To:  Chapter Leaders & League Directors
From:  Christine Henzig, Director of Communications
Date:  April 5, 2013

April Chapter Bulletin


Chapter Bulletin
is a monthly publication of The Wisconsin Credit Union League (Communications Department) published September through April. League directors and chapter leaders 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:
Christine Henzig, Director of Communications
(262) 408-6019


Straight from the Source: CUNA-led CULAC and Payroll Deduction Session in May
On Thursday May 2, two members of CUNA’s Senior Political Affairs staff from Washington, D.C. will be in Wisconsin to discuss opportunities to increase credit unions' political clout through Payroll Deduction and creative ways credit union employees can contribute to this effort at their own comfort level.  The session, which will include a short presentation and round table discussion, will be held at the Credit Union House (1 E. Main St. Suite 101, Madison) on May 2 from 10:30 a.m. to noon.  Be sure your credit union has a representative present to take advantage of this unique opportunity to learn and share ideas with Senior CUNA staff. Contact Sarah Wainscott (608) 514-0086 with questions or to RSVP.

League Convention May 8-11 explains  CU growth campaign: 'Unite for Good'
CUNA introduced at its Governmental Affairs Conference a vision for credit union growth nationwide: 50 million consumers choosing credit unions as their primary financial institution; and $20 billion in quantifiable member benefits by 2023. This vision, developed by CUNA in partnership with its board, league presidents, system partners and credit unions, can be achieved by proving that credit unions are consumers' best financial partner.  The "Unite for Good" campaign, while not an advertising effort per se, taps credit unions' shared focus on members, community involvement and financial well-being to make credit unions the obvious, values-based choice when consumers choose a financial institution. A membership address Thursday, May 9 at The League's Convention in the Dells will invite Wisconsin credit unions to lead this nationwide effort and outline action steps for CU action.

Hurry - we're filling up fast for The League's May Convention!
Convention, set for May 8-11 in the Wisconsin Dells, offers credit unions four full days of learning, netwokring and entertainment for less than you'd expect to pay for one single industry event anywhere else! Visit www.theleague.coop/Convention2013 to register and get reduced rate lodging. Highlights include:

  • A fantastic speaker lineup. Speakers include the marketing mastermind for Starbucks and Whole Foods, the social media innovator whose young adult marekting campaign added 100,000 new members to credit unions, a local professor who has analyzed the Greek financial crisis, a top retired Marine Corp Colonel who spent 24 hours aiding the White House's response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and the former CUNA Chair Harriet May and current CUNA Chair Pat Wesenberg addressing our theme, "Unite for Good."

  • A Conversation and Meet & Greet with former Green Bay Packer Mark Tauscher.

  • Exclusive sessions for CEOs, Directors and Chairmen. Topics include ALM, the exam process, directors' compliance essentials, Enterprise Risk Management, a Corporate Central update and using consumer insights to drive business success. An exclusive Diretor & Chairmen's Circle offers guidance to help board leaders make the decisions that must be made independent of ths CEO, including risk management, political advocacy, guarding compensation data, liability issues, recruitment and more.

  • Breakout sessions for staff at all levels of operation. Topics include All Things Mobile (alerts, payments, remote deposit & security), engaging young CU employees for life, measuring & magnifying member satisfaction, the latest mortgage lending compliance changes, employment law essentials, getting your message through to Gen Y & Millennials, reducing loan losses, website improvements that yield maximum benefits for the money and an economic update.

  • Great networking & camaraderie. Entertainment & special events include a welcome reception, Charity Golf Open for CMN Hospitals, a Wisconsin Credit Union Foundation raffle, chapter leaders' CMN Hospital recognition breakfast, a special ticketed lunch that showcases the nation's largest & most successful social media effort to capture young adult members, our WCULAF silent auction, Members' Conduit Lunch, Taste of Bavaria winery tour, night at the resort's Kahunaville nightclub and a special ticketed Dinner & Laughs with nationally acclaimed comedian Greg Hahn.

Donate Items for WCULAF Auction at Convention
Your Convention Auction is your venue to have fun while strengthening the Wisconsin credit union movement.  The League and each Chapter are currently collecting donations of items of any size and price to be auctioned off to benefit the Wisconsin Credit Union Legislative Action Fund.  Please inform your Chapter president, or Sarah Wainscott at The League, if there is an item you, your business partners, staff or volunteers would like to contribute to enhance credit union advocacy. The Silent Auction will be held from 3:30 to 7 p.m. on Thursday May 9.  There are items to fit everyone’s pocketbook and new this year:  Individuals that place bids over $25 will be placed in a raffle for two unique prizes! For more information, contact Sarah Wainscott at (608) 514-0086..

