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August 31, 2012

Campaign promotes confident retirement planning

In her work for The League, Director of Communications Christine Henzig typically brags up credit unions to the media or lawmakers. But in this video, and as part of a new fall ad campaign, she brags up CUNA Mutual Group's RetireOnTarget®, a tool she says she relies on to invest with confidence. Watch for the ad in trade publications, the Discovery Conference Expo Hall booth, and more!

State economic development corp. seeks CU input
The Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. invites credit union CEOs and senior executives to participate in a Financial Services Roundtable Sept. 27 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on campus of UW Fond du Lac. The agenda includes a presentation on the key role financial institutions play in the health of Wisconsin's economy and invites your ideas on improving that role. Register today! Questions? Contact Sarah Wainscott at (608) 514-0086.

Provide input by Sept. 19 on CFPB's mortgage disclosure revisions
Wisconsin credit unions have an opportunity to shape how mortgage-related disclosures are being reshaped—and the new costs and compliance burdens they are likely to impose—as part of a second round of commentary being provided to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. FULL STORY

Reserve your hotel room in D.C. while special pricing lasts!
Today is the release date for the block of hotel rooms we've reserved for Activists attending The League's annual Credit Union House/Hike the Hill event in Washington, D.C., October 2-3. Act now to secure your lodging so that you don't miss your chance to talk with Members of Congress about what's important to your credit union and its members. FULL STORY

CU favorite Rick Olson to challenge directors at the League's Director's Conference October 19
Rick Olson, whose memorable presentations at convention and other League trainings have made him a Wisconsin favorite, will do what he does best—shatter your preconceptions and challenge your thinking—as part of The League's Director's Conference at the Blue Harbor Resort in Sheboygan. FULL STORY

Go a step above offering members IRAs
The average consumer needs guidance when it comes to retirement accounts, but few financial providers leverage the opportunity to 'wow' the investors they serve with the answers they seek. You can do just that, by attending The League's October 10 workshop in Wisconsin Dells: IRAs—a Step Above for 2012-2013. FULL STORY

Compliance Roundtable offers practical advice from compliance pros
The League's Compliance Roundtable, set for Sept. 27 in Pewaukee, offers unparallelled opportunity to network, exchange ideas and learn the latest regulation changes. The League Services Corp.'s Compliance Specialist Team (right) will also share more than a year's worth of insights about what regulators want and how you can stay on top of compliance issues. FULL STORY

FMLA Workshop unravels one of the most complex employment laws
The Family & Medical Leave Act is one of the toughest employment laws to implement. But if your credit union has at least 50 employees, or is about to cross that threshold, you need a policy in place that meet its requirements. The League's FMLA Workshop Dec. 4 in Stevens Point will address some of the most challenging issues to implement on a practical basis. FULL STORY

REAL Focus: continue opportunities for outreach
In this edition of REAL Focus, The League's Director of REAL Solutions & Outreach, Chad Helminak, urges credit unions to take advantage of learning opportunities, teaching tools and opportunities for outreach that can increase your membership and income. FULL STORY

Attend a chapter meeting to eat, network, learn...enjoy!
Have you been to a credit union chapter meeting? Now is your chance, because every September marks the start of a new chapter meeting season. Chapter meetings are a place for credit union people to network, learn, play a role in credit union advocacy and enjoy engaging speakers. The meetings are open to all credit union staff, volunteers and guests. FULL STORY

Win up to $2,500 in cash with this year's Ca$h Calendar
Get your Ca$h Calendar raffle card today to earn 19 chances to win a total of $2,500 in cash prizes during the month of December. Proceeds benefit programs of the Wisconsin Credit Union Foundation. FULL STORY

Refine your strategy at the Mortgage Lending Roundtable
The League's Mortgage Lending Roundtable, set for Oct. 2 in the Wisconsin Dells, will help you build a business strategy that reflects the current marketplace as well as teaches you how to hedge your interest rate risk and measure progress. Kim Alexander of AmeriCU Mortgage will guide you through the new realities of today's real estate market, as well as the ABCs of mortgage regulations and current and proposed changes to these regs. Because it's a roundtable format, facilitated discussion offers opportunity to learn from peers, share ideas and build your network of useful contacts. Register today! Questions? Contact Judy Phillips at (262) 408-6020.

Young Professionals: apply for a $2,000 national conference scholarship!
YPs, here's your chance to apply for a $2,000 scholarship to put toward a national conference in 2013. Check out the scholarship guidelines noting system partners whose conferences qualify. Apply by Oct. 31.

FREE online Discovery Conference: learn alongside top CU leaders
CUNA Mutual Group's FREE online Discovery Conference Oct. 9 has thought-provoking and practical information to help every credit union develop strategies for growing income, implementing technology, expanding member service and more. The experience is geared for credit unions' top leaders, but because anyone can participate, it's a great development opportunity for all employees and directors. You'll also have an opportunity to network and exchange ideas with other attendees, as well as win fabulous prizes. FULL STORY

Realize income through mobile account access
Consumers continue to migrate from desktop and laptop computers to mobile Internet devices to do their banking. If you want these devices to increase loan traffic and non-interest income—in addition to simple account queries and transfers—it will take more than basic online loan applications to get that done. Consider these strategies for making the most of lending opportunities that come to your credit union through smartphones and tablet computers. FULL STORY

League Invitational raised $14,000!
Thank you to all who golfed the League Invitational in July. The event raised more than $14,000 to benefit Foundation programs, including the brass|STUDENT PROGRAM, REAL Solutions program grants, professional development scholarships and disaster relief.

Save the date: State Government Affairs Conference is Jan. 22-23, 2013
The League's State Government Affairs Conference, Jan. 22-23 in Madison, will be two days because it is an election year. Please budget to send at least one representative. This is Wisconsin credit unions' premier opportunity to build pro-credit union relationships with state lawmakers.

Free Money Mission® webinars explain how to attract younger members
Looking to attract young members? Participate in free webinars that explain Money Mission®, an interactive, web-based life simulation that teaches teens personal finance and drives traffic to the credit union's website where you can create a lasting relationship with younger members. The next webinars are set for Sept. 24 and Oct. 22. Contact Ben Schweder at (262) 408-6026.

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