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Mike Mercer Recognized for Lifetime of Impact with 2015 Herb Wegner Memorial Award


Mike MercerIn recognition of his ground-breaking leadership, innovative contributions, personal commitment and unfaltering dedication to the advancement of the credit union system, the National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF) is pleased to announce Mike Mercer, President/CEO of the Georgia Credit Union Affiliates, as the recipient of a 2015 Herb Wegner Memorial Award for Lifetime Achievement.

“Anyone who knows Mike knows he’s an innovator and status quo challenger who has always pushed leaders to rethink old habits and consider new ways of doing things,” said John Gregoire, Chair of NCUF Wegner Awards Selection Committee and President of The ProCon Group. “From his role at the Georgia Credit Union Affiliates, time as CUNA Chairman, his work with the Polish credit union system, and more, Mike always has displayed tremendous insight and innovation.”
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You Shouldn’t be a CUDE


By Andy Janning - The feeling started with the flags. They're hanging all around the training room, shimmering rectangles of silk, some bold, some restrained, all of them mute sentinels covering every square inch of the walls, impossible to ignore, symbolic of something far bigger than the people over whom they fly. I knew, then and there, I was on the edge of something I'd never forget.

It was mid-September 2014 and I'd just arrived in Madison, Wisconsin to serve as the embedded photographer and videographer for the Credit Union Development Educators (CUDE) Training offered by the National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF).
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Bob Schumacher’s Inspirational Career Recognized with 2015 Herb Wegner Memorial Award


Bob SchumacherIn recognition of a career that has touched every corner of the credit union movement, as well as his inspiring work with credit union leadership programs, both in the U.S. and overseas, the National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF) is pleased to announce Bob Schumacher, retired President and CEO of MountainCrest Credit Union, as the recipient of a 2015 Herb Wegner Memorial Award for Lifetime Achievement.

“Bob is one of the most dedicated and devoted followers of the credit union philosophy who has worked on all levels of the movement,” said John Gregoire, Chair of NCUF Wegner Awards Selection Committee and President of The ProCon Group. “His impact particularly on Foundation programs such as the Community Investment Fund, Biz Kid$ and the Credit Union Development Education Program is beyond belief. Anyone who has had the opportunity to be touched by Bob’s contagious energy and enthusiasm comes away a more committed individual.”
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Clarence Hall Recognized for Lifetime of Sacrifice with 2015 Herb Wegner Memorial Award


Clarence HallIn recognition of his selfless work on behalf of the struggling population of Issaquena County and his lifelong embodiment of credit union values, the National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF) is pleased to announce Clarence Hall, Jr., CEO of Issaquena County FCU, as the recipient of a 2015 Herb Wegner Memorial Award for Lifetime Achievement.

“Clarence Hall is not a household name in the credit union movement, but his work has been absolutely inspiring in building a better life in a downtrodden part of our nation,” said John Gregoire, Chair of NCUF Wegner Awards Selection Committee and President of The ProCon Group. “Clarence is an unsung hero who has led efforts around financial literacy, civil rights and much more to make a positive impact on those in his community. Roy Bergengren used to say that the credit union’s real job is to prove the practicality of the brotherhood of man and Clarence’s achievements align perfectly with those words.”
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Duchess of Cornwall Welcomes CUDEs & Praises Credit Unions


HRH The Duchess of Cornwall, right, visited with Marlene Shiels, ICUDE, chief executive of Capital CU, Edinburgh, in 2012.From CUES Skybox (10/15/14) - It might surprise you to learn that a June BBC news article reported that just 2 percent of the adult population of the United Kingdom belongs to a credit union, while 46 percent of adults in the United States are credit union members.

Married to Charles, Prince of Wales, heir to the British throne, since 2005, Camilla Parker Bowles decided to use the title The Duchess of Cornwall, as her husband is also known as The Duke of Cornwall. According to Marlene Shiels, The Duchess has continued to learn about and promote credit unions in the UK “by undertaking other visits, meeting with credit union leagues, and visiting and joining her local credit union in London. She is now hosting a reception at Clarence House (her royal residence in London) on International Credit Union Day to spread the word.”
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Gigi Hyland's ICU Day Message: Let's Own Financial Literacy Together


Many calendars now list the "national" or "international" nature of each day of the year. Sept. 19, for example, is "International Talk Like a Pirate Day." Ridiculous, you say?

Well, yes. But there is some entertainment value in seeing the startled expression on your coffee barista's face when you exclaim, "Arggghh! Thank ye fer the fine caramel macchiato, matey!"

Since 1948, the third Thursday of October has been celebrated as International Credit Union (ICU) Day®. This year, ICU Day is October 16th. The theme is "Local Service. Global Good." It emphasizes credit unions' positive impact in their communities and around the world.
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Brightstar Credit Union Launches Additional Financial Literacy Initiative w/NCUF Biz Kid$ Grant


BrightStar Credit Union, one of the largest credit unions in South Florida, is providing financial literacy education to all Broward County middle schools through Biz Kid$, an Emmy Award winning show where kids teach kids about money and business.

All 43 middle schools in Broward County Public Schools, starting with Walter C. Young Middle School in Pembroke Pines as the pilot school, have received DVDs of the Biz Kid$ show and materials. This group includes Beachside Montessori Village and Broward Virtual. BrightStar has made this possible by receiving a $20,000 Biz Kid$ Financial Education Grant, one of only 16 grants awarded nationwide in 2013, from the National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF). The grants are intended to engage credit unions using the Biz Kid$ program and its curriculum to build financial literacy.
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Iowa Credit Union League Shines as 2015 Herb Wegner Memorial Award Winner


In recognition of its organization-wide dedication to ensuring the prosperity of credit unions and improving the financial lives of consumers, the National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF) is pleased to announce the Iowa Credit Union League (ICUL) as the recipient of the 2015 Herb Wegner Memorial Outstanding Organization Award.

