The Pulse 01-25-2018

Volume 7, Issue 4.5



2018 MnCUN Combined Annual Meeting, Credit Union Day at the Capitol Registration Open

The Minnesota Credit Union Network provides educational sessions and networking opportunities each year through a slate of major events. In 2018, Credit Union Day at the Capitol and Annual Meeting & Convention have been combined into the 2018 MnCUN Annual Conference.


  • April 4: Legislative Visits, Radisson Blu Mall of America 
    This advocacy day provides crucial information about state political issues relevant to credit unions and offers the opportunity to build relationships with the state’s elected officials. The day will include a legislative briefing and luncheon at the Radisson Blu Mall of America with transportation provided to and from the legislative visits.
  • April 5-6: Annual Meeting & Convention, Radisson Blu Mall of America 
    These 2 days will feature educational sessions, networking opportunities, the MnCUN Business Meeting, the state’s largest credit union vendor exhibit hall, the Foundation Scholarship Council silent auction, a Credit Unions for Kids event.

Registration is available online to attend the entire three-day conference or solely Credit Union Day at the Capitol. Discounted registration is available for members of the Crew Young Professionals Group and small credit unions.


Complete event details are available online in the 2018 MnCUN Annual Conference section of the Network website. This section contains a schedule of events, lodging information, prices, and online registration.  Register before March 14 to receive early bird pricing.


With questions, please contact MnCUN Vice President - Communications and Engagement Andrea Molnau by email or by phone at 651-288-5527.



Jan. 31 Membership Deadline Approaching

Minnesota Credit Union Network membership packets were mailed to all Minnesota credit unions in mid-December. Packets included dues invoices, CUNA and MnCUN's Power of Association information, and details about the additional funds for 2018. Membership renewal should be completed by Wednesday, Jan. 31

The Minnesota Credit Union Network values your continued trust and support. With any questions about your membership, please don’t hesitate to contact Mara Humphrey or Andrea Molnau at the Network office.



MnCUN Crew members volunteer at Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare Ronald McDonald Family Room

Last week, members of the Minnesota Credit Union Network Crew Advisory Group cooked dinner for families staying in the Ronald McDonald Family Room within Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare. Ronald McDonald House charities provide a comfortable and caring home-away-from-home that supports keeping families together and reduces stress during a child's serious illness.

Minnesota credit unions are proud supporters of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. The Minnesota Credit Unions for Kids Committee raises $200,000 annually to support Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare, which helps kids with disabilities and chronic conditions.

The Crew is a group for young professionals – under 40 years old - working in the credit union movement in Minnesota. The Minnesota Credit Union Network hosts special sessions for Crew members at major MnCUN events as well as standalone Crew education sessions, happy hours, and volunteer opportunities throughout the year.

For additional information about The Crew, visit the group webpage or contact MnCUN’s Crew Liaison Laura Whittet by email or at 651-288-5503.




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.




Register for Minnesota Events at the Governmental Affairs Conference

The biggest credit union advocacy event of the year is just around the corner. Credit Union National Association and the Minnesota Credit Union Network invite you to join us for the CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference to rally around our united cause and tell legislators how their lawmaking affects credit unions and their more than 110 million members.


In addition to the GAC featured speakers and breakout sessions, MnCUN is also coordinating Minnesota-specific events. 


This year's events include:


  • Minnesota Hospitality Suite | A hospitality suite offering refreshments and networking opportunities will be available for GAC attendees
  • Network Issues Briefing & Luncheon | Prior to the Capitol Hill visits, MnCUN will host its annual issues briefing luncheon


Register for Minnesota-specific events here.


Let’s make a difference and advance the movement together. Learn more and register for CUNA GAC today.



Small Credit Union Grants Available

Credit unions that meet specific criteria can apply for expedited reimbursement of professional development opportunities through the Minnesota Credit Union Foundation Small Credit Union Grant Program.


Expedited approval will be granted based on the following criteria:


  • The request is for $500 or less;
  • The credit union has less than $35 million in assets as of Dec. 31 of the previous calendar year;
  • The credit union has less than $35,000 in net income for the previous calendar year; and
  • The professional development opportunity is on a topic(s) that pertains to the attendee’s position as a credit union professional or volunteer


A maximum of $500/credit union is available through the Small Credit Union Grant Program on an annual basis. All small credit unions are encouraged to apply for this grant, as well as grants for larger dollar amounts under our general Professional Development Grant program which undergo regular review and approval through the Foundation Board during its scheduled meetings.


To apply for Small Credit Union Grant Program funding, send an email with your name, credit union, the name and description of the event you’re attending, and proof of registration to the Minnesota Credit Union Foundation.


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

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