The Pulse 09-28-2017

Volume 6, Issue 39.5



Register now for the Nov. 30 MnCUN Life Simulation

Join the Minnesota Credit Union Network for a Life Simulation on November 30 at the Maplewood Community Center. The event is designed to help sensitize credit union employees, volunteers, and management to the financial needs of low-wage working families.

During the three-hour activity, participants will be grouped into “families” struggling to make ends meet in a simulated month of four twenty minute weeks. Each participant will play a unique role within the family. Throughout the exercise, attendees will encounter events & financial crises faced by many low-income Americans.

This free event will be hosted by the Minnesota Credit Union Network young professionals group, The Crew, and supported by the Minnesota Credit Union Foundation. Credit union employees of all ages and at any stage in their professional journey are encouraged to attend, particularly in the areas of Financial Education, Member Service, Lending, and Management.

The Life Simulation will take the place of the fall Crew and Financial Education Peer-to-Peer (P2P) sessions. More information and event registration is available on the MnCUN event calendar online.

With questions, contact MnCUN Communications Specialist & Crew Liaison Laura Whittet by email or by phone at (651) 288-5503.




Submit Your Credit Union’s News to MnCUN

One of the ways that the Minnesota Credit Union Network provides advocacy for credit unions is through media relations and consumer awareness efforts. A key component of this work is the MN Credit Union News channel. This webpage aggregates news stories, photos and press releases to highlight the many reasons why credit unions are local, trusted financial institutions.  


When credit unions submit their news stories to MnCUN, those stories become part of a “cycle of news” that helps to increase the circulation of credit union happenings to a broader audience, amplifying the messages.


Here is how the cycle of news works:


  • Stories are posted to the MN Credit Union News channel.
  • On a weekly basis, stories are aggregated and highlighted in The Pulse newsletter.
  • Next, MnCUN publishes an array of stories in its regular Connected to Community newsletter, which is delivered to legislators, public opinion leaders, members of the media, and more.
  • Stories are included in Fluence Media publications, which include Morning Take and Business Take newsletters for business executives, opinion leaders, legislators, public affairs contacts, and influential people around the state.
  • Stories are also regularly pitched to the local press and credit union trade press, generating additional coverage.

Credit unions are encouraged to share information about their activities and programs with the Network, either via press release, through photos or by submitting a brief synopsis of a sponsorship or an event happening at your credit union. Stories can be submitted online or directly to MnCUN Communications Specialist Laura Whittet



Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities

Below is a summary of the Minnesota Credit Union Network's October educational sessions. Browse the listings below and click the links for more detailed information and online registration. Look for a complete schedule on the Event Calendar section of the Network website.


MnCUN In Person & Special Events

Peer-to-Peer (P2P) Sessions

Foundation Events




National Credit Union Foundation seeking board nominations for 3 board seats

The National Credit Union Foundation is currently seeking nominations for three board seats. Volunteers may generally serve up to three terms of the duration of the term of office for the seat they are selected, as long as they are re-nominated by the Foundation Nominations Committee and re-elected by the Foundation Board.  

The qualifications for the four Foundation Board seats are as follows: 

  • Seat 5 - Credit union executive or director. The candidate must be an executive officer or director of a credit union. 
  • Seat 14 - Credit union executive or director or system affiliate or at-large. 
  • Seat 17 - Credit union executive or director or system affiliate or at-large. 

The three Foundation board seats are currently occupied by the following: 

  • Seat 5 - Laida Garcia, president/CEO of floridacentral CU, Tampa, Fla., is completing her third three-year term on the Foundation Board; 
  • Seat 14 - David Mooney, president/CEO of Alliant CU,  Chicago, Ill., is completing his first three-year term on the Foundation Board; and   
  • Seat 17 - Bill Cheney, President/CEO of SchoolsFirst FCU,  Santa Ana, Calif., is completing his first three-year term on the Foundation board.   

Mooney and Cheney have expressed their intent to run as incumbents for the seats they currently hold.  

Qualified candidates interested in applying for any of these four seats can visit the National Credit Union Foundation online to obtain the “Declaration of Candidacy” document. Applications must be received by Oct. 13.

Minnesota Credit Union Network
555 Wabasha Street N, Suite 200
St. Paul, MN 55102

(651) 288-5170
(800) 477-1034