The Pulse | 03-01-2018

Volume 7, Issue 9.5



Minn. Department of Commerce Passes State Charter Advancements

Yesterday, the Minnesota Department of Commerce announced updates to the Standard Credit Union Bylaws for state chartered credit unions. The changes include updating of titles, number of directors to no less than five, quarterly board meetings, verbiage to allow voting by verifiable means, and other minor updates. The Minnesota Credit Union Network State Charter Working Group has been working closely with the Department to evaluate ways to advance the state charter and meeting with the department to get these changes passed.


“Thanks to each of you who responded with suggestions for updating the Standard Credit Union Bylaws for Minnesota state Chartered Credit Unions,” wrote Minnesota Department of Commerce Deputy Commissioner Maxwell Zappia in a memo to state chartered credit unions. “Your suggestions were reviewed and the Commerce Department and Minnesota Credit Union Network worked together to enhance the Standard Credit Union Bylaws for Minnesota State Chartered Credit Unions.”


Each state chartered credit union has the option of adopting the new bylaws by submitting an application found o the Department website. Additional information is available on the Credit Union Standard Bylaw Amendment and the Credit Union Standard Bylaws effective March 2018 documents.



MnCUN ADA Website Compliance Webinar Recording Available

On Tuesday, Feb. 20, the Minnesota Credit Union Network and CUNA Mutual Group held a one-hour webinar discussing website compliance under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The webinar includes a discussion of the legal landscape as well as information on actions that Minnesota credit unions may take to mitigate risk.


recording of the webinar as well as other resources on this topic are available on the ADA Website Guidelines page on MnCUN’s website


With questions, contact MnCUN Associate General Counsel  Tim Tacheny by email or by phone at 651-288-5517.



Let us Know How We Can Improve Your Peer-to-Peer Experience

With another spring season upon us, the Minnesota Credit Union Network has been working diligently to launch this year’s schedule for our Peer-2-Peer (P2P) sessions. P2Ps are collaborative forums put together by the MnCUN for credit union employees of similar interests and background to learn from and connect with one another.


Because we believe this event structure is exemplary of the cooperative nature credit unions in our industry, we are continuing to expand on how best to facilitate these events. Whether or not you’ve joined a P2P session in the past, we hope you take a moment to complete our short, less than five minute, survey to help us improve our programming.  


With questions, please contact Director of Engagement Ben Hering via email or by phone at 651-288-5519.




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.




Be the next generation of credit union leaders at CUNA Young Professionals Conference

The credit union movement needs advocates for change to continue to grow, and some of the best candidates to lead that charge are young professionals.

The first CUNA National Young Professional Conference, presented in cooperation with The Cooperative Trust, brings young professionals from across the country together to discover new strategies to guide credit unions to success for years to come. The conference will be held May 2 through 3 in Madison, Wisconsin.


While in Madison, attendees will:


  • Discover the credit union difference 
  • Experience best-in-class advocacy and what it means for your credit union
  • Explore leadership development strategy
  • Tour Credit Union National Association
  • Meet with industry experts

If you have a passion for the credit union movement and want to elevate your performance, this program is for you. Full event information and registration is available on CUNA’s website.



Show Your Support for Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare: Become a Cu4kids Mingle for Miracles Sponsor

The Minnesota Credit Unions for Kids committee will be holding their annual fundraiser at the Minnesota Credit Union Network Annual Conference. Scheduled for Thursday, April 5, at the Radisson Blu Mall of America, the Mingle for Miracles event provides a networking opportunity for credit union professionals, volunteers, and vendors as well as a chance to support Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare, which helps kids with disabilities and chronic conditions.


The Mingle for Miracles event will feature stakes-free casino gaming, prize drawings, and light appetizers. A cash bar will also be available. 


Participation is free and all funds are raised through event sponsorships. Cu4Kids asks that credit unions and vendors consider becoming a Mingle for Miracles sponsor and help Minnesota Credit Unions for Kids reach their goal of raising over $200,000 for Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare in 2018.


Full details are available on the sponsorship form.

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