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Mick VanStaveren of InSphere Insurance Solutions helps teens learn about child care costs during the Bite of Reality event held at San Rafael High School, hosted by Redwood CU and RMJ Foundation.
Transportation table volunteers try to convince students to spend their money on high-dollar sports cars.
Students work on managing their simulated household income and expenses during the event.

TEACHING YOUTH BASICS OF FINANCES
updated 04/30/13 10:25 AM
CUs Celebrate Financial Literacy Month
Celebrating National Financial Literacy Month and National Credit Union Youth Week, the Richard Myles Johnson Foundation and Redwood CU recently presented the "Bite of Reality" program to 85 seniors from San Rafael, Madrone, and Terra Linda high schools in Northern California.

The hands-on simulation program offered by the RMJ Foundation— together with the California and Nevada Youth Involvement Network—was held April 24 at San Rafael High School. The program is designed to teach young people the basics of finance in a fun, interactive way.

Participants were given a fictional occupation, salary, spouse and family, student loan debt, credit card debt, and medical insurance payments. They visited various table-top stations to “purchase” housing, transportation, food, clothing, household necessities, day care, and other needs. In addition, there was a credit union table-top to help with financial needs. They also faced some unexpected expenses and windfalls during the program. While some students made modest spending choices and stuck to a budget, others experienced the unpleasant consequences of spending beyond their means after purchasing luxury vacations and sports cars, leaving them without enough to pay for their necessary living expenses. Many luxury items were returned and more realistic budgets set after students sought financial advice from the credit union table.

At the end of the program, Gary Phillips, the mayor of the city of San Rafael, address the students and emphasize the importance of financial education.

“It is inspiring to watch these young adults make the same type of financial decisions during the Bite of Reality that they will have to make every day as adults, and then learn from those decisions,” said Redwood CU Assistant Vice President of Training & Financial Literacy Lee Alderman.

In addition to the Bite of Reality program, several credit unions in California and Nevada commemorated the month and Youth Week (April 22-27) with a variety of activities, including:

  • At Yuba City High School, 100 students participated in an interactive financial game called Mad City Money hosted by Sierra Central CU. Participants got a folder with hypothetical life factors and then had to shop for the things they needed. Former Sacramento Kings player Harold Pressley, who does special events for Sierra Central, walked around the gym delivering slips of paper to students for unexpected deposits or expenses. Some 17 Sierra Central employees (including CEO John Cassidy as a facilitator) and eight community people volunteered at the event. The credit union has done financial presentations for this school for the last four years but this was the first time it had presented this program.
  • The Golden 1 CU also held a Mad City Money event, for students at Lincoln High School. Some 100 Lincoln students got a taste of real-world budgeting.
  • Bay FCU provided a number of activities during National Credit Union Youth Week, including a kids fingerprinting and fire truck visit at its Watsonville branch, kids Fingerprinting at its Freedom branch, and K9 demonstrations at the Capitola and Aptos branches.

 
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RATE HIKE UNLIKELY BEFORE MID-2015 updated 01/29/15 08:38 AM
Fed Watching Economic Developments
California and Nevada credit unions are cautiously keeping an eye on 2015 interest rates, and some are expecting short-term rates to increase this summer. Economists suspect the Fed is waiting to see how inflation and the global economy respond to recent shaky periods before making a decision.

'APPLE PAY' EXPANDS IN CALIFORNIA updated 01/28/15 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.

ACCEPTING APPS: CU ADVISORY COUNCIL updated 01/27/15 11:00 AM
Eight Seats Vacant in Fall 2015
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is accepting applications for membership on its Credit Union Advisory Council and inviting individuals who can provide the bureau with guidance as it carries out its work.

CONGRESSMAN VISITS TRAVIS CU LEADERS updated 01/27/15 10:39 AM
DeSaulnier Makes it a Top Priority
As first reported on the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues’ Advocacy Blog, newly sworn-in Rep. Mark DeSaulnier, D-CA, attended a district meeting at Travis CU on Jan. 23.

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.