Let’s Take a Snapshot of the CU Movement on International CU Day

Break out the #ICUday hashtag Oct. 18, 2012.

October 09, 2012
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Credit Union Magazine wants to take a snapshot of the credit union world on International Credit Union Day (#ICUday) Thursday, Oct. 18.

What is your credit union doing to celebrate? And how are you staying true to your mission?

Take a picture, write us a note, or make a short video. Connect with us via social media or email. Showcase the credit union difference to your peers in the movement and the world at large.

We’ll collect and display what you send us. Just like the credit union movement, ICU Day is better when credit unions come together.

How you can connect and get involved:

  • Twitter. Tweet using the hashtag #ICUday. Describe what is happening at your credit union in 140 characters and include a picture (You can follow us @cumagazine for updates).
  • Facebook. Reach out to us and post on the official ICU Day page. Visit facebook.com/icuday.
  • E-mail. Take a picture and send it to us at cumagadmin@cuna.com with a brief description. And put “ICU Day” in the subject heading.

You also can post on our Google+ page, use Instagram, send us a link to your Flickr or Picasa pages, or direct us to a short video you made on YouTube or Vimeo.

What we’re looking for…

  • Your ICU Day celebrations. That means photos, video, heck… we’ll even take a napkin drawing (if it’s good). Get creative.
  • The credit union difference. More than anything, we want to take a snapshot of the movement. Show us what you are doing to better your members’ lives and carry on the credit union mission.

For updates connect with the magazine on Twitter or Google+. You can also like the official ICU Day page on Facebook. Follow the waterfall of ICU Day activities here.

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