The Pulse | 05-10-2018

Volume 7, Issue 19.5



2018 National Awards Programs Now Open

The Minnesota Credit Union Network and the Credit Union National Association are pleased to announce that applications for the annual Dora Maxwell, Louise Herring and Desjardins Financial Education recognition programs are now open.


Links to the individual award applications are below. Those who enter will compete with other credit unions in the same asset category. Credit unions may enter one or all of the awards programs.


  • Louise Herring Award for Philosophy-in-Action – focuses on the internal programs and services of a credit union. Credit unions who received the award have demonstrated the practical application of the credit union philosophy within the actual operations of the credit union.
  • Desjardins Youth and Adult Financial Education Awards – recognizes the leadership of individual credit unions and chapters on behalf of youth and adult financial education. Activities eligible for consideration include those that raise awareness and marshal resources on behalf of financial literacy.

The deadline for submissions is Monday, July 2. Award entries are judged by the Credit Union Association of the Dakotas Awards Committee to ensure unbiased results. The winners in each award category will advance to CUNA’s national contest where they will compete with credit unions across the country, with judging to take place this fall.


With questions, contact MnCUN Director of Communications Laura Whittet by email or by phone at 651-288-5503.




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.




Core & Digital Conversions P2P Scheduled for June 21

Credit union professionals are invited to join their peers for a discussion with credit union leaders who have recently gone through, or are currently going through, major system conversions. The Core & Digital Conversions Peer-to-Peer (P2P) Session is scheduled for Thursday, June 21 from 12:30 to 3 p.m. at Hiway Federal Credit Union in St. Paul.

The Core & Digital Conversions P2P will focus on employee engagement, training, and change management. This new P2P will provide an open format for discussion and questions centered on these topics.

This event is available in person only. Lunch will be provided to in-person attendees and a recorded webinar will be provided to webinar attendees. Registration for this event is available online through June 16.



Foundation Scholarship Council Welcomes New Members

The Minnesota Credit Union Foundation Scholarship Council (FSC) welcomed three new members to the committee during their May 3 meeting.


  • Autumn Thiel, a teller from Energy Services Federal Credit Union has been with the credit union for three years and is a part time student. She offers a millennial view point for the FSC and is passionate about the credit union movement.
  • Diane Hinz from Novation Credit Union is the eServices Specialist. She brings project management, silent auction and scholarship experience to the committee.
  • Kristine Rutten, the Virtual Services Manager with St. Cloud Federal Credit Union extends 26+ years of financial service experience to the committee. Her creativity and communication skills will be a valued asset to the FSC.

The FSC is seeking additional candidates to help reach their mission of building credit union brand awareness and strengthening member relationships through its scholarship program. Please visit the committee’s website or email for further details on how to get involved.



23rd Annual Minn. CU4Kids Golf Tournament Early Bird Registration, Sponsorships Available

The Minnesota Credit Unions for Kids (CU4Kids) committee will be holding their 23rd annual golf tournament on Wednesday, June 20 at the Refuge Golf Club in Oak Grove. Credit unions and vendors are encouraged to participate through sponsorship and as golfers. All sponsorships will be used to support Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare, helping kids with disabilities and chronic conditions.


More information and pricing are available on the event flyer. Register before June 1 to receive early bird pricing.


Payments can be made by check or online through the Minnesota Credit Union Foundation. If making payment online, please also fill out and submit the event flyer.


With questions, please contact Marty Kelly at Firefly Credit Union by email or call 952-736-5396.

Minnesota Credit Union Network
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St. Paul, MN 55102

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