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lSeptember 25, 2009

NCUA Board sets .15% premium for all federally insured credit unions
The National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) Board unanimously voted to assess a .15% premium to replenish the NCUSIF and finance the Corporate Stabilization Fund. The premium will be billed in mid-November and due in mid-December. It will return the insurance fund's equity ratio to 1.3% and enable the Stabilization Fund to repay $310 million of the funds it borrowed from the Treasury Department. Watch The League's Corporate Stabilization page for updates. FULL STORY

Let the REAL Progress & Pathways to Prosperity project begin!
Beginning Sept. 28, registered participants of the REAL Progress & Pathways to Prosperity (RP3) Project will take the first of three surveys as a part of this research project that will measure investment knowledge and behaviors. FULL STORY

Evergreen CU gives lesson on money management in hard times
When the economy began its downturn, members began contacting Evergreen Credit Union with questions about their accounts and investments. The credit union knew then that it needed to do something to ease members’ fears and educate them on how best to ride out the recession, so staff planned a Financial Resolution Seminar. FULL STORY

Let us know how you’re helping members during hard economic times
As members continue to feel the effects of the ongoing recession, credit unions are stepping up to help their members weather the financial storm. How has your credit union been helping its members during these hard times? Let us know, contact Melissa Polley at (800) 242-0833, Ext. 6045.

Carol Robinson, The League's CFO, ends tenure at The League
Carol Robinson, The League's Chief Financial Officer, has accepted a new position as Chief Financial Officer with the Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast. Her last day with The League will be Sept. 30, but she will return intermittently through November to help complete a few of the Form 990's still in process. "I have really enjoyed working with credit unions and their Form 990's during these last few years; however, I'm going back to social services, where my heart says I should go," Carol said of her departure. Help us wish Carol good luck on her new endeavors!

The REAL Focus: Programs still making an impact
In the latest REAL Focus column, Jill Weber, The League's Director of Member Solutions, provides updates about several REAL Solutions programs including the brass|STUDENT PROGRAM, Free Tax Preparation Assistance, Money Smart Week, EdVest and more! FULL STORY

CUs dealing with unprecedented number of regulatory changes this year
Learn more about all of the regulatory changes introduced so far this year. FULL STORY
Get ready!Higher-priced mortgage loan” rules go into effect Oct. 1
The Oct. 1 deadline for higher-priced mortgage loan rules is fast approaching, which means it’s especially important for credit unions to check and see if they have any loans that land under that designation to ensure they are compliant in time for the deadline. FULL STORY

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League Consultants offer insights in new From Red to Black column
This is the first of an ongoing column by Bill Rockeman, The League’s Senior Consultant, and Jeremy Yardley, The League’s Consultant. Both Bill and Jeremy spend a lot of time on the road consulting with credit unions on a number of topics. They’ll use this column to provide credit unions with tips and updates about issues affecting credit union operations. FULL STORY

Top financial institutions rely on STAR/First Data for complete ATM and debit card services.  The STAR® Network provides financial institutions with the services they need to offer secure, expansive account access to your cardholders.

Register now for FREE credit union webcasts.  Get your questions answered on ATM security and OFAC Compliance and fraud detection. FULL STORY

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2009 Wisconsin Credit Union Compensation Survey now available
The League's 2009 Compensation Survey, which outlines the pay rates for various staff positions within credit unions, is now available. The survey is a useful tool that can help your credit union make informed decisions about the rate of pay so it can successfully attract and retain qualified staff. Credit unions that contributed to the survey will receive a free copy of the results by mail next week. Credit unions that did not contribute to the survey can order a copy for $100, by contacting Dawn Scarce, Office Services Assistant at The League, at (800) 242-0833. For more information, contact Mary Bliss, Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer at The League, at (262) 408-6002.
Directors stay up-to-date with educational opportunities from The League
Credit union directors have a lot they need to keep up with and understand so that they can make the best decisions for their credit union. The League makes it easy to do so through its Directors' Conference, its ongoing Directors' Webinar Series, as well as its Board of Directors Certificate training.
Roundtables give CUs a chance to connect with peers and share ideas
The League's Roundtables have become a great resource for credit unions of all sizes to come together and share ideas and network on specific topics directly affecting them. FULL STORY

League honors long-time credit union staff and volunteers 
Join The League in honoring credit union staff and volunteers who have shown their long-term commitment to credit unions by dedicating more than 25 years to the movement. FULL STORY

CUNA Conference offers growth strategies for today’s economy
Looking to reach out and grow your membership? Attend the CUNA Community Credit Union & Growth Conference, Oct. 21-24, in Las Vegas and learn how to grow your membership in today’s economy. The conference will focus on service to young adults, the underserved and low-wealth. Breakout sessions include new and proven strategies for membership growth. FULL STORY

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