“The Iowa Credit Union League has been fortunate to have a series of leaders over the years who’ve all been pioneers in helping build the credit union movement,” said John Gregoire, Chair of NCUF Wegner Awards Selection Committee and President of The ProCon Group. “The breadth and depth of the organization shine through the league’s focus on reaching the Hispanic population, healthcare and savings initiatives, as well as a host of other programs. You always know if the Iowa Credit Union League straps on a challenge, they’ll go far and beyond.”
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NCUF Announces 2015 Wegner Award Winners


The National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 Herb Wegner Memorial Awards. The Iowa Credit Union League will be recognized for Outstanding Organization and garnering Lifetime Achievement awards are Clarence Hall, Jr., Bob Schumacher, and Mike Mercer.

The Herb Wegner Memorial Awards will be presented at a special dinner hosted by NCUF at the new Marriott Marquis on March 9, 2015, in conjunction with the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC) in Washington, D.C. Registration for dinner sponsorships and tickets will be available on the NCUF website within the next month.
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NCUF Grantee Uses Biz Kid$ to Help Students Stand Out in Workforce


Travis Credit Union teamed up with the Fairfield-Suisun Chamber of Commerce, Solano County Office of Education (SCOE), and the Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District to create a Work-Ready Certification (WRC) Program to help students stand out in the workforce.

Designed to validate that students have the necessary entry-level skills as identified by the local business and industry community, the WRC Program enables students to be both successful in the workplace and also become contributing citizens of the community, both locally and globally. Travis Credit Union received a Biz Kid$ Financial Education Grant from the National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF) to help fund this initiative.
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44 CU Professionals Become CU Development Educators (CUDEs) After Completing “Life-Changing” Program


Forty-four credit union professionals became certified Credit Union Development Educators (CUDEs) last week after being guided by eight dedicated program facilitators and mentors through the intensive Credit Union Development Education (DE) Training from the National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF). The Fall DE training was held September 10-17, 2014 at the Lowell Center on the University of Wisconsin campus in Madison, Wis.

After attending the Fall DE Training, Laida Garcia, NCUF Chairman and President/CEO of floridacentral Credit Union in Tampa, Fla, said, “NCUF’s DE training was an enriching experience that will stay with me for years to come. While I have 35 years of experience in the credit union industry, my week at DE Training re-kindled my passion and spirit for our cooperative movement and roots.”
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National Credit Union Foundation Board Nominations Open


The National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF) is currently seeking nominations for three board seats. The nominations are for credit union executive or director, system affiliates and at-large seats. Volunteers serve up to three terms of three years each on the NCUF Board, as long as they are re-nominated by the NCUF Nominations Committee and re-elected by the NCUF Board.
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NCUF Grantee Helps Elementary Students Save Over $40k


Silver State Schools Credit Union (SSSCU) helped elementary students learn the importance of saving through its innovative program, “The Piggy Bank Project”. At the end of the school year, students at Walter Bracken Elementary saved just over $40,000. SSSCU received a Biz Kid$ Financial Education Grant from the National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF) to help fund this initiative.

The Piggy Bank Project is a collaborative effort between SSSCU, Walter Bracken Elementary School, The United Way of Southern Nevada, Young Philanthropist Society, Junior Achievement, and the Andson Foundation to provide real savings accounts for elementary students, while also providing in class financial
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Registration Opens for 2015 Development Education (DE) Trainings


Click Here to Register for Winter or Spring 2015 DE Training!Registration is now open for the first two Credit Union Development Education (DE) trainings of 2015, with the third opening up early next year. This is the second time in a row that three DE Trainings will be held in a single year, with the first program taking place January in Dallas, Texas followed by trainings in the Spring and Fall in Madison, Wis. Attendees of the National Credit Union Foundation’s (NCUF) six-day total immersion experience will learn about credit unions’ social responsibility and domestic and international development through interactive education and professional networking.

After attending the training earlier this year, Michael Waylett, President of Vision Financial FCU in Durham, N.C, said, “DE training was hands-down the most educational, inspirational, and emotional training or conference I've ever been fortunate enough to be a part of. I learned of the principles on which credit unions were founded and how these principles should remain at the heart of every decision that we make today. It is not possible to attend this training and not, as a human being, be changed significantly."
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National CU Foundation 2013-2014 Annual Report Released


Click to view the reportThe National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF) released their 2013-2014 Annual Report entitled “Improving People’s Financial Lives through Credit Unions.” The report highlights NCUF activities related to their programs and grants over the past twelve months.

“As the charitable arm of America’s credit union movement, the National Credit Union Foundation is proud to keep purpose constant,” writes Laida Garcia, NCUF Chairman and President/CEO of floridacentral Credit Union, and Gigi Hyland, NCUF Executive Director, in the report’s introduction. “It’s the framework for which we work and support credit unions to improve people’s financial lives. As you browse the following pages of this report, you can already see the progress we’ve made in helping people achieve financial freedom, and the positive potential for our future working with credit unions across the country."
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Register for an Upcoming Charitable Donation Account (CDA) Webinar


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NCUA’s new charitable investment rule grants a federal credit union expanded investment powers to fund charitable contributions. Learn how your credit union could have contributed 5 times more to the National Credit Union Foundation while also earning an investment return 5 times more than the traditional MTC CD CIF investments.

NCUA’s newly created Charitable Donation Account rule does just that and is truly a win-win for the credit union industry. Join us for an upcoming free, short webinar to learn more.


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