December 8, 2008

REAL Solutions
Benefit from your participation in the Free Tax Preparation Assistance program
While your credit union’s participation in the Free Tax Preparation Assistance program benefits the people who are most vulnerable to using Refund Anticipation Loans (RALs), it also benefits your credit union.

NEFE offers financial education resources for college students
National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE) has several resources credit unions can use to help educate college students on important financial topics. Read more...

Start planning for National Credit Union Youth Week April 19-25
It’s never too early to start planning for National Credit Union Youth Week, April 19-25. Promotional items are already available for order and feature this year’s theme, “The Magic of Saving.” Don’t forget to sign up for the National Youth Savings Challenge! Over $185,300 was saved by Wisconsin's young credit union members as part of the 2008 National Credit Union Youth Week's Savings Challenge.

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CU Difference: Post Office CU returns more than $1.4 million to members
Post Office Credit Union members have collectively been paid more than $1.4 million thanks to the credit union’s 4% bonus dividend and loan interest rebate to members. This is the 14th consecutive year that the credit union has been able to provide such a rebate to its members. Credit unions have the ability to give back to their members in this manner – something unheard of at profit driven banks – because credit unions are member-owned cooperatives.


Government Affairs
Experience the legislative process and build pro-credit union relationships at the State GAC

Don’t miss your chance to experience the legislative process, meet with lawmakers and learn more about how things work in our state’s Capitol during the 2009 State Government Affairs Conference Jan. 20-21 at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center in Madison. Read more...

The League’s Banker Myths Debunked tool for credit unions and Activists

The League’s Banker Myths Debunked: A Guide to Separating Banker Rhetoric from the Truth about Wisconsin Credit Unions is an invaluable tool that Activists and credit unions can use when speaking with lawmakers or when responding to inaccuracies about credit unions in published letters to local newspapers. The League often draws upon the guide when responding to banker attacks and letter to the editors. If you see misstatements about credit unions in local publications, please let us know; we have ready-made resources to help prepare a response. Contact Chris Olson, Director of Communications at The League, at (262) 408-6019 or (800) 242-0833. 



Be aware of compliance issues related to skip payment promotions
Skip payment promotions are popular around the holidays, but credit unions should be aware of compliance concerns regarding both open- and closed-end consumer loans. Read more…

League News
The League’s Year in Review: Part 1 of 3
Throughout 2008 The League and Wisconsin credit unions have worked together to advance the credit union movement. Read more...

Credit unions’ 100th anniversary materials available for order

CUNA and The League will have materials for credit unions to order to celebrate credit unions’ 100th anniversary. Order promotional materials or commemorative items from CUNA and watch for more information from The League.

System News

WCUSSC adds additional convenience with new features and locations
Wisconsin Credit Union Shared Service Centers (WCUSSC) have made it easier for members to find their locations. Read more...

Two Filene studies offer insights to help credit unions better serve current and future members
Two studies from Filene Research Institute can help credit unions learn how to better serve current and future members. Read more...

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How safe is your critical data?  Find out with the Free Risk Profiler. Is your IT security focused on the risks that matter most to your credit union? Are your security priorities based on available security solutions, or do you protect your network based on the assets most important to your credit union? How do your priorities – and solutions – compare to industry peers? Read more…

If your credit union is not currently offering debit cards to your members, First Data/STAR’s Signature Debit card program should be at the top of your 2009 to do list.
 Credit unions can generate significant new revenues by issuing either MasterCard® debit cards or Visa check cards. Read more…

Trainings Offered By The League

Quick Bite: 10 Commandments of Career Success
TeleCourse: Reg CC
Quick Bite: 3rd Party Due Diligence

Keys to Compliance Webinar: Account Documentation - Single, Joint, Marital & UTMA Accounts
2009 Government Affairs Conference
Quick Bite: Hands on Business Development

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Director Training & CUNA's Correspondence Programs

Upcoming Events

Don't miss the Keys to Compliance Webinar: Account Documentation - Single, Joint, Marital & UTMA Accounts, Jan. 13

Join us at the 2009 Government Affairs Conference, Jan. 20-21

Attend the 2009 CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference, Feb. 22-26


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Volunteer Institute first of 2009 educational offerings

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Questions or comments regarding this newsletter? Please contact Melissa Wittig at (800) 242-0833, Ext. 6045. Email change? Please contact Judy Phillips at (800) 242-0833, Ext. 6020.