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April 9, 2012

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CUNA President & CEO Bill Cheney urges YOUR help in contacting Wisconsin's U.S. Senators to urge their support for Senate Bill 2231, the Credit Union Small Business Jobs Bill.

Every credit union employee, director and member is asked to make contacts urging passage of this legislation so that credit unions can do more to help small businesses that desperately need credit. See our lead article below
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Uncommitted Wisconsin Senators are key to passing the Credit Union Small Business Jobs Act (S. 2231)
A vote on our Credit Union Small Business Jobs Act could come at any time after the Congressional recess ends on April 16. That means we must act now to ensure that Wisconsin's two U.S. Senators—who are currently uncommited to voting for the bill—do so. Even if you've contacted them previously, take a moment to do so again now. FULL STORY

Governor signs League-backed legislation
Governor Scott Walker has signed legislation that will allow credit unions to expand support for their communities. FULL STORY

Hurry—we're filling up fast for Convention!
On May 9 in Milwaukee—with our theme Cooperative Spirit—credit union professionals from across Wisconsin will gather to celebrate the cooperative business model. Convention is the best value all year for training to enhance your skills and help your credit union succeed. Young professionals even receive a special registration rate of just $69. You'll enjoy acclaimed speakers and “Meet & Greets” with syndicated radio & TV host Clark Howard and Rollie Fingers, former Brewers pitcher and Cy Young Award winner. Hurry—tickets for Credit Union Night at the Ballpark and other special events are going fast. In case you missed it, check out the special Convention Edition of League News. Reserve your room and register today!

Grants of up to $10,000 are available for financial literacy efforts
If your credit union partners with local schools on financial literacy efforts, apply for grants of up to $10,000 to enhance your programming. A total of $250,000 is being made available to the state's K-12 public and private schools to promote financial literacy thanks to a collaborative effort by The Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions (DFI), the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI), Gov. Scott Walker's Council on Financial Literacy and the Wisconsin Women's Council. All proposals must indicate how they support approved academic curriculum and integrate Wisconsin's Model Academic Standards on Personal Financial Literacy. The application deadline for grants is June 15. FULL STORY

Learn how compliance affects lending, deposits, escrow, appraisals, more
Whether you work in lending, collections, compliance or management, you play a role in ensuring that every transaction is done right. So mark your calendar now for May 16 & 17 in Wausau, to gain knowledge on hot compliance topics like proposed and final rules by regulators that affect lending, deposits and operations, and how they must be implemented. FULL STORY

Have your most pressing bankruptcy questions answered
Be at the Kalahari Resort & Conference Center in Wisconsin Dells May 23 to learn more about handling member bankruptcies. Presenter Eric North—who is well-known by Wisconsin credit unions for interpreting some of the most complex legal subjects—will bring you up to speed in a single day. He'll cover the latest bankruptcy rule changes, recent court decisions affecting prepetition borrowing fraud, the 910 day rule and tax borrowing, and collecting unsecured claims in chapter 7 and 13. An open forum to address your questions is included. Review the seminar brochure and Register by May 9 for early-bird pricing.

Free Money Mission® webinars explain how to attract younger members
Looking to attract young members? Participate in free guided webinars that will show you how to do just that using The League Services Corp.'s Money Mission®, an interactive, web-based life simulation that teaches teens personal finance. The game, which offers a chance to win college scholarships, introduces area youth to credit unions, drives traffic to the credit union's website and opens a line of communication by which credit unions can create lasting relationships with younger members. The next webinars are scheduled for April 23, May 21, and June 25 with more to follow through October. Contact Ben Schweder at (262) 408- 6026.

Want to go to CUNA Management School? Apply for a Scholarship!The Wisconsin Credit Union Foundation is again offering a scholarship for the CUNA Management School, July 8-20, as part of its Professional Development Scholarship Program. FULL STORY

TeleCourses help you learn the fast and easy way!
Why travel when you can dial in? The League's TeleCourses cut right to the chase, giving you in one hour all the skills you need. Just choose from among these topics: improving members' credit scores; teller skills; negotiating to capture higher rates and fees; new SEGs, new members, new growth; 11 key ALM ratios you should know; loan interviewing & sales skills; cyber tracking & collections techniques; ACH exception handling: returns, reversals, NOC's & more. FULL STORY

Recipient announced for Foundation's Development Education (DE) Scholarship
Congratulations! Chelsie Zima of St. Mary & Affiliates' CU will receive the Wisconsin Credit Union Foundation's Development Education Scholarship, worth up to $2,000. The DE program is a credit union philosophy immersion program that challenges attendees to apply cooperative problem solving to local and world issues. The Foundation supports grants and scholarships, financial education, credit union development and the CU system in times of need.

Reach new members by improving the nationwide CU-finder website
A FREE informational webinar has been archived to help credit unions better complete their information on www.aSmarterChoice.org. This is the site that consumers nationwide are using to find a credit union they can join. Every credit union should task one person with updating their credit union's information on the site, including member eligibility details that enable the search function. If you're not sure whether the site will point to your credit union, test the search function yourself with details your members might use as part of an "advanced" search, including their city, county, or company name. Contact Judy Phillips at (800) 242-0833, Ext. 6020.

To better compete, offer platinum cards
Platinum credit cards used to be considered a "premier" product, but they are more of the mainstream now than the classic card. To compete in the credit card market, consider adding platinum cards to your program. FULL STORY

Hunting for savings on statement printing and mailing?
The W.C.U.L. Services Corp. has teamed up with Lasertec to offer you pricing based on total Wisconsin credit unions' volume, so the more credit unions that sign up, the lower your price will be. FULL STORY

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