The Pulse | 08-16-2018

Volume 7, Issue 32.5

THE PULSE ARCHIVE

 

13 Minn. Credit Unions Win Awards, Advance to National Competitions

The Minnesota Credit Union Network (MnCUN) is pleased to announce the state-level winners of the 2018 Dora Maxwell, Louise Herring, and Desjardins award competitions. These awards are sponsored each year by MnCUN and the Credit Union National Association (CUNA).

 

The 2018 Minnesota award-winners in the asset categories noted are:

 

Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Community Service Award

  • More than $1 billion: Hiway Federal Credit Union - Hiway Hockey Kids4Kids
  • $250 million - $1 billion: Richfield Bloomington Credit Union (RBCU) - Flags for Fort Snelling
  • $50 - 250 million: Star Choice Credit Union - Social Responsibility Community Service

Louise Herring Philosophy in Action Member Service Award

  • More than $1 billion: Hiway Federal Credit Union - Hiway Student Savings Accounts
  • $250 million - $1 billion: TopLine Federal Credit Union - Knitting Club
  • $50 - 250 million: Star Choice Credit Union - Philosophy-in-Action Member Service

Desjardins Youth Financial Education Award

  • More than $1 billion: Firefly Credit Union - Finances Illuminated
  • $250 million - $1 billion: SPIRE Credit Union - Building Financial Freedom
  • $50 - 250 million: United Educators Credit Union - Furthering Financial Literacy with Minnesota Youth
  • Less than $50 million: North Star Credit Union - Lunch and Learn

Desjardins Adult Financial Education Award

  • More than $1 billion: Firefly Credit Union - Financial Education Doesn't Sleep at Firefly
  • $250 million - $1 billion: SPIRE Credit Union - Building Financial Freedom
  • $50 - 250 million: United Educators Credit Union - Financial Education for Underserved/Vulnerable Adults

MnCUN received 34 award entries this year, and they were judged by the Credit Union Association of the Dakotas to ensure unbiased results. The winners in each award category now advance to CUNA’s national contest where they will compete with credit unions across the country, with judging to take place this fall.

 

“The Dora Maxwell, Louise Herring, and Desjardins statewide award winners are remarkable example of the people helping people credit union philosophy,” MnCUN President & CEO Mark Cummins. “We applaud them for the work that they do to improve their members’ financial well-being and communities as a whole.”

 

The Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Community Service Award was created in 1987 and recognizes credit unions for the activities they coordinate that benefit the community or a specific charity. This award promotes social responsibility among credit unions by formally recognizing their achievements outside the credit union.

 

The Louise Herring Philosophy in Action Member Service Award is given to a credit union for its practical application of the "people helping people” philosophy in internal operations. Created in 1990, this award promotes the credit union philosophy by formally recognizing credit unions that demonstrate in an extraordinary way the application of the movement's principles in serving their members.

 

The Desjardins Youth and Adult Financial Education Awards formally recognize the leadership of individual credit unions and chapters in their efforts to better educate youth and adults in financial literacy.

 

 

 

  

Follow the links below to read the latest news from Minnesota's credit unions. Stories sent to MnCUN are shared: on the Minnesota Credit Union News Channel; in The Pulse newsletter; and on CU Social Good, a microsite that captures credit union community impact stories. Send stories, pitches, press releases and published articles to MnCUN Director of Communications Laura Whittet.

 

 

 

Women’s Leadership Network Holding Fall Luncheon

The Minnesota Credit Union Women’s Leadership Network will be holding their next event on Friday, Sept. 7 in Brainerd in conjunction with the Fall Leadership Conference.

 

The luncheon will feature Gert Garman, owner of Broad Perspective, LLC. In this highly interactive session, Gert will share her ideas to help women leaders make a change, collaborate with others, or inspire themselves, using the acronym SMOLDER: Self-confidence; Mindfulness; Outlets for creativity; Laughter; Dreams; Empowerment of each other and ourselves; and Risk/Rewards.

 

The Minnesota Credit Union Women’s Leadership Network is a local chapter of the Global Women’s Leadership Network. The purpose is to convene Minnesota’s women credit union professionals, discuss credit union issues, exchange ideas, network with neighboring credit union leaders, and share lessons learned with Global Women’s Leadership Network members worldwide. All women, at any stage in their professional journey connected to a credit union, is welcome to participate.  

 

Full event information and registration is available online. Registration for this event is separate from Fall Leadership Conference registration, and attendance to Fall Conference is not required to participate.

 

With questions contact Andrea Molnau, Vice President Communications & Engagement.

 


   

Minnesota Credit Union Foundation approves board candidates and elects officers

The Minnesota Credit Union Foundation held its annual membership meeting during the last MnCUN board meeting. Three board seats were up for election with incumbents seeking three-year terms.

 

The Foundation’s membership voted to approve the following candidates:

 

  • Kathy Harrington, Heartland Credit Union
  • Glen Durbahn, Hiway Federal Credit Union
  • Doug Ralston, Centricity Credit Union

At the Foundation’s Reorganization meeting, the following Board members were elected to officer positions:

 

  • Dave Larson, Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union, Chair
  • Dana Garrett, North Memorial Federal Credit Union, Vice Chair
  • Kathy Harrington, Heartland Credit Union, Secretary/Treasurer

“We are fortunate to have strong leaders steering the Minnesota Credit Union Foundation,” said MnCUF Executive Director Andrea Molnau. “I would like to thank them for their dedication to the Foundation’s efforts to support Minnesota’s credit unions and communities.”

 

The Minnesota Credit Union Foundation (MnCUF) is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to providing the resources for credit unions and communities to prosper and thrive. The seven-member Board of Directors are from credit unions large and small operating in various regions throughout the state.

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