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Caroline Casey, CEO of Kanchi and Founder of the O2 Ability Awards, addresses attendees during the opening general session of the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues' 2013 Annual Meeting and Convention.

SURPRISE SPEAKER INSPIRES ATTENDEES
updated 10/29/13 10:13 AM
Opening Day at Annual Convention
The audience got an explosive surprise during Monday's opening general session at the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues' 2013 Annual Meeting and Convention, with O2 Ability Awards founder and Kanchi CEO Caroline Casey launching on stage to tell her tragedy-to-triumph story of overcoming personal insecurities and obstacles from being born legally blind.

"Be dangerous in dreaming," she told credit union CEOs, board members, executives, and others. "We can't control recessions, cancer, and other horrible events in life. But we can control our response. Please don't try to be someone you aren't."

Casey, an Irish immigrant, has dedicated the past decade of her life to changing how global society views people with disabilities. At Kanchi, she developed a set of best practices (based on ISO 9000 quality standards) for businesses to help them see "disabled" workers as an asset as opposed to a liability. Hundreds of companies have adopted those standards, changing their policies and attitudes.

"Nearly one billion people around the world have a disability, with more than $9 trillion in disposable income," Casey said. "As credit unions, you say you want to change people's lives. We're people too. You helped me start my financial life again, and I will never forget that."

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Attendees were also greeted on stage by Leagues President and CEO Diana Dykstra and Credit Union National Association (CUNA) President and CEO Bill Cheney, both of whom reiterated the "Unite For Good" message that is empowering state leagues, CUNA, and credit unions to collaboratively work together to reach out to consumers and legislators in Congress and state capitols.

All day Monday, as well as Tuesday morning, credit union executives had the opportunity to get a "close up" with the convention's high-impact keynote speakers, as well as special guests from the credit union system, during the Executive Series, which is one of a few touch points brand new to this year's event. They included McGonigal; Teddy Goff, social media guru; Dr. Neil Goldman, a credit union visionary; Elizabeth Whitehead, director of NCUA's Region 5; Jan Owen, commissioner of the California Department of Business Oversight (DBO), and Mary Martha Fortney, President and CEO of the National Association of State Credit Union Supervisors (NASCUS).

Leo H. Shapiro Award and Other League Awards
During Monday's opening general session, Travis CU CEO Patsy Van Ouwerkerk received the Leo H. Shapiro Lifetime Achievement Award, the California Credit Union League's highest honor.

Named after Leo H. Shapiro, the father of California's credit union movement, the award recognizes Van Ouwerkerk's lifetime of contributions to the California credit union movement.

Past winners of the award gathered on stage with Van Ouwerkerk as she accepted the award and commented to the audience on how honored she feels to be involved in the California credit union movement.

On Tuesday morning, the Leagues' other award winners were recognized both privately at a special reception, as well as on stage in the general session. They included:

  • Xceed Financial FCU CEO Teresa Freeborn—the Distinguished Service Award
  • Ventura County CU Board Chairman Roxanne Ostrem—the J. Alvin George Outstanding Volunteer Award
  • L.A. Healthcare FCU CEO Annice Kim—the Tomorrow's Star Award
  • Thompson Consulting Inc. CEO Randy Thompson—the Kim Bannan Eternal Flame Award (for an individual)
  • Catalyst Corporate FCU—the Kim Bannan Eternal Flame Award (for an organization)

An Exciting, Eventful Kick-Off
Attendees made their rounds to a number of exciting venues, presentations, educational sessions, networking events, and yearly meetings all day Monday and throughout Tuesday morning of this year's convention, including:

  • The Western CUNA Management School Breakfast
  • The California and Nevada Youth Involvement Network Planning Session
  • Bite of Reality Financial Literacy Workshop
  • Shapiro Group Networking Reception
  • Credit Union Volunteer Networking Reception
  • Executive Series

Credit union CEOs, executives, board members, and other attendees from California, Nevada, Texas, Hawaii, and Alaska searched within themselves to "reach up, reach out, reach deep" as they explored innovative concepts, philosophies, and strategies to take back and transform their credit unions.

RMJ Foundation Donor Appreciation Gala
On Sunday evening, the Richard Myles Johnson Foundation held a Donor Appreciation Gala to recognize those who have supported the foundation this year (in lieu of its annual Beacon Awards Gala).

