The Pulse 11-30-17

Volume 6, Issue 46.5



Together We are Stronger

The entire MnCUN staff would like to thank each member for supporting the credit union system. We truly value the important work you do every day for your members, which inspires us to advocate on your behalf to make that job easier.


We are also humbled by the kind words we have recently received from several members about the value of being a member of the Minnesota Credit Union Network.


Executive leaders at MEFCU see tremendous value in the advocacy efforts led by the MnCUN team and the strong relationships they build with elected officers at the state and federal level. The professional staff at MnCUN are talented and knowledgeable and there to assist whenever we call on them. Over the last year we chose to partner with TruLync in beta testing the service bureau model for the OnApproach big data solution. It has been a tremendous, collaborative experience, and we are very excited at the potential this partnership has to positively impact our members and the continued success of our credit union.  Our sincere thanks to Mark Cummins and the entire MnCUN team for all they do to promote the credit union industry and increase awareness and visibility of all do to make a difference in the lives of our members!


- Mary Hansen, CEO/Administrator, Mayo Employees Federal Credit Union

Our team relies on the Network for their regulatory advocacy, education, and networking opportunities. We may be a small credit union but we face the same regulatory burdens all credit unions do no matter the size.  MnCUN keeps us connected and engaged in what is happening in our industry.  The varied educational resources they provide are affordable and timely. As a member of GREAT I know what’s happening and what to do to ensure our members voices are heard. Our members are also big supporters of GREAT, and the Network has done an amazing job of communicating what needs to be done and providing us the tools. They are true professionals and friends.

- Roxi Jensen, CEO, Embarrass Vermillion Federal Credit Union


The MnCUN provides THFCU with a variety of resources enabling us to remain compliant and competitive in our operating environment. The Network provides us a unified voice in support of the many issues our industry faces both at the state and national levels. We are proud to belong!


- Randy Willert, President and CEO, Two Harbors Federal Credit Union


Thank you all for your continued support of the Network. Together we are stronger!



Minn. Credit Union Women’s Leadership Network Celebrates First Year

Minnesota Credit Union Women’s Leadership
Network 2017 Chair CEO of
Minnesota Power Employees Credit Union

Deb Almirall speaking

This week, credit union professionals from across Minnesota gathered to celebrate the first year of the Minnesota Credit Union Women’s Leadership Network. The Minnesota Credit Union Women’s Leadership Network is a local chapter of the World Council of Credit Unions’ 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.


“The Global Women's Leadership Network provides women opportunities and resources to improve the financial lives of their members and grow in their personal careers,” said 2017 Minnesota Credit Union Women’s Leadership Network Chair Deb Almirall. “Our Sister Society allows us to support the unique needs and interests of Minnesota’s credit union professionals on a local level while connecting with the worldwide not-for-profit financial community.”


2017 Leadership Network accomplishments include:

  • 6 events held
  • 93 unique attendees from 31 Minnesota credit unions participated
  • 474 hours of professional development provided
  • $1,260 raised for Global Women’s Leadership Network
  • 5 Minnesota attendees at the Global Women’s Leadership Network Executive Readiness Summit


The anniversary celebration featured a presentation by Worldwide Foundation for Credit Unions Global Women's Leadership Network Executive Director Calyn Ostrowski. “Despite making up more than 70% of credit union employment in the US, women lag behind male counterparts in executive and leadership roles,” Ostrowski said. “While we’ve made notable progress, work remains to accelerate the emergence of female credit union leaders – both in their communities and their careers.”


Incoming Minnesota Credit Union Women’s Leadership Network Chair Christine Cordell, SVP of Strategy & Transformation of Hiway Federal Credit Union, recognized outgoing Chair Deb Almirall, CEO of Minnesota Power Employees Credit Union, for her work establishing the sister society. The event also included a clothing drive for local nonprofit Dress for Success, which empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire, and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.


More information available on the Minnesota Credit Union Women’s Leadership Network page of the MnCUN website.




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.




Minn. Credit Union Marketing Awards Luncheon

Join fellow marketers and business development professionals for the Minnesota Credit Union Network Awards Luncheon at Pinstripes in Edina from 12:30 to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 4. The event will feature a speaker and presentation of the 2017 award winners.


New in 2017, the Minnesota Credit Union Network has introduced a statewide credit union marketing awards program. The awards will recognize outstanding programs in the areas of branding, community impact and outreach, digital advertising, video, and complete campaigns.


Event registration is available online.


The cost to attend this event is $30 and includes lunch. The deadline to register is Thursday, Dec. 28.



Minnesota Cu4kids Chain of Hearts Registration, Informational Conference Call Available

The Minnesota Credit Unions for Kids (MnCU4Kids) Committee invite all credit unions to participate in its 2018 Chain of Hearts fundraiser Jan. 8 to Feb. 28, 2017.


During the campaign, credit union members and local businesses are encouraged to purchase paper links and hearts that are connected and hung in lobbies to help illustrate the "people helping people" philosophy of credit unions. All proceeds benefit Gillette Children's Hospital, which helps kids with disabilities and chronic conditions. Gillette is based in St. Paul, with numerous clinics around the state.

To participate, complete the fundraiser registration survey by Friday, December 22. 


Interested in learning about best practices for the Chain of Hearts campaign or other ways to support CU4Kids? Join the Minnesota committee members for a free informational conference call on Tuesday, Dec. 19 from 10 to 11 a.m. Registration is available online.


With questions, contact Minnesota CU4Kids liaison Laura Whittet by email or by phone at 651-288-5503.



Foundation Scholarship Council Dice & Ice Event Scheduled for Jan. 26

Save the date for the Minnesota Credit Union Foundation Scholarship Council’s 2nd Annual Dice & Ice indoor event. Compete with a team in a variety of dice games including Life Size 6-5-4, Dice Bags and Horse Races to help raise $20,000 for scholarships for credit union members.


The FSC, a committee of the Minnesota Credit Union Foundation, works to enhance the future of the credit union movement by providing financial awareness solutions through its annual scholarship program. Since 1997, the FSC has reviewed 14,905 applications and awarded $176,500 in scholarships to 315 credit union members. The FSC scholarship application is currently open through Feb. 1.


The FSC Dice & Ice event will be held on Friday, Jan. 26, from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Vannelli’s by the Lake in Forest Lake. During the event, teams will compete in a variety of dice games. With questions, contact Bridget Petersen by email or by phone at 651-641-2256.

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