Dakota CU News & Notes
by CUAD Communications


100 Scholarships Available for Financial Counselors!

The National Credit Union Foundation has launched a financial education scholarship program with CUNA and the CUNA lending Council to get 100 new financial counselors in 100 credit unions by year-end! CUNA’s Financial Counseling Certification Program (FiCEP) teaches skills and knowledge to provide sound financial advice for your members. Submit your application today.  Please note: As of August 1, 2020 these scholarships are no longer available as they were awarded on a "first come - first serve" basis. 


NE South Dakota Readers’ Choice Voting Open!

Congratulations to Healthcare Plus FCU and Area FCU (formerly Aberdeen FCU) both nominated for the NE South Dakota Readers’ Choice Award in the Financial Services category. Additional congratulations to Nicole Crawford, VP of Lending at Healthcare Plus FCU, who was nominated in the Personal Banker category. For more info on the contest or to place a vote, click here.


FREE Demo – SimpliRisk™ Compliance Software

SimpliRisk™ is an affordable and easy-to-use compliance solution for AML/BSA monitoring that provides a comprehensive solution for streamlining compliance operations and reducing risk for your credit union. Attend this FREE demo on Tuesday, August 4 at 2:00 p.m. (CT) to learn more about how SimpliRisk™ can assist your credit union. Click here for more details.


Attention Credit Union Communicators & Marketers!

Credit unions and credit union employees make a difference in their communities every day, especially when they are needed most. We are asking for your help in gathering some information for a project we are working on. The Credit Union Association of the Dakotas is producing a video that highlights and shares the amazing things credit unions do to help advance their communities. The “Dakota Credit Unions Advancing Communities” campaign video will be shared with lawmakers, community leaders, and the general public during the upcoming election cycle. We hope you can help us by sending updated high-res photos and/or video (shot horizontally) of your community impact efforts, such as staff working or volunteering in your community. This content would only be used during CUAD sponsored events and on our website and social media. Please send photos to Lori Welder, CUAD’s Director of Communications at lwelder@cuad.coop and video can be uploaded via Dropbox at this link: https://www.dropbox.com/request/4AHSSfTkgg8ovlZekbMj. Kindly submit all assets by Friday, August 7, 2020. We appreciate what you do, and we want to share that message. Thank you in advance for helping us with this important project!


ULEND Academy Postponed

The ULEND Academy scheduled for Fargo in October of 2020 has been postponed. At this time, we are planning to reschedule the lending course in the first quarter of 2021. If you have any questions or would like to be put on a waiting list for the next available course, please contact George McDonald, CUAD’s Chief Officer of Strategic Services.


HB Telco FCU Seeking Assistant Manager

HB Telco Federal Credit Union in Huron, SD is seeking an Assistant Manager. Preferred candidates will have experience in the financial services industry, a high degree of integrity, as well as excellent communication skills and an understanding and commitment to credit union industry principles. While in training, the selected person will work closely with the current Manager for 3 – 6 months, after which time, the Manager intends to semi-retire, or retire.


This is an excellent opportunity for a credit union professional with proven leadership skills. For confidential consideration, please submit resume to HB Telco FCU, c/o Board of Directors, 375 3rd Street SW, Huron, SD 57350 or email to hbtelcofcu@qwestoffice.net. For general questions, please contact Jane Ramsell, Manager at (605)352-6933.



Vue Community Credit Union Seeking Business Lender


Vue Community 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 Vue CCU’s Main office in Bismarck, 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 Louis and Clark Foundation is a plus. The ideal candidate will have a minimum of three years of commercial lending experience, as well as a degree in a business-related field. For additional details about this position, please call Steven DeLap at 701-223-6533 or email sdelap@vueccu.com. Send your resume in confidence to Vue Community Credit Union – Attn: Steve, 818 E Main Ave, Bismarck, ND 58501.



CU4Kids Miracle Jeans Day


Miracle Jeans Day is approaching on Wednesday, September 9. Your credit union can help raise funds for your local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital by allowing employees to wear jeans to work that day in exchange for a donation. If this date does not work, you can choose any day that works for your credit union. You can even create your own, customized, free online fundraising page! Simply click on this link and follow the instructions at the bottom. Be sure to register for Miracle Jeans Day here: http://cu4kids.org/miraclejeansday/.


Alloya’s Leadership Symposium to be Presented Virtually

Alloya Corporate FCU has announced its 2020 Credit Union Executive Leadership Symposium will be held virtually from September 10-11. Although credit union executives from across the nation will not be able to gather in Chicago for the annual event, the corporate looks forward to hosting the event online and providing the same great education to credit union leaders free of charge. The Symposium will include two half-days of online education, beginning Thursday, September 10, at 10:30 am CT, and again on Friday, September 11, at 11:00 am CT. The virtual presentation makes it more convenient for credit union leaders to attend, and Alloya has eliminated the registration fee in continuation of its efforts to provide as much relief as possible during these uncertain economic times. For more information and to register for this year’s Symposium click here.


NCUF Launches CUAid Disaster Recovery App

The National Credit Union Foundation (the Foundation), in collaboration with PSCU, is excited to announce the launch of a new CUAid Disaster Recovery app to streamline and connect credit union organizations with one another when disasters strike to quickly coordinate resources. The Disaster Recovery application serves as a “matching” service for credit unions to source and share emergency resources, such as generators, mobile branches and more to get credit unions back up and running as quickly as possible. Credit union organizations are encouraged to enroll in the free program to receive disaster preparedness resources, to input available resources to share with others and gain the ability to seek resources from others in times of need. Click here to download the app on the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. The CUAid Disaster Recovery App also has a desktop version that can be visited here. For questions related to the CUAid app, please contact the Foundation at ncuf@ncuf.coop.


HR Compliance Rule Changes Virtual Conference

A new opportunity for HR professionals to review current regulations is now available through CUNA HR Compliance Rule Changes Virtual Conference happening July 28 and 30. Attendees will address regulatory changes stemming from COVID-19 to better protect workers’ rights in addition to the health and safety of members and staff alike. This conference includes six, 45-minute sessions that will cover the latest regulatory changes related to the current pandemic and their impact on credit union policies. Question and answer sessions with subject matter experts in credit union HR compliance and fellow attendees facing the same challenges are built in to provide real-world takeaways. CUNA Credit Union HR Compliance Professional (CUHRCP) designees will qualify for recertification by completing this conference. This event has been endorsed by the CUNA HR & Organizational Development Council. See full session details and register at cuna.org/hrcrcvc.


CUNA Mutual Group Discovery 2020 Conference

Join thousands of credit union leaders across the country online on Thursday, August 13 for a day of Discovery! This free conference is designed to help boost your strategic planning with innovative ideas and key insights. Learn more and register here.



CUAD Summit Scheduled for October!

The annual CUAD Summit will be held October 5 – 7, 2020 at 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. We will announce in the Memo when registration opens – mark your calendars now, and we hope to see you there!


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.


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