The Pulse (09-18-13)


The Pulse (09-18-13)

Sept. 18, 2013 ● Volume 02, Issue 37


The Pulse Archive

Credit Union News

Call in to hear how you can join MnCUN's "Don't Tax Phone Blitz"

The "Don’t Tax My Credit Union” campaign has so far been a roaring success, with nearly 1 million contacts made nationwide to members of Congress. In Minnesota, credit union employees and members have sent more than 13,000 messages to our legislators urging them to ensure the continuation of credit unions’ corporate income tax exemption.

With emails, letters, postcards and social media posts, the Minnesota Congressional contingent has been bombarded by the "Don’t Tax My Credit Union” message. Now that Congress is back in session, and with plans to address a tax reform proposal in the coming weeks, we need to keep the momentum going. That’s why the Network’s Governmental Affairs team is hosting a conference call tomorrow, Thursday, Sept. 19, to give some important legislative updates and introduce a new way to connect with Congress – the "Don’t Tax Phone Blitz.”

This one-day Phone Blitz is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 26 and will require massive participation from our member credit unions. The Network is asking that every credit union have a designated phone available for employees and members to call out from, or encourage all employees to make calls from their desk extensions to members of Congress. The Network will make available a 1-800 number that, when dialed, will prompt people to enter their ZIP code. Then, they will be connected to the offices of their legislators. The Network will also have a short sample script for people to use, and each phone call should last no longer than a minute or two.

A simple phone call is an incredibly effective, personal appeal from constituents that will reinforce all of our other advocacy efforts so far to protect the credit union tax status. We have nearly 1.6 million credit union members and 3,800 credit union employees in Minnesota. Imagine the power of messages from even half of that number calling to tell our legislators why they should support credit unions!

Listen in to Thursday’s conference call for more details, or contact MnCUN Political Advocacy Director Ryan Smith by email or at (651) 288-5533 with questions. Instructions to dial in for the conference call are below.

  • Dialin Access Number: (800) 832‐0736
  • Conference Room Number: *2885533 #
  • Once the host arrives, you will be asked to say your first and last names, along with the name of your credit union. You will then be linked to the conference call. The call may be recorded, and your host will let you know. (Please note: Do not place the call on hold. Any "on hold” music that your credit union has set to play will disrupt the conference call.)

Minnesota announces state winners of Maxwell, Herring & Desjardins awards

The Minnesota Credit Union Network is proud to announce the winners of the 2013 Dora Maxwell, Louise Herring and Desjardins statewide competitions. The Network received an abundance of award-worthy entries this year and, from those, 13 have advanced to the Credit Union National Association's (CUNA’s) national competitions. These credit unions’ entries will compete with other credit unions from across the country in their respective award and asset categories.

Judging for the national contests will take place in early October. All four award programs are sponsored by MnCUN and the CUNA. The entries in Minnesota’s statewide competition are judged by a committee of another state credit union league to ensure results are fair and unbiased.

The 2013 statewide award-winners include:

Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Community Service Award

  • $20-$50 million: Star Choice Credit Union
  • $50-$100 million: Minnesota Valley Federal Credit Union
  • $100-$200 million: Greater Minnesota Credit Union
  • $200-$500 million: City & County Credit Union
  • $500 million-$1 billion: SPIRE Federal Credit Union

Louise Herring Philosophy in Action Member Service Award

  • $50-$250 million: St. Paul Federal Credit Union
  • $250 million-$1 billion: TopLine Federal Credit Union

Desjardins Youth Financial Education Award

  • $50-$150 million: Greater Minnesota Credit Union
  • $150-$500 million: TopLine Federal Credit Union
  • > $500 million: Postal Credit Union

Desjardins Adult Financial Education Award

  • $50-$150 million: Greater Minnesota Credit Union
  • $150-$500 million: TopLine Federal Credit Union
  • > $500 million: US Federal Credit Union

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 ActionMember Service Award is given to a credit union for its practical application of the "people helping people” philosophy in internal operations. Created in 1990 with four asset categories, 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 youths and adults in financial literacy.

"Minnesota’s credit unions are dedicated to helping improve the lives of their members. This year's award-winners demonstrated extraordinary commitment to their members and communities in their efforts to fulfill needs, educate and build relationships.” said Mark D. Cummins, MnCUN President & CEO. "Each of the winning credit unions deserves this recognition, and I wish them luck in the national competition.”

ONLINE NOW! Family Involvement Council offers $10,000 in college scholarships

The Minnesota Family Involvement Council has kicked off this year’s scholarship program, with online applications and downloadable promotion materials now available on the FIC website! In 2014, the FIC will award $10,000 in scholarships to credit union members continuing their education.

Two $1,000 scholarships and sixteen $500 scholarships will be awarded to 18 credit union members throughout Minnesota. Anyone who is a member of a credit union affiliated with the Minnesota Credit Union Network and pursuing post-secondary education in fall 2014 and spring 2015 is eligible. To apply, credit union members must complete a one-page application form and submit an essay that answers the question: "The average age of credit union members in Minnesota is 47 years old. In order to be sustainable, credit unions need to serve younger generations, as well. What can credit unions do to attract and engage young adult consumers?”

Look for more scholarship information and applications on the FIC website. The FIC is also providing online materials to help credit unions promote the scholarship program to members. Visit the Scholarships section of the FIC website to download a web banner, lobby poster, newsletter article and best practices on promoting the scholarship program.

NCUA hosts free webinar to help build your member business lending programs

The NCUA is hosting a special member business lending webinar geared toward small credit unions. This free webinar, which takes place at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, focuses on the underwriting aspects of a successful member business lending program.

Staff from NCUA’s Office of Small Credit Union Initiatives and NCUA Region IV’s Division of Special Actions will explain the agency’s requirements for member business lending. Participants will also hear from specialists who will discuss how to start a safe and sound program.

Credit unions may register for this webinar on the NCUA website. Participants may also submit questions in advance. The subject line of the email should read "Member Business Lending Webinar.” With technical questions about accessing the webinars, email NCUA’s support team.

Register now for CUNA Mutual's free Online Discovery Conference

Attend CUNA’s free Online Discovery Conference on Tuesday, Oct. 1 to gain the benefits of a face-to-face conference without leaving your desk. This year’s fourth-annual event offers 13 credit union-focused sessions that each includes video, audio and a Q&A with industry thought leaders.

Topics include deepening member relationships, driving profitability and much more. Attendees will have access to chat rooms, message boards, prizes and an exhibit hall in the online Discovery Expo Center. To get an idea of what you can expect,
take a tour of last year’s conference! Registering for this conference also guarantees access to conference materials after the live event.

Register today! All credit union and league employees are welcome. Visit the
Event Calendar section of the Network website for more information.

Credit Unions in the News ...

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 Connie Kuhn.

  • Area educators learn from TopLine Federal Credit Union as the credit union leads a money management session during a recent teachers’ conference at the U of M ... more

  • Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union shows "extraordinary compassion” as it helps a Minnesota mom overcome tragedy … more

  • Central Minnesota Credit Union recognized as a trusted partner for local farmers … more

  • Financial One Credit Union celebrates its 80-year anniversary and welcomes a new president … more

  • TopLine Federal Credit Union donates to community assistance programs through its 10th annual Back to School Drive … more

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