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PUMP UP YOUR CU's ADVOCACY EFFORTS
updated 04/19/13 11:13 AM
Two Indispensable Tools
Are you looking to become more engaged in the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues' advocacy efforts? There are two easy steps to take to help create a more effective advocacy program at your credit union.

Project Zip Code
The first step is to update your credit union’s Project Zip Code data! The latest release of Project Zip Code (PZC) is now available for download. It will match credit union members to the newly sworn-in 113th Congress, as well as new state legislative districts.

The PZC national database website, www.pzconline.com, has also been updated with new district information.

With the release of PZC 13.0, the entire coding platform has been updated. Directions for installation and upload—which are mostly the same—allow the program to work faster. Also, PZC is better at maximizing the number of members matched to their districts.

Perhaps the greatest advancement with this new release is the PZC desktop application. The "Reports and Queries" are now exportable into several formats, including software programs Microsoft Excel, Word and Adobe PDF. This enhancement will allow credit unions to better customize reports for legislators based on their credit union data.

Click here to download version 13.0 of Project Zip Code. If you have any questions, contact Leagues Manager of Grassroots Advocacy David Creager at dcreager@ccul.org.

CULAC Permission Agreement for PAC Contributions
The second step you can take to help ensure our movement's political activities are operating effectively, efficiently, and in line with the letter of the law is to sign a Permission Agreement for the Credit Union Legislative Action Council (CULAC)—the Political Action Committee (PAC) of the Credit Union National Association (CUNA).

This agreement is a document—usually signed by the president, CEO, manager, or chairman of the credit union—that allows the Association to solicit funds on behalf of CULAC, our federal PAC.

Federal election law prohibits asking for contributions to a federal PAC unless the organization gives you permission. For example, when attending CUNA's Governmental Affairs Conference in Washington, D.C., only employees/members of a credit union with a permission agreement may participate in the CULAC Raffle.

By Signing the Permission Agreement:

  • It simply allows your credit union to learn of CULAC activities, such as the CULAC Raffle during CUNA's Governmental Affairs Conference, and to voluntarily contribute if they choose.
  • It does NOT obligate credit union members, staff, management, or volunteers to contribute to CULAC.
  • Your credit union’s members will never be solicited directly without your permission.

Please sign the Permission Agreement today and help unify credit unions’ voice politically. Please return your signed form to Andrea Svoboda at your earliest convenience. You may fax the form to 916-443-3249, or mail it to 1201 K St., Ste. 1050, Sacramento, CA 95814. Or you may e-mail it to andreas@ccul.org.

 
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'APPLE PAY' EXPANDS IN CALIFORNIA updated 01/27/15 10:07 AM
CU Leaders Discuss Member Adoption
Apple Pay will soon be in the hands of more California credit union members—this time at KeyPoint Credit Union in Santa Clara, CA.

CLARK COUNTY CU AWARDS DIVIDENDS updated 01/22/15 02:07 PM
$2.7 Million to 34,000 Members
For Clark County CU, 2014 was a successful year as the credit union closed out with a healthy net worth ratio of 11.77 percent and recorded an annualized net income of nearly $12.3 million. This afforded the credit union to award a whopping $2.7 million in bonus dividends to nearly 34,000 members. Each bonus averages $79 per member, with the highest single bonus totaling just more than $10,000.

BIZ KID$ FINANCIAL GRANTS AVAILABLE updated 01/21/15 12:41 PM
Application Deadline is March 31
Promote financial literacy at your credit union and in your community with a Biz Kid$ Financial Education Grant from the National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF). Apply for the grant by March 31, 2015.

IMMIGRANT EVENT ANSWERS QUESTIONS updated 01/20/15 11:41 AM
Los Angeles Councilman Speaks
With President Barack Obama’s recently issued executive order on immigration, something transformative could be in store for credit unions serving immigrant communities—but it’s going to take more knowledge, more action, and a desire to understand the culture and language surrounding this group of individuals.

NCUA's SECOND RBC PROPOSAL updated 01/15/15 10:32 AM
New Draft More Favorable
The Leagues are thoroughly reviewing the National Credit Union Administration’s (NCUA) 450-plus page Risk-Based Capital Proposed Rule in detail to understand its components and potential impact. It seems this second proposed rule is more favorable than its first draft, and that most of our requests were at least partially addressed.

RBC DISCUSSION VIDEO AVAILABLE updated 01/15/15 03:45 PM
Captures Revised Plan
The Credit Union National Association (CUNA) video of today's National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) open board meeting discussion of a new risk-based capital (RBC) plan is now available for viewing.

NCUA PAYS FOR DATA BREACH updated 01/15/15 02:33 PM
Palm Springs FCU Receives Up To $50K
The National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) board has approved payment of up to $50,000 for costs associated with a data breach at Palm Springs FCU late last year.

