November 17, 2008

The League News will not be published the week of Thanksgiving
The League News will not be published on Monday, Nov. 24. The publication will resume its regular schedule on Monday, Dec. 1. The League's offices will also be closed Nov. 27 and Nov. 28, and will resume its normal hours on Monday, Dec. 1.

REAL Solutions

CoVantage CU’s REAL Solutions help establish them as a leader in the community
CoVantage Credit Union has established itself as a leader in its community thanks to its REAL Solutions like its Small Savers program, Load’n Go card and Pay Advance Loans. Read more...

Second issue of brass|MAGAZINE delivered to schools

Wisconsin schools received the second issue of the brass|MAGAZINE in early November. The brass|STUDENT PROGRAM is a personal finance initiative that promotes responsible financial management to high school students and supports state teaching standards. All 603 of Wisconsin’s public high schools receive the quarterly brass|MAGAZINE at no cost thanks to Wisconsin credit unions’ sponsorship of the program. Credit unions can benefit from their sponsorship by ensuring local teachers are using the program. Just follow our action steps.

Two more credit unions join the REAL Solutions initiative

Racine Municipal Credit Union and Sentry Credit Union have signed on to the REAL Solutions initiative, raising the total number of participants to 123! Wisconsin credit unions were the first in the United States to pioneer REAL Solutions, which is now being led by the National Credit Union Foundation and involves credit unions in more than 27 states. Wisconsin credit unions’ participation represents 1.7 million members and more than $15 billion in assets.

Volunteers needed for Milwaukee area Free Tax Preparation Assistance sites
The League, in partnership with the Internal Revenue Service, the Department of Revenue and the Social Development Commission (SDC) is looking for 30 volunteers from Milwaukee area credit unions to donate their time to work at several SDC sponsored Free Tax Preparation Assistance sites. Volunteers will have the flexibility to set their own schedule. To sign up, fill out the registration form and return it to Katie Liedtke, The Wisconsin Credit Union League, N25 W23131 Paul Road, Suite 500, Pewaukee, WI 53072-5779. For more information, contact Jim Drogue, Vice President of Credit Union Development at The League, or Jill Weber, Director of Member Solutions at The League, at (800) 242-0833.

Learn how to help tax filers as part of a Free Tax Prep Conference Call Nov. 25
Learn how your credit union can help tax filers avoid predatory “refund anticipation loans” in 2009 as part of a free conference call Nov. 25 on credit unions’ Free Tax Preparation Assistance Program. The free briefing will provide information about this great REAL Solution that will help you get started and make sure your credit union’s participation is a success. I
n 2008, 60,190 people filed tax returns at 231 free tax preparation sites in Wisconsin, operated in conjunction with the IRS, Wisconsin Department of Revenue and AARP. With the average cost of $276 for fees to a tax preparer offering refund anticipation loans, Wisconsin filers saved a total of $16.6 million by using free tax preparation assistance.

Government Affairs
Activist webpage gets redesigned for easier use
The League has recently streamlined the Activist page to make it easier to use. While the content and resources offered on the page remain the same, the page is better organized to help users find what they're looking for. The redesigned page now also gives Activists access to an activities manager that will allow them to input, review and edit their Activist related contacts and activities to help The League, as well as credit unions, communicate better with legislators.

Gain valuable advocacy skills at The League's FREE Activist training
Looking to step up your advocacy efforts? Gain valuable advocacy skills during The League’s FREE Activist training on Dec. 4 at Educators Credit Union in Racine. The training will include two sessions, one for the inexperienced Activist and one for those who are more advanced. The first session is for newcomers to credit union advocacy and will cover the basics from how to simply communicate the “Credit Union Difference” to understanding the role of lawmakers and the media. The second session is for the more advanced advocate and will cover Community Reinvestment legislation, what drives it and what Activists and credit unions can do to protect against it. The Madison training on Nov. 19 has been postponed and will be rescheduled. Watch for more information in the near future.

State GAC is the optimal time to grow pro-credit union relationships with new lawmakers

The State Government Affairs Conference, Jan. 20-21, is the perfect time to build and strengthen pro-credit union relationships with continuing and new lawmakers who were elected during last week’s election. 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 – Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center in Madison. Also make sure to book your room early at the Hilton Madison Monona Terrace.

League provides solution for updating the NCUA logo with new share insurance coverage
To help credit unions update their signage, The League has formatted a mailing label template with the NCUA logo that reflects the new $250,000 limit on share insurance coverage, a temporary increase through December 2009. Read more…

Education & Training

Don’t miss The League’s FREE webinar on the revamped Form 990 Dec. 3
The revamped Form 990 has been called the most complex form in IRS history, but The League will help to make the form less daunting with its FREE Form 990 webinar from 10 to 11 a.m. Dec. 3. All state-chartered credit unions with more than $25,000 in total revenue must fill out a Form 990. To register, contact Judy Phillips, Program Assistant and Database Administrator, at (262) 408-6020 or (800) 242-0833.

Celebrate two important credit union anniversaries at The League's 75th Annual Convention in May

Help us celebrate The League’s 75th Anniversary and credit unions’ 100th Anniversary by attending the 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 now.

The League’s Security Training offers tips on identity theft prevention and robbery awareness

Learn how to prevent identity theft and robberies at The League and Community First Credit Union’s Security Training on Dec. 2 at Community First Credit Union. This conference will be divided into two sessions. Session 1 will provide steps that will help protect your members and your credit union from being a victim of fraud. Session 2 will cover how to handle a robbery situation, as well as tips on robbery protection.

System News

CUNA’s new best practices provides tips for meeting the needs of baby boomers
Learn how eight credit unions successfully reached out to baby boomers and helped to ensure the age group’s financial futures.
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Trainings Offered By The League

Consumer Lending School
Tax Preparation Assistance Program (FREE)
Webinar: Cutting Form 990 Down to Size (FREE)
Large Credit Union Roundtable

Quick Bite: Lending to Young Adults/Hispanics
Quick Bite: 10 Commandments of Career Success
TeleCourse: Reg CC
Quick Bite: 3rd Party Due Diligence

2009 Government Affairs Conference

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Upcoming Events

Attend the Consumer Lending School, Nov. 18

Learn more during the FREE conference call on credit unions' Tax Preparation Assistance Program, Nov. 25

Don't miss The League's FREE Activist Training - Level 1 & Level 3, Dec. 4 Registration is required.

Network at the Large Credit Union Roundtable, Dec. 4

Don't miss the Quick Bite: Lending to Young Adults/Hispanics, Dec. 8

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Questions or comments regarding this newsletter? Please contact Melissa Wittig at (800) 242-0833, Ext. 6045. Email change? Please contact Judy Phillips at (800) 242-0833, Ext. 6020.