The Point: Sept. 30, 2013


Association shares highlights from 2013 membership survey

Last month, 115 New York credit union leaders completed the Credit Union Association of New York’s 2013 Membership Survey. The group, who represent every chapter and asset category in the state, provided feedback about the value of Association membership and the opportunities/challenges facing their credit unions.

Question topics ranged from awareness/utilization of Association services to credit union priorities for the next three years. For a brief summary of the results, view the 2013 Membership Survey Highlights document published by the Association.

“I want to thank the credit union leaders who participated in this important survey, which will help us evaluate and enhance the value we provide member credit unions,” said Association President/CEO William J. Mellin. “As we move forward, we will continue to prioritize services and initiatives that position New York credit unions for success.”

Reminder: Economic Forum deadline today

Today is the last day to register for the Credit Union Association of New York’s 2013 Economic Forum, which will take place Oct. 8-9 at The Desmond Hotel and Conference Center in Albany. Details and registration can be found on the Association website.

Attendees will enjoy engaging presentations, timely breakout sessions and valuable networking opportunities. Among the scheduled speakers and instructors are: best-selling author Steve Gilliland; Dr. Barry Asmus, senior economist (National Center for Policy Analysis); John Lass, SVP of strategy & business development (CUNA Mutual Group); Michael Cochrum, product director of Analytics Products (CU Direct Corporation); Dr. Steven R. Cunningham, chief economist (American Institute for Economic Research); and Kristina Muller, CFA, senior portfolio manager (Balance Sheet Solutions, LLC).

To view a special invitation from Association President/CEO William J. Mellin, visit the Association’s YouTube channel.

CUAid activated for Colorado flood victims

The National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF) has activated the online disaster relief system to raise money for credit union employees and members in Colorado affected by recent flooding. Credit unionists in every state can make donations to the national aid program.

According to Mountain West Credit Union Foundation Executive Director Dan Santangelo, it is estimated that more than 10,000 Colorado credit union staff, volunteers and members are in need of some type of assistance.

As donations are posted through, NCUF will coordinate with the Mountain West Credit Union Foundation in the disaster area to distribute money efficiently to affected credit union employees and members. One-hundred percent of CUAid donations go to credit union disaster relief.

In the event that all donations are not used for Colorado Flooding relief, NCUF will transfer any and all unused funds to its General Disaster Relief fund for future disaster relief efforts.

Notably, NCUF disbursed $121,000 in CUAid funds to 94 New York credit union employees, volunteers and members last year after the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy.

Free Invest in America webinar scheduled for Oct. 3

Credit union leaders can learn more about Invest in America’s GM program during a free webinar Oct. 3 at 3 p.m. The webinar will provide information on the premium level Credit Union Member Discount from GM program.

Advantages of the premium level program include:
•    instant loan lead emails;
•    customized marketing materials;
•    custom-sized web banners;
•    GM employee pricing (EVA) for credit union employees;
•    access to GM special offers;
•    GM email marketing services; and
•    all standard program benefits.

To register, visit the webinar registration page.

To learn more about the Credit Union Member Discount from GM program, visit the Invest in America website.

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