|During an April 8 visit to Guatemala, California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues President and CEO Diana Dykstra met the full board senior staff of the Federación Nacional de Cooperativas de Ahorro y Crédito (FENACOAC), Guatemala’s national credit union trade association, to discuss planning and strategy.|
|Diana Dykstra, FENACOAC CEO Oswaldo Oliva, and World Council of Credit Unions Vice President of the Worldwide Foundation for Credit Unions Victor Miguel Corro visited with the technical staff of the Superintendency of Banks to advocate for credit union-specific regulation.|
|Diana Dystra discusses the differences between board and staff responsibility in a meeting with FENACOAC’s board and senior staff.|
DYKSTRA MEETS GUATEMALA CU OFFICIALS
updated 04/15/13 04:30 PM
Group Discusses Governance, Strategy
California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues President and CEO Diana Dykstra recently conducted a workshop on governance and strategy with the board of directors of Federación Nacional de Cooperativas de Ahorro y Crédito (FENACOAC), Guatemala’s national credit union trade association.
During the April 8 visit to the Central American country, Dykstra—along with FENACOAC CEO Oswaldo Oliva and World Council of Credit Unions Vice President of the Worldwide Foundation for Credit Unions Victor Miguel Corro—also visited with the Superintendency of Banks to advocate for credit union-specific regulation.
The Leagues have partnered with FENACOAC since 2009 as part of World Council's International Partnerships Program, which seeks to connect developed and emerging credit union movements to form collaborative and mutually beneficial partnerships.
Dykstra’s short visit started with a meeting with FENACOAC's full board and senior staff to discuss planning, strategy, and how to forge a vision of the future in an organization. She emphasized the difference between board vs. staff responsibilities.
“The level of cooperation between FENACOAC and the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues has helped propel the federation’s board of directors and their initiatives,” said Oliva.
In the afternoon, Oliva, Dykstra, and Corro visited with the technical staff from the Superintendency of Banks, Guatemala’s credit union regulator. Dykstra was asked about how the industry in the U.S. is regulated. The technical staff is working on a draft that will ultimately result in a credit union law in Guatemala. The Superintendency had asked for help in getting case studies for countries in which credit unions are successfully regulated and where the risk is well managed. World Council provided the study.
"The trip was invaluable in a number of ways, one of which was to be able to share information with Guatemala’s credit union regulator to help in the agency’s development of regulations that will be beneficial to the country’s credit unions and its members," Dykstra said.
Guatemala's MICOOPE system—implemented in 2008—comprises 25 credit unions that adopted a unified brand to help with public awareness, ease of transactions throughout the country and growing credit union membership. Currently they have 1.2 million members. MICOOPE is essentially self-regulated, with FENACOAC acting as the monitoring agent.
Among the next steps for the partnership between the Leagues and FENACOAC is a visit from members of the technical staff of the Superintendency of Banks as well as MICOOPE with the California Department of Financial Institutions later this year.
In addition, The Leagues will share with MICOOPE the basic educational tracks for credit union CEOs’ continued educational opportunities. Using the information, MICOOPE plans to develop a curriculum/lecture guide and then a training program. The training program may result in experts from California traveling to Guatemala for training and/or Guatemalan CEOs traveling to California.
Additionally, Diana was invited to participate in FENACOAC's 50th Anniversary in November in Guatemala.
FEDERAL ADVOCACY DEVELOPMENTS updated
02/09/16 09:12 AM
FOM Rule and District Meetings
As recently reported in the California and Nevada Credit Union League's Advocacy Blog, two developments have recently occurred on the federal side of advocacy.
REP. LINDA SANCHEZ' LETTER TO NCUA updated
02/09/16 08:55 AM
Support for FOM Rule
As reported in the California and Nevada Credit Union League's Advocacy Blog, California Rep. Linda Sanchez (D- Norwalk), a member of the House Committee on Ways and Means (which governs the credit union tax status) and Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, submitted a letter to the NCUA in support of the field of membership rule. Rep. Sanchez states in her letter, "with a large Latino constituency that is comprised of many unbanked consumers, this rule is a positive step toward addressing this issue."
