The Pulse | 08-23-2018

Volume 7, Issue 33.5



International Credit Union Day: Find Your Platinum Lining in Credit Unions

The credit union movement is steeped in a rich history of collaboration across divides. For nearly two centuries, financial cooperatives have encouraged people of every race, gender and belief to come together and give their all towards the betterment of their communities. It's about people helping people. That's why credit unions always offer a platinum lining.


This year, we're celebrating International Credit Union Day's platinum anniversary, a chance to look back after 70 years and be thankful for the lives and communities that have been improved by the unique principles and actions of our movement.


Be a part of this year's celebration by using the hashtag #PlatinumLiningFound on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook and Instagram to tell us how your credit union has made a difference, and you could win an ICU Day t-shirt to showcase at your credit union on October 18.


International Credit Union Day resources are available through the Credit Union National Association and the World Council of Credit Unions.


To report International Credit Union Day activities, please email MnCUN Director of Communications Laura Whittet.





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.




Executive & Administrative Assistants P2P

Executive & administrative assistants are invited to attend a Peer-To-Peer (P2P) session uniquely designed for the successes and challenges these roles face at credit unions. The Executive & Administrative Assistant P2P will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 3 from 12:30 to 3 p.m. at Ideal Credit Union in St. Paul.


During the event, President of Do Good Events, Kalsey Beach, will share her expertise in event planning and management, project coordination and what it’s like to run a woman-owned company in Minneapolis. This session will be an open discussion format that will touch on the many aspects of coordinating teams, managing multiple projects, and creating successful, brand-driven events. 


This event is only available in person and lunch will be provided. 


A full list of upcoming P2P sessions can be found on the MnCUN calendar online. With questions, please contact MnCUN Director of Engagement Ben Hering by email or by phone at 651-288-5519.



Minnesota Credit Union Foundation Approves Board Candidates, 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 to run for 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.



Minnesota Credit Union Foundation Donates $1,000 to Credit Union People Affected by Wildfires in Northern California

The National Credit Union Foundation (the Foundation) is working closely with staff at the California and Nevada Credit Union League to direct disaster relief funds to credit union people affected by wildfires in Northern California; the worst wildfires in the history of the State of California.


Donations to the Foundation’s General Disaster Relief Fund are being used for any credit union employees and volunteers affected by these wildfires. Credit union supporters in every state can always make donations to the General Disaster Relief Fund at The Minnesota Credit Union Foundation recently made a donation of $1,000 to the fund.


“The General Disaster Relief Fund allows the flexibility to quickly shift aid between the individual efforts as each situation evolves and need becomes present,” said Minnesota Credit Union Foundation Executive Director Andrea Molnau. “Minnesota’s credit unions want credit union staff in Northern California to know we support them during this current time of loss and uncertainty.”


One hundred percent of the donations through CUAid goes to credit union disaster relief. The Foundation does not use disaster relief funds to pay for the web platform or any of the Foundation costs to administer the national disaster relief program for credit unions. In the event that any donations to the "General Disaster Relief Fund" are not used for a current disaster affecting credit union people, the funds will be used for any future credit union disaster relief efforts.


To learn more about how the CUAid Disaster Relief Program has benefited credit unions, visit the Foundation’s website.

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