Dakota CU News & Notes
by CUAD Communications

CUAD Offices Closed on Monday

The CUAD offices will be closed on Monday, May 25 in observation of Memorial Day, an American holiday observed on the last Monday of May. Please remember to take a moment to honor the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Have a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend!


“New Normal” Webinar Coming June 4

CUNA has announced a new webinar on pandemic-related work arrangements called “The New Normal” will take place on June 4. This webinar is offered free as a CUNA member benefit, and provides credit union professionals responsible for workplace safety, productivity, and policies and procedures with essential information on effective remote work policies. Stephen Dedene has nearly 20 years of experience in credit union compliance, and he will explain how you can help mitigate the risks associated with remote and teleworking while improving employee satisfaction. Topics will include: Distinguishing between working remote and teleworking; Understanding essential vs. non-essential functions; and Identifying policy considerations. Register here.


CUNA Award Entries Date Extended!

In light of the COVID-19 circumstances, the CUNA Awards Committee has decided to extend due dates for applications this year to July 24. Be recognized for your good work! CUNA's National Award programs are designed to encourage and recognize distinguished credit unions that demonstrate social responsibility (the Dora Maxwell Award), the credit union philosophy (the Louise Herring Award), and financial education (the Desjardins Awards). In an effort to streamline the submission process for our member credit unions and to reduce financial and human resources spent on the submission process, CUNA and the leagues have collaborated to produce one standardized format and online submission process for our member credit unions. Find more information and submit your application here on the CUAD website. Applications are due by June 26. Questions? Contact Debbie Kruckenberg for assistance.


United Savings CU Seeking Business Lender

United Savings Credit Union is seeking a qualified, experienced candidate to join their team as a full-time business lender. This position will be based out of USCU’s Main office in Fargo, ND. The business lender will be responsible for establishing business relationships with commercial borrowers, explaining business products and services and ensuring loan quality through analysis of financial data and proper structuring of the credit, as well as looking for deposit growth opportunities for the credit union. Experience working with credit partners like the Small Business Administration (SBA), Bank of North Dakota (BND), and Pactola (CUSO) is a plus. The ideal candidate will have a minimum of two to three years of lending experience, preferably in commercial lending, as well as a degree in a business-related field. For additional details about this position, please call Jim Schaefbauer at 701-356-1395 or email Jim@unitedsavingscu.org. Send your resume in confidence to United Savings Credit Union – Attn: Jim, PO Box 2308, Fargo, ND  58108.


Toshiba Copier For Sale

Med Park Credit Union in Grand Forks, ND has a gently used copier/scanner/fax machine for sale. This is a Toshiba Super G3 E-Studio 257 purchased five years ago for $4,500. This is a great deal for anyone looking for copier – they are willing to sell for $200. Contact Cheryl Malm at MedParkU@msn.com for more info or to reserve this bargain!


    New Summit Date – Same Location!

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 Sioux Falls Convention Center and Sheraton Hotel. Our Summit Meeting this year will take the place of our New Ideas Conference, which typically takes place in the fall. The New Ideas Conference will be added back into our 2021 event lineup. Our 2021 Annual Summit will return to a spring timeframe.


The Red River Chapter Holding Virtual Annual Meeting

The Red River Chapter will hold its annual meeting and election via Zoom on June 2nd at 6:30 p.m. For security reasons, please RSVP with your contact at your credit union and they will provide you with the Zoom link. The meeting is limited to 100 attendees, and be sure to log on in a timely fashion that evening. RSVP no later than June 1 to Laura Bryson.  Chapter elections will be held electronically through Survey Monkey. Elections will be open from May 25th-May 29th. If you plan to attend the meeting, you still need to complete an electronic vote prior to the meeting.  


2020 ICU Day

Yes, it is very early to be talking about International Credit Union Day, but with the global crisis we are facing with COVID-19, this year’s planning may take some extra creativity! The theme was recently announced: Inspiring hope for a global community” – which reflects how credit unions contribute to a brighter future, even at times like this. How will you celebrate ICU Day? Click here for more information, and to sign up for email updates on the annual event.


InfoSight Discussion Boards for CUAD Members Only

We 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. Amy K also recently added a “fraud alert” discussion thread. There are additional resources within InfoSight which are being updated continuously. 

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.


Tell Us What You Are Doing to Help During COVID-19 Crisis!

CUAD is here to serve our members, and one way to make sure we are doing our job to the best of our ability is to stay informed! While we are monitoring the local and national news, as well as social media, we would like to hear from you. Be sure to tell us what you are doing for your members, staff, and your community during this time of crisis as we are all doing our best to prevent the spread of the dreaded coronavirus.

Submit your news to Shawn Brummer. Employee promotions, awards, new products or services, community involvement/recognition, job openings, all are welcome!



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