The Pulse 02-08-2018

Volume 7, Issue 6.5



MnCUN Annual Conference Speaker Highlight: Matt Birk

The Minnesota Credit Union Network Credit Union Day at the Capitol and Annual Conference will be held Wednesday, April 4 through Friday April 6, at the Radisson Blu Mall of America in Bloomington. This meeting offers opportunities for exhibitors and credit union professionals alike. Attended by more than 300 credit union CEOs, senior executives, staff and volunteers annually, this conference also offers the state's largest credit union exhibit hall.

Matt Birk will speak during the Annual Conference luncheon on Friday, April 5. Birk is a former American football center. He was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the sixth round of the 1998 NFL Draft, and later played for the Baltimore Ravens. He played college football at Harvard. Birk is a two-time All-Pro, six-time Pro Bowl selection, and one-time Super Bowl champion.

During his speech, What Makes Teams Great, Birk will discuss how competition in the NFL relates to the real world. League attempts to level the playing field by legislating parity and fixing almost all the variables. Get an insider's look as to why and how some teams have a competitive advantage, year after year.

Full meeting details, a schedule of events, and registration can be found on the Annual Conference page of the MnCUN website.



Ryan Smith Promoted to Director of governmental affairs

As the Director of Government Affairs, Smith develops, coordinates, and implements political action fundraising programs, educates member credit unions on PAC fundraising efforts, and conducts the MnCUN fundraising recognition program. He works closely with the VP - Governmental Affairs and Association Services and the Associate General Counsel for the Network and the Credit Union National Association to ensure a positive legislative environment for credit unions in Minnesota.


With questions about MnCUN’s advocacy efforts, contact Ryan Smith by email or by phone at 651-288-5533.




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.




Join Minnesota Credit Union Networking Groups the Crew, Women’s Leadership Network

The Minnesota Credit Union Network provides credit unions the training and resources they need to grow and thrive in today’s financial environment. MnCUN offers networking groups to help employees increase engagement with the movement, develop in their careers, and strengthen their credit unions.


The Crew Young Professionals Group 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.


Minnesota Credit Union Women’s Leadership Network is a sister society of the World Council of Credit Unions’ Global Women’s Leadership Network. The vision of the Global Women's Leadership Network is to provide women with the opportunity and resources to make a measurable difference in the lives of each other, in the lives of credit union members and in their communities.


Participation in these networking groups is a benefit of membership with the Minnesota Credit Union Network. By signing up you will begin receiving emails about upcoming events and opportunities. To join, visit the member profile page of the MnCUN website. Under Subscriptions, click the box next to the applicable group.



Foundation Scholarship Council Holds Second Dice & Ice Fundraiser

Members of the Foundation
Scholarship Council pose at
the 2018 Dice & Ice Event

Held on January 26, the Minnesota Credit Union Foundation Scholarship Council’s second Dice & Ice Event raised over $13,000. The event saw a 34 percent increase in attendance from last year, with nearly 100 participants representing 16 credit unions, 9 vendors and the Minnesota Credit Union Network. All funds raised during the event will be used to provide scholarships to Minnesota’s credit union members.


Dice & Ice Participants competed as teams, playing a variety of dice-related games. Live auction items and a wide variety of raffle prizes were also awarded.


“Thank you to all who participated, sponsored and donated to make the Dice & Ice event a success,” said Council Chair Bridget Petersen. “The council doubled their fundraising goal in 2017 to celebrate 20 years of service. With the success of this event, we hope to raise another $20,000 for credit union members in 2018.”


The Council’s signature event, the Silent Auction, will take place during the Minnesota Credit Union Network Annual Conference being held April 4 through 6 in Bloomington. More information about the Foundation Scholarship Council is available on the Minnesota Credit Union Foundation website

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