Chapter Leaders
Melissa Wittig, Member Communication Specialist
April 7, 2009
April 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.

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

League’s 75th Annual Convention provides opportunities for Young Professionals
The League's 75th Annual Convention is the perfect time for young professionals to get more involved in the credit union movement. And now it’s even easier because The League is allowing every credit union to bring up to three staff or volunteers under the age of 35 to the Convention for free!

Young professionals in attendance will also get the exclusive opportunity to participate in a Young Professionals Lunch on Thursday. The lunch will give young professionals a chance to network with their peers from around the state, as well as a chance to get to know various leaders in the industry. The League's Young Professionals Council will also share information about its initiatives to reach out to young adults and increase their involvement in the movement.

Other planned events that may interest young professionals, as well as other attendees, include:

  • Information sessions – Thursday morning. Learn about topics important to you, including how to treat your members to celebrity status and turning your branch green.
  • The League Annual Meeting – Thursday. Get a new understanding of the inner workings of the movement during this important meeting.
  • Exhibit Hall – Thursday afternoon. Meet with a wide variety of vendors and offer your credit union insight into the vendors that could best serve members.
  • Corporate Central Credit Union & The League Member Appreciation Harley-Davidson Museum Reception – Thursday night. Connect with credit union staff and volunteers from around the state.
  • Activist training – Friday. Learn about the importance of continued advocacy to the movement or build upon your existing Activist skills.
  • Educational Sessions – Friday. Get insight into important topics affecting credit unions, as well as learn useful tips to help your credit union use social networking to its advantage.
  • Closing session speaker Donald Driver – Saturday. Driver will share his personal insights on teamwork, hard work and beating life's challenges.

Find out more by visiting The League’s 75th Annual Convention website at

2009 Teachers Institute open to credit union staff and volunteers
Credit union staff and volunteers can also take part in the 2009 National Institute of Financial and Economic Literacy, week-long workshops that instruct educators on how to teach young people the basics of personal finance. While these workshops have always attracted a majority of teachers from Wisconsin schools, educators from within credit unions can also participate. These popular workshops often fill up quickly. The workshops, which take place on the Edgewood College campus in Madison, are a bargain at only $225 for each full week. Contact The League if you'd like to be a sponsor. Or, identify a teacher, credit union staff person or volunteer who could benefit by attending and pay their way this year! Wisconsin credit unions sponsor a majority of the event's attendees, while The League has sponsored the workshops since their inception in 2001.

League Director elections still ongoing in some regions and asset classes

Election results are in for all but one League director race in Region 5, after none of the three candidates in that race received a majority vote. The region's top two candidates, Paul Grinde of CoVantage Credit Union and Mike Mallow of Sheboygan Area Credit Union, will now participate in a special runoff election. Credit unions in that region have been mailed ballots that must be returned to The League by April 15.

Newly elected directors include:

  • Class A (less than $20 million in assets). Carol Pecsi, First Credit Union
  • Class B ($20 to $100 million in assets). Kimberly Youngblood, Focus Credit Union.
  • Class C ($100-$500 million in assets). Daryl Gessler of Connexus Credit Union
  • Class D (over $500 million in assets). Paul Kundert of University of Wisconsin Credit Union
  • Region 1. Kevin Hauser of Westby Co-op Credit Union
  • Region 2. Jack Gill of First Community Credit Union of Beloit
  • Region 3. Jennifer Schilling of Empower Credit Union
  • Region 4. Patrick Lowney, Lakeview Credit Union

All nine directors will assume their role on The League Board at its meeting during the 75th annual Convention this May. Visit The League's website for the final results!

Filene offers small credit unions free or discounted access to its innovation library
Small credit unions can take advantage of a great deal from the Filene Research Institute that gives credit unions with assets below $50 million unlimited access to Filene's innovation library at a discounted price or even for free! Visit to find out more!

Prevent record keeping mistakes by attending The League's Record Keeping Seminar May 13
Learn the legal and practical information you need to know to ensure your credit union is in compliance with federal and state record keeping laws during The League's Record Keeping seminar from 9 a.m. to noon May 13. The League's Executive Vice President and Chief Advocacy Officer Joanne Whiting will also show you how to best address the record keeping challenges you face every day.

Make your members the centerpiece of your collections efforts with tips from the Innovative Collections seminar
Want to create an effective collections program that centers on member service? Find out how by attending The League's Innovative Collections Seminar May 27 at the Kalahari Resort & Convention Center in Wisconsin Dells. This full-day seminar will help you build your practical experience and creative tools for assisting members in financial need while creating a more effective collections process within your credit union.

Consumers invest more than $3.2 million into credit union through the EdVest college savings plan
Twenty-three credit unions are holding $3.2 million as part of a new CD option called EdVest, Wisconsin credit unions' newest REAL Solution. EdVest allows Wisconsin consumers to plan for future educational opportunities while also gaining access to credit unions' most competitive rates as part of a long-term, state sponsored college savings plan called EdVest. The program even allows credit unions to hold some of the plan's invested funds, even though holding funds is not required to market this asset-building opportunity to members. Find out more or access free marketing materials by visiting

WOCCU's 2009 Hispanic Marketing Immersion Program gives new perspective on Hispanic members
he 2009 Hispanic Marketing Immersion Program, provided by the World Council of Credit Unions, offers credit union staff and executives the opportunity to become fully immersed in Mexico’s rich culture while working within the country's credit unions and exploring their marketing strategies. This year's program will begin Sept. 19. Register by June 15 by visiting

Foundation surpasses fundraising goal thanks to Founder’s Circle donations
The Wisconsin Credit Union Foundation, with the help of its Founder’s Circle, surpassed its fundraising goal by raising $480,848. The Founder’s Circle donations, combined with additional contributions made over the last few months brings the Foundation’s grand total to $489,862! The generous spirit of those who have made contributions to the Foundation, despite hard times, shows their commitment to the future
growth and health of the credit union movement. The Foundation was established in 2007 to support credit union development, the education of credit union staff and volunteers, financial literacy efforts and the credit union system in times of need. Visit for more information.

Visit The League's Corporate Stabilization page online
The NCUA's Corporate Stabilization Program evolves daily, with new information available to help credit unions understand, communicate and account for the costs associated with the replenishment of credit unions' insurance fund. Get what you need by visiting We're updating this page constantly to bring you the latest news, tools and resources, including talking points and other sample communications for use with a variety of audiences, including members and media. Visit the site often - there's a banner link to it on our homepage.

League's 2008 Annual Report a new tool for advocacy
Show lawmakers, community leaders, members and others how well Wisconsin credit unions are doing during this troubled economy by sharing the Wisconsin Credit Unions 2008 Annual Report. The report, which explains how Wisconsin credit unions delivered value to their communities and to their 2.2 million members in 2008, can be ordered by contacting  Cathy Bosch, Office Services Manager, at (800) 242-0833, Ext. 6003.

Attend these seminars
The League's May seminars will focus on
internal security, trusts, POAs and other special accounts, collections, record keeping, website growth, youth accounts and more. For more information on these and more, visit


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