Those who attended from credit unions and other organizations were recognized for their contributions in helping make the Bite of Reality financial workshop successful—an ongoing initiative that creates a one-day real-life financial budgeting scenario for California and Nevada school kids, helping them venture into "the real world."

 
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HARRY REID TO RETIRE IN 2016 updated 03/27/15 01:11 PM
Served Senate Since 2005
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) will not seek re-election in 2016, he said in an interview with the New York Times. He has led the Senate democrats since 2005 and has had a three-decade congressional career.

FIRST CU REG. RELIEF BILL PASSED updated 03/26/15 09:21 AM
H.R. 299 Approved by Committee
The House Committee on Financial Services passed H.R. 299—the Capital Access for Small Community Financial Institutions Act—granting privately-insured credit unions access to the Federal Home Loan Bank. The bill now moves to House floor for consideration hopefully before June.

FIs TRUSTED OVER RETAILERS updated 03/25/15 03:00 PM
Better Data Protection
According to a recent Gallup poll, 91 percent of consumers trust credit unions and banks to better safeguard their personal information and keep data secure, compared to less than 70 percent of consumers who trust merchants. More than 11,000 U.S. adults age 18 and older were surveyed for the poll.

OVERDRAFT PROPOSAL OPPOSED updated 03/24/15 08:56 AM
Treatment of Prepaid Cards
The California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues have submitted a comment letter to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) that strongly opposes the bureau’s proposed treatment of overdrafts on prepaid cards as credit and subject to Regulation Z requirements.

GRR IS LESS THAN THREE WEEKS AWAY updated 03/23/15 10:54 AM
Crucial Event for CA State Advocacy
The 2015 Government Relations Rally (GRR) is the most important state legislative event for credit unions in California— and it’s less than three weeks away. Will you be there to advocate for your credit union?

CEOs TALK RISK, OPPORTUNITY, FUTURE updated 03/19/15 05:04 PM
Cheney, Gunderson, and Hernandez
Threats to cybersecurity, defending against card fraud, and remaining relevant to consumers are top concerns for three credit union CEOs who recently participated on a special panel during a California Credit Union League Orange County Chapter meeting.

CA CEO TESTIFIES BEFORE CONGRESS updated 03/18/15 10:18 AM
Also, Rep. Royce Reintroduces Bill
Patrick Miller, CEO of CBC FCU testified before today’s House Committee on Financial Services hearing titled “Preserving Consumer Choice and Financial Independence.” Miller was the witness on behalf of the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues and the Credit Union National Association (CUNA). The bulk of his testimony centered on duplicative compliance burdens, as well as the modifications needed to strengthen the credit union charter.

NCUA WARNS ABOUT PHISHING SCAM updated 03/18/15 03:00 PM
‘National Credit Union’ Con
The National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) has issued a warning to consumers that the agency has received reports of an online phishing scam which uses a website with a logo and a design similar to the agency’s own site in an attempt to convince customers/members to provide information or send money. Click here to read the warning.

SMALL, LARGE CUs MEET AT 'GAC' updated 03/16/15 11:31 AM
Also, Pete Aguilar Fundraiser
Nearly 50 CEOs and professionals from small credit unions and their large-sponsor counterparts attended the Partners in Advocacy reception last week at the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues’ suite during the 2015 Credit Union National Association Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC).

MCWATTERS MEETS WITH CA, NV LEADERS updated 03/16/15 10:27 AM
CFPB Officials Address Rules
The room was packed last week when National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) Board Member Mark McWatters made time to address attendees from California and Nevada during the 2015 Credit Union National Association Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC) in Washington, D.C.

CU HILL VISITS: 'TREMENDOUS SUCCESS' updated 03/16/15 01:25 PM
Keeps Advocacy Top of Mind
More than 225 colleagues from California and Nevada credit unions joined thousands of their peers at the 2015 Credit Union National Association Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC) last week, making visits to lawmakers’ offices and meeting with regulatory officials.

