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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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ADDITIONS TO SEPT. 'HIKE THE HILL' updated 08/24/15 12:08 PM
Coffee With Regulators and MBL
In two weeks, the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues’ will host a “Coffee with the Regulators” meeting during the annual Hike The Hill gathering on Capitol Hill (Sept. 8-10). Credit union attendees will discuss relevant and important issues with officials from the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).

FHA ISSUES STATEMENT ON 'PACE' LOANS updated 08/24/15 02:41 PM
Consistent With Leagues' Comments
On Monday, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) issued a policy statement on Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) that is consistent with comments from the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues’ position on the issue.

REP. MCCLINTOCK SUPPORTS MBL RULE updated 08/21/15 10:45 AM
Submits Letter to NCUA
As reported in the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues’ Advocacy Blog, Representative Tom McClintock (R-El Dorado) is now the second member of Congress to send a support letter to the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) in support of credit unions and their proposal to modernize the member-business lending (MBL) rule. Rep. Julia Brownley (D-Ventura) sent a letter last week.

WHAT'S DRIVING MEMBERSHIP GROWTH updated 08/19/15 11:59 AM
Three California Perspectives
Competitive products and services don’t tell the whole story of why membership continues to soar at several credit unions in California. Neither does the growing economy.

RMJ TOURNEY RAISES NEARLY $60,000 updated 08/19/15 10:39 AM
Event Sold-Out With 144 Golfers
The Richard Myles Johnson (RMJ) Foundation/CUNA Mutual Golf Tournament, held August 17 at the Newport Beach Country Club in Newport Beach, CA, raised nearly $60,000 for the state foundation for credit unions in California and Nevada.

'PACE' EXPANSION ATTEMPT DEFEATED updated 08/18/15 10:36 AM
League Engaged Lawmakers on Issue
The California Credit Union League has helped defeat an attempt in the California legislature (Senate Bill 602) to give super-lien rights to unregulated lenders through Property Tax Assessed financing.

CALL TO ACTION: MBL COMMENTS NEEDED updated 08/17/15 04:28 PM
NCUA Deadline is Aug. 31
More positive comment letters that support the National Credit Union Administration’s (NCUA) proposed member business lending rule are needed to help the agency shape its final rule—including letters from your credit union and your business members.

CA CUs AID FIRE VICTIMS updated 08/14/15 03:20 PM
Fundraising Efforts Continue
As more than dozen fires raged on in northern California in recent weeks, area credit unions stepped up efforts to help—supplying the hard-working firefighters with goodie baskets of water, food, and supplies; helping in large animal rescues and defending family farms; and raising much-needed donations to help those who have suffered losses. Some Coast Central CU staffers—who are also volunteer firefighters—were deployed to help fight the fires.

CU Direct Partners with CULA updated 08/13/15 02:54 PM
Leasing Option Availability
CU Direct, the provider of lending, automotive and strategic solutions to the credit union industry, has entered into a new agreement with Credit Union Leasing of America.

MEMBER BEHAVIOR: SHIFT IS COMING updated 08/11/15 10:40 AM
Conference Spotlights Rates, Economy
It was evident during a three-day conference in San Diego that credit unions are on high alert as they wade into tricky waters and strategize how to manage balance sheet spreads and liquidity in light of the Federal Reserve’s upcoming federal funds interest rate hike.

CUs GAIN INSIGHTS AT SHAPIRO SUMMIT updated 08/11/15 09:25 AM
Talk Strategy, Marketing, Trends
More than 60 credit union leaders from California and Nevada, speakers, and League staff convened at the annual Shapiro Summit on Aug. 7-8 in Ontario, CA to discuss important issues credit unions $50 million and under face in today’s economy, and how to overcome those obstacles.

NCUA AWARDS $2 MILLION IN GRANTS updated 08/07/15 11:05 AM
Funds Help 225 Low-Income CUs
The National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) has awarded more than $2 million in grants to help 225 low-income credit unions expand products and services, open branches or relocate offices, advance digital growth, and provide greater security for their members.

