Chapter Leaders
From:  Melissa Polley, Member Communications Specialist
Date:  November 7, 2011

November 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.

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

Help foster relationships with those who influence legislation impacting CUs during The League's State GAC, Jan. 24
Between the constant barrage of new compliance rules and regulations and the 38 freshmen legislators who will soon complete their first year in office, it is essential that credit unions are well represented during The League's State Government Affairs Conference (GAC), Jan. 24. By attending, Wisconsin credit unions will foster positive relationships with lawmakers by sharing with them how credit unions provide value to members and the community. Make sure you're there for this vital conference. There are several registration deals to help you attend. Young professionals, first-time GAC attendees and Members' Conduit Account Holders can register for just $89 – almost half off the general registration fee! Although this year's conference will only be one day, a hotel room block has been made available at the Hilton Madison Monona Terrace for Monday, Jan. 23 and Tuesday, Jan. 24 for just $135 per night. Register online today! For more information, contact Sarah Wainscott at (800) 242-0833, Ext. 6082.

Nominate your credit union for the Governor's Financial Literacy Award
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2011 Wisconsin Financial Literacy Award, which honors individuals and organizations for their excellence in increasing financial literacy. Nominations are being accepted through Dec. 1. Past winners have included Brokaw, Educators, STAR, Summit and UW credit unions, while Wisconsin credit unions have won collectively for their REAL Solutions initiative, the brass|STUDENT program, their youth-run branches and the REAL Progress and Pathways to Prosperity program, now known as the Investor Education in Your Workplace™ program.

November is your last chance to earn 21 chances to win up to $2,500 with The Foundation's Ca$h Calendar Raffle
For just $10, you'll earn 21 chances to win a total of $2,500 in cash prizes. All you have to do is purchase a Ca$h Calendar for the month of December from The Wisconsin Credit Union Foundation, return the slip attached, and then sit back and wait for your name to be drawn as a winner! The great news is that everyone gets 21 chances to win, which means even if you've won already, your name will be re-entered throughout the month of December! Don't wait! There are only 500 calendars left. Calendars will be sold during Chapter meetings through November and are also available to be purchased in bulk if credit unions wish to sell them to staff. They also make great stocking stuffers! Proceeds benefit Foundation programs. For more information, contact Mary Bliss at (800) 242-0833, Ext. 6002.

The League's Supervisory (Audit) Committee Workshop helps ensure your Audit Committee understands its role
Do the volunteers who serve on your credit union's audit committee understand their role as the watchdog of the credit union's safety and soundness? Ensure they do by sending them to The League's Supervisory (Audit) Committee Workshop, Dec. 7 in Pewaukee or Dec. 8 in Madison. This training, designed for new committee members and seasoned veterans, will discuss the duties, responsibilities and liabilities of the committee. Attendees will get a review of the goals for the committee, while also exploring the steps to ensure that the credit union is following proper procedures. Most importantly they'll learn about the warning signs of misconduct. And at just $49 per registrant, this workshop is affordable enough to send your credit union's entire committee! To register, contact Judy Phillips at (800) 242-0833, Ext. 6020.

2012 League Convention embraces the "Cooperative Spirit"
Save the date for the 2012 League Convention, May 9-12 in Milwaukee, where we'll be celebrating the International Year of Cooperatives with the theme, "Cooperative Spirit." Visit The League's website to reserve your hotel room today.

The Foundation gears up for annual donor drive
Support The Wisconsin Credit Union Foundation by contributing to its annual donor drive. Donors who become a member of The Foundation's Annual Fund Donor Society will be recognized on plaques at The League offices, on The Foundation's website and at The League's Annual Convention. Donations help support the brass|STUDENT Program, as well as The Foundation's grants and scholarships. And as an added convenience, credit unions can designate a donation when they pay their dues by noting it on their dues invoice. The Foundation promotes credit union development, educates credit union staff and volunteers, supports programming to enhance financial literacy in the community and supports the credit union system in times of need.

