ICUL Service Corporation
October 2012


News & Notes 

Consumers Cooperative CU hosts ID theft seminar.  Each passing day brings new technological developments - and as technology advances, it's easier than ever to send personal information at the press of a button.  In today's world, bills are paid electronically and large purchases can be made with a swipe of a card. With these innovations, it's important to recognize new dangers may accompany these conveniences, requiring you to shield yourself from theft of your personal information.  That's why Consumers Credit Union (CCU) is hosting a FREE ""Protecting Yourself From Identity Theft" seminar. This workshop will provide helpful insight into the world of Identity Theft, why it happens and how to protect your personal information.   The no-cost workshop will be lead by Buck Austin of BALANCE Financial Fitness. Identity Theft".  It is presented by Consumers Credit Union and sponsored by Consumers Cooperative Association, the credit union's sponsor and will occur on October 11 at Keylime Cove Resort in Gurnee.

ICU System receptionist retires.  Everyone's favorite receptionist, Dottie Kucera, will be retiring, effective October 31, 2012.  Dottie has served in this position for 27 years.  She has enjoyed talking with our credit unions immensely over the years and will miss all of the friends she has made.  We will miss Dottie as well and wish her all the best in her future activities.  Feel free to call Dottie and send her your best wishes!

NCUF Calls for Credit Unions to Submit Proposals to CFSI Fund.  The National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF) is encouraging credit unions to submit grant proposals to the Financial Capability Innovation Fund II (FCIF II), an initiative led by the Center for Financial Services Innovation (CFSI), the nation’s leading authority on underserved consumers. FCIF II will provide valuable financial and technical assistance to innovative nonprofit-led interventions designed to promote financial capability among low-income and underserved consumers. Credit unions are able to submit applications in response to CFSI’s recently released Request for Proposals that outlines the competitive process for distribution of $2.5 million of grant funding.  NCUF is working closely with CFSI to find and fund a compelling project that not only promotes financial capability among low-income consumers but also has significant impact to the credit union movement. Credit unions are encouraged to 
review the Request for Proposals and participate in one of the Bidder’s Meetings to gain more information about the process. NCUF is encouraging credit unions with 501(c)(3) affiliates to apply and other credit unions to apply in partnership with a 501(c)(3) organization.  Grant applicants should complete and send proposals to CFSI, not NCUF. The deadline to submit proposals to CFSI is November 2, 2012.  For inquiries about CFSI’s Request for Proposals, please use

NorthSide Community FCU hosts October workshops.  New for October at North Side include: October 10- How to Buy a Good Used Auto; October 16-Marketing Your Business with Xenos Media; October 18-Senior Expense Reduction Series; October 25-Senior Expense Reduction Series; October 25- Financing Your Small Business; and October 27- First Time Homebuyer's Workshop.

Rock Valley CU supports local schools.
 Mike Rosek, President/CEO of Rock Valley Credit Union and Carrie Miller, Branch Manager in Rochelle, recently presented checks to Lincoln Elementary and Harlem School.  Rock Valley Credit Union’s purpose statement is “We impact lives and influence our community through the cooperative spirit of people helping people”.  RVCU committed to give back to the community in which they serve, so during the month of August the credit union committed to donate $10 for every personal loan booked to help the local schools with needed school supplies. 

Scott CU supports Fairview Heights Heat.  Scott Credit Union recently presented a $2,050 check to support the Fairview Heights Heat youth football program. The credit union pledged $50 to the local football program for every new minor account they referred over a month-long partnership.  The Fairview Heights Heat is a youth football team that belongs to the American Youth Football, the world’s largest youth football and cheer organization. The local program provides youth the opportunity to learn football and cheer skills.  The program also promotes sportsmanship and develops leadership in addition to encouraging physical fitness and mental alertness for area youth.

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