The Pulse | 04-19-2018

Volume 7, Issue 16.5



Nominate a Credit Union Rock Star Today

Each year, Credit Union Magazine recognizes the credit union movement’s Rock Stars: those unique, innovative people who excel in their areas of expertise—and by doing so make our movement a better, more interesting place.


Credit Union Magazine is requesting nominations for the 2018 class of Credit Union Rock Stars, presented by Fiserv. Winners will be featured in a special issue of Credit Union Magazine in October 2018.


The deadline for nominations is June 15. Nominations can be made online.



Credit Union CEOs Invites to Join MnCUN in Duluth

Registration is now open for CEO Conference being held Wednesday, June 13 through Friday, June 15 at the Inn on Lake Superior in Duluth. This annual event will feature presentations from speakers on a variety of pertinent credit union topics, provide opportunities to connect with other CEOs, and offer a cooperative forum to share expertise and experiences.


Additional conference and lodging details, along with a schedule of events, can be found on the CEO Conference page of the Network website.


With questions, please contact MnCUN Vice President Communications & Engagement Andrea Molnau by email or call 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.




Spring 2018 Peer-To-Peer Meetings

Credit union professionals are invited to join their peers at the Minnesota Credit Union Network’s spring Peer-to-Peer (P2P) sessions. P2P events are discipline-specific, providing an opportunity to learn from industry experts and other credit union staff in your field. Based on member feedback, the 2018 spring P2P sessions will include content, presentations and facilitated discussions in partnership with presenters.


Spring 2018 P2P Schedule:


  • Data & Analytics P2P – Wednesday, April 25: 12:30-3 p.m.
    Special guest speaker – Paul Ablack, Founder & CEO of data and analytics CUSO, OnApproach
  • BSA Officers and Compliance P2P – Wednesday, May 2: 12:30-3 p.m.
    Special guest speakers – St. Paul Police Department Criminal Proceeds Unit Officers Kevin Sullivan and Dan Michener
  •  The Crew P2P – Wednesday, May 9: 1-3:30 p.m.
    Special guest speaker – Martin Kelly, SVP/Chief Marketing Officer at Firefly Credit Union
  •  Accounting & Finance P2P – Thursday, May 17: 12:30-3 p.m.
    Special guest speakers – Mark Baumann and Dale Sheller from investment management company, The Baker Group
  •  Executive & Administrative Assistant P2P – Wednesday, May 30: 12:30-3 p.m.
    Ideation, topic discussion and planning session for the future of this P2P group
  •  Marketing & Business Development P2P – Wednesday, June 6: 12:30-3 p.m.
    Special guest speakers – Representatives from DAYTA Marketing, a data-driven digital agency

This full list of upcoming P2P sessions can be found on the MnCUN calendar online. With questions, please contact MnCUN Director of Engagement Ben Hering by email or by phone at 651-288-5519.



Minnesota Credit Union Foundation Committee Members Awarded for Service, Dedication

 FSC Volunteer of the Year Vicki Roscoe
Erickson with Minnesota Credit Union
Foundation Board Chair Dan Stotlz &
Minnesota Credit Union Network
President & CEO Mark Cummins
Cu4Kids Outstanding Volunteer Kim Peterson 
Minnesota Credit Union 
Foundation Board Chair Dan Stotlz & 
Minnesota Credit Union Network 
President & CEO Mark Cummins 

This month, the members of the Minnesota Credit Unions for Kids Committee (CU4Kids) and the Foundation Scholarship Council (FSC) received awards for outstanding service. Committee members were honored at the Minnesota Credit Union Network Annual Conference April 6 at the Radisson Blue Mall of America in Bloomington.


The FSC strives to build credit union brand awareness and strengthen member relationships through its scholarship program. The FSC annual scholarship program is made possible through its annual silent auction.  Since 1997, the FSC has reviewed 14,905 applications and awarded $176,500 in scholarships to 315 credit union members.


Vicki Roscoe Erickson of TopLine Federal Credit Union was named FSC Volunteer of the Year. Vicki is Vice President of Marketing & Communications and joined the FSC in 2012.


The Minnesota chapter of Credit Unions for Kids raises funds for Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare, a Children’s Miracle Network hospital. Minnesota CU4Kids has raised over $3 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals since 1997.


Kim Peterson received the award for Minnesota CU4Kids Outstanding Volunteer. Kim is a Marketing Specialist at SouthPoint Financial Credit Union and joined the committee in 2015. Along with serving as co-chair of the committee, Kim heads several of the subcommittees.


“Both the Foundation Scholarship Council and Minnesota Credit Unions for Kids represent the credit union philosophies of cooperation and people helping people,” said Minnesota Credit Union Foundation Executive Director Andrea Molnau. “Vicki and Kim have gone above and beyond by devoting their time and talent to ensuring their respective committees exceed their goals. On behalf of the Minnesota Credit Union Foundation, I would like to thank and congratulate both women.”


More information about Minnesota CU4Kids, the FSC, and the Minnesota Credit Union Foundation is available on the Foundation website.

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