CA ASSEMBLY BANKING CHAIR SPEAKS updated
02/08/16 09:50 AM
So. Cal Leaders Meet with Dababneh
As reported in the California and Nevada Credit Union League's Advocacy Blog, Southern California credit union leaders met with Assemblymember Matt Dababneh (D-Encino) last Friday at Wescom Credit Union.
THINK 16 CONFERENCE SPEAKERS updated
02/04/16 09:19 AM
May 3-6 in San Diego
CO-OP Financial Services has announced eight featured speakers for THINK 16, focusing on leading social, consumer and technology trends to help credit unions re-envision what “People Helping People” means in 2016 and beyond.
FIELD OF MEMBERSHIP (FOM) RULE updated
02/04/16 09:12 AM
More Congressional Action
As reported yesterday in the California and Nevada Credit Union League's Advocacy Blog, Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-Chico) has sent the attached support letter to the NCUA for their Field of Membership rule.
ONLY 7 DAYS TO COMMENT ON PROPOSAL updated
02/02/16 07:04 AM
NCUA's Field-of-Membership Rule
The countdown is on as the Feb. 8 (Monday) deadline approaches for federal and state chartered credit union leaders to submit comments supporting the National Credit Union Administration’s (NCUA) Field-of-Membership (FOM) proposal.
CEOs SOUND OFF ON NCUA'S PROPOSAL updated
02/01/16 03:36 PM
Urge Peers to Comment on FOM
California credit union CEOs are sounding off as the deadline approaches (Feb. 8) to comment on the National Credit Union Administration’s Field-of-Membership (FOM) proposal—one that will update rules to reflect marketplace changes and give the industry a broader menu of flexible options for remaining competitive.
UNCLAIMED PROPERTY AND 'PACE' REFORM updated
02/01/16 01:47 PM
Rounding Out CA Legislative Goals
Threats to credit unions are already being spotted on the horizon by the California Credit Union League’s advocacy team as the state legislature’s Feb. 19 deadline to introduce new legislation looms.
ANNUAL PRIVACY NOTICES updated
01/29/16 11:47 AM
As reported in the League's Advocacy Blog, after the release of the NCUA Letter to Credit Unions, #16-CU-03, about privacy notices, the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues took action to clarify applicability to state laws. The NCUA letter addressed the recent federal law change on annual privacy notices related to Gramm-Leach-Bliley that states that when a financial institution meets certain statutory requirements, it no longer must send annual privacy notices.
CU LEADERS MEET WITH LEGISLATOR updated
01/29/16 05:09 PM
Asm. Kim Tours Credit Union
As reported earlier today in the California and Nevada Credit Union League's Advocacy Blog, Southern California credit union leaders met with Assemblywoman Young Kim (R-Fullerton).
CU LEADERS MEET WITH ASSEMBLY MEMBER updated
01/28/16 01:47 PM
Portantino Running for Senate
As recently reported in the Leagues Advocacy Blog, credit union leaders met with former member of the Assembly, Anthony Portantino, who served from 2006 until being termed out in 2012. Prior to his time in office, he spent many years working in film and television production and is currently is a Visiting Fellow teaching Values Based Political Leadership at USC.
COMMENTS NEEDED: NCUA'S FOM PROPOSAL updated
01/26/16 10:06 AM
Deadline is February 8
With less than two weeks until the comment deadline of Feb. 8, it is crucial the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) hear from credit unions in support of the proposed chartering and field-of-membership (FOM) amendments.
LEAGUE'S 2016 CA LEGISLATIVE AGENDA updated
01/26/16 09:10 AM
Charter Modernization, CUSOs, LICU
The final year of the two-year state legislative session (2015-2016) in California is here, and the California Credit Union League’s advocacy team is primed to roll out a robust legislative package.
