Legislative Update with Jay Kruse
by Jay Kruse
Chief Advocacy Officer

Good Morning!

With Thanksgiving on the horizon, the end of the year is just around the corner! It is the time of the year to take a step back, count our blessings and look back on all we have accomplished, before making that one last kick to finish off the year strong. Thanksgiving serves as a great annual reminder to take a deep breath and realize all the things for which we have to be thankful. I am very thankful for the love and support I receive from my family and friends, to be a part of the CUAD team, and for the many passionate credit union advocates in the Dakotas. I know I couldn’t do what I do without the support of all of these people, and I could be more appreciative! 

While there seem to be tons of different tasks that stack up at the end of the year, I don’t want you to forget about some important deadlines that are quickly approaching at the end of the week!

GAC Scholarship Deadline – November 29th

CUAD GAC Scholarship Assistance applications are due at the end of this week! This scholarship was created to provide financial assistance to credit union professionals who are members of CUAD to attend the CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC) which will be held February 23 – 27, 2020 in Washington, DC. Scholarship money awarded may reach, but not exceed, conference registration fees. Awards are typically between $500 and $1,000 depending on the number of qualified applicants. To be considered, please complete the application in its entirety, which you can download here.
Please submit your completed application by November 29, 2019 to Credit Union Association of the Dakotas, 2005 North Kavaney Drive, Bismarck ND 58501 or email to jkruse@cuad.coop. Scholarship recipients will be notified by December 20, 2019.
The CUNA GAC attracts more than 5,000 credit union leaders to our nation’s capital annually to rally around a united cause – to tell legislators how their lawmaking affects credit unions and their more than 110 million members. At the heart of CUNA GAC are Capitol Hill visits, which are organized by CUAD. In addition to focused advocacy efforts, CUNA GAC offers world-class keynote speakers and breakout sessions, the largest exhibit hall of any event in the financial services industry, and a wide range of networking opportunities. Serious credit union professionals should consider attending this event! To learn more about the 2020 GAC, register for the conference, or apply to be a GAC Crasher visit our GAC online headquarters at www.cuad.coop/GAC.
If you have questions about the CUAD agenda or schedule during the conference, please contact Jay Kruse or Jeff Olson.

Absolute LAST CALL for GAC Crashers – November 30th 

November 30th is the final day you can apply to be a GAC Crasher. CUNA and The Cooperative Trust, through the Filene Research Institute, select one or two young credit union professionals from each state and the District of Columbia to “Crash” the GAC. In addition to the core schedule of events, Crashers will take part in exclusive sessions that will provide a greater focus on credit union advocacy and activities that can help to grow and promote credit unions on the state and federal level. In addition to a full conference registration, courtesy of CUNA, and a Cooperative Trust membership, each Crasher will also receive a $750 stipend from CUAD.

This is an incredible opportunity for young credit union professionals, age 35 and under, to attend the largest credit union advocacy event of the year. The event will be held February 23 – 27, in Washington, D.C. If you are interested, don’t delay any longer! Apply here.

Crash the GAC applications opened on October 1st and will close on November 30, 2019. The Cooperative Trust will NOT be extending the deadline this year – so be sure to submit your application before the deadline. Candidates must also submit a 60-second video as to why they should be selected for Crash the GAC. Don’t be afraid to let your personality shine! Crasher events are meant to be fun!

If you have questions, concerns, or feedback regarding these or any other advocacy issues, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Have a great week!

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