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Wednesday, May 9

9:30 a.m. - Registration/Golf Open

11:30 a.m. - Golf Open Shotgun Start

4:30-7:30 p.m. - Registration &
Welcome Center Open

7-8:30 p.m. - Foundation
Donors' Reception (invite only)

8:30 -11 p.m. - Pep Rally
Featuring "The Boomers" Band

Thursday, May 10

Breakfast on Your Own

8 am-6:30 pm - Registration &
Welcome Center Open

9-11:15 am - Breakout Sessions

11:15-11:45 am - WISCUB, Inc.
Annual Meeting

11:15 am-12:30 pm
Networking Lunch & Program:
Frank Diekmann, CU Journal
$17 ($22 on site)

12:30-1:30 pm
Membership Address:
The Cooperative Spirit Worldwide
Dr. Brian Branch, WOCCU

1:30-2:15 pm
The League Annual Meeting

2:30-3:30 pm - Keynote Address:
Syndicated Radio & TV Host
Clark Howard

"Living Large in Lean Times"

3:30-6:30 pm -
Exhibit Hall Grand Opening

3:45-4:30 pm - Meet & Greet
Clark Howard (Exhibit Hall)

4:30-5:30 pm - Meet & Greet
League Board of Directors (Exhibit Hall)

8-11 pm - WCULAF Silent Auction (Hilton)

8-11 p.m. - Cooperation Celebration & Legendary Voices (Hilton)

Friday, May 11

Breakfast on Your Own

7:30 am-1:30 pm
Registration & Welcome Center Open

8:30-9:30 am - General Session:
Salim Ismail,
Singularity University

"Relevance in a Technological Age"

9:30 am-1 pm Exhibit Hall Open
(Lunch at Noon)

9:30-10:30 am- VIP Hour in the
Exhibit Hall with Special Prize Drawing

9:45-10:45 am-Breakout Sessions

9:45 am-3 pm - Guest Tour
"Turn of the Century" Shopping at Cedar Creek Settlement

11 am-noon - Breakout Sessions

11:45 am-1 pm - Members' Conduit Luncheon for Contributors Only
Ticketed - $35 ($40 on site) @ Hilton

Noon-1 pm - Lunch in Exhibit Hall

1:15-2:15 pm - General Session
Jeff Manning -
"GOT MILK?" Creator

"Building Brand Potency"

2:30-3:30 pm Breakout Sessions

4 pm - Buses depart for Miller Park

4:30-11 pm - Credit Union Night at the Ballpark Tailgate & Game
(Ticketed - $29)
Brewers vs. Cubs

Saturday, May 12

8 - 9 am - Continental Breakfast
@ the Hilton

9 - 10:30 am - Closing Keynote:
"A Conversation & Meet & Greet"
with Former Brewers Pitcher &
Hall of Famer Rollie Fingers

10:30 am Convention 2012 Adjourns

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The League's 78th Annual Convention & Exposition:

Four days of value for what you might expect to pay for a single training!

Priced at just $229—what you might expect to pay for a single training—The League’s Annual Convention & Exposition is your best value for learning, networking and fun! Our sponsors make it all possible!

Set for May 9-12 at the Frontier Airlines Center in Milwaukee, Convention celebrates cooperatives, baseball, teamwork and Wisconsin credit unions as “A League of Our Own.”

Together—united as a single League serving 2.2 million members in Wisconsin—we go to bat every day for consumers who count on us as a source of financial self-help.

Our theme, Cooperative Spirit, not only echoes our pride as the member-owned financial services provider, but our voices in celebrating 2012 as International Year of Cooperatives.

This special edition of League News is a glimpse at our jam-packed Convention schedule, and the many opportunities you won’t want to miss. Reserve your hotel room and register today!

Convention touts the member-owned businesses model
Cooperatives are perhaps the most unique—and valuable—player in business. They're owned and run by and for their members, each of whom has an equal say in what the business does and a share in the profits. As businesses driven by values, co-ops share internationally accepted principles and act together to build a better world. And credit unions—like all co-ops everywhere —encourage collaboration to create sustainable enterprises, generate jobs and prosperity, and provide solutions to local challenges. FULL STORY

$29 CU Night at the Ballpark includes tailgate, game & bus
Friday at Convention we'll enjoy an awesome tailgate at Miller Park—sponsored by Corporate Central Credit Union—and a Brewers' victory over the Chicago Cubs. Your $29 ticket covers the tailgate, entry to the ballpark and transportation. Show your Cooperative Spirit on the jumbotron! It's the perfect prelude to Saturday's Conversation and Meet & Greet with former Brewers pitcher and Hall of Famer Rollie Fingers! Hurry, because tickets are limited. Simply indicate how many you'd like for $29 each when completing your Convention registration form.

