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April 2012



See you at the 82nd Annual Convention - bring your smartphone!

Legislative Day, other May Springfield events scheduled, open for registration

Financial Reality Fair held at GAC

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See you at the 82nd Annual Convention - bring your smartphone!
We hope to see you "Get in the Game!" at ICUL's Annual Convention later this month.

To be held April 26 – 28, 2012, ICUL’s 82nd Annual Convention will tout many changes and highlights, not the least of which is a brand new location for the event– the Renaissance Convention Center in Schaumburg, which is host to many amenities, including a mecca of world-class shopping options and upscale dining.  Connie Payton, wife of the late football legend Walter Payton, will serve as the Keynote speaker and present "Family Values, Teambuilding, Embracing Life." 

Also new this year is a mobile Web site, which is intended to provide more information at the fingertips of attendees via their smartphones, either by scanning what's called a "QR Code" or if a user enters the Annual Convention page URL directly from their smartphone.  Check it out today!  For assistance with using the mobile site, please contact William Wille, ICUL PR Coordinator. 

One unique session at this year's event will be Organ Donation Importance on Friday morning.  Did you know that 5,000 men, women and children in Illinois are on the organ transplant waiting list? Because April is "Organ Donor Awareness Month,", we are offering complimentary onsite donor registration sponsored by the Illinois Secretary of State’s office following Brittany Payton’s break out session. Stop by and join the organ donor team. One donor can save or enhance more than 25 lives, so please sign up on Friday!

The 82nd Annual Convention officially kicks off at 4:00 p.m. on April 26th with the exhibit hall grand opening, where more than 80 business partners and other vendors are anticipated to be on display. 

Full details of the event can be found at and via our new mobile Web site.  Be sure to also check out our photo preview of our new host facility.

Legislative Day, other May Springfield events scheduled, open for registration
It will be a busy time for the League and credit unions in early May.

That's because first, ICUL's annual Legislative Day and Reception will be held on May 9.  This important annual event will be held at the President Abraham Lincoln Hotel.

"With all members of the General Assembly up for election in 2012, the time is now for political involvement. This year’s State Legislative Day and Reception will focus on the key role that credit unions can play in the political process. By joining and working together, we can make a difference that matters -- to every credit union member and the entire credit union movement," said Steve Olson, ICUL Executive Vice President, General Counsel and COO.

New for 2012: The meeting format of Legislative Day has changed to begin with registration at 9:30 a.m. and include a luncheon, allowing for a better opportunity for legislative visits.  Please also plan to take advantage of this networking opportunity: The Legislative Reception will be returning to the Governor’s Mansion, which was well-received as our off-site reception in 2010. The Illinois Governor’s Mansion is one of the oldest historic residences in the state. Be sure to come visit and view the mansion while socializing with your legislator during the Legislative Reception.

In addition, please also note about additional events taking place that week.  The 2nd annual Springfield-area CUPAC golf outing will take place on Tuesday, May 8 – one day prior to ICUL’s State Legislative Day. The golf outing will take place at Edgewood Golf Club in Auburn, Illinois (approximately 30 minutes south of Springfield). Separate registration is required using the CUPAC Golf Outing brochure.

Lastly, at the request of several credit unions, the Directors College held by the National Association of State Credit Union Supervisors (NASCUS) in Chicago last fall is coming to Springfield on May 10, the day after Legislative Day. NASCUS encourages board members, supervisory committee, other volunteers and credit union management to attend this one-day event geared toward enhancing directors’ understanding of the critical statutory, fiduciary and regulatory responsibilities of a director. For pricing and other information, please click here. Please e-mail Jenny Champagne at NASCUS with any questions.

For more information on these events, please see the event brochures and/or call ICUL's Springfield office at (217) 744-1800.

"Financial Reality Fair" Held at GAC
The National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF) held a Financial Reality Fair in conjunction with the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC) in Washington, DC for the second year in a row. A Reality Fair is an interactive financial literacy tool for high school students.

The fair was held at the Caucus Room of the Cannon Office Building on Capitol Hill on March 21, 2012 with about 40 students from nearby Roosevelt Senior High School in attendance. Many others stopped by to observe the fair, including Congressman Jim Himes from Connecticut and GAC attendees during their “Hike the Hill” visits.

Student responses to a survey after the fair indicated that almost 90% will start to budget their money every month and 100% of students said it changed the way they will save and spend money.

“We’ve seen over and over how engaged students are with this type of experiential learning exercise and now even more credit unions and leagues are holding their own reality fairs across the country,” said Lois Kitsch, NCUF National Program Director. “It’s a great fit for credit unions and youth in their communities.”

The Reality Fair concept is a unique opportunity for students to experience some of the financial challenges they will face when they start life on their own. It’s a hands-on experience in which students identify their career choice and starting salaries then complete a budget sheet requiring them to live within their monthly salary while paying for basics such as housing, utilities, transportation, clothing, and food. Additional expenditures such as entertainment and travel are factored in as well. Throughout the fair, there are many temptations for additional spending, and students must learn to balance their wants and needs to live on their own. After the students have visited the various booths covering components of independent living, students balance their budget, and then sit down with a financial counselor for review. 

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