ANAHEIM DUCKS HONOR RICHARD JOHNSON updated
01/21/16 03:09 PM
Recognized For Military Career
Before Richard Myles Johnson was a credit union industry icon, he was a Marine. He joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1941. He ended his military career as a colonel in 1972. Along the way, he amassed a vast number of ranks, honors, and awards, including the Bronze Star and Purple Heart.
FINANCIAL OPPORTUNITY: TWO TALES updated
01/19/16 10:40 AM
CUs Can Take Pulse of Econ. Mobility
As financial “opportunity” for low and middle-income Americans is debated leading up to a national election this November, many within the credit union industry can take a pulse of their members’ financial health and how economic changes are shaping that opportunity.
ROYCE HELPS FORM COOPERATIVE CAUCUS updated
01/19/16 07:18 AM
Business CO-OP: Focus on Legislation
Last week Rep. Ed Royce, R-CA (Brea), joined Rep. Mark Pocan, D-WI, to found the Congressional Cooperative Business Caucus. With Royce’s dedication and expertise in credit unions, it comes as no surprise he is chairing a new caucus to focus on legislation that impacts cooperative businesses.
FIELD OF MEMBERSHIP RULE updated
01/13/16 10:53 AM
CA Congressman Gives Support
California Congressman Ted Lieu (D-El Segundo) has just sent the NCUA a support letter in favor of their Field of Membership Rule. In his letter, Rep. Lieu endorses for several of the provisions in the rule (letter linked below).The League has been working with our congressional delegation to ensure there is overwhelming support for this rule.
RMJ TO BE HONORED AT HOCKEY GAME updated
01/13/16 01:59 PM
Recognized as Armed Services Vet
Richard Myles Johnson— who joined the credit union movement after finishing a 30-year career in the United States Marine Corps, where he retired as a colonel—is scheduled to be recognized as the honored armed services veteran by the Anaheim Ducks hockey team at its home game Wednesday, Jan. 20.
FHLB MEMBERSHIP updated
01/12/16 12:51 PM
Final Rule Issued
Today the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) issued their final rule on Federal Home Loan Bank (FHLB) membership. After receiving over 1,300 comment letters—an unprecedented amount, with most in opposition—the FHFA’s final rule does not include two provisions for which the Leagues strongly opposed. That is, the final rule does not require financial institutions to hold one percent of their assets in home mortgage loans and 10% of assets in residential mortgage loans (RML) on an ongoing basis.
TARGET SETTLEMENT DETAILS updated
01/12/16 10:34 AM
Available on New Website
Credit unions have begun receiving email and paper mail directing them to a dedicated website that offers information on the Target data breach litigation, including settlement terms, important dates, frequently asked questions, information on filing a claim, directions for opting out, court and settlement documents, and contact information.
CO-OP CEO STAN HOLLEN TO RETIRE updated
01/12/16 09:39 AM
More Than 10 Years at CUSO
In a landmark moment for the nation’s largest credit union service organization, CO-OP Financial Services (based in Rancho Cucamonga, CA) announced this morning that President and CEO Stan Hollen will retire on May 31, 2016.
MATZ TO MEET CA-NV LEADERS AT 'GAC' updated
01/12/16 08:05 AM
Plus, Upcoming Regulatory Webinar
California and Nevada credit union leaders will have the opportunity to engage with National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) Board Chairman Debbie Matz during an exclusive meeting arranged by the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues at the upcoming 2016 Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC).
CA CONGRESSMAN PREPARES TAX REFORM updated
01/11/16 02:59 PM
Credit Union Tax Status Honored
As first reported on the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues’ Advocacy Blog last week, Rep. Devin Nunes, R-CA (Tulare), has been drafting a comprehensive tax reform package which will honor the credit union tax status.
CUs4KIDS 20 YEAR CMN PARTNERSHIP updated
01/08/16 01:40 PM
Raised $150M in Donations
This year, Credit Unions for Kids celebrates 20 years of fundraising for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMN Hospitals), a collaboration that has yielded more than $150 million in donations.