To: 

Chapter Leaders
From:  Melissa Polley, Member Communications Specialist
Date:  April 5, 2011

April 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. The last three items are intended as talking points for Young Professional Liaisons, but can be used by others if the YP Liaison is not present or if the chapter does not have a YP Liaison.

Please contact jphillips@theleague.coop if your email address changes.

For more information, contact:
Melissa Polley, Member Communications Specialist
(800) 242-0833, Ext. 6045


Call to Action: Your contacts needed to advance business lending bill
Activists nationwide are continuing the push for federal legislation to make it easier for credit unions to fill the need for business credit. The Small Business Lending Enhancement Act (S. 509), introduced in the U.S. Senate by Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colorado), would increase credit unions’ existing member business lending cap from 12.25% to 27.5% of total assets. Increasing the cap could provide Wisconsin with more than $400 million in new small business credit and create more than 4,300 jobs in the first year alone. Wisconsin Activists are urged to contact U.S. Senators Herb Kohl and Ron Johnson to ask for their co-sponsorship of the bill. Emails sent via the Grassroots Action Center, phone calls, visits to in-district offices and letters from members that you’ve assisted with business loans are all urgently needed. Emphasize the real ways this legislation will affect credit unions and their members. And don’t forget to "like" CUNA’s facebook page to stay updated on this nationwide effort.

Act now! Urge your members of Congress to delay interchange rule 
All credit union Activists are urged to seek support from Wisconsin’s members of Congress for federal legislation that would delay the implementation of the Federal Reserve's proposed debit interchange rule. Bills introduced in the U.S. House and the U.S. Senate seek additional time to study the rule and correct its harmful effects. Because no Wisconsin legislators have co-sponsored either bill, it is vital for Wisconsin Activists to seek support for the legislation by using CUNA’s Grassroots Action Center and explaining the impact of the interchange rule on credit unions and credit union members. Activists can also follow updates on the legislation by ‘liking’ or following CUNA’s interchange page on facebook. See the link to our action page on interchange on The League's home page -- www.theleague.coop.

The League’s Convention offers huge value for just $189
The League’s Annual Convention is one of the best deals around. For just $189 – the same price you would pay for a single training session – attendees get four days packed full of education sessions and networking opportunities! The League has pulled out all the stops for this year’s Convention and Exposition, May 4-7 at the Kalahari Resort in the Wisconsin Dells. Attendees will hear from keynote speakers about current credit union trends, issues and challenges as well as motivational and inspirational topics. There will also be numerous education sessions for all levels within your credit union including the newly added Financial Literacy for Directors 101 breakout session on Friday. Don’t miss out! Register today at www.theleague.coop/convention.

Want to go to CUNA Management School? Apply for a Foundation Scholarship
The Wisconsin Credit Union Foundation is again offering a scholarship for the CUNA Management School, July 10-22, as part of its Professional Development Scholarship Program. The scholarship, which can be used toward Year 1Year 2 or Year 3 training, will be used to reimburse the recipient's credit union after the recipient has successfully completed the training. Scholarships are available to staff, members and volunteers of Wisconsin Credit Union League affiliated credit unions with $50 million or below in assets. Applicants must also be actively involved in credit union activities, such as chapter meetings, committee work, credit union Activism, etc., to qualify for the scholarship. Apply today! Scholarship applications are due by April 28. Recipients will be notified by May 15. For more information, contact Mary Bliss at (800) 242-0833.

Get training when it’s convenient for you with Webinars On-Demand
Get comprehensive compliance and directors’ training when and where you want it with Webinars On-Demand courses. Compliance webinar topics include the Fair Credit Reporting Act, important regulations for credit union accounts, account documentation and privacy, Bank Secrecy Act and OFAC, basic closed-end mortgage lending, as well as the Wisconsin Consumer Act and the Wisconsin Marital Property Act. Directors’ webinar topics include creating the lending machine, what CEOs need from their boards, board fiduciary duties and Bank Secrecy Act for directors.

