Dakota CU News & Notes
by DAKCU Communications

Are You a Military Veteran?

In honor of Veterans Day on November 11, CUNA News wants to share stories of people in the credit union movement who have served in the military and how those experiences have shaped their credit union careers. They are looking for a brief description about your military experience, what you learned from it, and how your experience has influenced you and your credit union career, as well as photos or video. Click here for more info or to share your story.


                              Congratulations to “Friendliest Teller”

Congratulations to Kjersti Evenson, teller at Western Cooperative’s Downtown Branch in Williston, ND. She was named “Friendliest Bank Teller” in the Best of the Bakken contest sponsored by the local newspaper, the Williston Herald. Great job!


Free Webinar: Minority Depository Institutions and Financial Inclusion

The National Credit Union Administration will host a webinar on financial inclusion and minority depository institutions on Oct. 21 titled, “Pathways to Consumer Financial Well-Being: The Importance of Financial Inclusion and Minority Depository Institutions.” It is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. Eastern and runs approximately 60 minutes. This webinar is open to consumers, credit unions, and parties interested in working with credit unions to expand access to safe and affordable financial services in underserved communities. Learn more and register here.


New CUNA Mutual Resources Available

CUNA Mutual Group has provided a number of resources in response to recent changes to business practices. Among these resources is an on-demand webinar that provides tips for refocusing operations (considering recent and past business resiliency lessons learned) to help prepare for the next possible interruption. This webinar can be accessed here.

Also be sure to check out the Business Resiliency: Lessons Learned eBook, to uncover lessons learned, challenges, successes and actionable insights to help your credit union adapt and evolve. Rethinking the Way We Protect People, Assets & Reputation eBook discusses credit union strategies and how protection may need adjustments based on marketplace realities after managing through crises. The Flexible Workplace Checklist provides quick tips to improve your workplace wellness by implementing ergonomically friendly arrangements wherever you are. Finally, the Abusive Members Risk Overview provides guidance on understanding how to manage disgruntled members and to ensure you have appropriate policies and procedures in place. Find these resources at https://www.cunamutual.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.


Apply Now for 2021 Diamond Awards

CUNA is accepting nominations for its 2021 Diamond Awards. The CUNA Marketing & Business Development Council has also introduced Crisis Management as its newest category, 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 the 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:

  • October 20: Growing a small CU in a rural setting
  • October 27: Contract negotiation
  • November 3: Marketing efforts post COVID-19
  • November 10: NCUA’s learning management service

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


Central Chapter Zoom Meeting

Central Chapter will hold a Zoom meeting on Tuesday, October 20 at 6:00 p.m. The program will be IRS Tax Fraud/Data Breach Notifications with Jody Gillespie from the South Dakota Attorney General Office. Contact Tiffanie Kouf, M-O Federal Credit Union at 605.353.9977 or tiffaniek@m-ofcu.com to register. Information to join the meeting will be sent to you after you register.


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Each week in the Memo, we strive to bring you the latest important information related to advocacy, compliance, educational opportunities, recognition of individuals and member credit unions, and more. Is everyone at your credit union receiving this information? Be sure we have the names, titles, and email addresses of any new employees. The more information your staff has, the better for all of us! Email Shawn Brummer to be added to our distribution list.


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