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
if your email address changes.
For more information,
Melissa Wittig, Member Communication
(800) 242-0833, Ext.
Nominations being accepted for The
League’s 2009-'10 Board of Directors
The League is accepting
nomination forms through Feb. 15 for its 2009-'10 Board
of Directors. With the approval of the redistricting
plan at the 2008 Annual Convention, the board has been
downsized from 15 members to nine and all seats are
currently up for election. Another change will be that
board members will no longer be elected strictly by
district, instead five directors will now be elected by
geographic locations called regions and four will be
elected by asset size. The asset size or class
- Class A:
Less than $20 million in assets
- Class B:
$20 million to $100 million in assets.
- Class C:
$100 million to $500 million in assets.
- Class D:
More than $500 million in assets.
Those seeking nomination
should request forms from
at (262) 408-6021 or (800) 242-0833. Forms must be
returned by mail by Feb. 15.
State GAC is
the optimal time to grow pro-credit union relationships
with new and continuing lawmakers
State Government Affairs Conference, Jan. 20-21, is
the perfect time to build and strengthen pro-credit
union relationships with continuing and recently-elected lawmakers.
Make sure your budget provides for sending at least
one representative to the conference or get a
scholarship from The League to ensure you can meet with
these new lawmakers. Because of the growing popularity of this conference,
it will be held in a new, larger location -- the Hilton Monona
Terrace in Madison. Credit unions that were
participating in the Payroll Deduction program as of
Jan. 5 can receive one free registration for the
Save the date! Attend an open house at The League’s newly renovated
Pewaukee office on Feb. 17
The League will hold an open house from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tues., Feb.
17, at its newly renovated Pewaukee office.
New in 2009,
small credit unions to receive two complimentary Keys to Compliance
New this year, credit unions with $20 million or less in assets will
receive two complimentary sessions of the 2009 Keys to Compliance webinar
series, the next of which will be held on the
Wisconsin Consumer Act on Feb. 3.
This webinar will teach you what loans are covered by the Wisconsin
Consumer Act, as well as default and debt collections,
limits on practices and more. The League's
Keys to Compliance 2009 Webinar Series provides an overview of essential
compliance and employment law issues that affect credit union operations
and human resources. The series covers many state and federal laws,
emphasizing practical solutions and common legal issues. To make these webinars even more
convenient, each session will be archived for up to 90 days after the
HR Roundtable will keep you
up-to-date on employment law to help you in 2009
a solid foundation of IRA essentials, while the second
day will cover more advanced topics to help you address
some of the more complex IRA issues.
Get up-to-date on several new federal and state laws
that take effect in early 2009 during the
HR Roundtable Feb. 4 at the Best Western Bridgewood
Resort Hotel in Neenah. The Roundtable will also provide
additional new guidance applicable to credit unions
regarding wages and hours, pregnancy discrimination,
disabled veterans returning to work, whistle blowing and
more. A roundtable discussion will also be held that
will allow credit unions to discuss HR issues directly
affecting their operations.
Learn everything you need to know about IRAs at
Learn everything you need to know about Individual
Retirement Accounts including contributions,
distributions, transfers and rollovers and tax reporting
IRA Essentials & Advanced workshop Feb. 10 & 11 at
the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel in Appleton. The two-day
workshop will help you build
Celebrate two important credit union anniversaries at
The League's 75th Annual Convention in May
Help us celebrate The League’s 75th
credit unions’ 100th Anniversary by
75th Annual Convention, May 6-9, 2009, at
the Midwest Airlines Center in Milwaukee. As usual,
expect a great line-up filled with speakers and events –
including a tour and reception at the new
Harley-Davidson Museum! Watch for more information in
the coming weeks, but plan now to order your celebratory
materials in time for your annual meeting!
Did you miss the EdVest
webinar? Watch it online!
EdVest webinar is now available online!
The 45-minute webinar can be accessed by visiting
www.theleague.coop/edvestwebinar and will be available through January 28, 2009.
Don’t miss your chance to learn more about this great new REAL Solution
that gives Wisconsin consumers the opportunity to access Wisconsin credit
unions’ most competitive rates as part of a long-term, state sponsored college savings plan.
EdVest also lets credit unions hold some of the plan’s invested funds.
Holding EdVest funds is not required to market this
asset-building opportunity to members.
talking points available on The League's Safe
and Secure webpage
League has made available a radio script and recorded
15- and 30-second Public Service Announcements (PSAs)
that credit unions can use on the radio or as its
"message on hold" phone announcement. The PSAs explain
that members should feel safe when depositing their
money in a federally-insured credit union. The League
has also updated talking points that can be used by
credit unions to answer media and member questions about
the safety and soundness of credit unions. These
resources, including many others, can be found on
The League's "Safe and Secure" webpage.
New number to
call for answers to compliance questions
Credit unions have a new number to call when they’re seeking an answer
to a compliance question. The direct line, (262) 408-6098, rings phones
for all four compliance staff to ensure a speedy pickup, and if necessary,
forwards your voicemail to the staff as part of an email. As always,
compliance staff can also be reached individually by either phone or
Sponsor a local teacher for
the 2009 National Institute of Financial and Economic Literacy!
Plan early to
sponsor a teacher for the
2009 National Institute of Financial and Economic Literacy – week-long
workshops that instruct educators how to teach young people the basics of
personal finance. These popular workshops, which take place on the
Edgewood College campus in Madison, are your chance to help young people
build a financially solvent future. Teacher sponsorship for each full week
costs $225 – a bargain! – and includes lodging, meals and the teacher’s
registration. Wisconsin credit unions sponsor a majority of the event’s
attendees. The League has sponsored the Institute since its inception in
Become a part of The Foundation’s history by joining the
Help ensure the future
The Wisconsin Credit Union Foundation by making a contribution
by Feb. 28, 2009, and become
a member of the Founder’s Circle. The
Founder’s Circle recognizes individual, corporate and
credit union donors (the latter by asset size) for gifts
ranging from $250 to $25,000, making it accessible for
everyone. And since The Foundation is a 501(c)(3)
not-for-profit entity, donations are tax deductible. The Foundation promotes the growth and
health of credit unions through
credit union development, assists with the
educational needs of credit union staff and volunteers,
supports programming designed to enhance financial
literacy of the public and aids the credit union
system in times of need.
Mark your calendars for
National Credit Union Youth Week
National Credit Union Youth Week is scheduled to
take place April 19-25, 2009. And plan to participate in
the Youth Savings Challenge. Last year, Wisconsin credit
unions' young savers stashed more than $185,300
in savings as part of the event.
Tell stories of how your credit union has
helped members through this economy to build goodwill
As consumers struggle with job loss, uncertainty and
finding loans, it is important for them to know that
your credit union is willing to help. Telling real
stories of how your credit union came to the aid of a
member is a powerful way to build the goodwill and
loyalty that will carry the credit union into better
The League Marketing Agency's
marketing campaign, The Credit Union Story™ is an ideal
campaign to carry out this message. Its purpose is to
use member testimonials to explain the value of your
services and is suitable for credit unions of all sizes
and fields of membership to effectively compete in the
marketplace in 2009. For more information, contact the
League Marketing Agency at
(800) 242-0833 or visit
Attend These Seminars
The League will
hold seminars on the following topics in December:
Wisconsin Consumer Act, IRA Essentials
& Advanced, Netiquette,
Loan Officer Protocol and Disaster
Recovery. For more
information on these and more, visit