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.
“Crow Wing Power Credit Union belongs to the Network because of the many resources that are available to the members. We take advantage of the webinars offered, the P2P sessions and the various conferences. The Network is a great place to network with other Credit Union professionals, no pun intended!”
Joan Wileman, President, Crow Wing Power Credit Union
“We belong to MnCUN because there is strength in numbers. MnCUN leverages our collaborative spirit to advance our movement. It brings credit unions together as a powerful single voice for advocacy, ensuring legislative and regulatory challenges are widely understood and effectively addressed. MnCUN’s exceptional leadership is grounded in our industry’s DNA, emerging from the philosophy of helping people. When our credit union experienced executive turnover, MnCUN accelerated our ability to network with colleagues by creating invaluable opportunities to share ideas, challenges, and aspirations for making our world better.”
Steve Ewers, President/CEO, Members Cooperative Credit Union
“The Minnesota Credit Union Network is a tremendous resource for credit unions of all sizes. They work diligently at the state and federal level on legislation and regulatory issues that can impact credit union operations and growth opportunities. The staff is easy and enjoyable to work with and they are extremely dedicated to the success of Minnesota Credit Unions.”
Kristi Mukomela, President & CEO, Novation Credit Union
“Toro Credit Union belongs to the Minnesota Credit Union Network because of the value it delivers to our credit union. It is important to have our state trade association because we benefit from the political advocacy at a state and national level, the Awareness campaign, staff educational opportunities from the P2P sessions and conferences, and networking opportunities at the local, state, and national level which provide the best opportunities to learn best practices. MnCUN is special because they are a national leader and pioneer in their Credit Union Awareness program, very effective in advocacy at the state level, and a first-rate staff.”
Grant Johnson, CEO, Toro Credit Union
Thank you all for your continued support of MnCUN and the credit union system. Happy Thanksgiving!
Governor Walz Re-Appoints Grace Arnold as Commerce Commissioner, Senate & House Commerce Committee Chairs Named
Last week, Governor Tim Walz re-appointed Grace Arnold to serve as the Commissioner of the Commerce Department. Commissioner Arnold must eventually be confirmed by the Minnesota Senate and MnCUN looks forward to continuing working with her and the Commerce Department.
Additionally, DFL Leadership in both the Minnesota House and Senate named Committee Chairs last week. MnCUN looks forward to working with Representative Zach Stephenson and Senator Matt Klein as Commerce Committee Chairs.
Once session starts, MnCUN Members can view the bill tracking document on the Political Publications page of mncun.org.
As part of the last stages of their name change from PolicyWorks to ViClarity, links used to access the members-only website need to be updated.
Be sure to update your bookmarks from www.policyworksllc.com to members.viclarityus.com.
The Minnesota Credit Union Network partners with ViClarity (formerly PolicyWorks) to provide credit unions with access to PolicyAid - a comprehensive online policy library that provides credit unions easy access to nearly 100 policies.
As a dues-supported service, MnCUN member credit unions receive a secure log in to ViClarity's members only website.
The following accomplishments were achieved in 2022:
The Anniversary Celebration was held Jax Café in Minneapolis, and featured keynote speaker Elisa Vicuña, co-founder of the Minnesota Aurora, a women-led, community owned soccer team. Elisa shared the Aurora story, and how this organization uses soccer to bring people together and lift up women and girls from marginalized communities.
Watch for details on 2023 events coming in the new year. Those interested in receiving notifications about opportunities may sign up for Women’s Leadership Network communications. Instructions are available on the Women’s Leadership Network page online.
The MnCU Foundation has several current grant opportunities open with Nov. 30 deadlines:
To apply for either of the grants noted above, visit mncun.org/apply-for-a-grant. Applications are due Nov. 30, 2022. With questions, please contact the Minnesota Credit Union Foundation’s Executive Director Andrea Molnau.
The CUNA National Awards Committee announced the 2022 recipients of the Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Community Service Award, Louise Herring Philosophy-in-Action Member Service Award, and Desjardins Awards for Financial Education.
Congratulations to the following member credit unions for their winning entries:
“The Dora Maxwell, Louise Herring, and Desjardins national award winners illustrate how credit unions live the “people helping philosophy” through their everyday operations, community service and education,” MnCUN President & CEO Mark Cummins. “We are so proud of our members leading the way among credit unions nationally with programs that improve their members’ financial well-being.”
The awards, which are given in multiple credit union asset sizes, were selected among state-level winning entries to compete nationally. Winners will be recognized in a virtual ceremony in January 2023 and at CUNA's Governmental Affairs Conference in Washington D.C., February 26 to March 2, 2023.
Join your colleagues to celebrate the outstanding programs credit unions have created to grow brand awareness and market to members and nonmembers alike. The ceremony will be held at Holman's Table in a historic airport terminal in Saint Paul.
Date: Tuesday, December 20
Time: 11:30 - 2:00 p.m.
Location: Holman's Table, 644 Bayfield St, St Paul, MN 55107
Registration closes Friday, December 9. Contact MnCUN Director of Communications Julia Miller with questions.
Earlier today, Minnesota Credit Union Network Chief Advocacy and Engagement Officer, Mara Humphrey, and Director of Governmental Affairs, Ryan Smith provided an overview of the 2022 Midterm Elections Results.
They discussed the implications of the election for credit unions nationally and at the state level. A recording of the webinar is available by logging into the Member Portal.
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