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Happy ICU Day

Our proud history will be revered. Many calories will be consumed.

November 01, 2010
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More celebration ideas

  • Invite elected officials to a “meet the members” day.
  • Let members “meet their credit union” by displaying employees’ photos and biographies.
  • Offer loans or new share draft accounts for the same fees that your credit union charged the year it opened.
  • Offer your credit union as an elementary school field trip destination. Give teachers an opportunity to build real-world experience into their students’ math lessons.
  • Teach a basic money management class at a local high school. You can get free educational materials through CUNA’s association with the National Endowment for Financial Education.
  • Offer a series of lectures on basic finance in the evenings or over the lunch hour. Topics can include managing a checking account, building a good credit rating, shopping for a mortgage, handling credit cards, and saving for college. Organize a fun event to teach your staff and members about credit union history and philosophy. Set up booths featuring information on philosophy and operations. Punch a ticket at each booth and award International Credit Union Day T-shirts to those who fill their tickets.
  • Sponsor an essay or art contest for young members or your entire membership. A short essay (100 words or less) about why your credit union is special would be appropriate. Publish the winning entries in your newsletter.
  • Deliver good news (and food) to the media. Chapter volunteers of the Wisconsin Credit Union League delivered cakes decorated with the words “Happy International Credit Union Day” to the local media. Many volunteers receive free airtime to talk about International Credit Union Day.
  • Raise money for credit union development. While celebrating at your credit union, consider collecting pocket change for the National Credit Union Foundation or other worthwhile causes. This “little change” can contribute to big changes in worldwide credit union progress.
  • Sponsor a safe Halloween program for local children.
  • Hold a bike safety clinic for young people and donate helmets to needy children.

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Great article! Unfortunately, most employees don’t feel valued or appreciated by their supervisors or employers. In fact, research has shown that the predominant reason team members quit their jobs is because they don’t feel valued. This is in spite of the fact that employee recognition programs have proliferated in the workplace – over 90% of all organizations in the U.S. has some form of employee recognition activities in place. But most employee recognition programs are viewed with skepticism and cynicism – because they aren’t viewed as being genuine in their communication of appreciation. Getting the “employee of the month” award, receiving a certificate of recognition, or a “Way to go, team!” email just don’t get the job done. How do you communicate authentic appreciation? We have found people have different ways that they want to be shown appreciation, and if you don’t communicate in the language of appreciation important to them, you essentially “miss the mark”. Additionally, employees need to receive recognition more than once a year at their performance review. Otherwise, they view the praise as “going through the motions”. A third component of authentic appreciation is that the communication has to be about them personally – not the department, not their group, but something they did. Finally, they have to believe that you mean what you say. How you treat them has to match the words you use. If you are not sure how your team members want to be shown appreciation, the Motivating By Appreciation Inventory ( will identify the language of appreciation and specific actions preferred by each employee. You then can create a group profile for your team, so everyone knows how to encourage one another. Remember, employees want to know that they are valued for what they contribute to the success of the organization. And communicating authentic appreciation in the ways they desire it can make the difference between keeping your quality team members or having a negative work environment that everyone wants to leave. Paul White, Ph.D., is the co-author of The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace with Dr. Gary Chapman.

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