Posted January 13th, 2017 No Comments
Give the Gift of Financial Education

As soon as they come, the holidays have gone again, but for millions of people, the cost of food, gifts, decorations and travel will linger long into 2017. The cultural norms many of us take for granted over the festive season, can be an overwhelming burden on many budgets. {Read The Full Article}

Posted January 13th, 2017 No Comments
Hiring for Talent

In the traditional sense, recruiting new employees is systematically looking at resumes and evaluating past experience of potential candidates. Hiring people based on their past experience, and the skills they have acquired over the years is an important facet in the recruiting process. However, if you are using this process exclusively, you could be missing out on the perfect candidate for your company. This process often overlooks a very important trait of the best candidates out there, potential. It’s not that this way of sourcing doesn’t work, or that quality people aren’t found using this process, but you may to need ask yourself, how do we truly determine someone’s potential? {Read The Full Article}

Posted January 13th, 2017 No Comments
New Leadership at U.P. Connection FCU

Long time CEO Jan Kounkel retired this month from U.P. Connection FCU.  Jan had been at the credit union for 25 years and served as CEO for the last 19.  We thank Jan for her commitment and service to credit unions and wish her the very best in her retirement.

Taking over for Jan will be Janeane Whitney.  She has been at U.P. Connection FCU for 2 years.  Janeane started her career at what is now Wells Fargo, was there for over 25 years, then went to Bank of the West for 10 years.  All of her experience has been in Retail Banking before joining the credit union.  Born and raised in Omaha, Janeane is married with 3 adult children, 2 sons and a daughter, who live and work in the Omaha area. {Read The Full Article}

Posted January 13th, 2017 No Comments
Callahan Lending Webinar: Pricing Structures & Best Practices

Join Callahan & Associates; Lee Strickhouser, chief lending officer for Resource One; and Brett Beckham, inside sales manager for Leaders for a discussion on the structures and best practices of the two credit unions’ relationship-based pricing programs. {Read The Full Article}

Posted January 13th, 2017 No Comments
Upcoming NCUL Events

Mark Your Calendars for these NCUL upcoming events!

January 30 – NCUL Jam the Unicam

March 22 – NCUL Lending Workshop (Lincoln)
March 23 – NCUL Lending Workshop

April 4 – NCUL Small Credit Union Workshop/Webinar
April 12 – PolicyWorks Compliance Update Webinar {Read The Full Article}

Posted January 13th, 2017 No Comments
Nebraska CUs Contributed to State’s Economy in 2015, According to CUNA Estimates

The estimated economic contribution of Nebraska credit unions to the State’s economy in 2015 was $574 million according to CUNA’s “Estimates of Credit Unions’ Economic Contributions by State” report. In 2015 there were 62 credit unions in Nebraska serving 491,850 members (tax paying working class Nebraskans) – 26% of the state’s population. Credit unions contributed 3,691 direct and indirect jobs and $158 million in direct and “induced” labor income. {Read The Full Article}

Posted January 13th, 2017 No Comments
Measure Your Credit Union’s Member Value With CUAnalyzer
Measure Your Credit Union’s Member Value With CUAnalyzer

Credit unions across the country use Callahan’s Return of the Member (ROM) scoring to support their member-facing goals, hold staff accountable to better serve members, and demonstrate the impact credit unions have in their communities. ROM is a quantitative way for credit unions to shout out that difference to members. The ROM calculation considers three core credit union functions: Return to Savers (savings), Return to Borrowers (lending), and Member Participation (product usage).

Where does your credit union rank? View your ROM score in comparison to your asset-based national peers by logging into CUAnalyzer and clicking “Member Value” on the left navigation.

We commonly use asset groups to base rankings. Here you will state averages to give you another perspective.

These 20 Nebraska CUs Top Callahan’s ROM Index
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Data as of 9/30/2016 | For more details about how Callahan’s ROM scoring is calculated, click here.

About CUAnalyzer

CUAnalyzer is Callahan’s educational analysis tool. It makes it easy for credit union executives, employees, and volunteers to understand their credit union’s financial data and how it compares to other credit unions in their area or those who operate using a similar business model. Click here to register for an upcoming training session or contact us with specific questions.

Users can look at pre-built packets featuring metrics that directly measure their department’s success. Your credit union has access to CUAnalyzer through its affiliation with Nebraska Credit Union League.

{Read The Full Article}

Posted January 13th, 2017 No Comments
Campaign for Common-Sense Regulation

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This year, we have the best possible opportunity for credit union advocacy victories on the regulatory relief front. With CUNA, the Leagues and credit unions joining forces like never before, we need everyone in the system to be engaged and help drive the Campaign for Common-Sense Regulation. {Read The Full Article}

Posted January 13th, 2017 No Comments
Nominations for the League Board of Directors Now Open

Pursuant to the Election Procedures for the NCUL Board of Directors, a call for nominations was issued on January 10th. All directors elected during this balloting will serve beginning June 1, 2017. Information has been sent to each eligible member credit union CEO; anyone interested in running for the Board should review the election materials carefully and submit their nomination by 5:00 PM Central Time on March 10th. {Read The Full Article}

Posted January 13th, 2017 No Comments
America Saves Week is Near!

