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Sept. 23, 2013

Students use video for their tax advocacy

Students at STAR Credit Union in Madison sang the "Don't Tax My Credit Union" message on video. Be part of a virtual rally on October 2 that will engage credit union Activists nationwide in using tools like this to ask Congress to preserve credit union's tax status. Resources from The League and CUNA can aid your advocacy effort.

Participate in a nationwide tax advocacy rally Oct. 2
Join credit union supporters from across the country from the comfort of your own computer during the Virtual Don't Tax My Credit Union Rally, Wednesday, Oct. 2 from 1-2 p.m. Central Time. The rally, hosted from Credit Union House in Washington, D.C., will feature speakers, interviews and video conferences with credit union leaders and supporters nationwide. To join the rally, simply log on to www.DontTaxMyCreditUnion.org. FULL STORY

...because of compliance demands
Compliance remained one of the most in-demand League services in 2013. This assistance helps to reduce credit unions' exposure to regulatory penalties, prepare credit unions for visit by regulators and protect the credit union and its members from liabilities that have the potential to affect income, member service, reputation and more. FULL STORY

October is time to celebrate co-ops & the "Credit Union Difference"
October is Co-op Month, offering member-owned credit unions an occasion to showcase their member-ownership structure that returns billions of dollars in annual benefits to U.S. consumers. And on October 17, credit unions worldwide will celebrate International Credit Union Day with the theme "Credit Unions Unite for Good." Follow ICU Day on Facebook. Apparel, posters and other items, including some under $1 each, can help you celebrate. Share The League's updated Scorecards,
fact sheet or communications from the World Council of Credit Unions to showcase why credit unions offer reasons to celebrate year-round!
Win up to $2,500 in cash with this year's Ca$h Calendar
Get your Ca$h Calendar raffle card today to earn 20 chances to win a total of $2,500 in cash prizes during the month of December. Proceeds benefit programs of the Wisconsin Credit Union Foundation. FULL STORY

Foundation offers grants & a scholarship
The Wisconsin Credit Union Foundation is offering Development Grants that credit unions can use to offset technology and operational expenses, and a Young Professional Scholarship of up to $2,000 to apply toward a national conference in 2014. Read the Development & YP funding guidelines. Applications for both the Development & YP funds are due Oct. 31.

Meet the Board: Kevin Ralofsky urges collaboration
Because of his background as an entrepreneur and management consultant, Kevin Ralofsky of CitizensFirst Credit Union in Oshkosh is a firm believer in tackling challenges. He feels that collaboration is something more credit unions must do to grow, and that sharing a vision and data for growth with a credit union's entire team can fuel success. FULL STORY

Director-focused learning happens Oct. 18-19 in Elkhart Lake
Reinforce your credit union's governance with the skills you'll learn at the League's annual Director's Conference. With sessions on the economy, state credit union issues, the Bank Secrecy Act, detecting red flags, attracting and developing younger staff and members, succession planning and strategic planning, it's a jam-packed learning experience. We'll also enjoy the humor of Roger Seip and plenty of networking and relaxation. FULL STORY

Compliance Compass: confused about ability-to-repay?
Under one of the many new mortgage lending rules taking effect in January, credit unions must calculate a borrower's ability to repay before making any closed-end loan secured by a dwelling. In this edition of Compliance Compass, League Legal Affairs Counsel Paul Guttormsson (right) explains what's ahead and offers helpful resources. FULL STORY

League honors long-term credit union staff and volunteers
Join us in honoring credit union staff and volunteers who have shown their long-term commitment to credit unions by dedicating more than 25 years to the movement. FULL STORY

Consumer Lending Workshop guides your front line & management
Popular presenter Brett Christensen (left) guides the League's two-day Consumer Lending Workshop in Green Bay Nov. 14-15 aimed at boosting your bottom line. The first day aims to help loan officers, member service reps and lending professionals master best practices for lending success, while the second day looks to help managers and supervisors improve overall lending results. FULL STORY

Compliance Officer School in the Dells convenes Nov. 20-21
Because of the volume and complexity of regulatory changes this past year alone, this year's Compliance Officer School Nov. 20-21 in Wisconsin Dells will focus on the changes affecting credit unions the most. Whether or not you attended our fall Compliance Roundtable, you'll gain by delving into the practical aspects of this year's hottest compliance topics, including mortgage lending, appraisals, TILA/RESPA, escrow, ability-to-repay, credit scoring, risk pricing, electronic signatures, the NCUA's proposed and final rules, letters to credit unions, exam hot-buttons and more. Gina Carter (right), who heads the Credit Union Law Team for Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C., and The League's Legal Affairs staff provide essential guidance on key issues.

Young Professionals' Boot Camp Oct. 8 near La Crosse is filling fast
Young leaders ages 35 and younger who have signed on to The League's statewide YP Network will gather near La Crosse Oct. 8 for a thought-provoking YP Boot Camp. The event aims to enhance your credit union's operations by examining how creative ideas are implemented at your credit union every day and as part of your strategic planning. Register free for the YP Network to take advantage of this and other great learning, sharing and networking opportunities, and register for the Boot Camp to secure your spot; our August Boot Camp in Wausau reached capacity with 75 participants.

Register for the FREE Oct. 1 Online Discovery™ Conference
It's back! The fourth annual Online Discovery™ Conference gives credit union professionals insight into the most important topics in the industry. Attendees can attend 13 sessions, a virtual expo center, and share ideas with industry professionals. FULL STORY

Natural partners: credit unions and life insurance
Research shows Americans are carrying less life insurance now than in 2004, and 30% of Americans have no life insurance at all. This should concern credit unions, as it puts at great risk the assets their member families entrust to their credit union. Credit unions, as a trusted source of financial services, are a natural conduit to life insurance providers for members who otherwise might not give life insurance the consideration it deserves. FULL STORY

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