CU News (03-23-12)

The Pulse (03-23-12)

March 23, 2012   ●   Volume 01, Issue 12

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Credit Union News

MnCUN Annual Meeting registration closes March 29

Credit union professionals and volunteers have less than a week to register for MnCUN's Annual Meeting on April 13-14 at the DoubleTree Hotel. This event offers a two days of education, networking and entertainment, along with the state's largest credit union tradeshow.

With national speakers CUNA President/CEO Bill Cheney and former Gov. Tim Pawlenty, this year's conference is guaranteed to provide credit unions valuable insight and information. The weekend's sessions will also feature credit union experts Jim Aho, Mark Arnold and Rex Johnson speaking on lending strategies, business and strategic planning and branding. The Filene Research Institute will present the findings of its research on how Minnesota credit unions can attract Gen Y members.

Annual Meeting participants under the age of 35 will have the opportunity to be part of The Crew. The Crew is an informal, event-based networking group for young professionals who have a desire to grow in their career. At Annual Meeting, members will participate in a variety of unique networking events, including a "Coffee with the Crew” event featuring CUNA President/CEO Bill Cheney and MnCUN President & CEO Mark Cummins. Crew members receive a $70 discount on registration.

Register today to guarantee your spot at this year's conference. For more information and to register, visit the Annual Meeting page of the Network website.

Annual Meeting to feature "Minnesota Hold 'Em” poker tournament

Closet poker pros and novices alike are invited to join MnCUN for a "Minnesota Hold 'Em” poker tournament during the Network Annual Meeting on Friday, April 13, at 7:30 p.m. Coordinated by the Minnesota Credit Unions for Kids (MnCU4Kids) committee, this entertaining event will benefit Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare.

Credit union professionals and volunteers will compete for the title of "Minnesota Hold 'Em” Champion. Refreshments will be available for players and nonplayers. Come try your hand at the cards or cheer on others as they go "all in” for a good cause.

Space in the tournament is limited and pre-registration is required for the event.* More details and a printable entry form will be uploaded to the Annual Meeting section of the Network website soon. Money raised at the event will benefit the children and families served by Gillette. For more information about MnCU4Kids, visit the committee website.

*No entry fee or sponsorship is required to participate in the tournament.

Applicants sought for CU internship in Guatemala

Are you a rising star at your credit union? If so, you may qualify as one of 10 U.S. credit union professionals selected to intern at credit unions in Guatemala on June 10–23. Coordinated by the World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU), this leadership program offers emerging credit union leaders the opportunity to see the international credit union movement in action.

Participants of this program will gain a better understanding of how Guatemalan credit unions serve underserved populations and support their communities through member education and special projects. After two weeks of intensive study and hands-on applications, the credit union leaders will bring home new skills and a new perspective on credit union service. Lodging, meals, local transportation and traveler's insurance are all included in this program. The only expense attendees have to cover is the cost of airfare.

To participate in this program, attendees must meet the following requirements:

  • Be able to participate in the full two-week program;
  • Be available to travel on the specific program dates;
  • Possess intermediate-to-advanced Spanish language skills;
  • Arrange for time away from the credit union prior to application; and
  • Be able to pay the airfare cost of $1,350.

To learn more about the program and to apply, visit the International Credit Union Leadership Program page of the WOCCU website. Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, March 30. Candidate interviews will take place the week of April 9

NCUA releases second small credit union video

The NCUA's Office of Small Credit Union Initiatives (OSCUI) released the second in a series of videos aimed at providing small credit unions free information and advice. The video provides insights from consultants who discuss the important role staff play in helping small credit unions survive.

During the video, small credit union experts highlight OSCUI's Direct Assistance program and the role NCUA plays in helping small credit unions overcome their challenges. NCUA Board Member Michael Fryzel describes the inter-relationship between the mission and goal of the NCUA and the purpose of the OSCUI.

This video, along with the other videos in the series, can be view on the NCUA's YouTube channel.

Registration now open for the 2012 CUNA Management School

Credit union professionals can now register to attend the 2012 CUNA Management School. To be held July 8-20 in Madison, Wisc., this three-year program is designed to prepare executives to make a substantial, positive impact at their credit union.

Developed with the University of Wisconsin Graduate School of Business, CUNA Management School helps credit union executives become dynamic and effective leaders. As the credit union movement's longest-running executive education program, CUNA Management School has provided leadership training to more than 4,800 credit union executives. Upon completion of this three-year program, students earn the Certified Credit Union Executive designation.

Scholarships for this program are available. Applications may be downloaded from the CUNA Management School scholarship web page and must be completed by Sunday, April 15. For additional information about the training and to register, visit the CUNA Management School website.


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