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March 27, 2013

Credit union difference seen on national news show

A small, home-based credit union showcased the "credit union difference" for millions of Americans on the national news program CBS Sunday Morning. By owning the financial institution where they do business, members—not stockholders—receive the benefits: something that's true for ALL credit unions. A transcript accompanies the video.

Activists lobby Congress on credit union policy priorities
Wisconsin Activists took advantage of time with the Wisconsin Congressional delegation during CUNA's Governmental Affairs Conference. Taxation, regulatory reform, supplemental capital, privacy and business lending were all part of the discussions. FULL STORY

Successful searches on CU-finder website could grow with your input
In Wisconsin in 2012, 4,547 consumers from 207 cities visited www.aSmarterChoice.org seeking information about credit unions, and 1,774 of those consumers conducted a successful online search, identifying one or more credit unions they were eligible to join if they fell within the required field of membership. FULL STORY

Hurry—we're filling up fast for Convention!
On May 8-11 in Wisconsin Dells—with our theme "Unite for Good"—credit union professionals across Wisconsin will gather to celebrate how credit unions serve members and achieve a shared vision for growth. Convention is the best value all year for training to enhance your skills and help your credit union succeed. Young Professionals can register for just $99! You'll enjoy acclaimed speakers and a “Meet & Greet” with former Green Bay Packer Mark Tauscher. Tickets for special events, like Dinner & Laughs with acclaimed comedian Greg Hahn and our luncheon with young adult marketing guru Tim McAlpine, are going fast.
Reserve your room and register today!

Boot Camp is Young Professionals' career building opportunity
Employees and volunteers at Wisconsin credit unions who are under age 35 have a great opportunity April 17 on the CUNA Campus to network with peers, learn more about the credit union movement, hear from system partners and participate in small group activities according to job type that offer mentoring by CU leaders. There is no cost, but space is limited so register now!

REAL Solutions Showcase:
Co-op education, thanks to a local partnership

Peoples Choice and Taylor Credit Unions are working with other co-ops in Central Wisconsin to bring cooperative education to local elementary students. FULL STORY
Be the next to share your story in our Showcase!

Empower members, increase loyalty with financial counseling
Members rely on your expertise to borrow smarter and better manage their finances. Show them the way by attending The League's Member Financial Counseling Seminar April 16 on the CUNA Campus in Madison. Member service reps, collectors, lenders and just about any employee can become a positive life-changer for members with this blueprint that will help you identify opportunity and take action. Credit union favorites Lois Kitsch and Ken King (right) show you how to become your members' superstar! FULL STORY

CUNA Mutual Group: paid $738.3M, won 97% of lawsuits for CUs
CUNA Mutual Group is trusted by credit unions to deliver on its promises. That's just what happened in 2012. FULL STORY
Compliance Compass: June mortgage deadlines ahead
With all the new federal mortgage lending rules coming out lately, it's easy to be confused. Fortunately, most of them aren't effective until 2014, but three rules go into effect June 1, 2013. In this edition of Compliance Compass, the League's Legal Affairs Counsel Paul Guttormsson explains what they are and what you need to be on top of to be in compliance. FULL STORY

Want to go to CUNA Management School? Apply for a Scholarship!
CUNA Management School, the credit union movement's longest-running high-level education program, convenes in Madison each July. It's your chance to invest in your career! And now, if you apply by April 30, you can do so with up to $2,000 of financial aid from the Wisconsin Credit Union Foundation. Additional aid is available thanks to generous support from CUNA Mutual Group, CUNA, and past program graduates. FULL STORY

Recipient announced for Foundation's Development Education (DE) Scholarship
Congratulations! Don Emmer of Best Advantage 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.

Connect members to insurance online
Today, 83% of consumers use the internet as part of their process to buy life insurance and 70% go online to get an auto insurance quote.  As people become more comfortable researching and purchasing online, they're buying everything from shoes to automobiles. When deciding which products to promote on their websites, credit unions should consider that their members are likely under-insured and not clear where to turn. FULL STORY

Current marketplace indicates growth through credit cards
One of the fundamental purposes of a credit union is to help members save money. Credit unions routinely do this by offering lower interest rates on loans and charging minimal fees for services. Both of these have helped credit unions attract a record number of new members over the last two years, as a growing number of consumers grew fed up with the fees at the nation's biggest banks and took their money to credit unions. But now that we have them, what do we need to do in 2013 to keep them? FULL STORY

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