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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.
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.
Minnesota Credit Union Network dues should be remitted by Friday, Jan. 29. With questions, please contact the Network office at (651) 288-5170.
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.
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.”
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.
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.