ICUL Service Corporation
April 2013


News & Notes 

Biz Kid$ earns Parents’ Choice Gold Award.  Biz Kid$, the credit union funded public television series that teaches kids about money management and entrepreneurship, received a Parent’s Choice Gold Award recently.  The Parents' Choice Gold Awards are given to those books, toys, games, videos, software, magazines, audio recordings, and television programs that are judged as the highest quality, most appealing products in their genre. Criteria for judgments include the highest production standards, universal human values and a unique, individual quality that pushes the product a notch above others.  The National Credit Union Foundation oversees fundraising, outreach and administrative responsibilities of Biz Kid$. Over the past six years, more than 300 credit unions and affiliated organizations have raised more than $14 million that has supported the show’s production, website and curriculum. In fact, every Biz Kid$ episode begins and ends with a narrator reminding viewers that: "Production funding for Biz Kid$ is provided by America’s Credit Unions, where people are worth more than money."  Biz Kid$, which premiered in January 2008, has quickly grown into a national phenomenon.

CCU Hosts Free Seminar: "Your Credit Score."  Maintaining an excellent credit score is an important part of managing individual finances. While interest rates have been at historic lows for the past few years, many members haven’t been able take advantage of the lowest possible rates because their credit score was simply too low. Consumers Credit Union (CCU) understands the benefits a positive score can have on everyday life and that's why it has invited the public and its members to a FREE seminar, "Your Credit Score," on Thursday, April 25, at Keylime Cove Resort in Gurnee.  It will provide timely, up-to-date information on best practices for managing a credit score.

GCS supports March of Dimes.  GCS Credit Union is a proud supporter of the March of Dimes. This year, in addition to their $12,500 March for Babies corporate sponsorship, employees have raised $1,345 through jean day donations.  March for Babies is the March of Dimes’ biggest fundraiser. More than seven million people will join their family, friends and colleagues in 900 communities across the nation to walk in the March for Babies.  Money raised during the walks supports their mission to give every baby a healthy start.

Illinois CUs raise more than $125K for CUs for Kids.  Credit unions headquartered in Illinois raised over $125,000 for CU4Kids in 2012! Congratulations and THANK YOU so very much for all you’ve done to help make this possible!  2012 was a record setting year for Credit Unions for Kids: over $10 million was donated to local CMN Hospitals by the credit union movement!  This was a $1.5 million increase over 2011 donations of $8.7 million.  The $10.2 million donation solidifies Credit Unions for Kids as the third largest corporate sponsor of CMN Hospitals, with Rite-Aid in fourth place ($5.9 million in 2012) and Costco in second place ($16.9 million in 2012). This was also a record setting year for CMN Hospitals, with over $300 million raised. 

Scott CU sponsors Triad Softball Invitational.  Scott Credit Union recently presented a check for $2,000 to a representative from Triad High School to continue as the presenting sponsor of the school’s softball invitational tournament over the next two years.  The Annual Triad High School Invitational sponsored by Scott Credit Union will be held at the school on May 3 - 4.  The softball tournament at Triad High School features teams from as far away as Springfield and Murphysboro.


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