The Point: Feb. 7, 2014


Recognition Round-Up

Kate Czarnecki, member services and marketing manager at FocalPoint FCU, recently earned the prestigious Credit Union Development Educator (CUDE) certification. Czarnecki, who is also the president of the Rochester Chapter and a member of the Credit Union Association of New York's Young Professionals Commission (YPC), completed an intensive one-week training session hosted by the National Credit Union Foundation in Madison, Wis., earlier this month.

The Schenectady City School District Education Foundation presented First New York FCU with the Robert J. Ludwig Community Service Award last week. The award is presented to organizations that demonstrate a strong and ongoing commitment to learning throughout the district. First New York FCU has maintained a 77-year partnership with the school district, which includes financial literacy classes and a student-run branch.

CUNA has been awarded a “grassroots Innovation award” in the social media category from the Public Affairs Council. CUNA received the award for their #DontTaxTuesday Twitter and Facebook campaigns, which took place on July 23 and Sept. 10, 2013. The award recognizes the nation’s best grassroots programs and campaigns in the categories of Corporate Innovation, Association Innovation and Social Media Innovation.

Buffalo Metropolitan FCU, Mid-Hudson Valley FCU and NEFCU have received 2014 NAFCU Marketing Awards, which recognize credit unions for creative and successful promotions and marketing materials.

About Recognition Round-Up:
Credit unions and/or credit union leaders receiving a significant local, state or national award are encouraged to complete and submit the Credit Union Announcement Form for recognition in The Point and on the Association's Facebook page. Photos and related press releases may also be attached with the form.

Boulevard FCU’s Emma Smalley planning road trip for CU startup

In 2012, Boulevard FCU’s Financial Counselor Emma Smalley proposed a rough business model for a startup credit union that would serve immigrants and refugees living in Buffalo’s West Side. After countless hours and meetings, Smalley is now in the process of collecting donations for the startup, Good Neighbors FCU.

Smalley and other members involved in the early planning stages of the credit union will collect donations from New York credit unions this April during a “CU on the road” trip across the state. Smalley is seeking monetary donations, as well as office equipment and supplies. The trip will allow Smalley to discuss ideas with other credit unionists and thank donors face to face.

To learn more or donate, visit the CU on the road website.

CUNA Mutual Group hosting several webinars this month

Each month, CUNA Mutual Group offers several webinars focused on lending and credit union protection issues. Five webinars are scheduled through the end of February, with topics ranging from automated clearing house (ACH) risks to effective communication techniques and sales strategies.

To register or learn more about a specific webinar, visit the CUNA Mutual Group website.

  • Feb. 11 at 12 p.m., Help Members Win the Game of LIFE: This webinar will explain how staff members can maximize opportunities to demonstrate the value of products and services that make the lives of members easier.
  • Feb. 18 at 3 p.m., Communicating with Impact: Effective communication involves listening, as well as a conscious choice to focus on what is said and how it’s said. This webinar will explain principles and strategies that can improve communication and help achieve the desired outcome of a conversation.
  • Feb. 19 at 10 a.m. and repeated Feb. 26 at 3 p.m., Everyone Sells: This webinar will explain how to listen for, gather and use intimate knowledge to effectively sell credit union products and services that meet members’ needs.
  • Feb. 19 at 11 a.m., Understanding ACH Risk: Electronic transaction fraud continues to increase. This webinar will provide information on emerging problems with online account takeover fraud, risks of originating debits as deposits or loan payments, and operational issues for the receiver of fraudulent credits/debits. Roger Nettie, senior risk management consultant at CUNA Mutual Group, will also explain the different risks associated with each type of ACH transaction.
  • Feb. 20 at 12 p.m., Mechanical Repair Coverage: Individuals are holding on to vehicles longer, managing longer loan durations and facing little or no back-up savings. This webinar will provide an overview of CUNA Mutual Group’s Mechanical Repair Coverage (MRC), which protects new and eligible used vehicles from costly vehicle repairs—even after the manufacturer’s warranty expires.

CO-OP Financial Services accepting Miracle Match applications

Credit unions planning to raise funds for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals this year can make double the difference, thanks to CO-OP Financial Services’ Miracle Match program. All matched funds go directly to the credit union’s area Children's Miracle Network Hospital.

Miracle Match applications for 2014 initiatives will be accepted through Sept. 30 of this year, though credit unionists are encouraged to submit applications early to help ensure the availability of funds. Applications must be submitted to CO-OP before the date of the fundraiser event.

Launched in 2008, CO-OP's Miracle Match Program is a $1 million philanthropic matching program that encourages credit unions, chapters and associations/leagues to create and participate in fundraisers that benefit local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

The Credit Union Association of New York has received matched funds for its fundraisers the past three years, enabling participating credit unions to make twice the impact at their area hospitals.

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