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|The Pulse (07-23-14)|
The Pulse (07-23-14)
July 23, 2014 ● Volume 03, Issue 28
Credit Union News
The Minnesota Credit Union Network is asking its members – are you getting the most out of your dues dollars? As the association that works to ensure the success, growth and vitality of our member credit unions, MnCUN is keenly focused supporting credit unions and creating the environment that allows for growth.
An overview of of MnCUN’s 2014 strategic initiatives & accomplishments in the first half of the year is available online.
To maximize your MnCUN membership, take a moment to click through the links on the list below to increase your engagement and explore the resources that the Network has to offer.
The strength of the credit union movement lies in our unity and our willingness to work cooperatively. The strength that comes from joining together to advocate for the credit union movement and 1.6 million credit union members around the state is immeasurable. Affiliation is key to our success and to the success of the industry. We appreciate the opportunity to serve you!
With questions or suggestions, please feel free to contact any member of the Network staff at any time.
Register now – Leadership events for young professionals offered in August & September
Through the Crew young professionals group, Minnesota Credit Union Network seeks to engage young professionals and provide them with opportunities to grow in their careers. The Crew is open to young professionals of all levels – approximately 35 years of age or below – including those new to the credit union movement or those seeking to establish deeper industry ties.
Two upcoming Crew events focused on career development are highlighted below:
Thursday, Aug. 7 @ 1:3- p.m.-4:30 p.m., St. Paul – Roundtable & Interactive Forum
Join your peers at the Minnesota Credit Union Network office for this unique cooperative roundtable meeting and interactive live webinar forum, designed to help provide ideas and answers. As part of an “Emerging Leaders” webinar series, attendees will participate in the webinar entitled, "Managing for Ultimate Performance: The 6 Building Blocks of Success.” Following the webinar, attendees will have an open forum roundtable session to discuss this and other topics. Participants can submit discussion questions on the registration form. The cost includes an archive webinar link for additional viewing. Prepare your questions and bring any materials and knowledge to share!
Sept. 5-7 – Fall Leadership Conference
The Minnesota Credit Union Network is offering a new opportunity for members of the Crew to Crash the Fall Leadership Conference on Sept. 5-7. This event, held at Madden's Resort in Brainerd, features industry experts providing insight and relevant information on top credit union issues.
MnCUN is offering an exclusive discount Fall Leadership Conference package to Crew members, which includes off-site lodging in Brainerd, meals, recreation, and the ability to participate fully in the conference – at a fraction of the cost. In all, Crew members who register for the Fall Leadership Conference now will receive approximately 60 percent off.
This conference offers the unique opportunity to network with upper management, increase understanding of vendors and industry partners, participate in education sessions, and grow their dedication to the credit union movement.
To learn more about this networking group, visit The Crew page of the Network website. With questions or add your name to the Crew database, contact Crew liaison Laura Whittet by email or at (651) 288-5503.
Just days remain to submit entries for the annual Dora Maxwell, Louise Herring and Desjardins awards programs. Each Minnesota credit union offers unique programs, products, services and community events. Now is the time to recognize these efforts!
Did your credit union implement an innovative program to help members out of debt? Did you host a community charity event? Did your employees help teach kids or adults financial literacy? Showcase what your credit union has done by submitting an entry by Friday, July 25, for these national award programs.
Go to the National Awards Programs page of the Network website to find forms and submit your entries today! Credit unions are encouraged to enter in one or all of these programs. Winning entries in the statewide competition will advance to the national competition for judging this fall.
Statewide entries must be submitted to the Network office by Friday, July 25. With questions, contact MnCUN Director of Communications Connie Kuhn by email or call (651)288-5527.
Credit unions, do not forget about Foundation Fridays this fall! This unique fundraiser helps raise awareness for the Minnesota Credit Union Foundation and its committees – Minnesota Credit Unions for Kids (MnCU4Kids) and the Minnesota Family Involvement Council (FIC).
During October, credit unions can designate one Friday (or several) as a Foundation Friday. On this day, tellers and call center staff will conclude each member interaction by asking for a contribution to help support financial education, college scholarships and Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare. At the end of the series of events, credit unions can forward all donations to the Foundation, to be split evenly between the Foundation general fund, MnCU4Kids and the FIC. It’s that simple!
Below is a brief explanation of the work of the Foundation and its committees.
Minnesota Credit Union Foundation - an organization that provides the resources for credit unions and communities to prosper and thrive. Foundation grants are chiefly focused on financial education and professional development and disaster relief efforts that aid the credit union movement in Minnesota and beyond.
Minnesota Family Involvement Council - works to provide credit unions with financial awareness solutions. The FIC conducts an annual scholarship program, awarding funds to Minnesota credit union members to help advance their college education. This endeavor is made possible through its annual Silent Auction.
Minnesota Credit Unions for Kids - a collaboration of credit unions, chapters, leagues and business partners engaged in fundraising activities to benefit Children’s Miracle Network-affiliate hospitals. All money raised through Minnesota’s Credit Unions for Kids program supports Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare, which helps kids with disabilities and chronic conditions. Gillette is based in St. Paul, with clinics located around the state.
Each participating credit union will receive a turnkey toolkit including how-to information, sample press releases, lobby posters and more! To sign up for Foundation Fridays now, send your name, credit union, phone number and email address to the Minnesota Credit Union Foundation.
The Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal is looking for top-shelf chief financial officers to join the ranks of the Business Journal's CFO of the Year honorees.
The awards, now in their eighth year, honor outstanding financial leaders at Twin Cities companies large and small. CFOs are a crucial part of a company’s leadership team, but they often labor in relative obscurity outside of their offices, and their roles are often misunderstood by outsiders who think CFOs are just number-crunchers.
The deadline for nominations is Friday, Aug. 1.
Learn more about the CEO of the Year award on the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal website.
Over the next month, credit union professionals and volunteers have the opportunity to participate in golf outings hosted by Minnesota chapters of credit unions.
For additional information and printable registration forms, visit the Event Calendar on the Network website.
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 Director of Communications Connie Kuhn.
Credit union members can access Invest in America's exclusive discount offers through this easy-to-use app. Members can save money from companies like GM, Sprint, TurboTax, and Dell.
What the Invest in America app can do:
Plus, you can easily get to LoveMyCreditUnion.org where you can find even more credit union member discounts.
Keep Your Sprint Credit Union Member Discount
To ensure the continued integrity of the Sprint Credit Union Member Discount, members must periodically provide documentation to verify credit union membership to keep their discount.
With questions about Invest in America, contact MnCUN Director of Business Development Vickie Ganrude by email or at (651) 288-5515.