Chapter Leaders
Melissa Polley, Member Communication Specialist
March 9, 2010
March 2010 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 Polley, Member Communications Specialist
(800) 242-0833, Ext.

Activists advocate for a raise in Member Business Lending cap

Legislation to raise the Member Business Lending (MBL) cap has been gaining steam after Activists advocated for the bill during the CUNA GAC last month. There is currently legislation pending in both houses of Congress that would allow credit unions to lend as much as 25% of their total assets to members that own small businesses and would raise the "de minimis" threshold related to these loans to $250,000. After meetings held during the CUNA GAC, U.S. Representative Steve Kagen joined U.S. Representative Tammy Baldwin and U.S. Representative Tom Petri as co-sponsors of the bill. If you haven't already done so, please use the link on The League's homepage to make your contact to officials in Washington today!

Help fill The Leagueís new advocacy website with content
The League is seeking help from credit unions to provide stories on video for its new advocacy tool, the REAL Solutions "For A Reason" website.  The content, which is organized by chapter using a clickable map on the front page, consists of video testimonials from CU staff, volunteers and members, as well as news stories and images detailing credit union outreach. The site will be used to educate lawmakers on how credit unions are making a difference in the communities they serve. Through March and early April, League staff will be coordinating video opportunities with credit unions through the chapter system to film new content. These videos need only be a minute or two and could be even shorter - a non-glitzy, casual explanation of how your credit unionís efforts impact your membersí lives, communities or local youth. At any time you are welcome to provide (or arrange with us to take) a short clip that shows the very personal, meaningful impact your help has had in a memberís life. The clips can be you, another staff person or even a member.
If you are interested in sharing a story, please contact Chad Helminak, Web Producer and Media Relations Manager at (800) 242-0833, Ext. 6012, as soon as possible to coordinate a video shoot with a League representative.

Gill, Lowney re-elected to League Board by acclamation

Jack Gill, President of First Community Credit Union of Beloit, and Pat Lowney, President of Lakeview Credit Union, were both re-elected to The League Board for Region 2 and Region 4, respectively. The two were re-elected by acclamation after no other nomination papers were submitted. Learn more about the directors that represent you on The League Board by visiting The Leagueís Leadership webpage.

Join us in celebrating Main Street at The League's 2010 Annual Convention, May 12-15
Revitalize your dedication to your members and community by joining us at The League's 2010 Annual Convention, May 12-15, in Green Bay, where we'll be celebrating Main Street. This year's convention theme is "Main Street: Community Matters," which reflects how credit unions serve members not Wall Street. This year's convention is packed full of speakers and educational sessions that will provide insights to help your credit union continue to serve your members and community. Speakers include Debbie Matz, Chair of the National Credit Union Administration, who will address the challenges facing credit unions today, while Barry Alvarez, NCAA Coaching & Wisconsin Badger Athletics legend, will talk about creating a leadership legacy. Educational sessions will provide insights on topics including lending, marketing, innovative strategy, credit union trends, risk management and changing roles for the board.
For more information on any of these educational opportunities or to register, contact Judy Phillips, Program Assistant & Database Administrator, at (800) 242-0833, Ext. 6020.

The League helps Directors stay educated through expanded training opportunities
The League has rolled out another set of educational opportunities to help Directors stay informed so that they can make the best decisions for their credit union. Through our On-Line Training Academy, The League is offering an overview of the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) for Directors
in the form of a recorded webinar. Our Directors' Webinar Series also provides pertinent information to help better guide directors in their roles and responsibilities. For more information on any of these educational opportunities or to register, contact Judy Phillips, Program Assistant & Database Administrator, at (800) 242-0833, Ext. 6020.

Plan for 2010 Youth Week, April 18-24, with tools from CUNA, The League

Tap into the resources from CUNA and The League to help make your credit unionís 2010 National Credit Union Youth Week events a success! CUNA offers credit union success stories from past years that can be used to brainstorm event ideas, as well as other resources to help in your planning efforts. Also, donít forget to include the National Credit Union Savings Challenge, which runs throughout April, in your credit unionís plans. The League has created a sample press release, which can be found on the REAL Solutionsģ Sample Communications page under financial education, that can be used to promote your credit unionís participation in this yearís challenge. Last year, more than 6,500 youth deposited $383,503 in credit union accounts as part of the challenge. Thatís close to $60 saved per participant! Participating Wisconsin credit unions also opened more than 430 new youth accounts.

Become a resource within your community Ė Participate in a Money Conference
Difficult economic times have reminded people of the importance of good financial habits. Because of this, people are seeking financial resources to help them make good financial moves. Become a resource by participating in a local Money Conference. Money Conferences are full-day, nonprofit events that invite adults, youngsters and teens to learn a full range of financial concepts, such as use of credit, saving, investing and more from high-quality presenters. The Conferences, which have several organizational sponsors, target mid- to low-income adults and their children. Upcoming Money Conferences include Shawano/Menominee Financial Wellness Conference at Menominee Indian High School, March 27; Milwaukee Money Conference at Manpower Headquarters (downtown Milwaukee), May 8; Red Cliff/Bayfield Financial Wellness Conference at Bayfield School, May 22; Madison Money Conference, location TBA, Aug. 14; Wausau Money Conference at Northcentral Technical College, Oct. 2; Fox Cities Money Conference at Fox Valley Technical College, Oct. 23; and Racine/Kenosha Money Conference at Gateway Technical College, Nov. 20. For more information, contact Richard Entenmann at (608) 663-6332 or

The National Institute fills up fast Ė Sponsor a teacher or register yourself

The ever popular National Institute of Financial & Economic Literacy always fills up fast. Thatís why itís important to consider sponsoring a teacher now! Credit unions can also send a staff member to these week-long workshops
that teach attendees how to educate young people about the basics of personal finance. Each workshop, conveniently located close to home at Edgewood College in Madison, is a bargain at only $225 for each full week. These popular workshops, which have primarily attracted teachers from Wisconsin schools, aim to give attendees a better understanding of personal finance issues so they can present the issues more thoroughly to others. Wisconsin credit unions have sponsored teachers each year, while The League has provided financial support for the sessions since their inception in 2001.

Attend these seminars
The League's April seminars will focus on
financial counseling for loan officers, lending to small businesses, organization accounts, bankruptcy and more. Visit


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