Auto & Home Loans Drive Trend updated 08/07/15 02:42 PM
Member Lending Benefiting CUs
California and Nevada credit unions are experiencing auto and mortgage loan growth as part of a trend of increased lending activities by credit unions nationwide.

REP. BROWNLEY SUPPORTS MBL RULE updated 08/06/15 04:28 PM
Writes Letter to NCUA
As reported in the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues’ Advocacy Blog, Representative Julia Brownley (D-Ventura) was the first member of Congress to formally write to the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) in support of their proposal to modernize the member-business lending (MBL) rule. There will likely be many more to write in support of updating this outdated member business lending rule.

Vendor Authority Bill, Halted updated 08/05/15 04:20 PM
The League & CUNA Oppose Amendment
The U.S. Senate just adjourned for the August recess, but not without controversy for credit unions. The Senate was supposed to consider a bill addressing cybersecurity issues. During consideration, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) introduced an amendment that would expand the NCUA's third-party vendor authority. The League and CUNA mobilized to halt any progress of this amendment. With the Senate's adjournment this afternoon, neither the bill or vendor authority amendment progressed. Credit unions, our CUSO partners, and vendors will now have time to further mobilize against future efforts.

CO-OP LAUNCHES CO-OP API SUITE updated 08/05/15 01:52 PM
New Developer Tool Helps CU Apps
CO-OP Financial Services is introducing a suite of APIs (application program interfaces) that will enable credit unions to quickly integrate the latest mobile and online technology directly into their existing mobile and virtual channels.

STATE EXPLORES BANKING MARIJUANA BIZ updated 08/03/15 02:30 PM
CU Reps Discuss on CA Panel
While California Board of Equalization Member Fiona Ma is proposing a state-run bank to serve the “legitimate” marijuana industry in California, the board is concerned with people walking into their offices with thousands of dollars in cash to pay their state taxes.

CUNA’S ’15-’17 STRATEGIC PLAN updated 07/31/15 09:44 AM
Letter From CEO Jim Nussle
The Credit Union National Association (CUNA) sent to credit unions a letter which contained the association’s 2015-2017 strategic plan, detailing how President and CEO Jim Nussle will fulfill mandates he received from the board when he signed his contract last September.

CATALYST'S ANNUAL ECONOMIC FORUM updated 07/31/15 08:54 AM
Registration Now Open
Registration is now open for Catalyst Corporate's 38th annual Economic Forum, which will be held Oct. 5-7 at the Omni Mandalay Hotel, near Dallas, TX.

WCMS CELEBRATES ‘15 GRADUATING CLASS updated 07/28/15 08:42 AM
New Fellowship Announced
On July 23, Western CUNA Management School (WCMS) celebrated its 2015 graduating class—the NU Class—in an elaborate affair. Ninety-seven students graduated with Northwest Credit Union Association President and CEO Troy Stang serving as the commencement speaker.

NEW VERSION OF SPRIG BY CO-OP updated 07/24/15 12:29 PM
Available at iTunes and Google Play
An updated version of Sprig by CO-OP is now available at iTunes and Google Play—adding native apps, expanding transaction filtering, and enforcing enhanced security.

NCUA TESTIFIES BEFORE CONGRESS updated 07/24/15 09:24 AM
Chair Debbie Matz Speaks
As reported in the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues' Advocacy Blog, yesterday the House Committee Financial Service, Subcommittee on Financial Institutions, and Consumer Credit had a very lively hearing where Debbie Matz, Chair of the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), testified

NCUA APPROVES $1.3M REDUCED BUDGET updated 07/23/15 09:22 AM
Board Cuts Operating Fund
The National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) board approved a $1.3 million reduction to the 2015 operating budget, making better use of California and Nevada credit union dollars. Credit unions are obligated by law to pay into the NCUA, but that does not preclude the NCUA from its responsibility to operate in an efficient manner.

NCUA HEARING SLATED FOR JULY 23 updated 07/22/15 12:35 PM
Chairman Debbie Matz to Testify
The National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) Chairman Debbie Matz is scheduled to testify before the House Financial Services Committee’s Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit on Thursday, July 23 at 11 a.m. PT/2 p.m. ET. Please note this hearing was originally scheduled for Friday, July 24.