The Pulse (04-14-16)



The Pulse

April 14, 2016 ● Volume 5, Issue 15.5

The Pulse Archive


CUNA now accepting training excellence nominations

The Credit Union National Association (CUNA) is accepting entries for the 2016 CUNA Experience Learning Live! Training Awards, also known as the ELLy Awards.

A celebration of the top achievements in credit union training and professional development, the ELLy Awards will be presented at CUNA Experience Learning Live!, Oct. 23-26, in Nashville, Tenn.

Applications for the ELLy Awards are due July 15.


Changes to the Minnesota Secretary of State’s Website

On Wednesday April 20, 2016, the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State will be launching a new website design. As a result of the new design, some items on the website may have moved, so credit unions are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the new site. For example, the new design will integrate their online filing systems with other functions of the office, such as help content, forms and fees.



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


Below is a summary of the Minnesota Credit Union Network's May educational sessions. Browse the listings below and click the links for more detailed information and online registration. Look for a complete schedule on the Event Calendar section of the Network website!


Peer-to-Peer Sessions:


Webinars On Demand

MnCUN's Webinars On Demand bring important information on credit union hot topics, updates and compliance standards to you -- no matter where you are. These sessions are provided via web link, enabling you to learn at a time that's convenient. There are several new sessions that are now available, plus more! Go to the Webinars on Demand page of the Network website to order these sessions.


Chapter Meetings:


FIC Volunteer of the Year
Amanda Kissner
CU4Kids Volunteers of the year
Marnie Perfettie-Galston &
Brianne Meszaros

Minnesota Credit Union Foundation committee members awarded for service, dedication

Recently, at the Minnesota Credit Union Network Annual Conference, the Minnesota Credit Unions for Kids (CU4Kids) and Minnesota Family Involvement Council (FIC) committees honored members for their outstanding service.


The Minnesota Family Involvement Council (FIC) strives to build credit union brand awareness and strengthen member relationships through their scholarship program. The scholarship program is made possible through the silent auction held in conjunction with the MnCUN Annual Conference.


Amanda Kissner of Wakota Federal Credit Union was honored with the Family Involvement Council’s Outstanding Volunteer Award. Amanda joined the committee in 2012. Amanda has facilitated the FIC’s education sessions at the Annual Conference and represented the committee at the Cooperative Association’s YES Youth Leadership Conference.


Last year, Minnesota CU4Kids raised nearly $200,000 for Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare in St. Paul, which has outreach clinics across the state. Nationally, fundraising for CU4Kids takes place in all 50 states.


This year two Credit Unions for Kids committee members received the Volunteer of the Year award for their hard work and dedication to the committee. Brianne Meszaros of Royal Credit Union and Marnie Perfetti-Galston of Mid Minnesota Federal Credit Union received this honor.


Brianne and Marnie both joined the Credit Unions for Kids Committee in 2011. Brianne currently serves as the co-chair of the committee.



Registration now open for 3rd annual Financial Literacy 5K

Registration is now open for the MN Credit Union Foundation’s 3rd Annual Financial Literacy 5k – kids’ fun run and family walk/run. It will once again take place at beautiful Lake Normandale Bandshell, located at 5901 West 84th Street in Bloomington, MN.

Last year’s event garnered participation from 19 credit unions; sign up your credit union team today! We will once again distribute medals to all kids finishing either the kids’ run or 5k (under the age of 12). There will also be face painting, games, warm up yoga, and much more.

Discounted “early bird” registration is open until June 25. For more information, and to register, see the 5K page. All proceeds from the race are used to help fund financial education grants for the following year.

Follow the Financial Literacy 5K on Facebook for updates.

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