Dakota CU News & Notes
by DakCU Communications

Longtime FCCU Employee Passes

It is with great sadness that First Community Credit Union (FCCU) shares of the unexpected passing of their longtime employee, Deb Backer. Deb dedicated her entire career to First Community Credit Union, starting when she was just 20 years old in 1978 and continuing for more than 42 years.

“Over the years, there is no name in Jamestown more synonymous with FCCU than Deb Backer and her relationship with ‘her’ members is almost indescribable,” said Steve Schmitz, FCCU President & CEO. “These members trusted Deb unconditionally to give them financial advice and tell them if they could afford what they wanted or not.”

Deb was very proud of her work for the credit union. She loved to grow and achieve goals, both for FCCU and herself personally. To date, she was the only FCCU consumer loan officer to ever reach a $1 million milestone month and she did it three times. “If you had a goal that you wanted to make, you simply had to get Deb convinced because when she set her mind to something, she was absolutely driven to achieve it,” adds Schmitz.

Deb was a mother, wife, sister, daughter and a friend to anyone she'd meet. Our thoughts and prayers are with Deb's family, friends, loved ones and those who worked with her daily. Deb was truly one of a kind. She loved people and touched the lives of many. We lost a legendary member of our credit union family and she will be truly missed. You may view Deb’s obituary here.


Marge Olson Passes

We are sad to share that Marge Olson passed away on January 9 from complications after surgery in Rochester, MN. A celebration of life is planned for a later date. Marge had a long 27-year career as in the credit union industry as the Vice President of Operations, beginning at Sioux Falls Bell Federal Credit Union, which later merged with Voyage FCU. She retired after the merger.

Marge enjoyed her gardening, hummingbirds, golf, and spending time with her fur babies and family. She enjoyed sharing a beer on her deck with all her beautiful flowers. She was a very busy and outgoing woman and will be deeply missed by everyone who knew her. Our sincere condolences to her family and to the many close credit union friends that she had throughout South Dakota. You may view Marge’s obituary here.


DakCU Closed on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

DakCU offices will be closed on Monday, January 18 in observation of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. King was the chief spokesperson for nonviolent activism in the Civil Rights Movement, which successfully protested racial discrimination in federal and state law. The campaign for a federal holiday in King's honor began soon after his assassination in 1968. President Ronald Reagan signed the holiday into law in 1983.


Youth Month Theme Announced

CUNA has announced this year’s theme for National Credit Union Youth Month in April: “Be a credit union saver and your savings will never go extinct.” Kids love dinosaurs, and the Jurassic theme makes saving for the future fun and helps younger members appreciate the importance of putting money aside. This annual campaign is an opportunity to further engage with young members and show them that your credit union is there to help them throughout their financial journey. Find fun swag along with FREE graphics to promote your activities here.


Capital CU Promotes Sean Smith

Sean Smith was recently promoted to vice president of legal and risk management at Capital Credit Union’s Main Office. In this role, he will monitor new and existing regulations to ensure compliance with credit union policies and provide legal support for contract review and disclosure requirements. He will also oversee Capital Credit Union’s legal, collections, compliance and Bank Secrecy Act departments. Smith graduated from the University of North Dakota in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. He earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of North Dakota School of Law in 2008. He has been with Capital Credit Union since 2017, most recently as in-house counsel at the Main Office.


Spring DE Training Dates Announced

This coming spring, the National Credit Union Foundation is hosting 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 is open now!   


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 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.


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