contact Scott Shoberg at the Network office for login
Join Your Colleagues at the 2016 MnCUN Annual ConferenceEarly Bird Registration Ends Wednesday, March 9
Designed to provide timely and relevant education and training, along with a healthy dose of entertainment, the Minnesota Credit Union Network Annual Conference boasts a schedule full of quality speakers.
A full list of speakers and topics can be found on the Annual Conference speaker page of the MnCUN website.
Conference Information & Registration
Complete event details are available online in the 2016 MnCUN Annual Conference section of the Network website. This section contains a schedule of events, lodging information, prices and online registration. Register before March 9 to receive early bird pricing!
With questions about the conference, please contact MnCUN VP & General Counsel John Wendland by email or by phone at (651) 288-5519 or (800) 477-1034.
Credit Unions in the News
Follow the links on the stories below to read more about the outstanding programs, new initiatives and well-deserved recognition received by your peers recently. Got news of your own? Send stories, pitches, press releases and published articles to MnCUN Communications Specialist Laura Whittet.
$25,000 in financial education grants available from MnCUF
The Minnesota Credit Union Foundation (MnCUF) – with the mission of providing resources for credit unions and communities to prosper and thrive – has a strong commitment to financial education. MnCUF has $25,000 in grants available to assist Minnesota credit unions in implementing financial education projects during its Spring 2016 grant cycle.
Applications are now being accepted through Friday, March 25.
Applications will be evaluated on a variety of factors, including credit union value, community impact, collaboration and creativity. Projects/initiatives must have measurable outcomes and submit a written follow-up report within 30 days of the project completion.
Examples of financial education projects/initiatives include:
For additional information and application forms, visit the financial education grants page of the Foundation website. With questions, email MnCUF Executive Director Lyndsay Miller or call (651) 288-5517.
Foundation Committees to hold events at 2016 Annual Conference
The Minnesota Credit Union Foundation is an organization dedicated to providing the resources for credit unions and communities to prosper and thrive. Two of the Foundation Committees, the Family Involvement Council and Minnesota Credit Unions for Kids, will be hosting events at the MnCUN 2016 Annual Conference to support their respective missions.
CU4Kids Blackjack Tournament & Awards
The Minnesota Credit Union Foundation CU4Kids committee will be hosting a Blackjack tournament. The Blackjack tournament will be Thursday, March 31, with a tentative start time of 7:30 p.m. The laid back atmosphere makes it inviting for all playing levels to participate! All vendors and annual meeting attendees are welcome to register and play. View the Blackjack tournament flyer.
Family Involvement Council Silent Auction
In 2015 the Family Involvement Council (FIC) raised $8,518 at its silent auction held during the Minnesota Credit Union Network’s Annual Meeting. This year the FIC is looking to raise even more! All funds raised go toward the FIC Scholarship to assist members pursuing post-secondary education.
One hundred percent of the funds raised during the silent auction go to Minnesota credit union members who are looking to further their education. Since 1997 FIC has raised and distributed $156,500. For more information on donating items to the silent auction visit the FIC website. Contact Bridget Petersen of SPIRE Credit Union with questions.
While both of these committees focus on different initiatives, they share the Minnesota Credit Union Foundation’s goal of helping credit unions and communities to flourish and grow. As you prepare for the 2016 Annual Meeting, remember to include these events on your schedule!
The FIC Bids Farewell to Former FIC Members
The MN Family Involvement Council (FIC) has presented two committee members with service recognition plaques.
“Both of these ladies live and breathe the credit union philosophy of people-helping-people,” says Bridget Petersen, FIC Chair, “They were valued members of our team and will be deeply missed by all of us.”
Thank you for your accomplishments and contributions to the FIC and Minnesota’s credit unions!