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The Pulse

March 31, 2016 ● Volume 5, Issue 13.5


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Advocate, Educate, Inspire: Minnesota’s Credit Unions gather for 2016 Annual Conference

This week, over 400 credit union professionals, volunteers and vendors from across Minnesota and the country are gathering for the 2016 Minnesota Credit Union Network Annual Conference.


Yesterday, attendees advocated for credit unions during meetings with their local legislators. During face-to-face meetings, representatives from Minnesota’s not-for-profit financial institutions discussed credit unions commitment to their communities, need for common-sense patent reform, and the importance of protecting lien holder rights.


The three-day conference will continue today and tomorrow with education sessions, networking opportunities, an awards breakfast, and the state’s largest credit union exhibit hall.


Conference speakers include:


  • Robert Jarosinski - Senior Consultant in Business Protection Risk Management, CUNA Mutual Group
  • Lawrence R. Jacobs - Walter F. and Joan Mondale Chair for Political Studies and Director of the Center for the Study of Politics and Governance in the Hubert H. Humphrey School and the Department of Political Science at the University of Minnesota
  • Jerry Kill - Head Coach, Minnesota Golden Gophers Football, 2010-2015
  • Rick Metsger - Vice Chair, NCUA Board
  • Jim Nussle - President & CEO, CUNA
  • Mark Sievewright - President, Credit Union Solutions, Fiserv

“The Minnesota Credit Union Network Annual Conference is a great example of the cooperative nature of credit unions,” said MnCUN President & CEO Mark Cummins. “This year, representatives from 72 credit unions have come together to advocate for the industry and seek new ways to best serve their members’ financial needs.”



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



16 credit union members receive scholarships from the Family Involvement Council

The Family Involvement Council (FIC), a committee of the Minnesota Credit Union Foundation, strives to build credit union brand awareness and strengthen member relationships through its scholarship program. The FIC has announced recipients of $10,000 in scholarships to 16 credit union members for the 2016-2017 school year.


FIC Scholarships are available to all members of Network affiliated credit unions and are funded by the FIC Silent Auction held at the Network Annual Conference.


Congratulations to the following winners:

  • Central Minnesota Credit Union               
    • Emma Mogard                                 
  • Electrus Federal Credit Union                    
    • Kelly Besst                                         
  • Firefly Credit Union                                        
    • Sarah Bediako                                  
    • Julia Braulick                                     
    • Anne Kopas                                       
  • First Alliance Credit Union                           
    • Emeline Brudwick                           
  • Mayo Employees Federal Credit Union  
    • Jacob Souhrada                               
  • Richfield Bloomington Credit Union        
    • Jared Joyal                                         
    • Caleb Joyal                                         
    • Kaitlyn Seres                                     
  • SouthPoint Financial Credit Union            
    • Harley Braun                                     
  • SPIRE Credit Union                                         
    • Mitchell Carlson                               
  • TopLine Federal Credit Union                     
    • Wesley Heal                                      
    • Amber Ferguson                             
  • Wings Financial Credit Union                     
    • Patrick Clark                                      
    • Riley Swenson                                  

“We had a great response to our scholarship program this year with nearly 850 scholarship applications,” said Bridget Petersen, FIC Chair. “The quality of applicants we have each year makes it clear that our members care about their education and highly value being a credit union member-owner.”


Information about the 2017 scholarship program will be available in late August or early September.  


With questions, contact FIC Chair Bridget Petersen by email or by phone at (651) 641-2256.

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