The Pulse 06-29-2017

Volume 6, Issue 26.5



MnCUN Fall Leadership Conference Registration Open

The Minnesota Credit Union Network invites credit union professionals to its annual Fall Leadership Conference September 8 through 10 at Madden's Resort in Brainerd. The conference will feature a credit union industry exhibit hall, education sessions, entertainment, and networking opportunities.


Session topics will include:


  • Why do members make bad financial decisions, and how can we help?
  • What Matters Now: Insights from Non-Credit Union Members
  • Mindful Leadership
  • Engage, Empower, Enrich
  • The Economic, Political and Business Climate

To take advantage of the early bird discount, registration and payment must be received by Tuesday, Aug. 8. The deadline for regular priced registrations is Tuesday, Aug. 22. Register Here


With questions about the conference, please contact MnCUN Vice President & General Counsel John Wendland by email or by phone at (651) 288-5519 or (800) 477-1034.



No Pulse Tuesday – Happy Fourth of July

In observance of Independence Day, the MnCUN office will be closed on Tuesday, July 4. The Pulse e-newsletter will not be sent on that day.


Happy fourth of July from the Minnesota Credit Union Network!




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.




Missed the first MnCUN orientation? Three more opportunities remain

Through membership with the Minnesota Credit Union Network (MnCUN) and the Credit Union National Association (CUNA), credit unions provide employees with access to a myriad of resources related to the industry. This summer, MnCUN will be offering a series of Network Orientations to ensure credit unions are able to make the most of these resources.


These events are meant for both new and seasoned employees or volunteers of Minnesota Credit Union Network affiliated credit unions.


Attendees will have the opportunity to:


  • Meet with MnCUN’s executive team
  • Receive an overview of the credit union system and the Minnesota Credit Union Network
  • Gain knowledge about resources available through the Credit Union National Association
  • Learn more about MnCUN’s strategic plan, objectives and activities
  • Meet and network with credit union employees from across the state

Event Dates & Locations:


  • Roseville | Wednesday, July 12 | 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Mankato | Thursday, July 13 | 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Duluth | Tuesday, August 1 | 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Registration is available online.


More information is available on the MnCUN Orientation webpage of the Network website. With questions, please contact MnCUN Vice President & General Counsel John Wendland by email or call (651) 288-5519.



Minnesota CU4Kids Golf Tournament raises $33K for Gillette children's Specialty Healthcare

The 22nd Annual Minnesota Credit Unions for Kids Golf Tournament saw a record number of golfers, and a near-record amount raised for Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare. The June 14 event drew 115 golfers and was supported by dozens of credit unions and credit union partners. Tournament proceeds netted $23,619, of which $10,000 will be matched by CO-OP Financial Services’ Miracle Match program.


While the dollars raised were not a record, it was one of the top-performing tournaments hosted by Minnesota Credit Unions for Kids in the last decade. 


“We are so grateful for the hard work of the committee and the generosity of Minnesota’s credit union industry,” said Becky Holst, Development Officer for CMN Hospitals, “It’s a clear demonstration of the people helping people mission.”


In addition to the golf tournament, Minnesota Credit Unions for Kids organizes a handful of fundraisers each year including Chain of Hearts, Annual Meeting Mixer/Casino Night, and the Bowl-O-Rama. The committee also encourages credit unions to initiate their own fundraisers such as miracle jeans days and cookouts. Funds raised at these events may also be matched by CO-OP Financial Services. For more information, visit the Minnesota CU4Kids website.


The Credit Unions for Kids Golf Committee consists of: Becky Holst, Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare; Megan Primeau, City & County Credit Union; Lynn Meisner, North Memorial Federal Credit Union; Dave Engler, Hiway Federal Credit Union; Marnie Galston, Mid-Minnesota Federal Credit Union; Brad Scholl, Minnco Credit Union; and Marty Kelly, Firefly Credit Union.


Tournament participants/donors are listed below:


Credit Unions:
Anoka Hennepin Credit Union
Brainerd B.N. Credit Union
Central Minnesota Credit Union
City & County Credit Union
Embarrass Vermillion Federal Credit Union
Firefly Credit Union
First Alliance Credit Union
Hermantown Federal Credit Union
Hiway Federal Credit Union
Mayo Employees Federal Credit Union
Mid-Minnesota Federal Credit Union
Mill City Credit Union
Minnco Credit Union
Minnesota Power Employees Credit Union
Minnesota Valley Federal Credit Union
North Memorial Federal Credit Union
Richfield Bloomington Credit Union
Spire Credit Union
Star Choice Credit Union
STARCOR Credit Union
TopLine Federal Credit Union
Two Harbors Federal Credit Union
Wings Financial Credit Union
Allied Solutions
Alloya Corporate CU
Business Innovations
Connect FSS
CO-OP Financial Services
CRIF Lending
CU Companies
CU Direct
CU Recovery
CUNA Mutual
Edge One
Enterprise Car Sales
First Class Mortgage
Harland Clarke
Open Lending
Peffer & Wallace
Piper Jaffray
Repossessors, Inc.
Shred Right
Van Wagenen
Vanman Architects & Builder



Buy A Blizzard® Treat, Make A Miracle on July 27

For more than 10 years, the DQ system has celebrated Miracle Treat Day. In 2016, thanks to the generosity of local DQ stores, over $4 million was donated to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals across the United States and Canada. These donations help provide support for over 32 million patient visits each year to local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

Minnesota Credit Unions for Kids (CU4Kids) is encouraging credit unions across the state to participate in the upcoming Miracle Treat Day on Thursday, July 27. 

On this day, $1 or more from every Blizzard® Treat purchased at participating Dairy Queen stores will be donated to Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare, Minnesota's Children's Miracle Network-designated hospital. Gillette, which helps kids with disabilities and chronic conditions, is based in St. Paul, with outreach clinics located around the state.

Mark your calendars for the special day to thank your staff or involve your family and friends. To find a participating DQ store, enter your zip code into the finder located on the Miracle Treat Day website

pre-order form is available online.

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

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