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September 2012



Illinois Chapter Leaders experience "Oscar Winning" annual conference

CU execs/activists planning to Hike the Hill at two events

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Illinois Chapter Leaders experience "Oscar Winning" annual conference
Nearly 90 leaders from 17 of the Illinois Credit Union League’s (ICUL) 24 chapters were in attendance for the annual Chapter Leaders Conference.

Hosted by ICUL and the Chicago Metro Chapter of Credit Unions, this year’s meeting was held August 22-23 at the Tinley Park Convention Center.  With a theme of "The Oscars", the event provided an opportunity for attendees to celebrate award winning performances from the past year.

"While the purpose of the chapters may have dramatically evolved over the years, one constant has remained - it is dedicated people like you who continue to make the chapter system happen," said Geri Burek, ICUL chairman of the board and league director from the host chapter in her opening remarks.  "Without the commitment, enthusiasm, and appreciation for credit unions you share from year-to-year, the Illinois movement would not be as strong as it is right now."

The event started with a Hollywood-esque social event, which included live, on-camera "red carpet" interviews, dinner and dancing on Wednesday evening.  As part of the opening night social activities and continuing with the theme of the conference, "Oscars" went to one chapter and one individual.  These included: the Rockford Area Chapter of Credit Unions in the category of "Best Director (Community Activist)", and Dominic Randazzo, Kankakee Valley Chapter Legislative Forum Representative (LFR) for "Best Director (Political Activist)".  Attendees also paid homage to other "stars" of the Illinois credit union movement’s past, including many chapter founders.

The following morning, the Irons Oaks Adventure Center facilitated a program where attendees had an opportunity build group confidence through a number of number of physical team-building exercises.  These included large group activities called "business card swap" and "galloping hands".  The group was then split into smaller groups for other drills, including "tennis ball transfer", "moon ball", and "group juggle".

The conference wrapped up with chapter brainstorming sessions where attendees had their pick of six different topics from which to choose and participate. These included: "Show Me the Money" – Build an Oscar Award-Winning Fundraiser; "Nine to Five" – Working the Chapter Meeting; "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" – Political Action Ideas; "Pay It Forward”- Community Involvement…CU Involvement…Foundation Involvement; "Young Blood" – Getting Younger Staff / Members Involved; and "It’s a Wonderful Life" – Collaboration Ideas (Big / Little CUs & Chapters).  This portion of the conference wrapped up with reports back to the entire group about the ideas and information shared.

As a final note, during the course of the conference, a silent auction took place on gift baskets created and donated by many of the chapters.  As a result, a total of $1,921 was raised, with the proceeds split between and donated to CUPAC and the Illinois Credit Union Foundation.

'The Chapter Leaders Conference is one of the best conferences any chapter board member can attend.  Each year, extremely talented credit union folks come to this conference and share ideas and brainstorm for new ways to engage our credit unions at the chapter level," said Christine Dickover, chairman of the Chicago Metro Chapter of Credit Unions.  "Sharing ideas on meeting topics, fundraising, and ideas for getting credit unions to attend the meetings are all things that are the focus of the program and the talk amongst the attendees."

Resources: For follow up items for attendees,
please click here.  To view the photos taken at the event, please see our 'Snapshots' page in this issue.

CU execs/activists planning to Hike the Hill at two events
ICUL event to be held October 3-4, 2012; CUNA GAC February 24-28, 2013

The League anticipates hosting a mighty delegation of political activists at its own annual Hike the Hill event October 3-4 to discuss federal legislative priorities with lawmakers in the nation's capitol and to maintain and enhance our credit union political and regulatory position in Washington, D.C.

ICUL’s annual Congressional Hike the Hill event is intended to bring a small group of politically active credit union officials to Washington, D.C.   The purpose of their visit is to better acquaint lawmakers and their staff with credit unions and explain why credit unions should not be caught-up in any legislation that has the unintentional consequence of negatively impacting members. 

The tentative agenda and schedule for October 3 includes a welcome event at Credit Union House followed by a legislative/regulatory/political issues update and interviews with Illinois Congressmen.  

Then on October 4, two optional events are planned.  They include a constituent coffee with Illinois Senator Dick Durbin at the Senate Office Building and attending the National Credit Union Administration’s (NCUA) board meeting at its corporate headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia.  The event concludes at noon with an optional group lunch. 

Should your schedule allow participation, please contact Debbie Bindler as soon as possible to obtain a registration form (630.983.3717 or  The conference registration fee is $65.00 which includes a light lunch at the Credit Union House and an evening social event.  ICUL has reserved a block of rooms at the Embassy Suites-Alexandria Old Town (800.362.2779 – mention Illinois Credit Union League for group rate).

In addition, although the CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC) is still months away, we wanted to be sure you know this event will be held February 24-28, 2013.  As you know, as the largest and most impactful credit union conference, CUNA GAC is the one event that all credit unions should attend.  This year’s event will focus on the challenges and opportunities for credit unions presented by the agenda of the soon-to-be elected 113th Congress.

Join other champions of the credit union movement and help us demonstrate to our newly elected and veteran representatives how our commitment to our members makes credit unions different from other financial institutions.  The GAC is the credit union movement’s premier political event and its largest national conference.  The theme for the 2013 GAC is Powerful Cause. Positive Effect.  Click here for more information, including the full hotel and event registration packet.

"It is important for credit unions to have a strong presence on Capitol Hill.  It is especially powerful when local constituents go to Washington, D.C.," said Dan Plauda, ICUL President/Chief Executive Officer.  "Our political success over the years has been due in large part to organized events to educate lawmakers about credit unions.  These Hill events are opportunities for attendees to visit their federal lawmakers to maintain a strong political and regulatory future." 

We appreciate your continued support and participation in our programs.  We look forward to seeing you in Washington for either one or both of these events!  

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