CO-OP PROCESSED 3B IN 2014 updated 01/14/15 11:04 AM
Sets New Record
CO-OP Financial Services processed more than three billion electronic funds transfer (EFT) and shared branch transactions by credit union members in 2014—an 8 percent increase compared to 2013. This sets a new record for CO-OP.

CUs MEET WITH NCUA, CFPB OFFICIALS updated 01/13/15 09:44 AM
2nd RBC Proposal, Overdraft Discussed
California and Nevada credit union leaders met last week with officials from the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to discuss the agencies’ regulatory impact on credit unions.

CO-OP ANNOUNCES THREE PROMOTIONS updated 01/12/15 12:18 PM
New CIO, CMO, and SVP
CO-OP Financial Services has promoted three employees to new positions: Terrence Griffin has been promoted to chief information officer; Samantha Paxson to chief marketing officer; and Connie Trudgeon to SVP of network operations and implementation.

'GAC' AND 'GRR': TWO POWERFUL EVENTS updated 01/12/15 04:37 PM
Your Voice is Needed
The credit union movement needs YOUR voice in Washington, D.C., Sacramento, and Carson City this year as discussions take place on legislative policies that may affect credit unions at the state and federal levels, as well as regulatory issues.

WCMS PRES. RETIRES AFTER 44 YEARS updated 01/09/15 04:44 PM
James D. Likens To Serve Through 2015
Western CUNA Management School (WCMS) officials have announced that Dr. James D. Likens will be retiring from his post as president and CEO of the school at the end of 2015. Likens will continue to direct the school through the end of the year.

CA/NV CUs CAN VIEW RBC DIALOGUE updated 01/09/15 02:26 PM
CUNA to Record NCUA Session
California and Nevada credit unions will have the opportunity view the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) risk- based capital (RBC) discussion meeting on Jan. 15.

SEN. BOXER NOT SEEKING RE-ELECTION updated 01/08/15 10:22 AM
Served Two Decades in U.S. Senate
In a video announcement earlier this morning, Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) stated she will not seek re-election in 2016 when her term expires. Her retirement announcement is not unexpected.

DYKSTRA TALKS LEADERSHIP updated 01/08/15 09:04 AM
CUToday.info Interview
California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues President and CEO Diana Dykstra was recently interviewed by CUToday.info to share her thoughts on leadership and management. In this interview, Dykstra talks about communication, working with board of directors, staying relevant, and more.

LEAGUES OFFICIALLY LAUNCH 'PLEXCITY' updated 01/06/15 10:13 AM
Unique Shared-Service Vision
The California Credit Union League, Maryland and District of Columbia Credit Union Association, and New Jersey Credit Union League officially launched Plexcity on Jan. 2—a new shared-services company that will aggregate accounting and finance, human resources, and information technology departments for trade associations across the nation.

CUNA ANNOUNCES REORGANIZATION updated 01/06/15 02:06 PM
Changes to Senior Leadership Team
The Credit Union National Association (CUNA) has announced the reorganization of its senior leadership team in an effort to streamline and better serve the needs and interests of credit unions.

114TH CONGRESS BEGINS TODAY updated 01/06/15 01:43 PM
Leagues Join Aguilar in Swearing-In
Today is the beginning of the 114th session of Congress and the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues was there to welcome members.

JENSEN JOINS LEAGUES' ADVOCACY TEAM updated 01/05/15 11:29 AM
Will Represent CUs in Sacramento, Carson City
Courtney Jensen has joined the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues as legislative advocate, where she will support and promote credit unions at the state level.

CMN FUNDRAISING REMITTANCE updated 01/05/15 10:51 AM
Submission Deadline: Jan. 16
If your credit union raised funds for Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals in 2014, please submit your funds on or before Jan. 16 to count toward 2014 fundraising totals. Click here to access the form, which includes mailing instructions, along with your fundraising check.

CA CUs GAIN CORPORATE REPRESENTATION updated 01/05/15 10:15 AM
Steve Devan on Catalyst Board
For the first time since the corporate credit union world experienced enormous regulatory changes, a sizeable number of California credit unions are gaining a voice on the board of directors at a large corporate: Steve Devan, CEO of $90-million-asset Grossmont Schools FCU in El Cajon, CA.

NCUA'S MCWATTERS CONFIRMED FOR 'GAC' updated 01/05/15 03:31 PM
Private Session With CU Leaders
The California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues have confirmed a private session with National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) Board Member J. “Mark” McWatters for California and Nevada leaders during the Credit Union National Association’s (CUNA) 2015 Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC).

EVENTS YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS updated 01/02/15 09:03 AM
Top Seven Events of 2015
We all realize how fast time flies, and 2015 will be no exception. Below are the top seven events designed specifically for you our members in 2015.

CUs FEATURED IN MAJOR MEDIA OUTLETS updated 12/31/14 11:04 AM
Substantial Industry Coverage in 2014
In 2014, the industry experienced many exciting developments that were important to California and Nevada credit unions and their members. These advances were documented in several magazine and newspaper articles—helping increase credit union awareness.