To: 

Chapter Leaders
From:  Melissa Polley, Member Communications Specialist
Date:  October 11, 2011

October 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.

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

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

The Foundation's Ca$h Calendar raffle is back! Earn 21 chances to win up to $2,500
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! Only 2,000 calendars will be available. Calendars will be sold during Chapter meetings and are also available to be purchased in bulk if credit unions would like to sell them to staff. Proceeds benefit Foundation programs. For more information, contact Mary Bliss at (800) 242-0833, Ext. 6002.

Consumer Lending Workshop designed for all experience levels
The League's Consumer Lending Workshop, Nov. 16 & 17 at the Kalahari Resort & Convention Center in Wisconsin Dells, has something for everyone. Day 1 is designed specifically for frontline staff to provide them with a solid foundation of lending knowledge and tools. Topics include how the economy impacts credit unions, how to be proactive and capture more loans, how to read a credit report, how credit reports can be used to build member loyalty and more! Day 2 is geared toward more experienced loan officers, loan managers and CEOs with lessons on how to make better loan decisions, increase revenue and profitability and improve membership growth and retention. Topics include how to drive proactive lending strategies, how to create and live your lending "brand," creative marketing strategies and more! To register, contact Judy Phillips at (800) 242-0833, Ext. 6020.

Get a look at what's ahead for mortgage lending at Nov. 16 webinar
See how the world of mortgage lending has evolved in the past few years and find out what's ahead during the last of The League's 2011 Mortgage Lending Webinars Series, entitled "What's behind and what’s ahead for mortgage lending" on Nov. 16. The webinar will cover trends in the marketplace, compliance, regulations, interest rate outlooks and more. Missed an earlier webinar or can't make the live session? All webinars are available for purchase via an On-Demand Web Link for $189. The link will be active for up to six months from the live session.

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 early.

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
When Wisconsin consumers visit www.asmarterchoice.org looking for more information about credit unions in their area, will your information be adequate to ensure they know whether they’re eligible to join your credit union? The site, which offers basic information about U.S. credit unions including those in Wisconsin, allows credit unions to make available to consumers more detailed information about their membership eligibility requirements and more. If your credit union has not updated this information it is missing the opportunity to reach out to and gain new members from the hundreds of Wisconsin consumers who visit the website each month. In the month of August alone, the site saw 222 visitors from Wisconsin and 16,808 nationally. So what are you waiting for? So far 91 Wisconsin credit unions have made updates to their credit union’s information. If you have misplaced your username and password, which were sent to all Wisconsin credit union presidents in April, or if you have questions, please contact Dawn Scarce at (800) 242-0833. 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
What better way to connect 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. The recipient of your thoughtful gift will receive a special card of honor with your name as the benefactor, and will be recognized in The Foundation annual report. Memorial or tribute gifts totaling $500 or more will be recognized at The League Annual Convention during the year in which the gift was established. 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.

Save the date for the The League's State Government Affairs Conference Jan. 24
The League's State Government Affairs Conference, Jan. 24, will be here sooner than you think. The 2012 event will usher in a new structure that will shift the event from a two-day session to one on non-election years. Be sure your budget provides for sending at least one representative to the conference. This is Wisconsin credit unions' premier opportunity to build pro-credit union relationships with lawmakers. If you would like to help others attend this conference, contact The League's Government Affairs Department at (800) 242-0833.

Attend these seminars
The League's November educational sessions will focus on small business banking, credit risk and allowance for loan loss, conducting your 2011 ACH audit, identity theft, robbery preparedness, consumer lending, mortgage lending and more. Visit www.theleague.coop/calendar.

WI & NY young credit union professionals network, idea share & give back during first-of-its-kind September event
Nearly 40 young credit union professionals from Wisconsin and New York gathered in Madison in September to network and share ideas for innovation. Attendees visited the CUNA campus and met with leaders from CUNA, CUNA Mutual Group, National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF), World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU), and Filene, who talked about the role each organization plays in the credit union system. The group also visited the headquarters of both the University of Wisconsin and Summit credit unions. They also took part in an idea sharing session at the Credit Union House, where they discussed innovation and best practices from their credit unions. The group also spent time volunteering at Second Harvest Food Bank. As a team, they helped to prepare 2,200 lbs of produce for local food shelters and soup kitchens – the equivalent of 1,833 meals.

Young professional events planned as part of The League's January State Government Affairs Conference

Young credit union professionals will get an extra opportunity to grow their advocacy skills during events planned especially for them on Monday, Jan. 23, prior to The League's State Government Affairs Conference on Jan. 24. Young professionals planning to attend both days of events will also be able to take advantage of a discounted price on hotel rooms for Monday night. More details to come.

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 www.theleague.coop/ypnetwork


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