Dakota CU News & Notes
by DakCU Communications


FREE Network Equipment

Sioux Empire FCU has some network equipment racks FREE for the asking. If you are interested, contact Michael Van Driesen, IS Manager, Sioux Empire FCU at 605.275.1712 or mvandriesen@siouxempirefcu.org to make arrangements to pick up in Sioux Falls.


CU Mortgage Direct Announces New Management Team

CU Mortgage Direct LLC, a South Dakota based direct lender for home mortgage loans, is pleased to announce their new management team effective January 1st, 2021.


Capital CU Promotes Jon Griffin 

Jon Griffin was recently promoted to chief lending officer at Capital Credit Union’s Main Office. In this role, he will oversee Capital Credit Union’s lending culture, credit quality and portfolio management, as well as new business development and ongoing relationship management for the Business Services Department. In addition, he will oversee the Legal & Risk Management Department. Griffin graduated from the University of North Dakota in 2005 with bachelor’s degrees in accounting and finance. He also earned a Master of Business Administration from the University of Mary in 2015. He has been with Capital Credit Union since Jan. 2011, most recently as chief operations and risk officer at the Main Office. 


April Meyerink Receives SIOUXPERHERO Award

April Meyerink, Business Development Officer at Black Hills Federal Credit Union, recently received the SIOUXPERHERO Citizen Recognition Award from the City of Sioux Falls, as reported in the Sioux Falls Chamber News. The program recognizes positive stories, people, and developments in the community. April has been very active with the Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce as an ambassador, serves on three boards and an advisory committee, and can be seen volunteering at many community events. 


In the Spotlight

Do you know someone at your credit union or another credit union, either employee or volunteer, who has an interesting story? Nominate them for the CU Professionals Spotlight by emailing their name and a brief explanation of why they are “Spotlight” material to Shawn Brummer. In addition, if you know someone who should be featured in the Spotlight, we encourage you to also consider nominating them for one of our annual awards. Each year, DakCU honors credit union employees with prestigious awards, including Professional of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, and Emerging Leader. The Arnold Paulson Scholarship application is still open! Click here for more details.


Spring DE Training Dates Announced

This coming spring, the National Credit Union Foundation will host two DE Training classes in a virtual learning environment. Over four weeks, participants will engage in a mix of on-demand and live learning sessions. Live learning sessions will be held on Mondays and Tuesdays between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. (CT) for the duration of training. The dates are: March 15 – April 9, 2021; and April 26 – May 21, 2021. Registration will open on January 12, 2021 – mark your calendars today.


National Credit Union Foundation Virtual Celebration

The National Credit Union Foundation (the Foundation) has announced sponsorship and viewing packages are now available for purchase for the 2021 Foundation Celebration. On March 2, 2021, a virtual event featuring Wegner Award winners of the past will take place. The Foundation will not be presenting the annual Herb Wegner Memorial Awards in 2021 as they will wait to honor new winners in person with family and friends. However, they are still looking forward to bringing the spirit and inspiration of the Wegner Dinner into your organization and home through the Foundation Celebration. The Celebration will be a fun “night out” for our movement to get dressed up, experience interviews with some past Wegner Award winners with help from emcee Andy Janning, support the National Credit Union Foundation and an opportunity to get re-energized with passion for the difference we make as credit unions. Reserve your spot here.


Free Small CU Webinar Series

Don’t forget 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:

  • January 12, 2021: Becoming a CDFI
  • January 19, 2021: Recruiting and retaining talent
  • January 26: Board management

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


Help Us Stay Up-to-Date with Your Staff!

We have been cleaning house at the association and have removed many email contacts that have become inactive. Please help us to make sure that your employees are receiving the Memo and are in our database for other important information. We strive to bring you the latest important information related to advocacy, compliance, networking and educational opportunities, 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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