Sponsor a teacher for the National Institute before it fills up!
The ever popular National Institute of Financial & Economic Literacy always fills up fast, 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 will teach them 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.

Children's Miracle Network updates brand standards: changes lingo, logos
For years, credit unions nationwide and in Wisconsin have raised funds for the Children's Miracle Network, a network of not-for-profit hospitals that treat children regardless of their families' ability to pay. But now, our movement's preferred charity is changing its brand standards - the verbal and visual way it communicates its mission. For example, instead of referring to the charity as "Children's Miracle Network" the proper reference is "Children's Miracle Network Hospitals." Therefore, the "Credit Unions for Kids" logo now includes the term "Hospitals." Credit unions should replace any old logos they have been using with the new ones. The full brand standards, as well as the updated logos, can be found on The League’s Children’s Miracle Network page.

Create a lasting legacy with a Memorial or Tribute from The Foundation
What better way to connect the "People Helping People" philosophy to your colleagues and friends than through a gift to the charitable organization dedicated to helping Wisconsin credit unions help others? The Wisconsin Credit Union Foundation is now offering the option to make a donation in memory of or as a tribute to someone special. The recipient of your thoughtful gift will receive a special card of honor with your name as the benefactor, and will be recognized in The Foundation annual report. Memorial or tribute gifts totaling $500 or more will be recognized at The League Annual Convention during the year in which the gift was established. Give a memorial or tribute gift today.

Use the 2010 Scorecard to share how WI CUs saved their members $203 million
Spread the word about how Wisconsin credit unions saved their members $203 million in 2010 by sharing the REAL Solutions 2010 Scorecard for Wisconsin Credit Unions with lawmakers, members, the community and the media. The League has already featured statistics from the Scorecard in For the Record, a monthly publication distributed to lawmakers. Reinforce that message by sharing the Scorecard with lawmakers along with your credit union’s featured videos on the REAL Solutions: For a Reason website. When sharing the report with media, localize the story by sharing details about your credit union’s own REAL Solutions or offering interviews with members willing to share their stories. Also, the Scorecard is a great tool to educate staff and members about the credit union difference.  Use it in staff trainings or distribute it to members at your annual meeting or workshops. Or, use it as a leave-behind at community meetings or events. Find it online at www.theleague.coop/scorecard or order hard copies by contacting Christine Henzig at (800) 242-0833, Ext. 6019.

Attend these seminars
The League's May educational sessions will focus on managing e-sign, e-statements and e-disclosures, how to improve website compliance, regulatory update, lending in your call center, business deposits and fraud and more. Visit www.theleague.coop/calendar.

Under age 35? Apply to “Crash” Convention by April 11 
Are you a credit union young professional under 35 who would like to attend The League’s Annual Convention? Now you have a chance to attend at little to no cost to your credit union thanks to "Crash Forward." Crash Forward is The League’s premier "Crash" event that provides young credit union professionals with the opportunity to attend conferences that would normally be out of their reach. Our generous sponsors cover the majority of the cost of the Crashers so all they have to worry about is travel expenses and some meals. Sponsors include Money MissionCUNA Mutual GroupWant Rewards and the National Credit Union Foundation. Applications are now being accepted through April 11. Visit www.theleague.coop/crashforward for more information and to apply!

Young Professionals can save a little dough with this year’s Convention deal
If you don't make it into the “Crash” group, don’t fret! The League is offering a fantastic deal that allows young professionals, 35 and under, to attend Convention for just $39! Register today at www.theleague.coop/convention.

Young Professionals plan meet up at Convention
Young Professionals, ages 35 and under, will have another opportunity to network with peers during a Young Professionals Meet Up, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. May 5, at Convention. The casual event will give young professionals a chance to kick back and relax while getting to know other young professionals from around the state. We hope to see you there!


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