The Pulse 06-22-2017

Volume 6, Issue 25.5



MnCUN Web-based NADA Service: Free Trial Available

Did you know MnCUN offers a discounted NADA service? For the next two weeks, a free trial of the service is available for new credit unions on new loan packages. NADA has produced its product for 78 years and remains the leading provider of vehicle guidebooks. The online lookups have you covered for cars and trucks, motorcycles, RVs, boats and more. Get 24/7 online access to all the guidebook valuations plus features like VIN decoding, automatic adjustments for mileage and equipment and report printing. The business-to-business website offers ease of use and has access on-the-go with your SmartPhone.

MnCUN offers no sign up or cancellation fees, and no commitment on the number of look ups. You only pay for what you use.

For more information, and to start your free trial, contact Scott Shoberg.



2017 National Awards Programs Open Through June 30

The annual Dora Maxwell, Louise Herring and Desjardins Financial Education recognition programs are currently accepting applications. The national awards are facilitated by the Minnesota Credit Union Network Awards Committee.

Entries must be received by June 30, 2017.


Complete award information is available on the Minnesota online entry page.


  • Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Award - recognizes credit unions that promote social responsibility. The focus of the award is to draw attention to external credit union projects and activities that benefit the community.
  • 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.

Statewide award winners are announced in August or September. Winning state entries advance to compete nationally, with national results typically available in late November to early December. National award recipients will be recognized at the 2018 CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference February 25 to March 1.


With questions about the awards programs, contact MnCUN Communications Specialist 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 Communications Specialist Laura Whittet.




Global Women’s Leadership Network Executive Readiness Summit Applications Open

Credit union women working in mid to high-tiered positions are invited to participate in an intimate two-day workshop designed to inspire new insights and action. The Summit is November 13 – 15, 2017 and held at the Fairmont Hotel Millennium Park Chicago.


The Executive Readiness Summit is a dynamic, experiential, and inspiring workshop designed specifically for U.S. credit union women working in mid to high-level positions. This unique platform will focus on building critical competencies, networking, and expanding knowledge to support and equip executive-track women in their career journey and inspire new insights and action. 


Many credit unions have succession planning or targeted leadership strategies for senior-executive management. Few focus on developing mid-tier ranks where people often need information and the most support. Cultivating the leadership potential of up-and-coming talent can shorten developmental milestones and expedite top performers’ readiness for advancement.


Identify your upcoming female talent to attend this intimate and highly sought-after event. Space is limited. Applications are due August 31.


Event details and application can be found on Global Women's website. More information on the Minnesota Women’s Leadership Network group can be found on MnCUN’s site.  



MnCU Jr. Financial Education App – Coming Soon

The Minnesota Credit Union Foundation has partnered with HT Mobile Apps to bring their financial education platform, Member Jr., to Minnesota. Through this partnership, we will be able to offer a free, Foundation branded MnCU Jr. App to members throughout the state. We also have great options for credit unions to brand the application that are available for any size credit union.


The app teaches simple money concepts to kids ages 2 to 12.  The platform provides tools for kids to manage their money and financial games for various ages.


Join us for an informational webinar on July 19 to learn more about how you can offer this great program to your youngest members while supporting the Minnesota Credit Union Foundation. We are offering two webinar times, choose the one that pertains to your credit unions’ asset size.


Intro to MnCU Jr. Financial Education App ($35 million in assets and under)

Date: July 19

Time: 9 a.m.

Length: 30 minutes

Who: MnCUN member credit unions $35 million in assets and under



Intro to MCUF Jr. (Over $35 million in assets)

Date: July 19

Time: 10 a.m.

Length: 30 minutes

Who: MnCUN member credit unions over $35 million in assets


To RSVP, email the date and time you will attend to With questions, contact MnCUF Executive Director Andrea Molnau.

Minnesota Credit Union Network
555 Wabasha Street N, Suite 200
St. Paul, MN 55102

(651) 288-5170
(800) 477-1034