The Pulse 12-08-16

Volume 5, Issue 49.5



2017 Membership packets to be Mailed Next Week

MnCUN membership packets will be mailed to all Minnesota credit unions on Friday, Dec. 16. Minnesota Credit Union Network dues should be remitted by Jan. 31, 2017. 

The invoices include dues for 2017 CUNA membership. In 2016, the membership of the Minnesota Credit Union Network approved membership optionality for Minnesota credit unions and the Network Board of Directors affirmed our commitment to the three-tier system of credit union, MnCUN and CUNA. We encourage Minnesota credit unions to express the power of choice through membership in both the MnCUN and CUNA. 

With any questions about your membership or the new invoice format, please don’t hesitate to contact Mark Cummins or John Wendland at the Network office. 



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.




 Credit Union Days at the Capitol Registration open

The Minnesota Credit Union Network’s annual Credit Union Day at the Capitol event provides crucial information about state political issues relevant to credit unions and offers the opportunity to build relationships with the state’s elected officials. In 2017, MnCUN will be hosting four separate Credit Union Days based on geographic region.

The Credit Union Days at the Capitol are scheduled as follows:

  • Wednesday, Jan. 25 - Arrowhead and Lakes & Pines Chapters
  • Thursday, Jan. 26 - Central & North Red River Valley Chapters
  • Tuesday, Jan. 31 - Archer Doig Chapter
  • Wednesday, Feb. 1 - Hiawatha and Southwestern Chapters

We at the Minnesota Credit Union Network strive to make our major events as valuable to you, our members, as possible. By holding regional Credit Union Days at the Capitol in 2017, we hope to provide more advocates with the ability to have constructive meetings with legislators on behalf of Minnesota’s credit unions.

Each Credit Union Day will include a legislative briefing and lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Best Western Plus Capitol Ridge followed by attendee meetings with legislators at the Minnesota State Capitol concluding at 4 p.m. The cost of this event will be $25.

Registration for the 2017 Credit Union Days at the Capitol is open until Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017.

With questions, contact MnCUN Director of Advocacy Ryan Smith by email or by phone at (651) 288-5533.


Foundation Scholarship Committee Hosting 20th Anniversary Event

In January, the Minnesota Foundation Scholarship Council (FSC), formerly the Family Involvement Council, will be hosting a winter event to celebrate twenty years of providing Minnesota's credit union members with scholarships.

"In honor of twenty years of giving the Council has raised their annual fundraising goal to $20,000 for 2017," said FSC Chair Bridget Petersen. "The January event will be an opportunity to thank credit unions for supporting our efforts over the last two decades and to help fund scholarships for students from across the state."

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 14,358 applications and awarded $166,500 in scholarships to 303 credit union members.

The FSC Dice & Ice event will be held on Friday, Jan. 20, from 12 to 4:30 p.m. at Vannelli’s by the Lake in Forest Lake. During the event, teams will compete in a variety of dice games. More information, registration, and sponsorship opportunities are available on the event flyer.

With questions, contact Bridget Petersen by email or by phone at 651-641-2256.


National Credit Union Foundation Hosting Life Simulation Informational Webinar

Last month, 80 credit union professionals took part in a Life Simulation designed to help sensitize credit union employees, volunteers, and management to the financial needs of low-wage working families. On Dec. 13 at 1 p.m. the National Credit Union Foundation will be hosting a free webinar to talk through what a Life Simulation is and how it can be implemented by credit unions.

The webinar will be recorded and a link of the full recording will be sent out afterwards. Registration for the webinar is available online.

With questions about hosting a Life Simulation at your credit union or with a community partner, please contact Minnesota Credit Union Foundation Executive Directory Lyndsay Miller by email or by phone at 651-288-5517.

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

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