|To:||Chapter Leaders & League Directors|
|From:||Christine Henzig, Director of Communications|
|Date:||Nov. 8, 2013|
|November Chapter Bulletin|
Chapter Bulletin is a monthly publication of The Wisconsin Credit Union League (Communications Department) published September through April. Chapter leaders and League directors receive Chapter Bulletin to assist with announcements at monthly chapter meetings. Please encourage your chapter's Young Professional Liaison, if you have one, to deliver the last announcements listed as YP items.
* Education/event details, registration info or email changes - Judy Phillips (262) 408-6020
* Editorial assistance - Christine Henzig (262) 408-6029
Signs suggest tax reform may become Congressional priority, advocacy must continue
With Senate Finance Committee Chair Max Baucus (D-MT) still planning to release "discussion drafts" of tax reform legislation this year, maintaining a strong and consistent credit union presence in the D.C. and district offices of the Wisconsin Congressional Delegation is crucial over the coming weeks. Wisconsin credit unions are participating in “dedicated weeks of advocacy” throughout the month. Even if your week of advocacy has passed, consider continuing your efforts by requesting more postcards, encouraging staff and members to visit and share the www.DontTaxMyCreditUnion.org website and other resources, and showcasing the member and community benefits that are possible thanks to credit unions' tax status and cooperative structure, such as in-school branches. Please contact Sarah Wainscott at (608) 514-0086 if you would like additional postcards or have any questions.
The League's State Government Affairs Conference is Feb. 12
The League's State Government Affairs Conference will be a one day event this year, on February 12. This event provides an opportunity to ensure your credit union maintains a strong voice for its members among state lawmakers. The conference will again offer $99 registration – close to half off the regular price – for young professionals ages 35 and younger and staff with active Member’s Conduit accounts. One free registration is available to credit unions offering Payroll Deduction and another free registration is available to credit unions that add five new employees to Payroll Deduction before January 11. The CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference in Washington, D.C., will convene later in the month, Feb. 23-27.
November marks your last chance to receive 20 chances to win up to $2,500
Buy your Ca$h Calendar from the Wisconsin Credit Union Foundation at tonight’s meeting or order them in bulk to give or sell to your employees or members. For just $10, you receive 20 chances to win a total of $2,500 in cash prizes. Winners’ names will be re-entered for more chances to win! Only 2,000 calendars will be available. Contact Mary Bliss at (262) 408-6002.
Foundation funds at work: give this fall to fund future opportunities
The Wisconsin Credit Union Foundation has done great things in 2013 with your help. It provided the brass suite of financial education tools to 382 teachers at 309 Wisconsin schools. Two credit unions received REAL Solutions Initiative Grants totaling $10,000. Scholarships went to two individuals for Development Education training and for CUNA Management School. $1,000 went to credit unions affected by the Colorado flooding. This month the Foundation will also select the recipients of a $2,000 Young Professional Scholarship and a new Development Grant that can help credit unions defray the technological or operational costs of serving members. Your credit union can ensure that opportunities like this continue by making a gift as part of your League & CUNA dues invoice, coming in December. All 2013 donors will be recognized as part of our Annual Donor Fund Society.
Compliance Officer School convenes in Wisconsin Dells Nov. 20-21
Gina Carter, who heads the Credit Union Law Team for Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C. and the League’s Legal Affairs staff provide essential guidance at this year’s Compliance Officer School Nov. 20-21 in the Dells. Because of the volume and complexity of regulatory changes this past year, we’ll focus on the changes affecting credit unions the most. Whether or not you attended our fall Compliance Roundtable, you'll gain by delving into the practical aspects of this year's hottest compliance topics, including mortgage lending, appraisals, TILA/RESPA, escrow, ability-to-repay, credit scoring, risk pricing, electronic signatures, the NCUA's proposed and final rules, letters to credit unions, exam hot-buttons and more. Contact Judy Phillips at (262) 408-6020.
Hurry, while some great educational opportunities last!
