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Dec. 7, 2012    ●    Volume 01, Issue 48

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MnCUN celebrates 2012 accomplishments

The primary purpose of the Minnesota Credit Union Network is to ensure the success, growth and vitality of our member credit unions. To this end, MnCUN channels the collective energy of credit unions throughout the state and works to lead the industry into the future – together.

Over the past decade, MnCUN has consistently maintained an affiliation rating of more than 90 percent. Through our core service areas, we strive to create the environment to promote credit union growth in the state of Minnesota. With MnCUN's strategic goals in mind, the following list provides a glimpse into our activities and accomplishments for 2012. Click here to view the full list and related links.

Legislative Advocacy – shaping the industry's future by creating a favorable legislative environment

  • engaged in lobbying at the State Capitol and in Washington, D.C., to pass policy provisions to strengthen the credit union charter and defend against adverse legislation
  • worked with U.S. Sen. Al Franken to co-sponsor credit union member business lending legislation (S. 2231)
  • Amended a state-level bill (H.F. 2174) to allow Minnesota credit unions equal opportunity to accept deposits from public entities
  • more

Compliance Support – helping to ease the regulatory burden on credit unions

  • operated a compliance resource center, fielding credit union compliance inquiries by phone and email
  • added the Compliance & Audit Services program to offer compliance and audit assistance to credit unions
  • more

Regulatory Advocacy – monitoring regulatory activity & deepening key relationships

  • submitted comment letters to NCUA on proposed rules on loan participations, emergency liquidity, and the definition of "troubled condition”
  • filed an amicus brief with the Minnesota Supreme Court to protect credit unions during the foreclosure process
  • more

Communications – disseminating information to credit unions & consumers

  • launched a consumer-focused campaign, Bankziety, to increase awareness of credit unions among young adults
  • collaborated with the Filene Research Institute to provide data and recommendations to credit unions for attracting Gen Y consumers
  • more

Education & Networking – providing opportunities for interaction and development

  • provided education for 101 credit unions through 116 live and virtual training offerings
  • fostered networking and collaboration through the coordination of 19 department-specific roundtable meetings
  • more

Products & Services – delivering solutions & savings to credit unions

  • established a fee-based Compliance & Audit Services program to offer in-house assistance to credit unions
  • built four new strategic partnerships with leading industry providers
  • more

With questions about the Minnesota Credit Union Network, feedback on our 2012 accomplishments, or suggestions at any time, please feel free to contact us


Get ready to learn in 2013 – MnCUN education info now online

As the year winds to a close, it's a great opportunity to start thinking about professional development opportunities in 2013. This week MnCUN uploaded to its online Event Calendar the preliminary information for its 2013 webinars, roundtables, Webinars On Demand and conferences.

The Network has a full slate of educational opportunities planned for next year. Credit union professionals and volunteers will be able to learn online through webinars and network with others in the movement during MnCUN's roundtables. Webinars On Demand enable individuals to learn at their own time and place and share the training with others in their office. The Network's conferences provide in-depth learning opportunities in the areas of lending, political involvement, supervisory committee effectiveness and more.

To view next year's slate of educational opportunities, visit the Event Calendar page of the Network website. Complete session information is posted approximately four to six weeks prior to each education opportunity. 

CU Day info. coming soon; MnCUN announces changes to legislative visits

In anticipation of Credit Union Day at the Capitol on Jan. 29, MnCUN is excited to announce a change to the legislative visits portion of the day's events. Rather than requiring attendees to schedule their own visits with elected officials, the Network will be handling the task of coordinating and scheduling legislative visits at the state Capitol.

MnCUN's Credit Union Day at the Capitol gives professionals and volunteers the opportunity to bring the credit union message to elected officials. During the morning, attendees learn about grassroots involvement and legislative issues, receiving firsthand knowledge from elected officials about the legislative session. The afternoon consists of visits to the state Capitol to meet with representatives and senators to discuss issues important to credit unions.

