The Pulse 06-15-2017

Volume 6, Issue 24.5



This little piggy went to a credit union… A night to celebrate Minnesota Credit Unions at the Saint Paul Saints Game

As an element of the ongoing Awareness Campaign, the Minnesota Credit Union Network is happy to announce a celebration of Minnesota Credit Unions at the upcoming Saint Paul Saints Game, Thursday, July 27 at 7:05 p.m. at CHS Field in St. Paul.

A limited number of discounted tickets are available for credit unions to purchase for their staff, volunteers or members at $15 per ticket. Discounted tickets can be ordered online through the Network. Tickets will be distributed on a first-come-first-serve basis, and must be ordered no later than July 10. Additional tickets can be purchased directly from the Saint Paul Saints website.

The first 1,000 fans to the game will receive a free Minnesota Credit Union/Saints branded piggy bank. Additional credit union themed activities and promotions are planned including an Awareness campaign video and signage.

Please join us as we share the credit union difference at the Saint Paul Saints game! 

The Minnesota credit union Saint Paul Saints game sponsorship was made possible through an in-kind donation to the Minnesota Credit Union Network Awareness Campaign by SPIRE Credit Union. For information on contributing to the awareness campaign, visit the informational page on the Network website.


Minnesota Credit Union Professionals Become Certified CU Development Educators (CUDEs)

Tina Jones of Hiway Hiway Federal Credit Union and Jennifer McHugh of Royal Credit Union became Credit Union Development Educators (CUDEs) after being guided by dedicated program facilitators and mentors through the intensive Credit Union Development Education (DE) Training from the National Credit Union Foundation (the Foundation). The DE training was held May 31 through June 7, 2017 at the Lowell Center in Madison, Wis. A total of 48 credit union professionals received their CUDE designation.


After completing the June DE Training, Lisa Sutton, SVP Human Resources at PSCU, said, “DE Training was one of the most impactful learning experiences I’ve ever participated in. While a relative newcomer to the credit union world, I felt I had a reasonably good understanding of their mission and purpose, as well as their strong social agenda. Clearly, that was not the case. I have been educated, enlightened, and evangelized by this movement. Working in an industry where people helping people is such a core value, makes me feel my job is important and makes a difference every day.” 


Team Projects

DE Training provides critical lessons in cooperative principles, credit union philosophy and international development issues while incorporating challenges credit unions face today. During the recent week-long program, participants were involved in group exercises, field trips, discussions with speakers from around the credit union system, and are required to complete team projects proposing solutions for credit unions to help alleviate or eliminate challenging situations in any given area. For this training’s final case studies, participants worked through and presented solutions to critical issues that included financial stability among young adults and families, credit union board development, building microfinance programs in the Philippines, credit union solutions to predatory lending, the increasing issue of homelessness in America, and rejuvenating a stagnant credit union.


The Foundation is holding four DE Trainings this year, all taking place in Madison, Wis. The September training session is sold out, but registration for the November session will be opening in late June. If you are interested in participating in the November 2017 DE Training, visit to learn more or you can email to be put on a notification list for when registration opens up.




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.





The Minnesota Credit Union Foundation is hosting a Financial Education Peer-to-Peer Session (P2P) for credit union financial education professionals on Thursday, June 29 at the MnCUN office in St. Paul. The P2P will focus on experiential learning programs and include a panel of financial educators.

According to the National Credit Union Foundation, experiential learning programs are simulations and exercises that mirror a taste of real life by involving a direct encounter with life situations rather than reading or thinking about such events. Examples include programs such as Reality Fairs, Retirement Fairs, and Life Simulations, designed to provide needed financial information, but more importantly, to be a catalyst for behavior change.

Full event information and registration is available online.

P2Ps provide credit union professionals the opportunity to participate in cooperative meetings to network and exchange ideas. A full list of upcoming P2P sessions can be found on the MnCUN calendar online.



Roger L. Nelson honored as Credit Union Builder by Minnesota Valley Federal Credit Union

In memory of his dedication, Minnesota Valley Federal Credit Union has honored Roger L. Nelson as a Credit Union Builder through the Minnesota Credit Union Foundation (MnCUF). Nelson worked in the financial industry for 37 years, until his retirement in 1997. He passed away in February of 2017.


In 1955, Nelson began his 37-year financial career and in 1960 joined State Capital Credit Union in St. Paul. In 1970, he opened the first office in Minneapolis for IBM Mid America Federal Credit Union. And in 1984, became president of Minnesota Valley Federal Credit Union based in Mankato. During his credit union career, he served on the Board of Directors of Minnesota League, Minnesota Corporate Credit Union and as a Credit Union National Association Director.


“Roger truly lived the credit union mission in that helping people meaningfully better their financial situation was always the most important priority. He believed whole heartedly that credit union cooperatives were the best choice, “ said Minnesota Valley Federal Credit Union CEO Nick Meyer. “Roger was always willing to help in any way he could to share that message.”


Nelson joins 44 other individuals who have been honored since 2008 with the MnCUF Credit Union Builder Award. The names of the recipients and the contributing credit unions are permanently displayed in the Minnesota Credit Union Network lobby as a tribute to their accomplishments. The honorees’ family receives a plaque from the MnCUF, and donors are also listed online and in the MnCUF annual report.

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