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Young CU Pros Urged to “Crash” Feb GAC in Washington

CUNA’s Governmental Affairs Conference is February 26 through March 2 in Washington, DC. And young credit union professionals have a chance to crash the party.

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CUNA, NAFCU Join Forces to Challenge ICBA MBL Suit

This follows earlier action by CUNA—supported by NWCUA—to back credit unions’ interests.

Compliance Center: NCUA Releases Letter to Federal Credit Unions on FOM Rule Changes

Learn about the FOM rule changes; your question answered on splitting funds between multiple beneficiaries when one has died; plus this week’s legal briefs.

NCUA Approves Field of Membership Changes and More

The NCUA Board approved five items at Thursday’s board meeting, including a final rule expanding automatic approval for associational groups’ membership in federal credit unions.

CUNA President/CEO Cheney Resigning to Lead SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union in California

A national search for a new president and CEO of the Credit Union National Association will be launched immediately, the association’s chairman said Wednesday, to find a successor to Bill Cheney, who is returning to California in June to be president and CEO of SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union in Santa Ana.

Northwest Credit Union Association Seeking Nominations for Board of Directors

Nominations will be accepted beginning March 12 for four seats on the Northwest Credit Union Association’s 11-member board of directors.

NWCUA Unveils New Websites for Association, Foundation & Strategic Link

New websites for the Northwest Credit Union Association, the Northwest Credit Union Foundation and Strategic Link debut this week, with more member benefits wrapped into an easy-to-navigate design that puts a wealth of resources at credit unions’ fingertips.

Panels, Speakers Offer A Glimpse At What’s On the Regulatory Horizon

If you thought that the Northwest Credit Union Association’s annual Amplify Convention was a chance for credit unions to take a break from thinking about regulations, well, think again. Three educational breakout sessions and a keynote address by NCUA Chair Debbie Matz drew standing-room-only crowds at the three-day gathering in Portland.

Chapter Leaders: Register Now for Free Amplify Workshop

Are you searching for ways to refresh, repackage, and reinvigorate your chapter’s business plan? Could you use a few new ideas that make it easier to engage your chapter credit unions, CEOs, and business partners? Then you need to attend the NWCUA’s Chapter Leadership Workshop, which kicks off the annual Amplify convention Oct. 8 in downtown Portland. Register now!

NWCUA and Northwest Credit Unions Amplify Regulatory Concerns Nationally

Northwest credit unions are increasingly becoming a force to be reckoned with on the regulatory scene, as evidenced by recent input to the CFPB. Regulatory advocacy by and on behalf of credit unions is growing the region’s influence nationally.

Strategic Link Question of the Week

Credit unions need to manage both fraud risks and member convenience. Our Strategic Link question of the week features a solution offered by Member Access Pacific.

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Spectrum Awards Judges have Spoken

Judges have finished scoring a record 108 entries into the Spectrum Marketing Awards program, and winners are being notified this week. Spectrum Award and Honorable Mention winners will be honored during the Marketers’ Conference in Portland May 8-9.

Catalyst Corporate Launches Mobile Website

“An increasing number of credit union executives on the go want—and need—to connect to their daily activities by smartphones and tablets,” said Kathy Garner, president and CEO of Catalyst Corporate. “Developing a mobile site that increases convenience for our member-owners is one way Catalyst Corporate can deliver on our promise to provide efficient, innovative products and services.”

Association Town Hall Series Underway

The first of eight Town Hall Meetings scheduled for 2013 will take place at the end of March, giving credit union leadership in the Northwest an opportunity to voice concerns and discuss current issues with President and CEO Troy Stang, COO Denise Gabel and other Association staff.

Strategic Link Question of the Week

We recently concluded another employee benefits renewal. Each year this process seems to be more challenging—we pay substantially more to get less, administration requirements have quadrupled under Health Care Reform, and the entire process is under tight time constraints. How are other companies successfully maintaining a competitive benefits package and managing compliance as well?

TruStage: A New Brand, a New Resource Exclusively for Credit Unions

CUNA Mutual Group, a Strategic Link strategic partner, has launched TruStage, a series of insurance products and programs exclusively for credit union members.

Increase Your Branch Network to 4,400 Overnight

At a fraction of what it costs to build proprietary brick and mortar, shared branching is the easy, cooperative answer for credit unions looking to offer their members optimal branch convenience.

Cut Contract Costs and Get Better Service in 2013

John M. Floyd explains that finding ways to work more cost-effectively will have a major impact on your ability to reach your credit union’s performance goals in 2013. Even if you have already trimmed all the extras from your budget, you could still be paying too much for your monthly service contracts.