Don't miss your credit union's opportunity to reach new members via new consumer website
With credit unions in the spotlight thanks to viral campaigns like "Bank Transfer Day," more consumers have been visiting the credit union-finder site,, to make the switch from banks to credit unions. However, many credit unions’ information falls short in helping interested consumers find a credit union they are eligible to join. To ensure credit unions and consumers are getting the most out of the site, a FREE informational webinar has been recorded for use by credit unions to help them better complete their information on the website to make it easier for consumers to find them. This webinar aims to help to the person at each credit union that has been tasked to maintain the credit union's information on the website. In September, more than 33,000 consumers visited the site, up from just under 15,000 the month before. The website has also seen a spike in visitors from Wisconsin, with more than 800 visits in the month of October. That’s four times more visits than what was seen in August. Wisconsin credit union presidents were sent their username and password for the site in April. Once logged on, presidents can provide permission for others to access and maintain the credit union’s information. If you have misplaced your username and password or if you have questions, please contact Dawn Scarce at (800) 242-0833. Additional content about the site was reported in The League News and The League continues to publicize the site. The site, which was developed through the work of a task force of the American Association of Credit Union Leagues (AACUL), is jointly funded by Credit Union Leagues and Associations and is being maintained by CUNA.

Create a lasting legacy with a Memorial or Tribute from The Foundation
Cconnect 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. Give a memorial or tribute gift today.

Money Mission offers credit unions unique opportunity to attract younger members
Looking to attract young members and raise awareness of your credit union? Then look no further than The League Services Corp.'s innovative financial literacy tool, Money Mission. Money Mission is an interactive, web-based simulation designed to educate users on the fundamentals of personal finance. The game, which offers players a chance to win state-level scholarships, will help credit unions form lasting relationships with local high school seniors by introducing area youth to credit unions, driving traffic to the credit union's website and opening a line of communication. For more information, contact Ben Schweder at (800) 242-0833, Ext. 6026.

Attend these seminars
The League's December educational sessions will focus on identifying problem assets, auditing for SAFE Act compliance, basic closed-end mortgage lending, creating a lending machine, selling to your young member and more. Visit

Free webinar Dec. 8 to tout what The League has in store for young credit union professionals in 2012
In 2011, The League and its Young Professionals Council took several new and exciting steps to expand our efforts to connect and grow our YP Network. The League has scheduled a webinar for 1 to 2 p.m. Dec. 8 to share upcoming opportunities for young credit union professionals, not only on the state level, but also nationally. For more information, contact Chad Helminak at (800) 242-0833, Ext. 6012.

Advocacy Workshop, Jan. 23, to prep young professionals for The League's State Government Affairs Conference
Young Professionals, ages 35 and under, can register for The League's State Government Affairs Conference, Jan. 24, for just $89 – almost half off the regular registration price – and take part in a special Advocacy Training Workshop at 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 23. The event will provide a foundation of knowledge that will help attendees prepare for visits with legislators, to be held the following day on Jan. 24, and strengthen their ongoing advocacy efforts for years to come. Attendees will also have the chance to interact with and learn directly from legislators and their staff. Hotel rooms are available for Monday night for just $84 at the Madison Concourse Hotel, One W. Dayton St., Madison. The discounted hotel room will only be available through Dec. 26. Book your room by calling (800) 356-8293 and requesting the “Young Professionals” room block. For more information, contact Chad Helminak at (800) 242-0833, Ext. 6012.

Join the Wisconsin Young Credit Union Professionals Network
The Wisconsin Young Credit Union Professionals Network, aka The Network, is an exclusive group for Wisconsin's young credit union professionals, ages 35 years and younger. It aims to provide relevant networking, education and outreach opportunities to young professionals who are looking to develop their careers and become more involved in the credit union movement. The network is directed by The League, under the guidance of its Young Professionals Council. If you're under the age of 35 and interested in future YP-focused events and resources, please sign up to be a Network member for free at

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