In previous years, individuals were required to schedule their own legislative visits with their elected officials. This year the Network is taking that item off attendees' to-do lists and coordinating the visits. Attendees will only have to complete the CU Day registration form, and the Network will handle the rest!

Registration information for CU Day will be release in mid-December. If you have questions in the meantime, contact MnCUN Vice President – Governmental Affairs Mara Humphrey by email or at (651) 288-5523. 

Important legal relationships to be highlighted in MnCUN webinar

As the population ages, credit unions must be prepared to handle members' financial activity and requests involving powers of attorney, conservatorships and guardianships. On Dec. 18, MnCUN will host a webinar focused on each of these legal relationships and the power and authority they give designated individuals.

The Account Compliance for Conservatorships, Guardianships & Powers of Attorney in Minnesota webinar will teach credit unions the important differences between powers of attorney, conservatorships and guardianships. Attendees will learn what a credit union must consider when presented with a legal document establishing one of these relationships. Specifically, the webinar will highlight:

  • Important differences between conservatorships, guardianships and powers of attorney;
  • Powers of the conservator, guardian and attorney-in-fact;
  • Setting up accounts for each type of protective relationship;
  • Evaluating powers of attorney created online or by the member vs. the Minnesota Short Form;
  • Handling share drafts and other financial documents;
  • Terminating the protective accounts; and
  • Successor conservators, guardians and attorneys-in-fact.

To register for this event, visit the Event Calendar section of the Network website. With questions, contact MnCUN Director of Education Sue Groskreutz by email or phone at (651) 288-5521.

Have comments on CU examinations? Complete CUNA's survey

On Thursday, credit unions received a survey link from CUNA that will enable them to provide CUNA and MnCUN feedback on their most recent examinations by the NCUA and/or state regulators. The information, which will be kept anonymous, will help CUNA and the leagues hone their advocacy efforts on exam-related issues.

Advocating on behalf of credit unions to improve the examination process is one of the highest priorities of both CUNA and the Network, and a firm grasp of the current state of credit union examination process is needed to ensure that credit unions are effectively represented in discussions with the NCUA and state supervisory authorities. The survey covers topics such as length of an onsite exam, how satisfied the credit union was with the exam and results, and which problem areas, if any, were noted by the examiner. It also includes a series of questions to gauge how the credit union felt about the examiner's performance and the exam process, and asks what are the biggest issues credit unions would like CUNA and their leagues to focus on to reduce regulatory compliance burdens.

Survey replies are confidential, and identifying information from individual credit union respondents will not be seen by individuals outside of CUNA's Market Research Department. Only summary results will be reported. To access the survey, visit the Regulatory Advocacy page of the CUNA website.

2012 MnCU4Kids donations due Dec. 18

The 2012 fundraising year for Minnesota Credit Unions for Kids (MnCU4Kids) is quickly coming to an end. All funds raised throughout the year must be received by the Minnesota Credit Union Foundation by Tuesday, Dec. 18. These funds will then be forwarded to Gillette to meet the year-end deadline.

Send in your credit union's funds today to help MnCU4Kids reach its goal of raising $160,000 in 2012. When sending in donations, be sure to include the MnCU4Kids Reporting Form. Please forward all funds to:

Minnesota Credit Union Foundation
Attn: Minnesota Credit Unions for Kids
555 Wabasha Street North, Suite #200
St. Paul, MN 55102

Checks should be made payable to the "Minnesota Credit Union Foundation” with "MnCU4Kids” written in the memo line.

With questions about MnCU4Kids, contact committee co-chairs Dave Engler of Hiway Federal Credit Union by email or at (651) 325-4144 or Marlo Hirl of General Mills Federal Credit Union by email or at (763) 764-6937.

Credit union notes…

  • On Dec. 3, Ashby Federal Credit Union merged into Mid-Minnesota Federal Credit Union. The merged credit unions will have more than $237 million in assets and serve nearly 37,000 members.



Minnesota Credit Union Network
555 Wabasha Street N, Suite 200
St. Paul, MN 55102

(651) 288-5170
(800) 477-1034