Dakota CU News & Notes
by DakCU Communications

DakCU Award Nominations Open!

As we announced earlier this week, Dakota Credit Union Association (DakCU) is now accepting nominations for the 2021 Summit Awards. There are many opportunities for both individual and credit union awards. Be recognized for your achievements! All entries must be received no later than December 18, 2020. The DakCU Awards will be presented in Fargo, North Dakota at the elegant Awards Banquet during the Annual Summit scheduled May 3 – 5, 2021.  Award details and nomination forms can be found here.


FREE Webinar from PAYLYNXS

Don’t forget - PayLynxs is offering a free webinar for association members on November 19 at 11:30 a.m. (CT). Join PayLynxs to learn how to create a reasonable compliance solution to the AML 5th Pillar related to Beneficiary Ownership and Customer Due Diligence. Sign up here.


FREE Webinar from JMFA

When it comes to meeting your members’ service needs and expectations, it’s imperative not to take any chances on regulatory and compliance expectations. Regulators continue to maintain their focus on several issues related to financial services, technology, security, and consumer protection. What’s more, over the past few years there has been an uptick in litigation against financial institutions for using unfair and deceptive practices related to their overdraft protection strategies.

You are invited and encouraged to attend this informative session discussing the necessary precautions to mitigate your risk of potential legal issues, best practices for communicating with members to improve service delivery, and guidelines for successfully managing your overdraft program. JMFA presents “How to Avoid Compliance Risks and Improve Your Overdraft Strategy” on Wednesday, November 19 at 2:00 p.m. (CT). Click here to reserve your spot.


Vue Community CU Seeking Mortgage Loan Processor

Vue Community CU in Bismarck, ND is seeking a Mortgage Loan Processor. Primary duties will include assisting the mortgage loan officer and working with mortgage companies that purchase loans, as well as title companies, and appraisers. HUMDA and Escrow experience helpful, but not required. Submit resume to Steve DeLap, President, at sdelap@vueccu.com or you may drop at the main branch located at 818 E Main Avenue, Bismarck, ND 58501. 


Dakota Plains CU Seeking Ag/Commercial Loan Officer 

Dakota Plains CU in Edgeley, North Dakota is seeking an ag/commercial loan officer with 3 – 5 years of experience. The qualified individual must have a comprehensive understanding of ag/commercial lending, an ability to analyze and underwrite credits, and an ability to oversee and evaluate the entire loan portfolio. A bachelor’s degree in business, ag economics or related field is required. The chosen individual will be responsible for fostering relationships with new and existing members through written and oral communications. They will also prepare credit presentations for the loan committee and will work closely with the branch manager and consumer loan officers to provide solutions and products for members to positively promote the credit union in the community.

Dakota Plains CU offers a competitive salary and benefits package including 401k, health/dental/vision insurance, AFLAC, vacation and sick leave pay, federal holidays, incentive pay plan, flexible spending account, and long term disability insurance. To apply please send resume, letter of application, and reference information to: Lisa Mathern, HR Manager, Dakota Plains Credit Union, 212 5th Ave, Edgeley ND 58433, or email to lmathern@mydpcu.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 their 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 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:

  • November 17: Digital marketing
  • November 24: Member experience
  • December 1: Technology best practices
  • December 15: Sales & service
  • December 22: Digital advocacy

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


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