ADVOCATES GATHER IN WASHINGTON, D.C. updated 03/10/15 10:51 AM
2015 Governmental Affairs Conference
California and Nevada credit union leaders attending the Credit Union National Association’s 2015 Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC) in Washington D.C. focused on pressing legislative and regulatory issues as they were briefed in the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues’ suite on Monday afternoon and met intermittently on Tuesday.

COMMITMENT TO SUPP. CAPITAL AND RBC updated 03/10/15 09:57 AM
Plus, Modernizing FOM Limits
Credit union leaders from California and Nevada were surprised and pleased with National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) Chairman Debbie Matz’s comments from this week regarding the use of supplemental capital for risk-based capital purposes.

PURCELL SCHOLARSHIP AWARDED AT 'GAC' updated 03/10/15 07:50 AM
Honor ‘Means a Great Deal to Me’
This year’s Kelly J. Purcell Credit Union Memorial Fund Scholarship was awarded to Rebecca Herrigel, a student at the George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management who will graduate this year with a master’s degree in political management.

REG. RELIEF HEARING ANNOUNCED updated 03/09/15 10:06 AM
Signals Many Discussions Ahead
With the opening of the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) 2015 Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC) on March 8, the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues had its first of many announcements.

CEOs JOIN CU HOUSE HALL OF LEADERS updated 03/09/15 09:30 AM
Eric Bruen and Joe Schroeder
Desert Valleys FCU CEO Eric Bruen and Ventura County CU President Joe Schroeder were inducted into the Credit Union House Hall of Leaders during the Credit Union House meeting, prior to the Credit Union National Association’s (CUNA) Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC), which began on March 8. Both received this honor for their significant impact on the credit union movement, and are the third and fourth inductees from California since the program’s inception in 2008.

NCUA, CFPB TO MEET CA AND NV LEADERS updated 03/03/15 09:12 AM
RBC, Overdraft, and Other Topics
On board for California and Nevada attendees of the Credit Union National Association’s 2015 Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC) is a special visit from officials with the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) at the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues' hospitality suite.

THREE TOPICS SHAPING ‘GAC’ THIS YEAR updated 03/02/15 05:08 PM
Data Security Will Top GRR
Next week the Credit Union National Association’s 2015 Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC) will kick off in Washington D.C.—a conference that, unlike others, is focused on bringing the credit union message to Congress and the administration.

EVANGELICAL CHRISTIAN CU CEO RETIRIN updated 03/02/15 04:20 PM
Holbrook Served For 36 Years
Evangelical Christian CU's Mark Holbrook will retire in May after 36 years as CEO. He is widely acknowledged for growing the 50-year-old institution to an alliance of more than 11,000 members and ministries in 130 countries.

ROYCE REINTRODUCES MBL CAP BILL updated 03/02/15 03:31 PM
Raises Limit to 27.5 Percent of Assets
Today, Congressman Ed Royce (R-CA) reintroduced legislation raising the member business lending (MBL) from 12.25 percent to 27.5 percent of assets.

CUs LEND UNIQUE VOICE TO NEWS MEDIA updated 03/02/15 02:55 PM
Stories Garner Spotlight in CA, NV
Only two months into 2015, local news media across California and Nevada are highlighting credit unions’ positive impact on their communities as the economy continues strengthening and the industry seeks how it can uniquely serve members.

VETERANS MBL BILL INTRODUCED updated 02/27/15 01:27 PM
Service Member Loans Exempt From Cap
This morning, Reps. Julia Brownley (D-CA) and Jeff Miller (R-FL) introduced H.R. 1133, legislation that will help the nation’s veterans establish themselves as small business entrepreneurs. With many service members already credit union members, this new bill would exempt small business loans issued to veterans from the member business lending (MBL) cap.

CUs TESTIFY ON FIN. LITERACY updated 02/25/15 10:50 AM
Nat'l. CU Foundation Speaks at FLEC
Gigi Hyland, executive director of the National Credit Union Foundation toured the movement's dedication to youth financial literacy today in a presentation to the U.S. Treasury's Financial Literacy Education Commission (FLEC).

WINE AUCTION RAISES RECORD AMOUNT updated 02/24/15 10:27 AM
More Than $1 Million for Children’s Hospitals
More than $1 million was raised for 11 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in California and Nevada during the annual Credit Unions for Kids Wine Auction last Friday night—a record amount in the event’s 10-year history.