Chapter Leaders
Melissa Polley, Member Communications Specialist
November 9, 2010
November 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. 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.

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

Elections results make it even more important to attend The League's State Government Affairs Conference Jan. 25-26
With a total of 37 newly elected state lawmakers, its more important than ever to attend The League's
State Government Affairs Conference, Jan. 25-26, because it will be our first opportunity to show them the value credit unions provide to members and the community. Make sure you're there to help build important pro-credit union relationships with lawmakers that will ultimately help to strengthen the movement.

Money Mission goes national with CUNA partnership

The League Services Corp. and the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) have joined together to provide Money Mission – an interactive, web-based simulation designed to educate users on the fundamentals of personal finance – to credit unions nationally. The partnership with CUNA was forged based on CUNA's belief that Money Mission is a dynamic tool that will drive younger members to credit unions, and also provide important financial education during developmental years.
See it for yourself. Check out the demo link on the Money Mission portion of the League website that allows you to sign up and play the game. Or get feedback from your employees by asking them to log in and try it out for themselves. Interested in offering the game? The website can also help you explain and present Money Mission to your board, and also provides a copy of the contract and due diligence information. Also, check out Money Mission's  ready-to-use marketing materials. For more information or if you would like a formal presentation of Money Mission for your credit union or board, contact Benjamin Schweder at (800) 242-0833.

The Foundation's Ca$h Calendar offers 21 chances to win up to $2,500

For just $10, you'll earn 21 chances in December to win a total of $2,500 in cash prizes with The Wisconsin Credit Union Foundation's Ca$h Calendar. It works just like a raffle except one calendar will give you 21 chances to win. That means if you win once, your name will be re-entered throughout the month of December! And the more calendars you buy, the better your chances. Don’t wait! There are only a couple hundred left so make sure to purchase yours today! Calendars are available for sale at Chapter meetings through Nov. 26. Posters are also available to help credit unions promote the sale of the calendars at their locations. Proceeds benefit Foundation programs. For more information, contact Mary Bliss at (800) 242-0833, Ext. 6002.

Support The Wisconsin Credit Union Foundation by joining the Annual Fund Donor Society
New this year, supporters of The Wisconsin Credit Union Foundation can join the Annual Fund Donor Society by making a donation at any giving level. Members of the society will be recognized on plaques at The League’s 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. It's easy to contribute. 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.

The League's Corporate Stabilization page offers tools to help credit unions explain NCUA action
The League's Corporate Stabilization page is a great resource for credit unions looking to stay informed about measures the National Credit Union Administration has taken to strengthen the corporate system. The page not only features timely updates on NCUA's actions, it also provides tools including talking points that can help explain to credit union boards, staff and members how those actions affect the credit union. Visit to access these helpful resources.

Get guidance on FACTA 312 during new webinar series
Need more guidance on FACTA 312? The League's new FACTA 312 webinar series can help you develop a FACTA 312 compliance program, as well as provide additional support on the Metro 2® data audit. The Dec. 2 webinar entitled, "NEW FACTA 312 detailed data auditing & testing techniques" will give you a step-by-step "how to" guide for developing your mandatory FCRA and FACTA 312 compliance program. It will also discuss examiner expectations for evaluating the accuracy and integrity of the information your institution is placing on consumers' credit files. The Dec. 8 webinar, entitled "The Metro2® Data Audit: Proving 'accuracy' & 'integrity,'" will provide a deeper understanding of the Metro 2® detailed data audit process, focusing on key Metro 2® fields and values and how they interact.

Share member stories for a chance to win cash or a trip to Washington, D.C.
The National Credit Union Foundation's REAL Member Stories Video Contest is back. Send in your member stories and earn a chance to capture national recognition for your credit union. You could also earn a trip to Washington, D.C for the member and a member of your credit union’s staff or up to a $500 savings deposit for the member. The contest seeks videos that include comments by a member who has been helped by your credit union. Enter by Dec. 3. Videos submitted for the contest will also be used on The League's REAL Solutions: For a Reason website, which showcases the value of credit unions for lawmakers.

Use FREE marketing materials to promote EdVest in your credit union
Remind your members about the important investing opportunity they are provided through EdVest, the state's 529 college savings program. The League has FREE marketing materials available on the EdVest webpage that can help you promote the program. Members can also deduct from this year's taxable state income contributions to an EdVest account of up to $3,000 per child, grandchild, great-grandchild, niece and nephew if the funds are deposited by Dec. 31.

Are you prepared for tax season? Participate in the Free Tax Prep Program

The League is asking credit unions that have previously participated, as well as credit unions with an interest in participating in the Free Tax Preparation Assistance program this year, to contact Jim Drogue at (800) 242-0833, Ext. 6005, to get the process started. The Department of Revenue has already begun its work to match credit unions to local sites, so it's important to let your credit union's intentions be known as soon as possible so that we can help get your credit union matched accordingly. The program helps low income people obtain fast, free tax refunds via direct deposit - a low-cost alternative to predatory loans. Every credit union can help its members through April 15 by linking to The site explains how to use direct deposit to a credit union account to obtain a refund and lists sites that offer free tax filing assistance.

Attend these seminars
The League's December educational sessions will focus on
understanding the allowance for loan and lease losses (ALLL), FACTA 312, member business loans, basic mortgage lending and more. Visit

The League makes it more affordable for Young Professionals to attend the State Government Affairs Conference
Help make a positive impact for the movement with new lawmakers by attending the State Government Affairs Conference (GAC) using The League's exclusive Young Professionals registration and hotel deal. For just $89 to register - half off the regular price - combined with a $79 hotel room at the Sheraton Madison Hotel, 706 John Nolen Drive, YPs will save almost half the regular cost to attend the State GAC. A free shuttle to and from the conference will also be available. By attending, you can help create credit union allies among state lawmakers that will help to protect and strengthen the movement against harmful legislation. For more information, contact Judy Phillips at (800) 242-0833, Ext. 6020.

Filene helps CUs better their online banking with an Online Experience Review
Make sure your website isn't doubling as a sales prevention tool with the Online Experience Review: Capturing Credit Union Members with Superior Web Services.
Work with Filene to see how your credit unions' website stands up against current research that explains what makes a credit union website an effective sales tool. Sign up for an advisory engagement, which includes an expert website review, recommendations for your website and more.


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