The Pulse (03-03-16)



The Pulse

March 3, 2016 ● Volume 5, Issue 9.5


The Pulse Archive


Help consumers find your CU by adding and updating aSmarterChoice information

Consumers across the country continue to discover credit unions – the smarter choice in the financial industry! uses news stories and member testimonials to educate consumers about credit unions. The national credit union locator on the site enables users to quickly and successfully find a credit union in their area. In addition, this website offers free marketing resources that credit unions can use to promote this valuable tool.

In 2015, consumers who used aSmarterChoice clicked on search result links to individual Minnesota credit unions approximately 2,000 times. To maintain that momentum, credit unions need to update their own information within the locator to ensure that it’s accurate and comprehensive. Take the time to review information posted for your credit union on the website. To edit your profile, visit's update your records page or contact Scott Shoberg at the Network office for login 

Join Your Colleagues at the 2016 MnCUN Annual Conference

Early Bird Registration Ends Wednesday, March 9

Designed to provide timely and relevant education and training, along with a healthy dose of entertainment, the Minnesota Credit Union Network Annual Conference boasts a schedule full of quality speakers.


Highlights include:

  • Robert Jarosinski - Senior Consultant in Business Protection Risk Management, CUNA Mutual Group
  • Lawrence R. Jacobs - Walter F. and Joan Mondale Chair for Political Studies and Director of the Center for the Study of Politics and Governance in the Hubert H. Humphrey School and the Department of Political Science at the University of Minnesota
  • Jerry Kill - Head Coach, Minnesota Golden Gophers Football, 2010-2015
  • Rick Metsger - Vice Chair, NCUA
  • Jim Nussle - President & CEO, CUNA
  • Mark Sievewright - President, Credit Union Solutions, Fiserv

A full list of speakers and topics can be found on the Annual Conference speaker page of the MnCUN website.


Conference Information & Registration 

Complete event details are available online in the 2016 MnCUN Annual Conference section of the Network website. This section contains a schedule of events, lodging information, prices and online registration. Register before March 9 to receive early bird pricing!


With questions about the conference, please contact MnCUN VP & General Counsel John Wendland by email or by phone at (651) 288-5519 or (800) 477-1034.


Credit Unions in the News

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 Communications Specialist Laura Whittet


$25,000 in financial education grants available from MnCUF

The Minnesota Credit Union Foundation (MnCUF) – with the mission of providing resources for credit unions and communities to prosper and thrive – has a strong commitment to financial education. MnCUF has $25,000 in grants available to assist Minnesota credit unions in implementing financial education projects during its Spring 2016 grant cycle.

Applications are now being accepted through Friday, March 25.

Applications will be evaluated on a variety of factors, including credit union value, community impact, collaboration and creativity. Projects/initiatives must have measurable outcomes and submit a written follow-up report within 30 days of the project completion.

Examples of financial education projects/initiatives include:

  • establishing an in-school branch
  • partnering with a community organization to teach personal finance skills
  • teaching financial literacy classes in local schools
  • creating a CU Youth Advisory Board that incorporates various learning components
  • hosting seminars on credit, debt, budgeting, etc., for members or for the community
  • coordinating retirement or estate planning workshops
  • offering youth checking or credit card products and apply required learning benchmarks
  • providing credit union services to high-risk members, coupled with education classes
  • supplying local schools with financial education curriculum

For additional information and application forms, visit the financial education grants page of the Foundation website. With questions, email MnCUF Executive Director Lyndsay Miller or call (651) 288-5517.



Foundation Committees to hold events at 2016 Annual Conference

The Minnesota Credit Union Foundation is an organization dedicated to providing the resources for credit unions and communities to prosper and thrive. Two of the Foundation Committees, the Family Involvement Council and Minnesota Credit Unions for Kids, will be hosting events at the MnCUN 2016 Annual Conference to support their respective missions.

CU4Kids Blackjack Tournament & Awards

The Minnesota Credit Union Foundation CU4Kids committee will be hosting a Blackjack tournament. The Blackjack tournament will be Thursday, March 31, with a tentative start time of 7:30 p.m. The laid back atmosphere makes it inviting for all playing levels to participate! All vendors and annual meeting attendees are welcome to register and play. View the Blackjack tournament flyer

Once again, this event has Sponsorship Opportunities! Best of all, your sponsorship dollars go directly to Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare!

Family Involvement Council Silent Auction

In 2015 the Family Involvement Council (FIC) raised $8,518 at its silent auction held during the Minnesota Credit Union Network’s Annual Meeting. This year the FIC is looking to raise even more! All funds raised go toward the FIC Scholarship to assist members pursuing post-secondary education.

One hundred percent of the funds raised during the silent auction go to Minnesota credit union members who are looking to further their education. Since 1997 FIC has raised and distributed $156,500. For more information on donating items to the silent auction visit the FIC website. Contact Bridget Petersen of SPIRE Credit Union with questions.

While both of these committees focus on different initiatives, they share the Minnesota Credit Union Foundation’s goal of helping credit unions and communities to flourish and grow. As you prepare for the 2016 Annual Meeting, remember to include these events on your schedule!


The FIC Bids Farewell to Former FIC Members

 The FIC awarded Molnau (top)
and Mound (bottom) with
 commemorative plaques
honoring their service.

The MN Family Involvement Council (FIC) has presented two committee members with service recognition plaques.

  • Andrea Molnau joined the FIC in 2002, most recently serving as Vice Chair; she has also held the positon of Secretary. Andrea was an integral part of the FIC’s scholarship program, silent auction and other key initiatives throughout her 13-year tenure on the FIC. A committed and enthusiastic supporter of their mission and pillar of the committee, Andrea was named 2012 FIC Volunteer of the Year.
  • Missy Mound joined the FIC in 2012, and spearheaded the committee’s electronic scholarship application process, working to collect and analyze scholarship data. Throughout her 4-year tenure, Missy was involved in scholarship judging and the FIC’s annual silent auction fundraiser.  Missy was honored with the 2013 FIC Volunteer of the Year award.

“Both of these ladies live and breathe the credit union philosophy of people-helping-people,” says Bridget Petersen, FIC Chair, “They were valued members of our team and will be deeply missed by all of us.”

Thank you for your accomplishments and contributions to the FIC and Minnesota’s credit unions!


If this describes you, then you are invited to join The Crew. This group 
If this describes you, then you are invited to join The Crew. This group 

 Joanna Drennen
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Minnesota Credit Union Network
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St. Paul, MN 55102

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