Chapter Leaders
Melissa Wittig, Member Communication Specialist
November 6, 2008
November 2008 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 Wittig, Member Communication Specialist
(800) 242-0833, Ext.

League staff move into permanent office space in Pewaukee
With renovations complete, League staff moved into their permanent space in the Pewaukee office in October. Up until recently, staff had been occupying temporary space in the west side of the building while the permanent space was being renovated.

The League decided to downsize its office after the number of League staff had diminished over the years, making the building too large for its current and future needs. The League sold the building to the LaMacchia Group, LLC, last summer, with the agreement to lease back a third of the building’s space.

While the interior has changed, the entrance is still located where the original main entrance had been. The League also has a new address to reflect its new suite number; as the remainder of the building will be divided into suites that will also be leased. The League’s new address is: N25 W23131 Paul Road, Suite 500, Pewaukee, WI, 53072.

Twenty-eight staff members are located in the Pewaukee office, while five staff members hold offices exclusively in the Credit Union House in Madison. Those located in Madison include: 

  • Chad Helminak, Public Relations Specialist;
  • Jill Weber, Director of Member Solutions;
  • Lindsay Krumsee, Government Affairs Specialist;
  • Jim Drogue, Vice President of Credit Union Development;
  • Tom Liebe, Vice President of Government Affairs.

The newly renovated Pewaukee office, while smaller, still has desk space available for Madison staff to use. The Madison office will also have workspace for staff from Pewaukee. 

Brett Thompson, President & CEO, and Jo Whiting, Executive Vice President/Chief Advocacy Officer, will have offices in both locations. 

All League staff, no matter their office location, can be reached by calling The League’s main number at (262) 549-0200 or (800) 242-0833.

Did you miss the EdVest webinar? Watch it online!
The EdVest webinar is now available online! The 45-minute webinar can be accessed by visiting and will be available through January 28, 2009. Don’t miss your chance to learn more about this great new REAL Solution that gives Wisconsin consumers the opportunity to access Wisconsin credit unions’ most competitive rates as part of a long-term, state sponsored college savings plan. EdVest also lets credit unions hold some of the plan’s invested funds.

PSAs, updated talking points now available on League's Safe and Secure webpage
The League has made available a radio script and recorded 15- and 30-second Public Service Announcements (PSAs) that credit unions can use on the radio or as its "message on hold" phone announcement. The PSAs explain that members should feel safe when depositing their money in a federally-insured credit union. The League has also updated talking points that can be used by credit unions to answer media and member questions about the safety and soundness of credit unions. These resources, including many others, can be found on The League's "Safe and Secure" webpage.

New number to call for answers to compliance questions
Credit unions have a new number to call when they’re seeking an answer to a compliance question. The direct line, (262) 408-6099, rings phones for all four compliance staff to ensure a speedy pickup, and if necessary, forwards your voicemail to the staff as part of an e-mail. As always, compliance staff can also be reached individually by either phone or email.

Learn about IT Security Exams, Regulation B and Lending to Young Adults and Hispanics at upcoming QuickBites
QuickBites Telephone Conferences, which are co-sponsored by The Wisconsin Credit Union League and the Illinois Credit Union System, offer credit union professionals a convenient way to receive training without having to leave their office. Upcoming conferences include:

  • Preparing for your IT Security Exam, Nov. 20.  Find out what examiners will be looking for during your next IT Security Exam. Learn what should be in a comprehensive, proactive security program and how to prepare for your next IT security examination.

  • Regulation B, Dec. 2. Learn how to guard against unlawful discrimination in the lending process.

  • Lending to Young Adults and Hispanics, Dec. 8. Learn how to safely and profitably serve young adults and Hispanics with loans.

Network at the Large Credit Union Roundtable Dec. 4-5
The League's Large Credit Union Roundtable, for asset sizes over $100 million, will be held Dec. 4-5 at Glacier Canyon Lodge at the Wilderness Resort in Wisconsin Dells. The Roundtables are a great way for credit unions to network, share information with credit unions of a similar asset size and discuss service ideas and implementations.

Help students achieve their dream of going to college by posting your credit union scholarships today!
The school year is well underway and students will soon be preparing their college applications and thinking about financial aid. Now is the perfect time to enter or update your credit union’s scholarship information in the  brass|STUDENT PROGRAM's Credit Unions for College Database. Register or login at the
brass|STUDENT PROGRAM website to begin the process. If you have an account but have forgotten the password, you can request a new one on the site. For more information, contact
Brady Sahnow at brass

Sponsor a local teacher for the 2009 National Institute of Financial and Economic Literacy!
Plan early to sponsor a teacher for the 2009 National Institute of Financial and Economic Literacy – week-long workshops that instruct educators how to teach young people the basics of personal finance. These popular workshops, which take place on the Edgewood College campus in Madison, are your chance to help young people build a financially solvent future. Teacher sponsorship for each full week costs $225 – a bargain! – and includes lodging, meals and the teacher’s registration. Wisconsin credit unions sponsor a majority of the event’s attendees. The League has sponsored the Institute since its inception in 2001.

Become a part of The Foundation’s history by joining the Founder’s Circle
Help ensure the future vitality of The Wisconsin Credit Union Foundation by making a contribution by Feb. 28, 2009, and become a member of the Founder’s Circle. The Founder’s Circle recognizes individual, corporate and credit union donors (the latter by asset size) for gifts ranging from $250 to $25,000, making it accessible for everyone. And since The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit entity, donations are tax deductible.  The Foundation promotes the growth and health of credit unions through credit union development, assists with the educational needs of credit union staff and volunteers, supports programming designed to enhance financial literacy of the public and aids the credit union system in times of need.

Act now to participate in Free Tax Preparation Assistance for 2009
If your credit union wants to offer free tax assistance to low-income filers in early 2009 please alert The League now. While credit unions can express interest in receiving more information about the effort any time, those who wish to be active participants for this tax season must get involved now. In the fall we match credit unions with partner tax assistance sites and provide the background, training, communication materials and more to help make your involvement a success. The credit unions whose names we have this fall will determine the scope of our program, so don’t wait. For more information, visit or contact Jim Drogue.

State GAC is the optimal time to grow pro-credit union relationships with new and continuing lawmakers
The State Government Affairs Conference, Jan. 20-21, is the perfect time to build and strengthen pro-credit union relationships with continuing and new lawmakers who were elected during this month's election. Make sure your budget provides for sending at least one representative to the conference or get a scholarship from The League to ensure you can meet with these new lawmakers. Because of the growing popularity of this conference, it will be held in a new, larger location -- the Monona Terrace in Madison. Also make sure to book your room early at the Hilton Madison Monona Terrace.

Mark your calendars for National Credit Union Youth Week
It's never too early to start planning! Next year's National Credit Union Youth Week is scheduled to take place April 19-25, 2009.

Let your members know your credit union has loan options available with The Credit Union Story™
As consumers struggle to find loans during the current credit crunch, it is important for them to know that they can still get a loan at your credit union. Share this message and many more with The League Marketing Agency's marketing campaign, The Credit Union Story™. This fully customizable campaign, which uses member testimonials to explain the value of your services, is the marketing solution for credit unions of all sizes and fields of membership to effectively compete in the marketplace in 2009. For more information, contact the League Marketing Agency at (800) 242-0833 or visit

Attend These Seminars
The League will hold seminars on the following topics in December: Regulation B and Lending to Young Adults/Hispanics. For more information on these and more, visit


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Pewaukee, WI  53072-5779

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(800) 242-0833
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