The President's Perspective
by Jeff Olson

Greetings and Happy Monday!


It’s a happy day indeed! If you’ve been watching the Memo, then you have seen the teasers about a game-changing product set to launch today, January 13. You’ve likely heard of (and maybe used) InfoSight previously, but our new and improved dues-supported resource has been totally revamped and reworked to be THE go-to online destination for information for all credit union professionals. No longer should InfoSight be considered “just” a compliance tool, so please keep reading!


The all-new InfoSight platform offers access to many different credit union areas, including marketing, human resources, IT, vendor management and due diligence, board responsibilities, operations, lending, and of course state and federal compliance, and much, much more. It’s difficult to describe the amount of information that is available, but I can tell you that our staff had an introductory webinar last week, and were amazed at the plethora of information available, including many useful checklists and an alphabetical list of resources. Better yet, each user can customize their InfoSight page with a personalized list of topics of interest to keep those items front and center each time they visit.



That’s why today, I am encouraging CEOs, branch managers, and all credit union leaders to take a look themselves – and then share this information with your staff. Everyone on your employee list will find a use for the new InfoSight – from the front-line teller to the CEO. As credit unions continue to grow, it’s important to have a user-friendly tool that provides one-stop access to information that impacts credit unions of all sizes, in all 50 states. I believe you will find the new InfoSight to be that tool.


Because this is a dues-supported benefit of CUAD membership, each individual user must request an account before they will be able to access the site. Don’t wait another minute to start taking advantage of this free resource! Request an account here and start exploring everything our new InfoSight has to offer. If you have any questions feel free to contact me or Amy Kleinschmit for assistance.


SD Legislative Session opens tomorrow - time for our SD Legislative Credit Union Day! 


South Dakota lawmakers are now in Pierre for the launching of the 95th Legislative Session. Governor Noem will kick off the 37-day session with her second “state of the state” address at noon tomorrow. You can watch the SOS address live at the SDPB link.


The CUAD Advocacy team will be on the ground throughout the session and will be providing weekly updates in the Memo. The SD GAC will also be meeting weekly to discuss the session and review any legislation that may have an impact on your credit union or on your members. We will be utilizing our “Voter Voice” platform if any issues arise where your input is needed. If you haven’t already done so, please register on our “Voter Voice” platform. This way you’ll be notified of any alerts and you’ll be linked directly to your local legislator.


With the session soon underway, it’s also time to sign up for our annual South Dakota Legislative Credit Union Day in Pierre on January 29th. As always, this event is free, but we ask that you register in advance so we can plan accordingly. Registration and complete agenda for the day can be found here.


The SD GAC will also have meetings in Pierre that day, along with a planned “Hike the Hill” for the afternoon session. The leadership roundtable will be held at the Ramkota Hotel and Convention Center following the HTH, and it’s open to anyone. We already have several discussion points for our dialogue, and there’s still time to provide a topic for this leadership forum. Just send your discussion ideas to Debbie Kruckenberg as soon as possible. The CUAD team will use this opportunity to provide updates on our federal advocacy agenda; regulatory and compliance matters; strategic services and member resources; Health Care Trust; CUNA Awareness Initiative; Foundation update; and upcoming 2020 Education opportunities.


I look forward to seeing many of you soon. Have a great week!






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