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March 6, 2014

Earn income by offering your members discounts!

Want to earn income for your credit union? Ben Schweder of the League Services Corp. explains the opportunity to do just that as part of the Invest in America program, noting the popular discounts it can also help you offer. This includes deals on GM cars—which can increase your lending—and Sprint wireless plans.

House tax reform draft is a big win for credit unions
Just after the State Legislature handed Wisconsin credit unions a significant win by passing a regulatory reform package, Congress handed credit unions a huge symbolic victory as the House tax reform proposal maintained credit unions' federal tax status. FULL STORY

State regulatory reform removes barriers to Wisconsin credit unions' success
Removing barriers that impede their success is
key to credit unions' national "Unite for Good" strategy for growth. Wisconsin credit unions' latest achievement in doing so came the week of The League's Government Affairs Conference in Madison, as the state legislature approved the largest state regulatory reforms for credit unions in more than a decade. They now move on to the Governor for his consideration. FULL STORY

Credit union leaders from Wisconsin were strong advocates in D.C.
A record 4,400-plus credit union advocates attended the Credit Union National Association's Governmental Affairs Conference in February, including nearly 60 Activists from Wisconsin. Their presence sent Congress a strong message that credit unions are attentive and engaged on a variety of issues crucial to the industry including taxation, member business lending, housing finance reform, data security, and more. FULL STORY

Earn income while offering members discounts
Just by offering your members discounts on Sprint wireless plans, your credit union can begin earning new income immediately. Your credit union receives free marketing materials, while Sprint handles member service. There is no cost to sign up and all credit union members are eligible for the discounts. The video featured at the top of this issue explains more. FULL STORY

Two League directors re-elected, new director added
Wisconsin credit unions have spoken, re-electing two representatives and adding a third to the League Board of Directors. Jennifer Schilling of Empower Credit Union and Mike Mallow of Sheboygan Area Credit Union have been re-elected in Regions 3 and 5, respectively, and Jack Peplinski (left) of Altra Federal Credit Union has been elected to represent credit unions in Region 1. Their terms begin in May. Congratulations!

Attend a FREE Young Professionals' Boot Camp in Eau Claire
Young leaders ages 35 and younger will gather at Royal Credit Union in Eau Claire March 27 for a dialog on service excellence. Register now to secure your spot, and as part of the YP Network in Wisconsin, you'll have access to other free learning, sharing and networking opportunities in 2014. YP Boot Camps acquaint young credit union leaders with the issues, resources and peer connections that can help credit unions and the movement succeed.
Encourage students to participate in #brassmoneymonth contest in April
The brass|STUDENT PROGRAM has unveiled its new 2014 Financial Literacy Month contest: #brassmoneymonth! Throughout April, brass will ask students and teachers to snap creative photos demonstrating ways to save, make a budget, use credit responsibly and give back to their school or community. Credit unions are encouraged to get in the game, too! FULL STORY

League's May Convention to focus on Fostering Service Excellence
Reserve your room for The League's 80th annual Convention, May 7-10 at the Wisconsin Center/Hilton in Milwaukee. Our event, whose theme is Fostering Service Excellence, expands on one of the three key action areas in credit unions' nationwide "Unite for Good" strategy for growth, and brings back top convention speakers like technology guru Salim Ismail (right).

Credit unions observe milestone anniversaries in 2014
Credit unions provide a way for Americans to help themselves and their communities instead of primarily benefiting shareholders when conducting their banking. That's something to celebrate, especially when you've been at it for more than a half century! Help us congratulate the credit unions reaching milestone anniversaries this year. FULL STORY

Thank you, donors to the Wisconsin Credit Union Foundation!
Thank you to the many generous donors whose support helps the Wisconsin Credit Union Foundation accomplish a world of good for credit unions as well as their members and communities in Wisconsin. Contributors who are part of the 2013 Annual Fund Donor Society will be featured in the 2013 Foundation Annual Report, available online this spring.
Roundtables offer invaluable networking, practical knowledge
The training, peer networking and opportunity to trade practical tips related to your role and workload make League Rountables not-to-be-missed events. Plan to attend the Small Credit Union CEO Roundtable for just $25 March 12 in Wisconsin Dells, which will provide a state issue overview and focus on the latest slew of mortgage lending regulations. Also register for the Compliance Roundtable March 20, also in the Dells, which will cover a wide range of key compliance requirements in 2014 and coming in 2015, and the Collections Roundtable April 10 in Appleton.
REAL Focus: program announcements, education, shout-outs
Although this cold weather persists, credit unions can bask in some great achievements here in Wisconsin and warm up to some great development opportunities coming up this spring. Chad Helminak, League VP of CU Development (left), shares a few important updates and program alerts. FULL STORY
Avoid the pain of stacked CPI Premium
When billing for collateral protection insurance (CPI), "stacking" premium to the end of a loan might seem to be the easiest way to handle the additional charge. But as CUNA Mutual Group explains, end-of-loan payments cause two key problems for credit unions and their borrowers. FULL STORY
CUNA went to bat on your behalf during the fouth quarter of 2013
The Credit Union National Association (CUNA) again went to bat for credit unions during the fourth quarter, including helping credit unions assess their costs as part of the Target data breach, prepare for new mortgage lending requirements, protect their tax status, seek legislation limiting frivolous lawsuits, advocate for regulatory relief, influence regulatory changes, capture media coverage in national publications and more! FULL STORY

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