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
if your email address changes.
For more information,
Melissa Wittig, Member Communication
(800) 242-0833, Ext.
Annual Convention provides opportunities for Young
The League's 75th Annual Convention is the
perfect time for young professionals to get more
involved in the credit union movement. And now it’s even
easier because The League is allowing every credit union
to bring up to three staff or volunteers under the age
of 35 to the Convention for free!
Young professionals in attendance will also get the exclusive
opportunity to participate in a Young Professionals Lunch on
Thursday. The lunch will give young professionals a
chance to network with their peers from around the
state, as well as a chance to
get to know various leaders in the industry. The
League's Young Professionals Council will also share
information about its initiatives to reach out to young
adults and increase their involvement in the movement.
Other planned events that may interest young
professionals, as well as other attendees, include:
sessions – Thursday morning.
Learn about topics important to you, including how to
treat your members to celebrity status and turning
your branch green.
- The League
Annual Meeting – Thursday.
Get a new understanding of the inner workings of the
movement during this important meeting.
- Exhibit Hall –
Thursday afternoon. Meet
with a wide variety of vendors and offer your credit
union insight into the vendors that could best
Central Credit Union & The League Member Appreciation
Harley-Davidson Museum Reception – Thursday night.
Connect with credit union
staff and volunteers from around the state.
training – Friday. Learn
about the importance of continued advocacy to the
movement or build upon your existing Activist skills.
Sessions – Friday. Get
insight into important topics affecting credit unions,
as well as learn useful tips to help your credit union
use social networking to its advantage.
session speaker Donald Driver – Saturday.
Driver will share his personal insights on teamwork,
hard work and beating life's challenges.
Find out more by
The League’s 75th Annual Convention website
2009 Teachers Institute open to credit union
staff and volunteers
Credit union staff and volunteers can also take
part in the
2009 National Institute of Financial and Economic
Literacy, week-long workshops that instruct
educators on how to teach young people the basics of
personal finance. While these workshops have always
attracted a majority of teachers from Wisconsin schools,
educators from within credit unions can also participate. These popular
workshops often fill up quickly. The workshops, which take place on the Edgewood College
campus in Madison, are a bargain at only $225 for each full week.
The League if you'd like to be a sponsor. Or,
identify a teacher, credit union staff person or
volunteer who could benefit by attending and pay their
way this year! Wisconsin credit unions sponsor a
majority of the event's attendees, while The League has
sponsored the workshops since their inception in 2001.
League Director elections still ongoing in some regions
and asset classes
Election results are in for all but one League director
race in Region 5, after none of the three candidates in
that race received a majority vote. The region's top two
candidates, Paul Grinde of CoVantage Credit Union and
Mike Mallow of Sheboygan Area Credit Union, will now participate in a special runoff
election. Credit unions in that region have been mailed
ballots that must be returned to The League by April 15.
Newly elected directors include:
(less than $20 million in assets).
Carol Pecsi, First Credit Union
Class B ($20 to $100 million in
Youngblood, Focus Credit Union.
- Class C ($100-$500 million in assets).
Daryl Gessler of Connexus Credit Union
- Class D (over
$500 million in assets). Paul
Kundert of University of Wisconsin Credit Union
- Region 1.
Kevin Hauser of Westby Co-op Credit Union
- Region 2.
Jack Gill of First Community Credit Union of Beloit
- Region 3.
Jennifer Schilling of Empower Credit Union
Patrick Lowney, Lakeview Credit Union
All nine directors will
assume their role on The League Board at its meeting
during the 75th annual Convention this May.
Visit The League's website for
the final results!
Filene offers small credit
unions free or discounted access to its innovation
Small credit unions can
take advantage of a
great deal from the Filene Research Institute that gives
credit unions with assets below $50 million unlimited access
to Filene's innovation library at a discounted price or even for free!
to find out more!
Prevent record keeping
mistakes by attending The
League's Record Keeping Seminar May 13
Learn the legal
and practical information you need to know to ensure
your credit union is in compliance with federal and
state record keeping laws during
The League's Record Keeping seminar from 9 a.m. to noon
May 13. The League's
Executive Vice President and Chief Advocacy Officer Joanne Whiting will
also show you how to best address the record
keeping challenges you face every day.
Make your members the centerpiece of your collections
efforts with tips from the Innovative Collections
Want to create an effective collections program that
centers on member service? Find out how by attending The
Innovative Collections Seminar May 27 at the
Kalahari Resort & Convention Center in Wisconsin Dells. This full-day
seminar will help you build your
practical experience and creative tools for assisting
members in financial need while creating a more
effective collections process within your credit union.
Consumers invest more than $3.2 million into credit
union through the EdVest college savings plan
Twenty-three credit unions are holding $3.2 million as
part of a new CD option called EdVest, Wisconsin credit
REAL Solution. EdVest allows Wisconsin
consumers to plan for future educational
opportunities while also gaining access to credit
unions' most competitive rates as part of a long-term,
state sponsored college savings plan called EdVest.
The program even allows credit unions to hold some of
the plan's invested funds, even though holding funds is
not required to market this asset-building opportunity
to members. Find out more or access free marketing
materials by visiting
WOCCU's 2009 Hispanic Marketing
Immersion Program gives new perspective on Hispanic
2009 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
Sept. 19. Register by June 15 by visiting www.woccu.org.
Foundation surpasses fundraising goal thanks to
Founder’s Circle donations
Wisconsin Credit Union Foundation, with the help of
Founder’s Circle, surpassed its fundraising goal by
raising $480,848. The Founder’s Circle donations,
combined with additional contributions made over the
last few months brings the Foundation’s grand total to
$489,862! The generous spirit of those who have made
contributions to the Foundation, despite hard times,
shows their commitment to the future
health of the credit union movement. The Foundation was
established in 2007 to support
credit union development, the education of credit
union staff and volunteers, financial literacy efforts
and the credit union system in times of need. Visit
www.theleague.coop/foundation for more information.
The League's Corporate Stabilization page online
NCUA's Corporate Stabilization Program evolves daily,
with new information available to help credit unions
understand, communicate and account for the costs
associated with the replenishment of credit unions'
insurance fund. Get what you need by visiting
www.theleague.coop/corporates. We're updating this
page constantly to bring you the latest news, tools and
resources, including talking points and other sample
communications for use with a variety of audiences,
including members and media. Visit the site often -
there's a banner link to it on our homepage.
League's 2008 Annual Report a new
tool for advocacy
community leaders, members and others how well Wisconsin
credit unions are doing during this troubled economy by
Wisconsin Credit Unions 2008 Annual Report.
The report, which explains how Wisconsin credit unions
delivered value to their communities and to their 2.2
million members in 2008, can be ordered by contacting
Office Services Manager, at (800) 242-0833, Ext. 6003.
Attend these seminars
The League's May seminars will focus on
internal security, trusts, POAs and other special
accounts, collections, record keeping, website growth, youth accounts
information on these and more, visit