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December 1, 2010

Federal regulator releases 2011 cost estimates to strengthen CU system
The National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) announced at its November Board meeting the estimated combined costs that all federally insured credit unions will pay in 2011 as part of ongoing efforts to strengthen the credit union system. FULL STORY

CUs must start building relationships with freshman lawmakers
After the historic November elections in which 38 freshman lawmakers were elected to the State Legislature and the chairs for both the Senate and Assembly committees that oversee financial institutions will be new to those posts, credit unions have a lot of work in front of them. We need to build relationships with newly elected lawmakers before they start voting on issues that affect us. FULL STORY

Find out what this year’s State GAC has in store for you
The League’s State Government Affairs Conference, Jan. 25-26 in Madison, is the premier opportunity for Activists to build relationships and share their stories with lawmakers, while also giving attendees a chance to learn about the legislative process and hone their advocacy skills. FULL STORY

The REAL Focus: CUs busy providing financial education, plus resources for REAL Solutions programs
In the latest REAL Focus column, Jill Weber, The League's Director of Member Solutions, shares the latest on Money Smart Week, as well as other helpful tools on online banking and the Free Tax Preparation Assistance Program. FULL STORY

Carol Pecsi advises small credit unions to network, listen and seek help when needed
Carol Pecsi, who represents credit unions with less than $20 million in assets on The League’s Board of Directors, says she took on the role because small credit unions have always been her “home.” FULL STORY

The Office of Credit Unions fills a role beyond CU examination
Credit union staff who are directly involved with exams conducted by the Office of Credit Unions (OCU) may know quite a bit about what the state credit union regulatory office does from day to day. But there's much more; OCU is a great resource for information about credit unions and is involved in legislative monitoring, proposals and rule-making and providing consumer information and assistance. FULL STORY

Three Wisconsin CUs win national Dora Maxwell, Desjardins awards
Three Wisconsin credit unions were announced as national winners for the 2010 Dora Maxwell, Louise Herring and Desjardins award programs. FULL STORY

FREE Supervisory Committee Audit Training on Dec. 2
The League will be hosting at its Pewaukee office a FREE Supervisory Committee Audit Training being conducted by the National Credit Union Administration on Dec. 2. There session, scheduled for 2 to 4 p.m., will provide training to Supervisory Committees regarding the procedures to follow while conducting the Annual Supervisory Audit, including interim audit procedures. This training is targeted to small credit unions that have basic auditing needs. To register, contact Judy Phillips at (800) 242-0833, Ext. 6020.

Get guidance on FACTA 312 during new webinar series
Need more guidance on FACTA 312? The League's December FACTA 312 webinars can help you develop a FACTA 312 compliance program, as well as provide additional support on the Metro 2® data audit. FULL STORY

Join The Wisconsin Credit Union Foundation’s Annual Fund Donor Society
New this year, supporters of The Wisconsin Credit Union Foundation can join the Annual Fund Donor Society by making a donation at any giving level. FULL STORY
Chapters help advance advocacy efforts with trainings, legislative nights
Credit union chapters are leading advocacy efforts by hosting legislative nights, Activist trainings, auctions supporting our political PAC funds and more. FULL STORY

Credit Union News


Don't miss Keys to Compliance webinar on basic mortgage lending Dec. 7
Get convenient training on basic mortgage lending during The League's Dec. 7 Keys to Compliance webinar. Learn more about Reg C - Home Mortgage Disclosure Act, flood insurance, RESPA and the real estate checklist without leaving the office. And, if you can't participate on Dec. 7, the session will be recorded and available online for up to 90 days. For more information, contact Judy Phillips at (800) 242-0833, Ext. 6020.

Prepaid cards are for more than just the holidays!  Prepaid debit, gift and travel cards are a great added service you can easily offer your members.  FULL STORY

Give your loan portfolio a check up with TransUnion TransUnion’s Express Portfolio Review will help you identify portfolio risk and take actions sooner. FULL STORY

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The YP Council expands knowledge of CU system partners
The League’s Young Professionals Council held its Nov. 18 meeting at the Credit Union National Association’s (CUNA) Madison offices in an effort to learn more about, and from, the many credit union system partners located there. Council members heard from representatives from CUNA, CUNA Mutual Group, the National Credit Union Foundation, World Council of Credit Unions and the Filene Research Institute. The Council, which up until this year served originally as an advisory group for The League’s initiatives, has changed direction in an effort to educate young professionals about all aspects of the movement and provide them with more opportunities. FULL STORY
Save the headache - Let The League Services Corp. file your Form 990
With a total of 78 pages all written in IRS code, the Form 990 is more headache than anything. Let The League Services Corp. relieve that stress by filing your credit union’s Form 990 for you. This year’s form specifically requests that the Form 990 be reviewed by the Board of Directors, so make sure to submit your information by Feb. 28 so that we can send you a draft in time for your April Board Meeting. For more information, contact Cari Thompson at (800) 242-0833, Ext. 6023.

Missed the Online Discovery Conference? Content available on demand
While CUNA Mutual Group’s FREE Online Discovery Conference is now over, all of the great content shared during the daylong event is now available on demand through Feb. 4. Whether you participated in the initial conference or you’d just like to check out what you missed, the content is still free and now available at your convenience. Just register or reuse your registration from the conference.

Free training on"reality fairs" Dec. 15 offers tips to add younger members
You won't have to leave your office Dec. 15 to participate in a free training that will teach your credit union an effective way of adding younger members. A free session Dec. 15 focusing on "reality fairs" will explain how you can engage teens - sometimes entire student bodies from  local schools - in learning real-world financial management. Participants are given jobs, income, a family and debt and are asked to find housing, transportation, food, etc. while balancing a budget. Watch The League's calendar of events for more information!

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