Dakota CU News & Notes
by CUAD Communications

2020 Summit is ON!

Your Association will be holding our annual Summit and Annual Meeting in Sioux Falls on October 5 – 6. Be sure to check out the newly amended agenda, speaker lineup, and other details of our signature event here.


Dakota Plains FCU Seeking Loan Officer/Assistant Branch Manager

Dakota Plains Federal Credit Union has an opening for a Loan Officer/Assistant Branch Manager in their Pierre, South Dakota Branch. Dakota Plains FCU offers a competitive salary and benefit package in an enjoyable work environment.  Experience in underwriting consumer and business loans along with operational experience is required. This position has the possibility of rapid advancement. To take advantage of this exciting opportunity, stop by Dakota Plains Federal Credit Union, located at 1525 North Garfield in the Northridge Plaza parking lot or contact Pam Hasting at (605) 224-4844 or phasting@dakotaplainsfcu.com.


Pactola Seeking Credit Analyst

Pactola Commercial and Agricultural Lending is seeking a junior level credit analyst. The ideal candidate will have the minimum of a bachelor’s degree, excellent oral communication skills, good analytical skills, and the ability to write coherently. Previous experience in the commercial and/or agricultural lending field is not required but would be a plus. The chosen candidate will be based in Rapid City to learn under the tutelage of the Pactola team. To apply, please submit your letter of interest and resume to Sarah McDonnell, Senior Credit Analyst at sarah.mcdonnell@pactola.com.


2021 Diamond Awards Now Open

CUNA is now accepting nominations for their 2021 Diamond Awards. The CUNA Marketing & Business Development Council has also introduced Crisis Management as its newest category, category announced in two years, bringing the total to 35 categories. The Diamond Awards are the highest credit union-specific honor for creative, results-driven solutions. Early Bird deadline is December 21, 2020 and Final Deadline is January 15, 2021. Learn more here.


Free Small CU Webinar Series

Be sure to check out the free CUNA-League System Small CU Webinar Series! This series provides actionable, relevant and operation-improving best practices while bringing free education to small credit unions on the most important issues they face. Each live webinar takes place on Tuesdays at 2:00 p.m. CT (1:00 p.m. MT) now through Spring 2021. While subjects are wide-ranging, each webinar will aim to answer many of the biggest questions facing small credit unions. *Please note: the Small CU Webinar Series is designed for credit unions $75M and under in assets.

Here are some upcoming dates and topics:

  • September 1: Succession planning
  • September 8: History of the movement
  • September 15: Financial counseling
  • September 22: Performance management
  • September 29: lending

Register here for the series. For additional information, including a complete lineup of upcoming topics, click here.


Virtual DE Training

National Credit Union Foundation is offering their signature Credit Union Development Education (DE) Training in a virtual learning environment. Two sessions will held: September 14 – October 9 and October 26 – November 20. Each session runs for four weeks with live classes being held from 10 AM – 4 PM CT on Monday and Tuesday each week. There will be limited seating available. Review program information and register here.


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 their 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.


2020 ICU Day

ICU Day will take place on October 15 during Co-op Month. With the global crisis we are facing with COVID-19, this year’s planning may take some extra creativity! The theme and logo has been 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 including free graphics, suggested social media posts, posters, coloring pages, and more – then start planning! Don't forget to spread awareness of your ICU Day festivities to help promote the power of credit unions. Use the hashtag #ICUDay to highlight your credit union's story and the incredible impact credit unions make in their communities every day.


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