ICUL Service Corporation
April 2013


Chapter News

Rockford chapter, credit unions instrumental in expanded Money Smart Week
Last month, a kick-off press conference for the Northern Illinois Money Smart Week (MSW) was held, of which the Rockford Chapter of Credit Unions (RACCU) is well represented.

"Previously called the Rockford MSW, the new name reflects the expansion of this annual critical effort to reach people of all ages and walks of life with financial education and literacy in more northern Illinois counties, including Boone, Carroll, DeKalb, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson, and Winnebago.  This area’s 6th annual MSW will be held April 20– 27, 2013," Lorna Cote, MSW Marketing Committee Co-chair and Director of Marketing for MembersAlliance Credit Union, stated at the press conference.

Over the past five years, Rockford MSW has reached thousands of people in the community.  Now with more than 100 local partner organizations, N. Illinois MSW will offer more than 160 free educational classes throughout the region on a variety of financial topics.  The 2013 effort also represents an increase of 20 percent in the number of community partners.  This local effort has shined as one of Illinois’ most successful MSW efforts, earning recognition in 2012 as the top planning region for growth in the state.  Last year, more than 5,400 people attended classes, which was highest participation rate outside of Chicago.

The schedule will include several sessions sponsored by RACCU and its credit unions, including a Mad City teen reality fair at the Rockford Library and a Spring Fun and Safety Day at Rock Valley Credit Union on April 20; "College 101 – Explore YOUR Options" and "Financial Aid & FAFSA – What you need to Know", co-sponsored by Generations Credit Union; and "Getting the Credit you Deserve", co-hosted by Rock Valley Credit Union, all on April 22; "How to Stretch a Buck", co-sponsored by Rock Valley Credit Union and "A Complete Financial Guide for those Born between 1960-1980: The Road Map", co-sponsored by MembersAlliance Credit Union on April 23; "Buying a Home? Ask the experts about Credit, Financing, Realtors and More!" co-sponsored by MembersAlliance Credit Union on April 24; "ID Theft, Don’t be a Victim", co-sponosored by Rock Valley Credit Union on April 26; and "Teen Xtreme Credit Class gives Teens basics of Good Financial Management", co-sponsored by MembersAlliance Credit Union on April 27.

Organizers behind the Northern Illinois MSW also initiated awareness of the week itself to the office of Illinois Governor Pat Quinn.  As a result, a proclamation declaring April 20–27, 2013 as Money Smart Week throughout the entire state of Illinois was declared and signed by the governor.

"We want to stress that Money Smart Week really is a big deal," said Cote, who has also served twice as chairman of the program in the past.

Money Smart Week® is a public awareness campaign initiated in 2002 by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, designed to help consumers better manage their personal finances. Money Smart Week models have spread throughout the country with successful campaigns now reaching 48 states. Visit the Northern Illinois Money Smart Week Facebook page ( or learn more at

Follow up items from 2012 Chapter Leaders Conference
Thanks again to the Chapter Officials who were able to join us for the 2012 Chapter Leaders Conference.  Special thanks to the Chicago Metro Chapter for all of its hard work in making this year's conference an "Oscar winning performance".  Nearly 90 leaders from 17 of the Illinois Credit Union League’s (ICUL) 24 chapters were in attendance.

As a follow-up, we wanted to make available additional information and resources for everyone’s benefit.  These include: 
  • Written recaps from the day two brainstorming roundtables;
  • Powerpoint presentations paying homage to historical chapter leaders and recipients of this year’s "Oscars" shown at the opening evening event;
  • Information about, and how to use ICUL's Chapter Leaders listserv (Please note a separate e-mail will be sent to you via the listserv to confirm you are on it);
  • Photos from the event; and
  • The Chapter Leaders Handbook that was recently updated on the League’s Web site.

To view all of these resources, please click here.

Thank you again for everything you do at the chapter level.  If you have any follow-up questions from the conference, please contact our Education Department at (630) 983-3417.

Chapter Leaders Listserv

Did you know that a listserv is available as a tool in which chapter leaders from around the state can effectively communicate?  In case you were not already familiar, a listserv is an interactive online discussion feature in which groups of people with common interests can exchange ideas via email.  An e-mail list (or Listserv) is a fast, convenient way to share information.  For more information and/or to sign up for the listserv for Chapter Leaders,
please click here.

CHAPTERS: WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU! Please know you are welcome to share pictures and details about your chapter's activities.  As part of our Indepth, we would like to include that information here on this page.  Please forward all submissions to William Wille, ICUL PR Coordinator.

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