CU Magazine features Wisconsin's Compliance Specialist Program
Credit Union Magazine's April issue features The League Services Corp's Compliance Specialist Program, a staff-sharing program that lets credit unions of any size or budget access expert, league-trained, state-specific compliance help. The service, which taps the compliance resources The League has amassed over decades, has helped credit unions implement workload at a fraction of what it would cost to hire the needed expertise independently. The article described the program as cost-effective collaboration and featured praise by several of the 23 Wisconsin credit unions using the program. Contact Jo Whiting at (262) 408-6044.

Don't miss these League trainings in May!
Our calendar includes: proven Gen Y strategies for success, contract negotiation and what vendors don't want you to know, IT crisis management (business continuity, disaster recovery & incident response), handling objections, understanding ALLL for directors, completing and filing financial statements (including UCC Article 9 rule changes effective 7/1), bankruptcy, Bank Secrecy & OFAC update, lifestyle lending, Money Mission, FFIEC guidance on cloud computing, the branch of the future, when is an item payable (stop payments, return items and more), and collections. Register by contacting Judy Phillips at (262) 408-6020.

Collections Seminar May 29 helps you protect your asssets and minimize cost risks
This one-day session May 29 in Pewaukee offers strategies to collecte debts faster, protect your assets more effectively and minimize the risk of costly lawsuits, fines and judgments levied against you, whether you collect primarily from members or businesses. You'll learn what steps to take prior to filing an action (money or replevin), how to file the action and obtain a judgment, and what options you need post-judgment. Delve into self-help reposessions, foreclosures and deeds-in-lieu of foreclosure and small claims actions. You'll also have a better grasp on the requirements of the Wisconsin Consumer Act and Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and benefit from a panel discussion on what practices work best. Register by contacting Judy Phillips at (262) 408-6020.

Apply by April 30 for a Scholarship to CUNA Management School
CUNA Management School, the credit union movement's longest-running high-level education program, convenes in Madison each July. It's your chance to invest in your career! And now, if you apply by April 30, you can do so with up to $2,000 of financial aid from the Wisconsin Credit Union Foundation. Additional aid is available thanks to generous support from CUNA Mutual Group, CUNA, and past program graduates. Contact Mary Bliss for more information.

Help us honor retirees and 50-year milestones at Convention
During Convention, May 8-11 in Wisconsin Dells, your League will again have a slide presentation prior to the Thursday membership address that will recognize credit union presidents or directors who are retiring between June 2012 and June 2013 with at least 25 years of service and any employee or volunteer with 50 years in the movement. Honorees need not be present. Send your information and a color photo by April 30 to Karen Raether or call her at (262) 408-6021.

Create a lasting legacy with a Memorial or Tribute from The Foundation
The Wisconsin Credit Union Foundation offers 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. Give a memorial or tribute gift today.

Sponsor a teacher or employee at this summer's Institute
Online registration is open for the National Institute of Financial & Economic Literacy in Madison. Credit unions sponsor the attendance of local high school teachers at this summer workshop to help them improve their financial lessons for students. If you have a school branch it's another way to deepen your relationship and if not, to create a relationship, with educators. Or, sponsor an employee who focuses on financial education efforts. The cost, at just $300, is a bargain. The League has a sample press release you can use to tout your sponsorship with media. Contact Chad Helminak at (262) 408-6012.

Free webinars explain how Money Mission® can attract younger members
Looking to attract young members? Then use The League Services Corp.'s Money Mission®, an interactive, web-based simulation that educates teens on the fundamentals of personal finance. The game, which offers a chance to win state-level scholarships, introduces area youth to credit unions, drives traffic to the credit union's website and opens a line of communication by which credit unions can create lasting relationships with younger members. Participate in a free webinar April 22 or May 20 to learn more. Contact Ben Schweder at (262) 408-6026.

Convention CRASHERS chosen, all YPs receive $99 Convention deal
Twelve Young Professionals from Wisconsin age 35 and under have been chosen from a pool of 20 applicants to CRASH The League's May Convention in the Dells, covering nearly all their expenses. Thank you, League Services Corp, CUNA Mutual Group and Money Mission® for your sponsorship that makes this possible!  Don't forget that ALL Young Professionals can register for Convention for just $99!

April YP Boot Camp in Madison attracts 60+ participants
The League's April 17 YP Boot Camp in Madison is convening more than 60 Young Professionals for networking, learning about the movement and its system partners, and a full afternoon of mentoring for YPs by seasoned CU pros according to their role at the CU. Career-minded staff and volunteers under age 35 can join the YP Network free – or look for another upcoming Boot Camp opportunity or local meetup – at www.wisconsinypnetwork.org. Questions? Contact Chad Helminak at (608) 514-0080.



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