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May 3, 2012

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Syndicated radio and TV host Clark Howard is well-known for his personal finance advice that often applauds credit unions. Here, he cites credit unions' more affordable short-term loans as an alternative to payday loans. Clark will speak, meet and greet guests and offer signed copies of his latest book at The League's annual Convention in Milwaukee. Check out our special Convention edition of League News or our convention website for details.

Credit unions nearing, surpassing goals to help pass S. 2331
Various credit unions are nearing or surpassing grassroots goals set for contacts made to Wisconsin's two U.S. Senators. These contacts aim to gain the Senators' support, which is crucial to passing legislation that will help small businesses and create jobs. The full support of Wisconsin's credit unions will be necessary for the Movement to be successful. Have you contacted both U.S. Senators recently? FULL STORY

Four full days of value makes Convention the place to be May 9-12
For less than what you’d expect to pay for a single training anywhere else, The League's Convention offers four full days of training, networking and fun. It also offers acclaimed speakers like personal finance guru Clark Howard (see video above), former Brewers pitcher Rollie Fingers, the "GOT MILK?" campaign creator Jeff Manning, and technology expert Salim Ismail. We'll also enjoy Credit Union Night at the Ballpark and other special events. It's our chance to celebrate the cooperative business model with our theme, Cooperative Spirit! Check out the special Convention Edition of League News, then reserve your hotel room and register!

Meet the Board: Convention offers chat time with League directors
Credit unions leverage strength through unity with The League. League directors—which represent credit unions by geography as well as size—offer direct input into how The League helps credit unions evolve and serve 2.2 million members in Wisconsin. Meet your League director during a casual reception at 4:30 p.m. May 10 at Convention in Milwaukee, including recently elected directors Brian Prunty of CoVantage Credit Union and Tim Tranberg of Co-op Credit Union.

12 young professionals selected to Crash The League's Convention, other YPs still have discounts available to attend
While all credit union employees age 35 and under qualify for the League's special $69 Convention registration rate, 12 have been selected to attend for free by participating in our latest "Crash" event! View the list of Crashers who will be joining us in Milwaukee. The experience gives young professionals exclusive access to sessions and discussions with credit union industry leaders from Wisconsin and beyond.

Access free materials to point consumers to credit unions
Consumers have begun to notice who benefits from their patronage. Instead of enriching bank shareholders, they've turned on to benefiting themselves as credit union member-owners. And now, credit unions or chapters can collaboratively deploy free advertising through The League to convert this newfound consumer interest into new members. FULL STORY

Rare opportunity to obtain financial counseling training: FiCEP
With enough interest on the part of Wisconsin credit unions, our state can join others nationally that are providing employees an advanced form of financial counseling training and certification through the Credit Union Financial Counseling Certification Program (FiCEP). By enrolling learners statewide, every credit union can access top-shelf training at rock-bottom prices, but only if we have enough participants. The League has received a very good response so far from credit unions, but if you haven't already, please notify Chad Helminak by May 14 if your credit union is interested in this training and more information as it becomes available. FULL STORY

Help a teacher or employee improve their financial lessons
Online registration is open for the National Institute of Financial & Economic Literacy in Madison. Credit unions sponsor the attendance of local high school teachers at this summer workshop to help them improve their financial lessons for students. If you have a school branch it's another way to deepen your relationship and if not, to create a relationship, with educators. Or, sponsor an employee who focuses on financial education efforts. The cost is just $300. To sponsor, send a check payable to Edgewood College to Deb Weier, Edgewood College, 1255 Deming Way, Madison, WI 53717 and ask teachers to note your credit union as a sponsor when they register. Questions? Contact Chad Helminak at (608) 514-0080.

Learn how compliance affects loans, deposits, escrow, appraisals, more
Whether you work in lending, collections, compliance or management, you play a role in ensuring that every transaction is done right. So mark your calendar for May 16 & 17 in Wausau to gain knowledge on hot compliance topics like proposed and final rules by regulators that affect lending, deposits and operations, and how they must be implemented. FULL STORY

Have your most pressing bankruptcy questions answered
Be at the Kalahari Resort & Conference Center in Wisconsin Dells May 23 to learn more about handling member bankruptcies. Presenter Eric North—who is well-known by Wisconsin credit unions for interpreting some of the most complex legal subjects—will bring you up to speed in a single day. He'll cover the latest bankruptcy rule changes, recent court decisions affecting prepetition borrowing fraud, the 910 day rule and tax borrowing, and collecting unsecured claims in chapter 7 and 13. An open forum to address your questions is included. Review the seminar brochure and Register by May 9 for early-bird pricing.

Get Turnkey Solutions in just 15 minutes
Don't miss the 15-minute mini-sessions planned for Friday, May 11 in the Exhibit Hall at Convention in Milwaukee. These vendor demos will give your credit union the tools it needs for success in 2012 and beyond. Presenters include CUDL (9:35 a.m.), AmeriCU Mortgage (9:50 a.m.), Money Mission (12:05 p.m.) and American Deposit (12:25 p.m.). Questions? Contact Ben Schweder at (262) 408-6026.

Are you covered?
Consider some real scenarios that may affect your credit union. Then use them to start a conversation with your bond carrier to make sure your credit union is covered. 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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