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December 6, 2012

Congratulations, Wisconsin credit unions!

League President & CEO Brett Thompson congratulates Wisconsin credit unions on their shared Corporate Citizenship Award from Corporate Report Wisconsin magazine. Recognition like this among media, lawmakers and the public helps protect credit unions and the interests of 2.3 million members in our state, and it is an example of how credit unions achieve successful advocacy through their League membership. (See "Membership Matters...") Download free materials to tout your award!

...because advocacy ensures credit unions' future
The League and its members' shared goal is to represent the interests of more than two million consumers who want to retain the right to belong to a not-for-profit, member-owned financial institution. Using stories of service to members and Wisconsin communities, Credit Union Activists cultivate pro-credit union allies. Your League membership is essential in continuing to promote, protect and preserve the credit union difference. FULL STORY

CUNA affiliation strengthens the movement
League-member credit unions receive more than just state-level support from their League for their dues dollar; they're supported by CUNA, one of the strongest voices shaping politics, regulatory issues and public opinion. And that really matters to the nation's 7,300 credit unions serving 94 million members. FULL STORY

The League and CUNA dues invoices mailed to credit unions
Dues invoices for The League and CUNA were mailed to credit unions in early December. In addition to paying your dues, please consider using your dues invoice to make a voluntary gift to either Credit Union House in Madison or the Wisconsin Credit Union Foundation. FULL STORY

CUNA Mutual Group: a partner that strengthens the CU movement
Credit unions' patronage of CUNA Mutual Group builds the collective strength of the credit union movement.Last year, this system partner not only provided credit union support but also more than $35 million to credit union leagues and associations, the National Credit Union Foundation and its Credit Union Development Education program, the Filene Research Institute and other credit union organizations; $962 million in benefits paid to domestic credit union policyholders; and more than $1.2 billion in benefits paid to domestic policyholders. FULL STORY

Filene Research Institute: innovations you can implement now
Your credit union can take bold leaps forward! The Filene Research Institute is the credit union movement's "think tank" in Madison that has innovations you can tap into now to reach new members, grow income and achieve your strategic goals. FULL STORY

Act now! Your voice can push business lending bill over the finish line
On Nov. 28, delegates from The League and 10 Wisconsin credit unions joined credit union advocates and coalition partners in Washington, D.C. to seek support from our Members of Congress for the Credit Union Small Business Jobs Bill, S 2231/H.R. 1418—legislation to increase credit unions' business lending. With the clock winding down on the lame duck session, it is important to do all we can to make the legislation a priority. FULL STORY

Register now: State GAC rooms to be released Dec. 23
The State Government Affairs Conference, Jan 22-23 in Madison, is a must-attend event to promote and protect the interests of the 2.3 million credit union members in our state. With the November election and recent redistricting, you may have new legislators representing you, your credit union and members. Take this opportunity to start or strengthen your relationships with elected officials! You'll also hear from top Wisconsin political observers like Jeff Mayers (right) of Wispolitics.com. Most credit unions and Activists qualify for at least one of our registration discounts. FULL STORY

HR Roundtable offers practical insights
As the law and the workplace changes, HR pros confront new issues daily. Questions about employees' use of social media and the new health care law are just two of the hot topics you'll learn about—and gain from peers' experience confronting these issues—at The League's HR Roundtable, set for Feb. 20 at the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel in Appleton. FULL STORY

Saving enough for retirement? Are your members?
Most employees aren't saving enough for the future lifestyle they envision, say researchers. But it's easy to show them what they need to do to catch up: plan to attend—and encourage your staff to attend—The League's "Route Your Retirement Fair" on Feb. 12 in Milwaukee. Attend just the Fair, if you wish, or make it a pit-stop between our two-day IRA Essentials and IRA Beyond Essentials Workshops. At just $39 to attend the Fair you can't afford to miss it! FULL STORY

Let The League file your 990
Let us save you from the headache of completing what has been called the most complex form in IRS history—the Form 990. Sign up by January 31. The Form 990 is a public document so it is recommended that a copy be given to your Board of Directors for review. Submit your information to The League by Feb. 29 so that a draft can be prepared in time for your April Board Meeting. For more information, contact Cari Thompson at (262) 408-6023.

Watch for a mailing regarding League Board nominations
The League Board is accepting nominations through Feb. 15 to fill terms representing credit unions in Region 2 and Region 4. To be eligible, the person must be a Director, President, Senior Vice President or Executive Vice President of a League member credit union within the Region that person is to represent. Obtain nomination forms by contacting Karen Raether at (262) 408-6021. All candidates must be nominated by the president or chair of their credit union and obtain seconding signatures by two other credit unions within the Region. Watch for a mid-December mailing with all the details.

Tips for choosing a flood zone determination services partner
To stay in compliance and guard against financial risk, credit unions need to keep up with the FEMA Flood Map updates so their flood certificates remain up-to-date as floods and flash floods happen in all 50 states. FULL STORY

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