The Pulse 08-03-2017

Volume 6, Issue 32.5



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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.



2017 CUNA Operations & Member Experience Council Conference, CUNA Technology Council Conference

The CUNA Technology Council Conference and CUNA Operations & Member Experience Council Conference connects you with peers and industry experts so you can learn ways to innovate in your role.

Branch managers and IT managers, CIOs and COOs, sales representatives and network administrators come together at this event to explore creative solutions to challenges in their respective fields, as well as the many challenges they share.

Unite with peers to:

  • Attend refreshing, exhilarating keynote presentations
  • Hone in on hot topics during breakout sessions
  • Browse the latest tools from boundary-pushing vendors
  • Celebrate excellence with Council Awards

The 2017 conference will be held October 1 through 4 in Phoenix. Full event details and registration can be found on the CUNA Council website.



Minnesota Credit Union Foundation holds annual membership meeting, approves three board candidates

Recently, the Minnesota Credit Union Foundation held its annual membership meeting during the MnCUN board meeting. Three board seats were up for election and the Foundation’s membership voted to approve the following candidates:

  • Dana Garrett, North Memorial Federal Credit Union – Dana Garrett was appointed as interim in Jan. 2017 to fill Pat Brekken’s slot. Elected at the Annual Member meeting, she will serve the remainder of Brekken’s term that expires in July 2019.
  • Doug Ralston, Hermantown Federal Credit Union – Doug Ralston was appointed as interim in Jan. 2017 to fill Larry Champeaux’s slot. Elected at the Annual Meeting, he will serve the remainder of Champeaux’s term that expires in July 2018.
  • Doug Hallstrom, Minnco Credit Union – Doug was nominated to fill the open position left by Brian Sherrick. Doug Halstrom will serve a three-year term.

The Foundation also recognized the contributions of Brian Sherrick, Ideal Credit Union. Sherrick served two 3-year terms on the Foundation Board, and was recently elected to the MnCUN Board of Directors.

“I would like to thank Dana and Doug for their dedication thus far, and welcome Doug Hallstrom to the Board,” said MnCUF Executive Director Andrea Molnau. “We look forward to their leadership in supporting Minnesota’s credit unions and communities.”

The Minnesota Credit Union Foundation (MnCUF) is an organization dedicated to providing the resources for credit unions and communities to prosper and thrive. Founded in 1969 by the Minnesota Credit Union Network, MnCUF is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization governed by a seven-member board of directors from various Minnesota credit unions.



Minnesota Credit Unions Honored at NYIB Conference

Last week, credit union professionals gathered at the 2017 National Youth Involvement Board (NYIB) Conference in Boston, Massachusetts. Attendees had a chance to network with their peers and gain knowledge from nationally recognized speakers, while engaging in breakout sessions to optimize learning opportunities.

The NYIB maintains standardized reporting of credit union financial education presentations to youth in the U.S. This reporting information is used by national and state legislators who lobby for mandated financial literacy programs in schools. Data is used locally by leagues and credit unions to promote community service efforts and demonstrate the credit union difference.

During the conference, credit unions from Minnesota received the following recognition for their financial education presentation efforts:

  • Minnesota was tenth for the top ten states based on number of students reached (18,686)
  • The state was fifth for the top ten states based on number of presentations given (827)
  • In addition, Royal Credit Union was second in the team recognition category for highest number of presentations given in the $1 billion and above category (521)
  • Trysh Olson, Wings Financial Credit Union Education & Youth Programs Manager, receive a first-place award for number of presentations by an individual in the $1 billion and above category (458)

“We are proud of credit unions in our state for providing financial education to Minnesotans young and old.” said Minnesota Credit Union Foundation Executive Director Andrea Molnau. “The work of the NYIB to collate classroom presentations helps us at the Minnesota Credit Union Foundation and Network advocate on behalf of all credit unions.”

To learn more about the NYIB and to report classroom presentations, visit the NYIB online.

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