Chapter Leaders
Melissa Polley, Member Communication Specialist
April 12, 2010
April 2010 Chapter Bulletin

Chapter Bulletin is a monthly publication of The Wisconsin Credit Union League (Communications Department) published September through May. League directors and chapter presidents receive Chapter Bulletin to assist with announcements at monthly chapter meetings.

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For more information, contact:
Melissa Polley, Member Communications Specialist
(800) 242-0833, Ext.

Call to Action! Urge Congress to allow credit unions to help more small businesses

Your action is needed now to lift an arbitrary cap that has prevented more credit unions from making desperately needed loans to Wisconsin’s small businesses. Bills in both the U.S. House and U.S. Senate would raise the cap from 12.25% to 25% of total assets as well as raise the threshold for a loan to be considered a member business loan
to $250,000. That means loans below that amount would not be counted toward the cap. Wisconsin Reps. Steve Kagen, Tammy Baldwin and Tom Petri are co-sponsors of the House bill. However, banking groups are trying to kill both measures, repeatedly contacting and visiting members of Congress. Please send an email to Washington, D.C., today using our grassroots action center. Or, urge your members who've used a credit union business loan to share a letter of support. Address letters to The Honorable Barney Frank, Chairman, House Financial Services Committee, Washington, D.C., and send copies to Tom Liebe at The League. View letter samples at

League staff show lawmakers updates to "For a Reason" advocacy website
League staff have spent the early part of April visiting lawmakers' offices to share new content available on our  new advocacy website,  REAL Solutions  "For A Reason," which showcases how credit unions help their members, youth and the community. The site, which is organized by chapter using a clickable map on the front page, consists of video testimonials from credit union staff, volunteers and members, as well as news stories and images detailing credit union outreach. In the coming months, credit unions and chapters will play an increasing role in adding updates to the site's video content. Watch for more information in upcoming League publications.

Join us in celebrating Main Street at The League's 2010 Annual Convention, May 12-15
Revitalize your dedication to your members and community by joining us at The League's 2010 Annual Convention, May 12-15, in Green Bay, where we'll be celebrating Main Street. This year's convention theme, "Main Street: Community Matters," reflects how credit unions serve members, not Wall Street. As usual, The League's Convention is packed full of great speakers and educational sessions that will provide insights to help your credit union continue to serve your members and community. Speakers include Debbie Matz, Chair of the National Credit Union Administration, who will address the challenges facing credit unions today, while Barry Alvarez, NCAA Coaching & Wisconsin Badger Athletics legend, will talk about creating a leadership legacy. Educational sessions will provide insights on topics including lending, marketing, innovative strategy, credit union trends, risk management and changing roles for the board.
For more information on any of these educational opportunities or to register, contact Judy Phillips, Program Assistant & Database Administrator, at (800) 242-0833, Ext. 6020 or visit

The League helps Directors stay educated through expanded training opportunities
The League has rolled out another set of educational opportunities to help Directors stay informed so that they can make the best decisions for their credit union. Through our On-Line Training Academy, The League is offering an overview of the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) for Directors
in the form of a recorded webinar. Our Directors' Webinar Series also provides pertinent information to help better guide directors in their roles and responsibilities. For more information on any of these educational opportunities or to register, contact Judy Phillips, Program Assistant & Database Administrator, at (800) 242-0833, Ext. 6020.

Become a resource within your community – Participate in a Money Conference
Difficult economic times have reminded people of the importance of good financial habits. Because of this, people are seeking financial resources to help them make good financial moves. Become a resource by participating in a local Money Conference. Money Conferences are full-day, nonprofit events that invite adults, youngsters and teens to learn a full range of financial concepts, such as use of credit, saving, investing and more from high-quality presenters. The Conferences, which have several organizational sponsors, target mid- to low-income adults and their children. Upcoming Money Conferences include Milwaukee Money Conference at Manpower Headquarters (downtown Milwaukee), May 8; Red Cliff/Bayfield Financial Wellness Conference at Bayfield School, May 22; Madison Money Conference, location TBA, Aug. 14; Wausau Money Conference at Northcentral Technical College, Oct. 2; Fox Cities Money Conference at Fox Valley Technical College, Oct. 23; and Racine/Kenosha Money Conference at Gateway Technical College, Nov. 20. For more information, contact Richard Entenmann at (608) 663-6332 or

The National Institute fills up fast – Sponsor a teacher or register yourself

The ever popular National Institute of Financial & Economic Literacy is quickly approaching capacity. That’s why it’s important to consider sponsoring a teacher now! Credit unions can also send a staff member to these week-long workshops
that teach attendees how to educate young people about the basics of personal finance. Each workshop, conveniently located close to home at Edgewood College in Madison, is a bargain at only $225 for each full week. These popular workshops, which have primarily attracted teachers from Wisconsin schools, aim to give attendees a better understanding of personal finance issues so they can present the issues more thoroughly to others. Wisconsin credit unions have sponsored teachers each year, while The League has provided financial support for the sessions since their inception in 2001. Contact Chris Henzig for more details at (800) 242-0833, Ext. 6019.

Help keep the credit union movement strong through Payroll Deduction
The League's Payroll Deduction program has helped credit unions significantly increase their support of credit union friendly lawmakers and candidates. We've increased our giving from 4% of our goal to 31% over the past couple of years with just a few new credit unions participating – and our impact could dwarf that success by adding just a few more.  If your credit union has yet to ask staff to help our cause with regular, modest (voluntary) contributions, The League can provide information or a presentation to add enrollments. For more information, contact Lindsay Krumsee, Government Affairs Specialist at The League, at (800) 242-0833, Ext. 6015.

WOCCU's 2010 Hispanic Marketing Immersion Program gives new perspective on Hispanic members
he 2010 Hispanic Marketing Immersion Program, provided by the World Council of Credit Unions, offers credit union staff and executives the opportunity to become fully immersed in Mexico’s rich culture while working within the country's credit unions and exploring their marketing strategies. This year's program will begin Oct. 2. Register by June 30 by visiting

Attend these seminars
The League's May seminars will focus on
understanding credit union financial statements, making up for lost courtesy pay profits, strengthening your credit union's loan review program and more. Visit


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