The Pulse | 03-15-2018

Volume 7, Issue 11.5



Applications to Serve on MnCUN Committees Due March 16

Are you looking for a professional development opportunity, or a way to get more involved in with the Network? Network Committees will be appointed after the MnCUN Annual Meeting and we are looking for interested members. There are several opportunities to get involved by serving on one of the following Board Committees:


Awards Committee - facilitates statewide and national awards programs and judges other states’ award program entries. On the national level, the committee coordinates Minnesota’s entries for CUNA’s Dora Maxwell and Louise Herring Awards and the Desjardins Award for Financial Education. On the state level, the committee recognizes individuals through the Professional and Volunteer of the Year Awards. Network Staff Liaison: Laura Whittet


Political Involvement Committee (PIC) - provides input and recommendations on legislative efforts at the state and federal level. Policy suggestions and regulatory roadblocks are brought to the attention of PIC to collectively formulate the Network’s positions on legislation. PIC is also responsible for political fundraising, and oversees the distribution of political contributions made to credit union-friendly candidates. Network Staff Liaison: Ryan Smith


Regulatory Review Committee - provides input and recommendations on proposed rules from various federal agencies that have the potential to impact credit unions. The committee meets regularly to review proposed rules that are out for comment and determines whether a response is necessary. Network Staff Liaison: Tim Tacheny


Committee members serve for one year – from their appointment through the following year’s Annual Meeting. Please express your interest by completing a short application form. Applications will be accepted through March 16. The Network Board Chair will appoint Committee members following the Annual Meeting in April.




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.




MnCUN Annual Conference Schedule at a Glance

The Minnesota Credit Union Network Credit Union 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, the Foundation Scholarship Council silent auction, and a Credit Unions for Kids Mingle for Miracles event. Conference registration closes Wednesday, March 21. 


Preview the MnCUN Annual Conference schedule below:


Wednesday, April 4

8:30 – 10 a.m.

Women’s Leadership Network Breakfast– "Unflappable YOU - Cultivating Your Leadership Brand & Value Proposition”, Wendy Samson, Future Sync

10 a.m.

Registration Opens

10:15 -11 a.m.

Grassroots 101: intro to advocacy

11 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Luncheon with legislative updates and keynote speaker Tom Hauser, KSTP

1 – 3:00 p.m.

360 Degree Advocacy: Ryan Donovan, CUNA’s Chief Advocacy Officer and special guests

3-4:30 p.m.


Thursday, April 5

8:30 - 10 a.m.

General Session: Mike Lawson, host of the credit union industry’s only online video talk show, CUbroadcast, and special guests NCUA Board member Rick Metsger, Dept. of Commerce Commissioner Jessica Looman, and CUNA Board Chair Maurice Smith

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

General Session: Credit Union 2.0 - Future proofing your Credit Union - Kirk Drake CU 2.0

1 - 2:15 p.m.

Minnesota Credit Union Network Business Meeting

2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

General session: Cybersecurity - Mark Lanterman

4:15 - 5:15 p.m.

Breakout sessions:

  1. Trust through a Browser: Credit Union 2.0 Workshop - Kirk Drake and TruLync
  2. Compliance Hot Topics - Jared Ihrig, CUNA and MnCUN Compliance Staff
  3. Hard-Wiring Employee Engagement - Wendy Samson, Future Sync

5:15 - 6:30 p.m.


6: 30 - 7:30 p.m.

Crew happy hour

7:30 p.m.

CU4Kids Mingle for Miracle event

Friday, April 6

8 - 9:30 a.m.

Minnesota credit union awards breakfast

9:45 - 10:45 a.m.

Breakout sessions:

  1. Laws of Attraction: Credit Union Recruiting in a Competitive Labor Market – Ryan Foss, Filene Research Institute
  2. Your Credit Union: Individual Power & Input from Young Members - Minnesota Foundation Scholarship Council
  3. Small Credit Union Issues - Tom Sakash, CUNA and Stephanie Sievers, ANECA FCU

11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Breakout sessions:

  1. Board Governance: Successfully Leading Credit Unions into the Future – Ryan Foss, Filene Research Institute
  2. Consumers and Credit Unions: An Update on the Creating Awareness Initiative - Douglas Kiker, CUNA, and MnCUN Staff
  3. Low Score Auto Loans – Good for members, Good for the bottom line - Mark Lynch, National Credit Union Foundation

12 - 1:15 p.m.

Lunch & Keynote Speaker: What Make Great Teams Great - Matt Birk


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



Celebrate Youth Month with MnCU Jr. 

Credit union staff are invited to join HT Mobile Apps, the creators of the Minnesota Credit Union Foundation’s MnCU Jr., for a free webinar.


Whether it’s time to refresh your credit union’s financial education curriculum or start a new one, this session will provide a list of resources including the best digital tools to reach today’s kids, and will help you prepare for Youth Month in April. We will also talk about MnCU Jr. and how the Foundation is supporting your efforts through our partnership with this new digital platform.


HT Mobile Apps will host two identical sessions:


  • First Session: Tuesday March 20 – 9 a.m.
  • Second Session (Repeat): Wednesday March 21 – 12 p.m.


Please to RSVP to Friday, March 16.


Additional information about MnCU Jr. can be found on the Foundation website. With questions, contact Minnesota Credit Union Foundation Executive Director Andrea Molnau by email or by phone at 651-288-5527.

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