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July 2012



League to host annual conference specially for small CUs

2012 International Credit Union Day® theme highlights key difference

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League to host annual conference specially for small CUs
Another full house is expected for the Illinois Credit Union League’s (ICUL) annual Small Asset Size (SAS) Conference geared specifically toward credit unions under $25 million. 

The two-day, highly popular conference will be held at ICUL’s offices in Naperville August 7-8.

The conference will provide a unique educational event to address challenges and concerns of credit unions in this particular asset group.  Many topics will center on helping small credit unions compete in today’s marketplace.  There will also be ample time built into the schedule for attendees to network and share best practices with one another.

Main highlights from the first day of sessions will include Keynote speaker William Myers, Director of Small Credit Union Initiatives for the NCUA.  An impressive panel of speakers from the NCUA and the Illinois Division of Financial Institutions (DFI) will also dialogue with the group.  They will include Richard Klecun, NCUA Economic Development Specialist, Gerald Schultz, NCUA Supervisory Examiner, David Anderson, DFI Senior Financial Institutions Examiner, and Brad Losch, DFI Acting Assistant Supervisor.  The first day will conclude with a welcome reception.

The second day of the conference will include another round of presentations on pertinent topics, including "Smart Phone Apps" by Bill Cerwin, Sales Executive, CUNA Mutual Group, an overview about Infosight, ICUL's new comprehensive online compliance resources by Brad Bergmooser, ICUL Corporate Counsel; a discussion about lifestyle lending by Kirk Harris, President, Lifestyle Lending Solutions; an investment options review by Patty Moen, Account Executive, Balance Sheet Solutions, LLC; and an update on the Invest in America program by Leslie Norush, National Business Consultant, CU Solutions Group.  The conference will finish out with an open forum and networking lunch, facilitated by Joni Senkpeil, ICUL Director of Small Credit Union Development. 

"We strive to be a focal point to help our small credit unions succeed and it seems this conference helps to address their concerns and needs year after year," said Dan Plauda, ICUL President/Chief Executive Officer.  "That’s what we’re all about."

Illinois is home to 257 credit unions with $25 million or less in assets, or about 70 percent of all credit unions in the state.  After being well received by participants initially in 2002, ICUL has offered this conference every year since then.  This year’s event will be sponsored by ICUL, the Illinois Credit Union Foundation and CUNA Mutual Group.

To be part of this year's conference, please click here to register, and/or click here for the event brochure

2012 International Credit Union Day® theme highlights key difference
The message is simple, direct and embraces the key concept behind credit unions: Members Matter Most. Those three words, which comprise this year's International Credit Union (ICU) Day® theme, speak to the heart of the credit union philosophy.

"In the face of all challenges, credit unions have always existed to serve their members," said Brian Branch, World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) President and CEO. "The clear and simple message, 'Members Matter Most,' summarizes credit unions' reason for being."

ICU Day, celebrated annually on the third Thursday of October, takes place this year on Oct. 18, 2012. This year is also the United Nations' International Year of Cooperatives, a year-long celebration that began Oct. 31, 2011, and has provided greater visibility to credit unions and other cooperatives worldwide.

This year's theme was submitted by Sinéad Butler from the Marketing Services Department of the Irish League of Credit Unions (ILCU). 'Members Matter Most' was one of more than a dozen themes submitted by representatives from Abacus Australian Mutuals, Credit Union Central of Canada, Credit Union National Association (USA) and WOCCU.

Committee members also voted on the design of this year's ICU Day poster, which incorporates photos of credit union members from Mexico, Poland, Tanzania and other countries from around the world. The seven cooperative principles in English, Spanish and French form the poster's background.

"Members are the heart of the credit union system. This year's theme speaks perfectly to the sentiment all staff carry through on every day," said Bill Cheney, CUNA President and CEO. "Further, it differentiates credit unions from other financial institutions as member-owned financial cooperatives. At credit unions, members matter most."

Official ICU Day graphics are available to download on WOCCU's Web site at Promotional materials and other ideas to help celebrate International Credit Union Day will soon be available.

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