America Saves Week, held this February 27 – March 4, is an annual opportunity for organizations to promote good savings behavior and a chance for individuals to assess their own saving status. Thousands of organizations typically participate, reaching millions of people. Participation in the Week is easy, no matter how big or small your organization is. The impact of good savings behaviors is huge and every saver counts.

Learn more by clicking HERE. {Read The Full Article}

Posted January 13th, 2017 No Comments
105th Legislature is Underway

The 105th Legislature convened for its First Session on January 4th.  There were seventeen (17) newly elected State Senators sworn in on the first day as well as the swearing in of officers.  The body elected new leadership including a new Speaker, Standing Committee Chairs, Select and Special Committee Charis.  The new Speaker is Jim Scheer of Norfolk.  Speaker Scheer defeated Senator Matt Williams of Gothenburg for the top post. {Read The Full Article}

Posted December 14th, 2016 No Comments
$71 and Counting Campaign

The League initiated what they are calling the “$71 and Counting” Campaign to raise end of the year funds for the credit union political action committees CULAC and NCULPAC.  The campaign asks credit union staff members and volunteers to contribute $71 to either NCULPAC or CULAC by December 31st.  The $71 appeal represents the annual cost on each credit union member of unnecessary and burdensome regulations that have been piling up since the Financial Crisis in 2008.  The campaign coincides with the advocacy efforts that will be put forth in 2017 to reduce the regulatory burden on America’s credit unions by CUNA, the Leagues, and credit union advocates. {Read The Full Article}

Posted December 14th, 2016 No Comments
Bacon Visits NCUL

Congressman-Elect Don Bacon met with League staff on December 5th at the League office.  Mr. Bacon defeated incumbent Congressman Brad Ashford in the U.S. House race in District 2.  District 2 includes Douglas County and west Sarpy County.  {Read The Full Article}

Posted December 14th, 2016 No Comments
Loyalty Rewards with ScoreCard®

Loyalty is the most critical metric that credit unions can use to measure performance. Loyal members stay; indifferent members leave. Keeping existing members is easier than finding new ones. Loyal members spread the brand and urge others to join. Loyalty is unquestionably the key to success. Friendly staff, winning smiles, and good member service, however, will only take member loyalty so far today; to stay competitive credit unions must offer compelling card programs and rewards that have real meaning to their members. {Read The Full Article}

Posted December 14th, 2016 No Comments
NCUA Chair Rick Metsger to Keynote 2017 League Annual Meeting

Current NCUA Board Chairman Rick Metsger is confirmed as the keynote speaker for the 2017 League Annual Meeting scheduled for June 1st in downtown Omaha. {Read The Full Article}

Posted December 14th, 2016 No Comments
Nebraska Credit Unions Reach 500,000 Member Milestone

For the first time, Nebraska credit unions have surpassed 500,000 members. Credit union memberships reached 501,273 in the 3rd quarter. More than one in four of the state’s population now participates in the financial benefits of credit union membership. {Read The Full Article}

Posted December 14th, 2016 No Comments
Surprising No One, ABA Sues NCUA Over Field of Membership

The American Bankers Association (ABA) filed a lawsuit against the NCUA over the agency’s final field of membership (FOM) rule, which was also published in the Federal Register yesterday.  The lawsuit is very similar to the recent Independent Community Bankers Association’s lawsuit against NCUA over the recent final Member Business Lending (MBL) Rule.  Both lawsuits allege that the NCUA has improperly interpreted the Federal Credit Union Act in its recent FOM and MBL rulemakings. {Read The Full Article}

Posted December 14th, 2016 No Comments
General Colin Powell at CUNA GAC

General Colin Powell has served as a soldier, a statesman and a diplomat, among many other roles, for nearly six decades. {Read The Full Article}

Posted December 14th, 2016 No Comments
CU Reviews Reveal Fascinating Trends by State

Throughout 2016, the Business Development/Operations team at CU Service Network was on the road meeting with our credit unions. They logged thousands of miles, visiting credit union clients in both metro areas and far-flung corners of four states – Iowa, Nebraska, Idaho, and New Mexico. {Read The Full Article}

Posted December 14th, 2016 No Comments
Credit Unions Must Redefine the Digital Experience

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Over $12.6B was invested in FinTech (1) in the first six months of this year, building on more than $19B of investment through 2015. The bar for digital disruption in the financial sector has been firmly set. Put simply, offering online services is no longer a selling point – it’s the standard. {Read The Full Article}

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