The Pulse | 08-02-2018

Volume 7, Issue 30.5



Growing Number of Credit Unions to Participate in CU Forward Day

CU Forward Day is a statewide day of credit union kindness. Held on Columbus Day, credit unions are encouraged to participate by selecting a community giveback opportunity that means the most to their staff and community. In the past, credit union staff have spent the day delivering gift baskets to local law enforcement, volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, hosting a community shred day, volunteering for park cleanup, helping at a local food shelf, and much more.


The Minnesota Credit Union Network coordinates involvement, provides best practices and resources, and organizes media coverage throughout the state.


“The Minnesota Credit Union Network has been working with local non-profits to coordinate volunteer opportunities for credit unions to participate in during the 2018 CU Forward Day,” said MnCUN Director of Engagement Ben Hering. “In 2017, 37 credit unions and industry partners participated in CU Forward Day. This year, we want to increase that number and make an even larger impact on our communities”


MnCUN has contacted the designated project coordinator for 2017 CU Forward Day participants. If your credit union did not participate in 2017, and would like more information, or to designate a project coordinator, please contact MnCUN Director of Engagement Ben Hering by email or by phone at 651-288-5519.



Fall Leadership Conference Room Block, Early Bird Registration Ending

The Fall Leadership Conference is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 7 through Sunday, Sept. 9. Discounted early bird registration pricing for the conference ends Friday. Aug. 3 and the deadline to reserve a room in the MnCUN room block at Madden’s on Gull Lake is Tuesday, Aug. 7.

Full conference details, registration and lodging information can be found on the Fall Leadership Conference webpage.




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.




Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities

Below is a summary of the Minnesota Credit Union Network's August educational sessions. Browse the listings below and click the links for more detailed information and online registration.


In Person Events


Look for a complete schedule on the Event Calendar section of the Network website.



Minnesota Valley Federal Credit Union Remembers George Patchin as a Credit Union Builder

Minnesota Valley Federal Credit Union has designated George Patchin as a Credit Union Builder through the Minnesota Credit Union Foundation. Created in 2008, the Credit Union Builder Award honors an individual’s dedication to the success, growth, and vitality of the not-for-profit financial movement in Minnesota.


George Patchin served on the Minnesota Valley Federal Credit Union board of directors from 1970 - 2018. During his tenure, he served as Treasure and leader of the Elections, he also participated in the Facilities and Asset and Liability Management committees. George was instrumental in growing the credit union from $10 million in assets and 1,00 members to $170 million and 15,000 members. In 2008, George received the Volunteer of the Year Award through the Minnesota Credit Union Network. Outside of the credit union, George taught Business Education from 1969 to retirement in 1994 at Mankato and Mankato East High School.


“George was a dedicated and active champion of the credit union movement,” said Minnesota Valley Federal Credit Union President & CEO Nick Meyer. “We are thankful for the decades he dedicated to the credit union and its members.”


George Patchin passed away on June 18, 2018.


In total, 59 individuals have been designated as Credit Union Builders over the past nine years. The names of the recipients and the contributing credit unions are permanently displayed in the Minnesota Credit Union Network’s lobby as a tribute to those who have dedicated time and energy to building the credit union movement.



Hold a Miracle Jeans Day to Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare

Wearing jeans may lead to a more comfortable day in the office for you, but on Miracle Jeans Day, it also generates hope for families relying on the services of a Childrens Miracle Network Hospital. A simple $5 donation could supply 10 diapers for a premature baby. A $25 donation could provide five baby blankets. Best of all - your donation stays local to help kids in Minnesota at Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare.


Since 2009, Miracle Jeans Day has encouraged groups and individuals alike to trade their traditional work attire for jeans and help raise funds for kids treated at the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital in their area. Since its beginning, Miracle Jeans Day has raised more than $4 million to help fund life-saving medical needs in Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.


The official 2018 Miracle Jeans Day is Wednesday, Sept. 12, however, credit unions are encouraged to hold miracle jeans days whenever their schedules allow. To register and order merchandise visit the Miracle Jeans Day website.

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