50 free social trading cards for the first 150 Convention registrants
The big leaguers have baseball cards. Now is the chance to get yours! The first 150 Convention registrants can go online to design their own personalized social trading cards bearing their photo and stats. These high tech business cards, available for pick up starting on Wednesday at Convention, offer a great showcase for your credit union's best sluggers! They're a great way to connect with and network with credit union peers. Pre-register for your cards but, most important, register for Convention today!

Directors: to be MVP, Convention is the spring training you can't miss
There's no room for directors to swing and miss in today's competitive financial services market. To be your board's MVP you have to get in shape at Convention—your spring training ground! Get a competitive edge with sessions geared specifically for you. You'll earn a certificate of participation for attending our directors' financial education sessions. FULL STORY

Batter up! Convention helps every player at your CU swing for the fence
Whether you're a director, executive, marketer, lender or young professional, Convention offers educational breakouts to help your credit union better compete. Topics include beginning or enhancing a mortgage program, 25 ideas that are working in credit unions right now, lending in the bottom of the 9th, the 10 best sales and service strategies to maximize growth and profitability, proactive technology strategies, plastic card fraud trends, disaster recovery, social media, increasing brand potency, asset/liability management, economic update, regulator's perspective and more. FULL STORY

Apply to "Crash" the Convention, Young Professional discounts available
Ready, set, apply! Young professionals can apply by April 16 for their chance to Crash The League's Annual Convention. Crash is a unique opportunity for 12 young credit union professionals - 35 years or younger - to attend Convention at no cost and gain exclusive access to sessions and discussions with CU industry leaders from Wisconsin and beyond. While the schedule is currently being developed, please see our recap from last year's event to get an idea of how it will work. Even if you're not part of the Crash, all young professionals are eligible for the special Convention registration rate of just $69.

The League's Annual Meeting is where we check our playbook
The League's annual meeting—set for 1:30 p.m. Thursday—is where we assess our progress. It's an overview of the prior year, a look at what's ahead and a review of the most critical issues we need to address to serve members and remain vital players in the financial services industry. And, it's your venue to ask questions and bring business matters before delegates. It's your chance to be represented! Register your delegate and alternate delegate today!

Exhibit Hall is your credit union's "Field of Dreams"
The Exhibit Hall at The League's Annual Convention is your credit union's Field of Dreams: the place to be for the proven innovations and strategies that can most impact your credit union. FULL STORY

Want a winning season? Get Turnkey Solutions in just 15 minutes
If you want a winning season, attend the 15-minute mini-sessions planned for Friday in the Exhibit Hall. These vendor demos will give your credit union the tools it needs for success in 2012 and beyond.

Ticketed lunch features outspoken CU Journal editor
Bob Uecker may have been one of baseball's biggest characters, but among credit unions, that's Frank J. Diekmann, outspoken Editor and Publisher of Credit Union Journal. For $17 (or $22 on site), purchase your ticket to Thursday's networking lunch, at which you'll hear Frank's take on the credit union movement. Having interviewed and written about credit unions across the U.S., he's seen it all, and isn't shy about revealing the story behind the game. You'll gain from his insights but also find humor in his program, "What Front Porches, Long Drives to Texas and Australian Forgetfulness Mean to your Future." Purchase your ticket via your Convention registration form.

Honoring the pros: Activists mingle at Conduit Luncheon
We won't retire a jersey when the player is still on the field. But we can honor some of the most engaged credit union Activists at an event exclusive to individuals who protect and support the movement by using a Credit Union Member's Conduit Account. We'll do that Friday at a special ticketed lunch, which costs $35 (or $40 on site). Everyone who has a Conduit account is encouraged to register early; you won't want to miss the legislative update or the chance to network with the key players who keep our movement vital. Be sure to reserve your lunch via your Convention registration form.

Entertainment at Convention is a "Grand Slam"
Convention's entertainment has something for everyone. If you want to golf, hit the dance floor, shop, sightsee or just enjoy all the camaraderie of your credit union peers, it's the place to be! FULL STORY

Chapters: contribute items for the WCULAF Silent Auction
Building on last year's record contribution levels for WCULAF, each chapter has been asked to contribute to the WCULAF Silent Auction at Convention. FULL STORY

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