Dakota CU News & Notes
by CUAD Communications

Summit Date Moved!

In the interest of protecting our members and the greater community, we have made the decision to move the Summit to October 5 – 7, 2020 at the same venue: the Denny Sanford Premier Convention Center and Sheraton Sioux Falls. Since the Summit will now take place when the New Ideas Conference was initially scheduled, that conference will be canceled and added back into our 2021 fall event lineup. The 2021 Annual Summit will return to spring.


FREE Pandemic Preparedness Webinar

A FREE recorded webinar will be available on March 20 to help you prepare for the spreading epidemic. In light of the potential for major disruptions to the financial industry, the Credit Union Webinar Network has decided to offer this webinar free of charge: Pandemic Preparedness – Managing Coronavirus and Other Epidemics.  If you don’t have a comprehensive, well-conceived plan in place, you need one NOW! Attending this webinar will start you on the right path and help you identify your institution’s strengths and weaknesses. This informative session is directed to risk officers, internal auditors, human resources staff, board members, and other management team members responsible for business continuity and pandemic preparedness. REGISTER HERE.


NEW InfoSight Discussion Boards for CUAD Members

We now have Discussion Boards for CUAD members only on InfoSight which you can find here: https://dakotas.leagueinfosight.com/discussionboard. One board has been specifically designated for the “COVID-19 Pandemic” and is meant as a venue where Dakota credit unions can ask questions, share, and discuss locally what they are doing during this unprecedented time.

As we brought to your attention recently, there are additional resources within InfoSight which are being updated continuously. In the Security Channel, a new section has been added under Business Continuity Planning: Pandemic Preparedness. In addition to this content, you will want to also review your state’s health authority websites. All of them have COVID-19 pages that provide local information and recommendations. Here is South Dakota Department of Health’s webpage on the topic and North Dakota can be found here.

InfoSight is a dues-supported (free) product for all CUAD affiliated credit unions. If you haven’t already, you may request an account here: https://dakotas.leagueinfosight.com/. Contact Amy Kleinschmit with any questions regarding InfoSight.


COVID-19 MAP Templates Now Available to Help Reassure Your Members

In light of the dire situation surrounding the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and the need for frequent updates, CUNA has prepared another version of the COVID-19 MAP Template to help credit unions update their membership. These communications are meant to provide reassurance and comfort to your members, and MAP is the perfect channel for members to hear directly from their credit unions during these unprecedented times. CUNA has updated the setting of its MAP Community granting those not enrolled in the program access to the resources. You can also visit the MAP Toolkit for more information.


Improve Remote Employee Security During Pandemic – Free On-Demand Webinar

Quickly evolving travel and social requirements in response to COVID-19 means that many organizations like yours are asking traditional office-based employees to work from home. Today's technology allows that to happen in many cases with relative ease; however, are your employees prepared with the necessary knowledge to keep themselves and your network safe under these circumstances? Listen to Perry Carpenter, KnowBe4's Chief Evangelist and Strategy Officer, and Roger Grimes, KnowBe4's Data-Driven Defense Evangelist, to find out the most important items you need to know now to prepare your employees for today's new risks.

In this on-demand webinar you'll learn:

  • Top considerations for safely connecting to your corporate network
  • Scams the bad guys are using right now to target your employees
  • Advice for improving social media security awareness

Watch Now! Or, if you don’t like to click on redirected links, just copy and paste this link into your browser: https://info.knowbe4.com/webinar-improve-your-remote-employee-security


Check Loss Prevention & Recovery PLUS, Member Contract Issues

In our ongoing effort to provide our members great educational sessions, the Credit Union Association of the Dakotas (CUAD) is providing a new learning opportunity on May 19-20 in Bismarck, North Dakota led by renowned presenter, Ty Parker. This program is still scheduled at this time, and will be of value to all credit union professionals that assist members in person, online or by phone or mail with check issues, along with those who handle members’ checks and related problems. The complete agenda, event details, hotel information and registration can be found here.


Hometown CU Now Offering Remote Deposit & Credit Cards

Since the switching of core processors in June 2019, Hometown Credit Union (HCU) has decided to offer some new products and services that will better serve their members. HCU is pleased to announce they are now offering remote deposit and credit cards. The offering of remote deposit began in October 2019, and HCU decided to hold a contest to promote this service. HCU gave away iPads to two members once 100 users were reached. The offering of credit cards began in March 2020, which many members are excited to apply for, and the current promotion is 0% balance transfer for the first 6 months of use. Hometown Credit Union is proud to provide financial services to meet their members’ needs!


Dakota West CU Seeking Chief Financial Officer

Dakota West CU in Watford City, ND is seeking a Chief Financial Officer. The CFO is accountable for the administrative, financial and risk management operations of the credit union. The position plays a key role in the development of financial and operational strategy, metrics tied to the strategy and monitoring control systems designed to protect company assets and report accurate financial results. The CFO is expected to work closely with the CEO and Board of Directors, and to assume the responsibility of the CEO in their absence. This position requires a Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience and 5-10 years previous financial institution finance/accounting or operations experience. For complete job description and to apply online visit https://www.dakotawestcu.com/careers/


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