The Pulse 01-11-2018

Volume 7, Issue 2.5



Nominations Open: Simon Hellermann, Professional and Volunteer of the Year Awards 

MnCUN is now accepting nominations for its most prestigious awards. Now is your chance to nominate a colleague for the Simon Hellermann, Outstanding Professional of the Year, or Outstanding Volunteer of the Year.


Outstanding Professional of the Year recognizes the notable service of one outstanding credit union professional who has selflessly given time, effort and talent to the support and promotion of the credit union mission and who has gone above and beyond to improve the credit union culture in Minnesota.


Outstanding Volunteer of the Year is given to one extraordinary credit union Director who best exemplifies the credit union spirit through dedication to, and belief in, the credit union movement. Grounds for nomination include involvement in the credit union movement at local and state levels and participation in other activities that support the credit union mission.


Simon Hellermann Award recognizes demonstrated excellence in credit union philanthropy and contributions to the credit union movement in Minnesota. This award – established in 1999 as a tribute to Minnesota credit union philanthropist Simon Hellermann – recognizes an outstanding contribution to a humanitarian cause and also promotes credit union philanthropy, service and loyalty. Individuals, credit unions, chapters and affinity groups are eligible to receive this award.


The winners of these awards are recognized during the Minnesota Credit Union Network Annual Meeting & Convention, which will take place April 5 through 6 at Radisson Blu Mall of America in Bloomington. Nominations for the awards must be received by the Network by Friday, Feb 9. 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 Laura Whittet by email or at 651-288-5527.



MnCUN Welcomes Director of Engagement Ben Hering

This week, the Minnesota Credit Union Network welcomes its newest staff member, Ben Hering. Hering joins MnCUN as Director of Engagement. In this position, he will serve as the ambassador for the trade association, providing direction and management of membership development, recruitment, engagement, and retention of Minnesota Credit Unions. He will also be responsible for developing, coordinating, and conducting educational seminars, conferences, social and political functions for the Minnesota Credit Union Network and the Network Services Corporation.


Hering has worked in the financial industry for eight years, most recently has a part of the business development team at Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union. His experience includes building strategic partnerships, community engagement, financial education, innovation and advocacy of the credit union movement.


Along with his role at the credit union, Hering completed Filene Research Institute’s i3 innovation program in December of 2017 and is currently the board chair for Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce’s DRIVE Emerging Leaders.


Please join us in welcoming Ben!




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 Director of Communications Laura Whittet.




Women’s Leadership Network: Leadership Goal Setting

Join the Minnesota Credit Union Women’s Leadership Network Tuesday, Feb. 13 for their first meeting of the new year.


Presenter Lisa Hayes will lead a discussion on goal setting from a leadership development perspective. The interactive workshop will include tips on how to ensure your own development goals are built into your credit union’s goals. The event will also include a networking activity and lunch.


Full event details and registration can be found on the MnCUN event calendar online.


With questions about the Women’s Leadership Network, contact MnCUN Vice President - Communications and Engagement Andrea Molnau.



Directors Roundtable: Jan. 23

The Minnesota Credit Union Network is pleased to invite credit union Directors to a roundtable discussion on the topic of Board Governance. The event will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 23 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Hiway Federal Credit Union, 840 Westminster Street, St. Paul, MN 55130.


Kris Jacobsen, MnCUN’s Business Development Director, Marcia Lewis of the MN Dept. of Commerce, and Justin Burleson of the NCUA will share best practices and recommendations. In addition, attendees will have time to participate in an open discussion to network, share experiences, and learn from each other. Light refreshments will be served.


Full event details and registration can be found on the MnCUN event calendar online.


With questions, contact MnCUN Vice President of Communications & Engagement Andrea Molnau by email or by phone at 651-288-5527. Registration is available online.



Foundation Scholarship Application Deadline Approaching Feb. 1

The application deadline for the 2018 Foundation Scholarship Council (FSC) scholarship program is Thursday, Feb. 1. This year, the council will be awarding $20,000 in the form of two $3,000, two $2,000, and 10 $1,000 scholarships. Any member of a Minnesota Credit Union Network affiliated credit union pursuing post-secondary education in the fall 2018/spring 2019 is eligible to apply.


Applications are being accepted online.


As a cooperative benefit to Minnesota’s credit unions, the Foundation Scholarship Council has developed marketing resources to promote the scholarship to members.


Additional information is available on the Foundation website. With questions about the scholarship program, contact the FSC.


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