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Feb. 6, 2013

Protect credit unions' tax status at CUNA GAC

Tax reform will be high on the agenda of the new Congress in 2013. The CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference is our opportunity to ensure Congress understands credit unions' priorities and the value that credit unions provide to communities nationwide. Register today!

State Government Affairs Conference: 700+ contacts with lawmakers
Nearly 230 credit union Activists from across Wisconsin convened in Madison Jan. 22-23 to take part in The League's annual State Government Affairs Conference. As part of the more than 700 in-person contacts with state legislators, attendees addressed topics important to Wisconsin's credit unions. FULL STORY

Relief: thanks to NCUA's new "small" credit union definition
Credit unions will see some real regulatory relief as a result of the National Credit Union Administration's action to increase the asset-size threshold that defines a "small" credit union. The threshold was raised to $50 million as recommended by the Credit Union National Association, up from $10 million. FULL STORY

Wisconsin credit unions saved members $1 billion, says Scorecard
Wisconsin credit unions saved their members close to $1 billion since the start of the recession. That's just one of many facts found in the new REAL Solutions Scorecard for Wisconsin Credit Unions, a report that's available to teach the credit union difference and build pro-credit union relationships with lawmakers, media and others in your community. Encourage your staff and directors to read it and share it! FULL STORY

House Speaker John Boehner to address CUNA's 2013 Governmental Affairs Conference
Speaker of the House U.S. Rep. John Boehner (left), plus long list of Congressional and other leaders, will address the Credit Union National Association's 2013 Governmental Affairs Conference in Washington, D.C. on Feb. 26. Keynoters include Tom Brokaw and Jean Chatzky. Learn more and register today!

Credit unions donated $35,925 for Foundation, Credit Union House
Wisconsin credit unions generously donated $35,925 to support the Wisconsin Credit Union Foundation and Credit Union House in Madison since December 1. A total of 40 credit unions made voluntary contributions as part of the process by which credit unions renew their membership in The League & CUNA. 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

Six steps to prevent cyber attacks
The hacktivist group, Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Cyber Fighters, which took credit for launching several distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks against banks in 2012 and early January 2013, has said it will suspend the attacks. However, don't bet on behalf of your members that only large banks are at risk since credit unions were also targeted in the attacks. Start by taking six steps to prepare your credit union for cyber attacks.  FULL STORY

REAL Focus: expand outreach with financial education
Credit unions build member loyalty and reach new target groups—particularly the next young generation of borrowers—through financial education. It's also the means to serve Wisconsin communities and advocate the "credit union difference." In this edition of REAL Focus, the League's Director of REAL Solutions & Outreach Chad Helminak offers several ways to accomplish this in early 2013. FULL STORY
Create a legacy with a memorial or tribute from the Foundation
Valentine's Day is approaching: why not make a donation to the Wisconsin Credit Union Foundation as a tribute to or in memory of someone special? The recipient will receive a special card of honor with your name as the benefactor, and will be recognized in The Foundation annual report. Memorial or tribute gifts totaling $500 or more will be recognized at The League Convention. Contact Mary Bliss at (262) 408-6002.
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

Feb. 15 is deadline to submit League Board nominations
The League Board is accepting nominations through Feb. 15 to fill terms representing credit unions in Region 2 and Region 4. To be eligible, the person must be a Director, President, Senior VP or Executive VP of a League member credit union within the Region that person is to represent. Obtain nomination forms by contacting Karen Raether at (262) 408-6021.

How to Make Retirement Planning Unavoidable
Are so many Baby Boomers and Gen Xers failing to save adequately for retirement because they don't have access to good retirement plan options? Not entirely. Many are failing because they're not properly educated and motivated to use the plans they have. Here are four steps to making retirement planning virtually unavoidable for your employees. FULL STORY

EMV: on your mark, get set, start planning!
Recent announcements from Visa and MasterCard have set the stage for the U.S. implementing EMV/Chip cards, driving toward widespread EMV adoption by October 1, 2015. Between now and then all stakeholders in the payments value chain—including credit unions—will need to roll up their sleeves and face new challenges to reach that goal. FULL STORY

Filene: tap innovations in saving money and serving members
The Filene Research Institute—the credit union movement's "think tank" in Madison—invites credit unions to tap the latest innovations in saving money and serving members, as well as its extensive library of research findings that can help your credit union make strategic leaps forward. FULL STORY

TruStage™ is a new brand, a new resource
Learn more about TruStage™, the connection to MemberCONNECT®, and see the results of the recent Holiday Traditions research. 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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