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March 31, 2014

NCUA proposal called "ground zero" affecting CUs

In CUNA's video about NCUA's risk-based capital plan, credit union professionals from around the country explain how the plan could pose increased costs to members, reductions in member service and other concerns. Use CUNA's RBC resources (login required) and share your views as part of the comment process.

NCUA proposal could have a big effect on credit unions' capitalization
A risk-based capital plan that could cut credit union capital buffers by billions of dollars has become a top industry concern, but credit unions still have time to understand how it could impact their balance sheet and comment on the issue before a final rule takes effect. FULL STORY

Hurry, we're filling up fast for Convention!
April 8 is the deadline to secure reduced rate lodging for The League's May Convention in Milwaukee. The event offers some of the movement's top speakers and unites credit union professionals from across the state for the networking, training and best practices your credit union needs to succeed. All Young Professionals age 35 and younger receive the special registration rate of just $119, but hurry—applications for 20 YPs to "Crash" Convention with most expenses paid are only being accepted until April 14. Take a peek at our special Convention issue of League News and register now!

Convention Conduit Luncheon previews election year action
Marquette University Law School Professor Charles Franklin (left), a leading national expert in public opinion analysis, will share with League convention-goers an exclusive preview of the November elections and public opinion polling. FULL STORY
Best Advantage Credit Union achieves 100% participation in The League's Payroll Deduction program
Best Advantage Credit Union in Brillion is the first credit union in Wisconsin to achieve 100% participation in The League's Payroll Deduction program. Their President & CEO Tammy Williams (right) explains how. FULL STORY

Survey of credit unions' exam experiences reveals a mixed bag for WI
Wisconsin credit unions expressed some common frustrations—and acknowledged what's working well—as part of their exam experiences in a survey conducted by the Credit Union National Association. FULL STORY

Don't miss the Collections Roundtable April 10 in Appleton
Your success at collections hinges on your understanding of the legal framework of bankruptcy law and the required timing for action. This year's Collections Roundtable, led by top bankruptcy law expert Thomas J. King, focus on both. FULL STORY

Compliance Compass: pre-order mortgage booklets
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has updated three disclosure booklets that credit unions must provide to consumers in connection with certain home loan applications. Paul Guttormsson (left), The League's Legal Affairs Counsel, points you to where you can obtain needed quantities. FULL STORY

Credit unions provide financial education year-round, not just in April
April marks Financial Literacy Month. For credit unions, it's a busy month of involvement in financial education activities that continue year-round because of credit unions' unique cooperative structure that emphasizes improving the financial position of their 2.4 million member-owners in Wisconsin. The League touts credit unions' uniqueness and financial education efforts in its latest press release to Wisconsin media.
Encourage students to participate in #brassmoneymonth contest in April
The brass|STUDENT PROGRAM has unveiled its new 2014 Financial Literacy Month contest: #brassmoneymonth! Throughout April, brass will ask students and teachers to snap creative photos demonstrating ways to save, make a budget, use credit responsibly and give back to their school or community. Credit unions are encouraged to get in the game, too! FULL STORY

Help us welcome three new League employees
The League has added three new professionals to our team. Help us extend to them a warm welcome! FULL STORY

Want to go to CUNA Management School? Apply for a Scholarship!
CUNA Management School, the credit union movement's longest-running high-level education program, convenes in Madison each July. It's your chance to invest in your career! And now, if you apply by April 30, you can do so with up to $2,000 of financial aid from the Wisconsin Credit Union Foundation. FULL STORY
Gebert to receive Foundation's Development Education (DE) Scholarship
Nilsa Gebert of Focus Credit Union will receive the Wisconsin Credit Union Foundation's Development Education Scholarship, worth up to $2,000. The DE program is a credit union philosophy immersion program that challenges attendees to apply cooperative problem solving to local and world issues. The Foundation supports grants and scholarships, financial education, credit union development and the CU system in times of need.
Help a teacher or employee improve their financial lessons
Registration is open for the National Institute of Financial & Economic Literacy in Madison. Credit unions sponsor local high school teachers to attend this summer workshop to help improve their financial lessons for students. If you have a school branch it's a way to deepen your relationship and, if not, to create a relationship with educators. Or, sponsor an employee who focuses on financial education. The cost is just $300. To sponsor, send a check payable to Edgewood College to Deb Weier, Edgewood College, 1255 Deming Way, Madison, WI 53717 and ask teachers to note your credit union as a sponsor when registering. Questions? Contact Chad Helminak at (608) 514-0080.

Filene study looks at what makes a successful credit union CEO
What combination of skills, personality traits and other factors are the most likely predictors of success for a credit union CEO? A recent Filene Research Institute study breaks it down. See if you have what it takes! FULL STORY

Discover the value of World Council membership
With the help of its member organizations in nearly 60 countries, including the U.S. Credit Union National Association (CUNA), the World Council of Credit Unions is able to impact millions of people's lives, their credit unions and national financial systems across the globe. FULL STORY

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