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Working Group Plans for Save to Win

A working group of Nebraska credit union professionals is working to help develop and implement the “Save to Win” (STW) program in Nebraska.  STW is a program that aims at incentivizing credit union members to save money by linking savings with chances to win large and small prizes.  The STW program was piloted in 2009 by the Michigan Credit Union League who coordinated with Doorway to Dreams Fund, and the Fileen Research Institute.  {Read The Full Article}

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New Evidence Shows Positive ‘Snowball Effect’ of Financial Education

Cumulative Education Leads to More Financial Knowledge, Positive Financial Behaviors

TUCSON, Ariz.– New research shows that high school and college students who are exposed to cumulative financial education show an increase in financial knowledge, which in turn drives increasingly responsible financial behavior as they become young adults. In fact, researchers at the University of Arizona documented a “snowball effect” that these early efforts exponentially increase the likelihood that students will pursue more financial education as time goes on, including informal learning through books, magazines and seminars. {Read The Full Article}

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Pre-Paid and Gift Cards Offered Through the Illinois CU Service Corp.

When new or prospective members are looking for pre-paid debit cards, ICUL Service Corporation can help them look to you for quality services. We’re the top provider of pre-paid services to credit unions, offer the lowest-cost program and are the premier provider endorsed by CUNA. These turnkey cards offer a variety of instant and reloadable options for just the right use. While our Gift cards, CUMONEY reloadables and Travel Cards help you attract or retain members, they also offer significant operational advantages for your credit union. Each of these cards is easy to start up and administer, requiring no investment in hardware or software. In fact, all you need is an Internet connection. {Read The Full Article}

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Treasury Department Offers Toolkit for New Savings Bond Procedures

The U.S. Department of the Treasury announced it will end over-the counter (OTC) sales of paper savings bonds on Dec. 31, 2011. While paper bonds will no longer be sold at financial institutions, electronic savings bonds remain available for purchase through TreasuryDirect, a secure web-based system operated by the Bureau of the Public Debt. {Read The Full Article}

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Nebraska CU Movement Mourns the Loss of Two Long-time Volunteers

Tom Maly passed away on July 29, 2011, after a courageous battle with a stroke. Tom was an active member at Roberts Dairy Credit Union since April of 1973. He had served on the Credit Committee, and also as Vice President and President. Tom was very instrumental with preparing Roberts Dairy for the twenty first century.

He helped the credit union implement new products and services such as share draft accounts, Second Mortgages, IRA accounts, and developing a Web site.  According to Russell Konecny, Manager Roberts Dairy CU, “Tom was the true definition of the credit union movement, of people helping people, and will be greatly missed by our Credit Union.”

Retired Chairman John Lehotyak has passed away on September 5, 2001. John was first elected to the Board of Directors in 1995 and served as Chairman from 1996-2009.  According to Credit Union President/CEO, Mary Johnson, “John was a forward thinker and a true leader.  Our new logo to go along with our TIP charter was his idea.”

Helping people was John Lehotyak’s calling.  His 33 years with the Omaha Police Department taught him that victims often need help and an advocate. When he retired from the department in 1997, he became director of Douglas County Victim Assistance. He retired from that post in 2009.

Lehotyak also was instrumental in starting Project Harmony.

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NCUA Reminds CUs: TCCUSF Payments Due Sept. 27

NCUA late last week reminded credit unions that payments for their 2011 Temporary Corporate Credit Union Stabilization Fund (TCCUSF) Assessments, as well as a semi-annual National Credit Union Share Insurance Fund (NCUSIF) 1% capitalization deposit adjustment, must be made by Sept. 27. {Read The Full Article}

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MembersOwn Credit Union announces groundbreaking at NEW Lincoln Location.

(Lincoln, NE) Mayor Chris Beutler and Council Member Jonathan Cook helped MembersOwn Credit Union celebrate a groundbreaking ceremony at their new 33rd and A Street location on Tuesday, July 26th. The credit union, which is the 10th-largest in Nebraska with $80 million in assets, has plans for a new 6,500-square-foot building on the northwest corner of this popular intersection. {Read The Full Article}

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Medicare Annual Enrollment Period

The Medicare Annual Enrollment Period is starting and ending several weeks earlier this year – which means you should start considering your Medicare plan changes now.

