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Feb. 15, 2013

Convention showcases youth/social media campaign

Looking to attract new, younger borrowers? Plan to attend a special ticketed lunch ($19 in advance, $25 onsite) May 9 at The League's annual Convention. Marketing guru Tim McAlpine will showcase one of the nation's largest and most successful social media campaigns to attract young adults to credit unions. This video is an example of how the campaign explained the "credit union difference" to young people. Stay tuned as we add to our exciting roster of convention speakers!

Fourth quarter 2012 brought successes Despite gridlock in Washington that reached historic proportions last year, your League and CUNA, along with 44 peer state and regional associations continued to pursue important legislative, regulatory and legal advances for credit unions, while continuing to provide your credit union with critical information, education, products and services. This fourth quarter summary from CUNA details our recent successes. FULL STORY

Legislators named to committees overseeing financial institutions
As this new session begins, take a moment to get to know the legislative leadership and policymakers assigned to the State Senate and State Assembly Committees overseeing financial institutions. Along with the Caucus Leadership and Joint Finance Committee members, the Financial Institutions committee members are the most powerful and strategically important lawmakers in the Legislature as they oversee many issues directly related to credit unions. FULL STORY

Convention offers big value, top speakers
The League's annual Convention, set for May 8-11 in the Wisconsin Dells, offers credit unions four full days of learning, networking and entertainment for less than you'd expect to pay for one single professional meeting anywhere else. You'll also hear from a long roster of high-profile speakers, like "Young and Free" social media marketer Tim McAlpine (right), who are leading and shaping the world we live in today. FULL STORY

Help us honor retirees and 50-year milestones at Convention
During Convention, May 8-11 in Wisconsin Dells, your League will again have a slide presentation prior to the Thursday membership address that will recognize credit union presidents or board chairs who are retiring between June 2012 and June 2013 with at least 25 years of service and any employee or volunteer with 50 years in the movement. Honorees need not be present. Send your information and a color photo by April 30 to Karen Raether or call her at (262) 408-6021.

Thank you, donors to the Wisconsin Credit Union Foundation!
Support from the Annual Fund Donor Society helps the Wisconsin Credit Union Foundation provide management training for credit unions, promote credit union development through innovative new services, deliver financial education and assist the credit union system in times of need. Thank you to our many generous donors! Contributors who are part of the 2012 Annual Fund Donor Society will be featured in the 2012 Foundation Annual Report.
Protect your credit union and members: understand bankruptcy
Learn the basics to protect your credit union and its members by attending The League's Bankruptcy training March 14 in Wisconsin Dells. FULL STORY

Roundtables offer unparalleled networking, practical insights
Get ready for some timely presentations and also some of the best networking and peer-information sharing all year regarding compliance, human resources and the special issues faced by small credit unions. The League's Roundtables connect you with peers as well as industry experts addressing your most pressing concerns. FULL STORY

Rescue Refi program illustrates power of CDFI grants
It's been about a year since CoVantage Credit Union received a $1.5 million CDFI grant to expand its Rescue Refinance program. The program, which strives to keep troubled borrowers in their homes, has seen tremendous success and illustrates how useful CDFI funding can be for state-chartered credit unions that acquire a low-income designation and Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) Certification from the NCUA. Take part in a conference call that explains more about CDFI Certification. $165 million in CDFI grants will be awarded in 2013. CoVantage's Executive VP Paul Grinde (above) shared details about their latest program success with CUinsight.com

FREE workshop on Supervisory/Audit Committee role valued at $500!
Hurry! A free workshop that will make you a high-performing member of your credit union's Supervisory/Audit Committee will fill up fast! Credit union favorite Tim Harrington, President of Team Resources, offers this valuable opportunity March 19-20 on the CUNA Campus. To register, contact Kevin Smith, CUNA's Director of Volunteer Education at (608) 231-4261.

Compliance Compass: new mortgage regulations, disclosures
Federal regulators recently issued a flurry of new mortgage loan regulations, and a revamp of mortgage loan disclosure forms is expected later this year. In this edition of Compliance Compass, The League's Legal Affairs Counsel Paul Guttormsson (right) urges lending and compliance staff to be aware of these and to refer to guidance from The League's Legal Affairs Department. FULL STORY

Apply for a DE Scholarship from the Foundation
The Wisconsin Credit Union Foundation is accepting applications for a scholarship to the May, 2013 Development Education training, held in Madison. DE training offers "credit union philosophy immersion"—an in-depth look at CUs' history, global reach, and challenges. Attendees who become Development Educators (CUDEs) learn to apply credit union philosophy to solve pressing local problems. DE training may help young staff commit to a credit union career! Learn more at www.ncuf.coop and apply by March 1.

Help a teacher or employee improve their financial lessons
Sponsor a local teacher—or an employee who offers financial lessons in your community—to attend the National Institute of Financial & Economic Literacy in Madison. It's a series of three, week-long summer workshops that can help them improve the financial lessons they offer their students. FULL STORY

It's not too late to sign up to let The League file your 990
Form 990 has been called the most complex form in IRS history. But it's not too late to let The League file it for you. If you submit your information to The League by Feb. 28, we'll be able to provide you a draft that you can share with your board—a step that's recommended because it's a public document. Contact Cari Thompson at (262) 408-6023.

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