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CUNA Offers Free ICU Day Artwork

CUs can use high-res poster art in their ICU Day celebration messages.

August 16, 2011
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Graphics and coloring pages for International Credit Union (ICU) Day® 2011 are now ready for download from CUNA.

The free artwork includes two coloring pages, as both jpegs and pdfs. The “world” coloring page uses the ICU Day logo of homes encircling Earth and this year’s slogan, “Credit Unions Build a Better World.”

International CU DayThe “members” coloring page features this year’s slogan above a depiction of members eagerly waiting to enter through a credit union’s glass doors.

CUNA’s ICU Day website also links to a free demo of Credit Union Copy and Art Express.

This site provides free, high-resolution poster art and two free ICU Day website graphics, which credit unions can use to link ICU Day celebration messages on their own websites.

In addition, credit unions can modify the free ICU Day articles and press releases.

Questions? Click here or contact Joanne Sepich.

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