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August 24, 2012

Register now for FREE online Discovery Conference

Register now for CUNA Mutual Group's FREE Online Discovery Conference. The October 9, 2012 event gives credit union professionals a unique insight into the industry from the convenience of their computer. Watch this video of last year's conference tutorial. It explains how you'll learn, network, and exchange ideas with other attendees and more.

Tell our MBL story with leave-behinds
Credit union employees, directors and members hold the key to convincing Wisconsin's U.S. Senators Herb Kohl and Ron Johnson to pass S. 2231/H.R. 1416, the Credit Union Small Business Jobs Bill. Turn their attention to this important issue by visiting them in their district offices through the end of the Congressional recess Sept. 7, sharing some helpful leave-behinds and continuing additional contacts through a variety of means. FULL STORY

Candidate Survey reveals views on CUs' top issues
Before the upcoming elections, review the results of The League's 2012 Candidate Survey to see candidates' position on credit union issues. We asked those running for office this year whether they're a member, whether they support increased business lending by credit unions and whether they support credit unions' tax status. The results identify credit union-friendly candidates and those who need more input from Activists to understand and support our issues.

State economic development corp. seeks CU input
The Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. invites credit union CEOs and senior executives to participate in a Financial Services Roundtable Sept. 27 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on campus of UW Fond du Lac. Topics include: workforce development, expanding the state's educational outreach and promoting the financial services industry. Register today! Questions? Contact Sarah Wainscott at (608) 514-0086.

Managers: learn coaching from a world-renowned leader
Normally, you'd have to follow her to Africa, Asia, Eastern Eurpoe, or any one of the dozens of cities around the United States that Carol Schillios visits to consult with credit unions worldwide. But on Sept. 13, you'll find her leading The League's Leadership Workshop, at the Best Western Bridgewood Resort in Neenah. It's a rare opportunity for managers to hone their coaching skills from a world-renowned teacher and facilitator who travels the globe equipping high-performance teams. FULL STORY

Need income? We have your strategies!
Everyone's bottom line is being squeezed, but credit unions that know how to meaningfully engage with members and meet their needs are still making good income. Take advantage of The League's many learning opportunities to build relationships, identify member needs, reach income-generating target groups and develop better strategies to make more loans. FULL STORY

Share brass with schools, earn Starbucks card with survey
For several years, Wisconsin credit unions—and more recently the Wisconsin CU Foundation—have made brass|MAGAZINE and its classroom resources available to public high schools across the state at no cost. Although the brass|STUDENT PROGRAM—which helps schools meet state standards for personal finance instruction—be implemented independently by teachers, credit unions should not miss the "foot in the door" it offers to building relationships with schools. FULL STORY

Compliance Roundtable features NCUA, OCU, League and LSC Team
The League's Compliance Roundtable Sept. 27 in Pewaukee will feature NCUA's new Troubled Debt Restructuring rule. You'll also hear from the Office of Credit Unions about policies for loan workouts and nonaccrual standards for loans. Plus, The League Service Corp.'s Compliance Specialist Team—which works on a shared basis with credit unions statewide—will share insights regarding policies, what examiners look for, loan organizing, reviewing, documentation and more. The group discussion alone makes this one of The League's most popular events. Register today!

Reserve your hotel room in D.C. while special pricing lasts!
August 31 is the release date for the block of hotel rooms we've reserved for Activists attending The League's annual Credit Union House/Hike the Hill event in Washington, D.C., October 2-3. Act now to secure your lodging so that you don't miss your chance to talk with Members of Congress about what's important to your credit union and its members. FULL STORY

Awards recognize community service, CU philosophy, financial ed
Each year, The League and Credit Union National Association sponsor the Dora Maxwell, Louise Herring and Desjardins Award competitions. These awards recognize credit unions of all asset sizes nationwide for exemplary community service, CU philosophy serving members and financial education, respectively. Congratulations to the 2012 state-level winners! FULL STORY

Added webinars explain free Investor Ed opportunity
Up to 1,000 employees of credit unions or their employer groups can participate in the Investor Education in Your Workplace® program (a $100 value per person), thanks to a grant from the Investor Protection Trust and the support of the Investor Protection Institute. The program offers participants unbiased, online training in personal finance and investing fundamentals. Free webinars will explain more. FULL STORY

Compliance Compass: ads by fax, email or phone carry compliance risks
Has your credit union considered marketing to members (or potential members) via email or fax? Have you thought about a telemarketing campaign? Those can be effective ways to advertise—if you do them correctly. But as the League's Legal Affairs Counsel Paul Guttormsson explains, the credit union could face lawsuits and hefty fines if you're not careful. FULL STORY

New advisory board, website will advance young professionals' network
A newly formed advisory board and website aim to enhance the professional development and networking opportunities of young credit union professionals in Wisconsin. CU professionals ages 35 and younger are encouraged to join The Network at no cost and start generating valuable personal contacts with peers and industry leaders, as well as get more involved in the credit union movement! FULL STORY

Never miss a training with The League's Webinars On-Demand
The League's archived Webinars On-Demand allow front-line staff, compliance specialists and directors to learn 24/7—whenever and wherever it's convenient. Topics are as diverse as check laws, closed-end real estate, handling various types of accounts, BSA, collections, lending, directors' basic financial literacy, Wisconsin's Consumer Act and Marital Property Act, and more. Choose the depth of training that fits your needs and schedule, with quick or comprehensive sessions. FULL STORY

Participate in Miracle Jeans Day in September to help kids
Participate in Miracle Jeans Day in September and raise funds for your local Children's Miracle Network Hospital. Central City, Firefighter's, Glacier Hills, Horizon Community, Meadowland, Northern Paper Mills, Oakdale and Prime Financial Credit Unions are already signed up. Participate by downloading a free starter kit, with ready-to-print materials, ordering apparel, or just making a donation. Go online for more details.

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