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|The Pulse (01-03-17)|
Volume 6, Issue 1
Nominations now open for Annual Award Programs
MnCUN is now accepting nominations for its most prestigious awards. Now is your chance to nominate a colleague for the Outstanding Professional of the Year or Outstanding Volunteer of the Year.
The winners of these awards are recognized during the Minnesota Credit Union Network Annual Meeting & Convention, which takes place April 20 & 21, 2017 at Radisson Blu Mall of America, Bloomington. Nominations for the awards must be received by the Network by Friday, Feb. 3, 2017. Complete information and online nomination forms can be found on the Recognition Awards page of the Network website. Please note that only nominations completed using the online forms will be accepted.
With questions about these awards programs, contact MnCUN Director of Communications Andrea Molnau by email or at (651) 288-5527.
Recently, the Minnesota Credit Union Network Awareness Fund Committee met to approve the initial budget for the campaign based on the pledges received to date. The fundraising campaign raised a total of $554,900, well over the established goal amount of $500,000. Thus far, a third of Minnesota credit unions have made pledges to participate in the campaign, in addition, Shared Branching and MnIPC have also contributed.
MnCUN is scheduling regional credit union feedback and listening sessions during which contributors to the campaign will provide feedback and insight about their market areas. The Network is working closely with the Credit Union National Association and their national awareness research project, results of which are expected to be released in February. Media buys for the Minnesota awareness campaign will be made in early spring following state-specific consumer research and campaign activities and results will be reported on a quarterly basis.
“Our plan is to actively engage our credit unions throughout the campaign – from gathering stories to garnering feedback,” said MnCUN President & CEO Mark Cummins. “The participating credit unions range from various sizes and geographical areas, which speaks to the widespread desire for this type of campaign in Minnesota.”
Alloya Corporate Federal Credit Union is offering two scholarships for young credit union professionals, 35 years old and under, to attend the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC) being held in Washington D.C. Feb. 26 through March 2, 2017. The Christine M. Gross (CMG) Scholarship affords an individual from a small credit union to attend CUNA GAC, an Alloya event or state league/association event by covering registration fees, hotel accommodations and travel expenses.
The scholarship is named after Christine M. Gross, who was a Senior Business Consultant for the corporate, was an advocate for all the credit unions she represented, but it was small credit unions that held a special place in her heart. As a memorial to our cherished employee, the CMG Foundation was established by the corporate and funded by us and members. The proceeds are used to assist staff at smaller credit unions defray the costs of attending educational opportunities.
Applicants must be employed by a Alloya Corporate Federal Credit Union member credit union. Applications are being accepted through Jan. 13. More information and the application can be found online.