The Point: April 23, 2013

Convention sessions will focus on tomorrow's challenges, opportunities

Education is always an integral part of the Convention agenda, and this year is no exception. Thirteen educational breakout sessions will be offered, with topics focused on the diverse challenges and opportunities facing credit unions.

Session topics include: 

  • Leveraging Tablets for Branch and Field Member Acquisition; 
  • Panel Discussion: The Emerging Non-Interest Income Program that will Protect You and Your Members;
  • Investing in Taxable Municipal Bonds: Understanding the Risks and Rewards;
  • How to Execute a Channel Transformation Strategy that is Relevant to Your Members & Increases Profitability;
  • A View from the Hill: Challenges and Opportunities for Credit Unions in Washington;
  • Stop Missing the Mark with Social Media;
  • Retirement Fair: Route Your Retirement;
  • Panel Discussion: Now is NOT the Time for Business as Usual;
  • Evaluating Audit Services: Where's The Value?;
  • Building Market Share via Bricks and Mortar;
  • Asset Liability Management & NCUA's New Reg 741;
  • How to Make Your Investment Portfolio Perform in a Non-Performing Market; and
  • DDoS Network Attack Risks & Defense Strategies.

Details and session descriptions are available on the Convention website.

"The theme of Convention is ‘Together Towards Tomorrow,' and this lineup of education sessions is designed to prepare credit unions for the future," said William J. Mellin, president/CEO of the Credit Union Association of New York. "We want every attendee to leave with new strategies that will benefit their credit unions and their members."

The 2013 Annual Meeting & Convention will be held June 13-16 at The Sagamore Resort on Lake George.

Reminder: Share VITA efforts for 2013 MORE Report

Credit unions that provided or supported IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites this tax season are encouraged to submit their information for the 2013 MORE Report.

The VITA efforts of 16 New York credit unions were featured in the 2012 MORE Report, which can now be viewed online.

Each year, the MORE Report is distributed to all New York credit unions, New York legislators, the media and credit union state associations/leagues nationwide.

CUs asked to promote Sprint discount verification process

Across the state, credit union members are accessing valuable discounts through the Sprint Credit Union Member Discount program. To ensure these savings continue, credit unions are asked to educate their members about Sprint's verification process.

Periodically, Sprint requires participants to verify their credit union membership to confirm discount eligibility. New Sprint customers must verify credit union membership within 30 days of activation, and current Sprint customers must provide proof of credit union membership when they upgrade a device if it has been 20 or more months since they last validated.

The verification process can be completed using either of the following options:

  • Download the free Invest in America smartphone app and use the included Sprint verification tool.
  • Complete and fax the verification form and supporting documents as instructed on the verification form.

Credit union marketing materials that promote this verification process are available in the Invest in America Partner Center.

Helpful Links

CUNA News Now

CUNA Regulatory Advocacy Report (CUNA member log-in/registration required.)

CUNA Legislative Update (CUNA member log-in/registration required.)

Events & Education Calendar

Previous Issues