The 2011 Annual Election Period is October 15 through December 7 (last year’s AEP ran through Dec. 31). This is the only time during the year you can adjust your Medicare plan. {Read The Full Article}

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How to Improve Your Collections Department – September 29th.
Click HERE to view conference information or to register.

Compliance Conference
– October 13-14.
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IRA Conference – November 8-9.
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IRS Contacting Individual Credit Unions Regarding Tax Exemption

Credit unions in a number of states have received letters from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) stating that they are no longer tax exempt. Most of these letters are directed to state-chartered credit unions whose Form 990s were at one time filed as group returns by state regulators (both Oregon and Washington state regulators filed group 990s at one time). Most state regulators stopped providing this service years ago; this has apparently caused the IRS to conclude that the credit unions in the groups have failed to file their Form 990s for three or more years, which, by law, would require the automatic revocation of their tax exemptions. {Read The Full Article}

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Invest in America

Invest in America (IIA) is a program created by the CU Solutions Group, which is part of the Michigan Credit Union League.  It was designed to allow any credit union to participate in for free and offers your credit union members exclusive discounts.  IIA is a unique program that both saves your members money and also helps retain them.  Any credit union can drive better member loyalty by offering these exclusive member reward discounts. {Read The Full Article}

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Communication Is the First Hurdle in Disaster Recovery

September is National Preparedness Month

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has designated September as National Preparedness Month, but in 2011, credit unions in many states haven’t needed this reminder. From wildfires in the Southwest to tornadoes in the South and an earthquake and hurricane reaching the Northeast coast, this year has presented unusual perils for credit unions and their members. {Read The Full Article}

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CUNA’s Cheney Named One of the Top CEOs in Associations 2011 by CEO Update

CUNA President/CEO Bill Cheney was named as one of the Top CEOs in Associations 2011 by CEO Update, a highly regarded Washington-based newsletter for association and nonprofit executives. The publication chooses its top CEOs from thousands of national associations that exist inside the Washington, DC Beltway. {Read The Full Article}

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Biz Kid$ Starter Kits Now Available from NCUF

New DVD Toolkit Helps CUs Bring Financial Education into the Classroom

Supporters of Biz Kid$ can now receive a new Biz Kid$ “starter kit” filled with DVDs and materials to teach Biz Kid$ to schools in their area. Biz Kid$ is the Emmy Award winning and credit union funded public television series that teaches kids about money management and entrepreneurship.

“The new kits make it easy for credit unions to leverage Biz Kid$ to teach financial literacy concepts in a fun and engaging way,” said Danielle Brown, who is the National Credit Union Foundation’s new national coordinator for Biz Kid$. “Everything a volunteer needs is there – all you need are the students!” {Read The Full Article}

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2012 Herb Wegner Award Winners Announced

Bill Eckhardt Wins Wegner ‘Lifetime Achievement’ Award

In recognition of his entrepreneurial spirit, exceptional leadership, and numerous contributions to the credit union industry, the National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF) is pleased to announce William (Bill) B. Eckhardt, President and CEO of Alaska USA Federal Credit Union in Anchorage, Alaska, as one of two winners of the 2012 Herb Wegner Memorial Award for Lifetime Achievement. {Read The Full Article}

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ICU Day Declared in Nebraska


Lt. Governor Rick Sheehy presided over a proclamation signing ceremony that designated October 20th as International Credit Union (ICU) Day in Nebraska.
Governor Dave Heineman officially signed the proclamation which he encouraged all citizens to recognize the many contributions credit unions have made to the communities in Nebraska and asked that they honor and express appreciation for the service and commitment of the State’s credit unions. {Read The Full Article}

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CUs for Kids Has Teamed Up with Santa

Once again this year we will be offering Letters from Santa with all proceeds benefiting Credit Unions for Kids.  Last year, CMN received $3,200 through the Letters from Santa campaign and brought smiles to more than 1,600 children throughout the country. {Read The Full Article}

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