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February 10, 2014

Preview Convention speaker, Tweet Chat guest

Speaker, author and entrepreneur Mike Michalowicz has helped stimulate explosive growth in service companies. He joins our growing list of top-rated speakers for The League's May 2014 Convention (see "Unite for Good," below) and our February Tweet Chat (see "Have a Twitter Account," below). Get a preview of what has his audiences buzzing!

Largest state reguatory reforms in a decade coincide with State GAC
League-backed legislation is scheduled for action this week, just as Activists prepare for their annual visits with state lawmakers in Madison as part of The League's State Government Affairs Conference (GAC). FULL STORY

Target data breach cost to WI credit unions? $600,000...and counting
The costs to credit unions from the Target stores' data breach total more than $30 million, with close to $600,000 of that falling on the shoulders of Wisconsin credit unions. These losses hurt credit union members because credit unions are not reimbursed by the retailers where breaches have occurred. So the credit union movement has addressed both the media and Congress to explain who pays for a breach as well as the need for greater accountability that can stem future costly data theft and instill consumer confidence in the U.S. payments system. FULL STORY
Share your comments on risk-based capital proposal
The National Credit Union Administration issued a proposed rule on risk based net worth requirements that would affect all federally insured credit unions—including state chartered credit unions—with over $50 million in assets. The proposal includes risk-weighting of certain assets (e.g., real estate and member business loans) and would allow NCUA to raise the risk-based capital requirement of an individual credit union above the normal threshold levels based on subjective factors. Here's how you can weigh in!

Weigh in on CFPB analysis of debt collection practices
Wisconsin credit unions can comment on debt collection practices as part of an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPR) from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) that addresses debt collection and sales. All comments must be submitted in February. FULL STORY

Open dialog with credit union examiners draws full house
As of January 1 this year, Wisconsin credit unions became part of the National Credit Union Administration's Region I for federal supervision. That's why NCUA staff, led by Region I Director Larry Blankenberger, came to Credit Union House recently, along with Office of Credit Unions Director Kim Santos (right) and her staff, to hold an open dialog with the credit unions they are responsible for examining, and to discuss expectations going forward. FULL STORY
Share your feedback to improve financial education tools, opportunities
The brass|STUDENT PROGRAM has helped Wisconsin credit unions engage local high schools in teaching personal finance. But we need your feedback to continue to develop relevant content for teachers and to expand opportunities for credit unions to use it. Take the survey!

Help members save while adding non-interest income!
Your credit union can earn additional income now simply by offering your members discounts on Sprint wireless plans. 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. FULL STORY

Gain invaluable networking, practical knowledge at 2014 Roundtables
Register now! 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 HR Roundtable Feb. 13 in Appleton, the Small Credit Union CEO Roundtable March 12 in Wisconsin Dells and the Compliance Roundtable March 20, also in the Dells.
REAL Focus: expand outreach with grants, new programs
Financial education and outreach to new and underserved markets develop relationships that can grow your credit union. Chad Helminak (right), League VP of CU Development, shares key opportunities to help you do just that. FULL STORY
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.

Convention focuses on CU growth strategy
Service Excellence is a key action area in credit unions' national "Unite for Good" strategy for growth. So The The League’s 80th annual convention, May 7-10 at the Wisconsin Center/Hilton Milwaukee City Center, features four days of learning and sharing on service issues. Emceeing our event this year is breakout session presenter Patrick Adams—one of Credit Union Magazine's CU Movement Rock Stars. Andy Janning will explain how leadership impacts service, past convention favorite Salim Ismail will explain the coming changes in technology and their demands on member service, and author and entrepreneur Mike Michalowicz will explore what service excellence requires of ALL credit union professionals. The League's annual meeting is set for 1:45-2:15 p.m. on Thursday, May 8. Reserve your hotel room today!

Have a Twitter account? Participate in our Tweet Chat
Join The League on the third Tuesday of each month at 11 a.m. at #WICUchat. a conversation on Twitter that addresses credit union industry topics. Our chat on Feb. 18 will take a 360-degree look at what it means to foster service excellence in a credit union. Convention speaker Mike Michalowicz (see "Unite for Good", and video, above) will join us. FULL STORY

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