The Point: Feb. 12, 2014


CUs encouraged to submit Recognition Award nominations

The Credit Union Association of New York is accepting nominations for the 2014 statewide Recognition Awards, offering credit unionists an opportunity to honor exceptional individuals and credit unions.

Individual award categories include:

  • New York Credit Union Hall of Fame;
  • Outstanding Volunteer;
  • Outstanding Professional; and
  • Outstanding Young Professional.

Credit union award categories include:

  • Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Community Service Award;
  • Louise Herring Philosophy in Action Member Service Award; and
  • Desjardins Youth/Adult Financial Education Awards.

Nominations are due Feb. 28, and information and materials are available on the Association website.
“Each year, the Recognition Awards allow us to honor our peers and celebrate the talent and integrity that make our statewide movement so great,” said William J. Mellin, president/CEO of the Association. “I encourage every credit union leader and employee to consider nominating a peer, a board member, a fellow chapter member or their own credit union for one of these prestigious awards.”

Credit Union Recognition Award winners will be honored at the Association’s State Governmental Affairs Conference in Albany, and Individual Recognition Award winners will be honored at the Association’s 2014 Annual Meeting & Convention in Saratoga.  (Credit Union Recognition Award winners will also be recognized.)

Calling all CUs: Feedback needed for MORE survey

To gather vital statewide statistics for the 2013 MORE Report, the Credit Union Association of New York is conducting an online survey through Feb. 28.

By completing the MORE survey, credit unionists can help the Association publish statewide statistics regarding New York credit unions’ community outreach, financial education initiatives and customized products and services. The statistics will be featured in the 2013 MORE Report, along with the information and stories submitted by credit unions in 2013.

The MORE Report and survey results will be shared with legislators, the media and the public.

Association seeking new Young Professionals Commission members

The Credit Union Association of New York is currently seeking new membership candidates for the Young Professionals Commission (YPC). The YPC, which is comprised of credit union professionals ages 35 and younger, develops strategies to help credit unions attract and engage younger adult members, employees and volunteers.  

YPC members serve a two-year term, and the responsibilities are outlined within the member job description.

Young professionals who are interested in serving on the YPC should speak with their managers/CEOs to begin the nomination process. Complete details, including nomination information, are available on the Association website.

Nomination forms should be submitted by Feb. 19 to Allison Barna, Association VP, at

Treasury adds two new webinars to CDFI series

The U.S. Treasury Department is hosting a series of technical assistance webinars for Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs). Two new webinars have been added to the CDFI Fund’s Strengthening Small and Emerging CDFIs series:

The webinars will provide small and emerging CDFIs with tips and tools for evaluating business practices and pursuing growth. Additional webinars and dates will be added in the weeks ahead.

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