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Anatomy of a 'Fix'

November 23, 2009
Daniel A. Mica How things get done in Washington—and who deserves the credit. This is a political story about how things get done in Washington—and who deserves the credit. It’s also a story about the Credit Union National Association (CUNA), the leagues, and credit unions—and how the credit union movement’s... READ MORE

Opportunity of a Lifetime

November 23, 2009
Steve Rodgers, editor in chief Large banks’ unconscionable practices set the competitive stage for CUs. It’s too bad we’re so focused on earnings because we’re missing a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. That was the opinion of a credit union CEO I spoke with at the National Credit Union Roundtable last spring. He... READ MORE

Ten Meeting Pitfalls—and How to Fix Them

October 27, 2009
Meetings can be important team-building, productive, idea-generating opportunities. Or they can be a soul-crushing waste of time. Achieving the former and avoiding the latter involves avoiding these 10 pitfalls, says Kimberly Douglas, president of Atlanta-based [FireFly Facilitation] (fireflyfacilitation.com) and author of “The Firefly Effect: Build Teams That Capture Creativity and... READ MORE

Indemnification: What Every CU Director Should Know

October 27, 2009
By John Wallace Volunteer boards of directors have been a pillar of the U.S. credit union movement for 100 years. But in today’s increasingly litigious society, more directors find themselves the targets of lawsuits—possibly putting their personal assets at risk. To offset this trend, numerous laws allow for indemnification of... READ MORE

"Monumental" 2010 GAC Ahead

October 23, 2009
With Congress and the administration pursuing the most active agenda in a generation, the stakes facing credit unions are monumental. Credit union leaders gathering for the Credit Union National Association’s (CUNA) 2010 Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC) will hear from policy makers, speak out on critical issues, and ensure the credit... READ MORE

Wegner Award Recipients Named

October 23, 2009
The 22nd annual Herb Wegner Memorial Awards, sponsored by the National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF), will be presented Feb. 22, 2010, in conjunction with the Credit Union National Association’s (CUNA) Governmental Affairs Conference. This year’s four recipients are: 1. Richard Heins, Lifetime Achievement Award . Heins is lauded as a... READ MORE

An Unforgettable 75-Year Celebration

October 23, 2009
Daniel A. Mica The voices of yesterday’s CU pioneers can still be heard at Estes Park. When I first heard the suggestion that the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) observe in mid-September its 75 years of service to credit unions at the location of its founding—Estes Park, Colo.—I was a... READ MORE

Mica: 'Recommit to Unity and Service'

October 15, 2009
Warmest greetings to those celebrating International Credit Union Day, Oct. 15, 2009, from your friends at the Credit Union National Association as we observe this year’s theme: “ Your Money; Your Choice; Your Credit Union .” This year’s theme celebrates “choice.” The need for choice is what gave birth to... READ MORE

ICU Day Broadcast to Celebrate Global CU Heritage

October 12, 2009
The annual International Credit Union Day (ICU Day) broadcast, sponsored by Credit Union Development Educators  (CUDE) and World Council of Credit Unions  (WOCCU), will highlight the continuing contributions of the worldwide credit union movement. This year's broadcast will originate from $3 billion asset United Nations Federal Credit Union , Long... READ MORE

Reconsidering Nonqualified Deferred Compensation? Not So Fast

September 25, 2009
By Heidi Pedersen Donahe The economic downturn is causing some credit unions and their executives to reconsider their nonqualified deferred compensation and retirement arrangements. “While credit union employees and officers are not immune from the general trend to contain compensation in this economy, it is strategically important to maintain a... READ MORE

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