There’s a full training roster this fall, with online and/or phone training focusing on escrow accounts, robbery preparedness, risk-based exams, ACH risk, closed-end real estate lending, IT security documentation, expense control, Reg.E & ACH, top 10 director questions, preventing chargebacks & losses, building a compliance program, call centers, media, ID theft and allowance for loan loss. Or, listen in on any recorded webinars you may have missed. But hurry because sessions recorded in June expire in early December. Archived webinars include a free CD, handouts, and a free webinar on the new $100 bill. Small credit unions under $20 million in assets should also claim their two free Wisconsin compliance-related webinars by year’s end. Contact Judy Phillips at (262) 408-6020 for details.
Earn income for your CU, offer members big discounts
Need income? The Invest in America program has generated income for credit unions through more than 281,000 new car loans, increases in credit and debit card usage and reimbursements for marketing a suite of member-discounted products and services. Your members can save on cars by GM, cell service from Sprint, Dell computers, Allied Van Lines, Turbo Tax & Jackson Hewitt tax Services and DIRECTV. They can even earn cash back for shopping popular retailers like Target, Best Buy, Sears, Office Depot and others using the ShopAmerica portal that encourages use of your plastic cards. You promote the discounts, your members’ usage earns you income. There’s no cost to participate. Contact Ben Schweder at (262) 408-6026.
Participate in a Tweet Chat
Join The League on the third Tuesday of each month at 11 a.m. for #WICUchat, a conversation on Twitter that addresses CU-industry topics. See the schedule at www.theleague.coop/tweet. Topics include financial literacy (Nov 19) and the CU difference (Dec. 17).
Registration is open for CU philosophy training in 2014
Registration is underway 2014 Development Education training, for which two of three sessions occur in Madison in April and September. DE training offers "CU philosophy immersion"—an in-depth look at CUs' history, global reach, and challenges. Attendees who become Development Educators (CUDEs) learn to solve pressing local problems by applying CU philosophy. DE training often helps young professionals commit to a CU career. Learn more at www.ncuf.coop. You’ll be able to apply for a Foundation scholarship to DE training beginning in January.
Compensation survey is now available
The League's 2013 Compensation Survey is available. The survey can help your CU make decisions about pay and benefits so it can attract and retain qualified staff. Credit unions that contributed to the survey should have received an email with a link to the report. Those that did not contribute to the survey can order a copy for $100. Contact Katie Liedtke at (262) 408-6017.
Watch for a survey to credit union presidents to update the Scorecard
Wisconsin credit union presidents should watch their email for a short survey intended to help us update the data and details in the Wisconsin Credit Union Scorecard. Activists share this piece with lawmakers at our state Government Affairs Conference in February. It also helps you advocate for the continued credit union tax status by explaining credit unions' member and community benefits. It's also useful to educate staff, volunteers, lawmakers, media, schools, SEGs, etc. Please contact Chad Helminak at (608) 514-0080 if you have any questions.
YP announcements (for YP Liaisons)
Save the date for our next YP Boot Camp in Milwaukee Nov. 20
Encourage young professionals age 35 and younger to register for The League’s November 20 YP Boot Camp - focusing on advocacy - at the Junior Achievement Learning Center in Milwaukee. Our past events in Wausau, La Crosse and others have attracted a packed house of young leaders looking to learn about the industry, network with peers, improve their credit union and build a credit union career. Contact Chad Helminak at (608) 514-0080 for details.
November 20 meetings discuss Money Smart Week, school financial literacy efforts
On November 20 at 10 a.m. the Pyle Center on the UW Campus in Madison, credit unions can help begin statewide planning efforts for MoneySmart Week 2014 and that afternoon receive an update from the Governor’s Council on Financial Literacy on financial education progress statewide, particularly with Wisconsin schools. If you can’t attend, add your credit union’s Money Smart Week events to the event calendar. Your event must be submitted by Feb. 5 to be included in printed promotional materials. Money Smart Week, set for April 5-12, offers great outreach to underserved/unbanked groups. RSVP to Teresa Walker at the WI Office of Financial Literacy.
Applications now being accepted for "Crash the CUNA GAC"
CUNA and the Cooperative Trust are hoping to send one young professional from each state and the District of Columbia to "Crash" the 2014 CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference, set for Feb. 23-27 in Washington, D.C. Crashers will receive a full conference registration and take part in exclusive speaker sessions and group activities. Support for travel and hotel costs is also available through The League. Visit www.crashthegac.com or contact Chad Helminak at (608) 514-0080 for more information. Applications are due Dec. 17.
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