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Chapter Leaders
Melissa Wittig, Member Communication Specialist
January 6, 2009
 
 
January 2009 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.

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

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

Nominations being accepted for The League’s 2009-'10 Board of Directors
The League is accepting nomination forms through Feb. 15 for its 2009-'10 Board of Directors. With the approval of the redistricting plan at the 2008 Annual Convention, the board has been downsized from 15 members to nine and all seats are currently up for election. Another change will be that  board members will no longer be elected strictly by district, instead five directors will now be elected by geographic locations called regions and four will be elected by asset size. The asset size or class categories include: 

  • Class A: Less than $20 million in assets
  • Class B: $20 million to $100 million in assets.
  • Class C: $100 million to $500 million in assets.
  • Class D: More than $500 million in assets.

Those seeking nomination should request forms from Karen Raether at (262) 408-6021 or (800) 242-0833. Forms must be returned by mail by Feb. 15.

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 recently-elected lawmakers. 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 Hilton Monona Terrace in Madison. Credit unions that were participating in the Payroll Deduction program as of Jan. 5 can receive one free registration for the conference.

Save the date! Attend an open house at The League’s newly renovated Pewaukee office on Feb. 17
The League will hold an open house from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tues., Feb. 17, at its newly renovated Pewaukee office.

New in 2009, small credit unions to receive two complimentary Keys to Compliance webinar sessions
New this year, credit unions with $20 million or less in assets will receive two complimentary sessions of the 2009 Keys to Compliance webinar series, the next of which will be held on the Wisconsin Consumer Act on Feb. 3. This webinar will teach you what loans are covered by the Wisconsin Consumer Act, as well as default and debt collections, limits on practices and more. The League's Keys to Compliance 2009 Webinar Series provides an overview of essential compliance and employment law issues that affect credit union operations and human resources. The series covers many state and federal laws, emphasizing practical solutions and common legal issues.
To make these webinars even more convenient, each session will be archived for up to 90 days after the session’s date.

HR Roundtable will keep you up-to-date on employment law to help you in 2009
Get up-to-date on several new federal and state laws that take effect in early 2009 during the HR Roundtable Feb. 4 at the Best Western Bridgewood Resort Hotel in Neenah. The Roundtable will also provide additional new guidance applicable to credit unions regarding wages and hours, pregnancy discrimination, disabled veterans returning to work, whistle blowing and more. A roundtable discussion will also be held that will allow credit unions to discuss HR issues directly affecting their operations.

Learn everything you need to know about IRAs at February workshop
Learn everything you need to know about Individual Retirement Accounts including contributions, distributions, transfers and rollovers and tax reporting at the IRA Essentials & Advanced workshop Feb. 10 & 11 at the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel in Appleton. The two-day workshop will help you build
a solid foundation of IRA essentials, while the second day will cover more advanced topics to help you address some of the more complex IRA issues.

Celebrate two important credit union anniversaries at The League's 75th Annual Convention in May
Help us celebrate The League’s 75th Anniversary and credit unions’ 100th Anniversary by attending the 75th Annual Convention, May 6-9, 2009, at the Midwest Airlines Center in Milwaukee. As usual, expect a great line-up filled with speakers and events – including a tour and reception at the new Harley-Davidson Museum! Watch for more information in the coming weeks, but plan now to order your celebratory materials in time for your annual meeting!


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 www.theleague.coop/edvestwebinar 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. Holding EdVest funds is not required to market this asset-building opportunity to members.

PSAs, talking points available on The 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) 408-6098, 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 email. As always, compliance staff can also be reached individually by either phone or email.

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.

Mark your calendars for National Credit Union Youth Week
This year's National Credit Union Youth Week is scheduled to take place April 19-25, 2009. And plan to participate in the Youth Savings Challenge. Last year, Wisconsin credit unions' young savers stashed more than $
185,300 in savings as part of the event.

Tell stories of how your credit union has helped members through this economy to build goodwill and membership
As consumers struggle with job loss, uncertainty and finding loans, it is important for them to know that your credit union is willing to help. Telling real stories of how your credit union came to the aid of a member is a powerful way to build the goodwill and loyalty that will carry the credit union into better times.
The League Marketing Agency's marketing campaign, The Credit Union Story™ is an ideal campaign to carry out this message. Its purpose is to use member testimonials to explain the value of your services and is suitable 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 www.thecustory.com.

Attend These Seminars
The League will hold seminars on the following topics in December: Wisconsin Consumer Act, IRA Essentials & Advanced,
Netiquette, Loan Officer Protocol and Disaster Recovery. For more information on these and more, visit www.theleague.coop/calendar.

 
 

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