Mountain West Credit Union Association Announces “Advocacy in Action” Virtual GAC Experience

The Mountain West Credit Union Association announces its “Advocacy in Action” experience. The event series will include meetings with legislators and regulatory agencies, as well as collaborative events to bring uniquely relevant and engaging content to the region’s membership across a virtual platform.

The MWCUA events will be held separately, but in conjunction with the 2021 Credit Union National Association Governmental Affairs Conference (CUNA GAC) being held March 2-4, 2021, virtually as well. Because of the virtual format, MWCUA members do not need to be registered for the CUNA GAC to participate in the regional Hike visits and events.

“With this year’s event being held virtually, we are able to offer our regional delegation meetings to a wider, yet still targeted, group of our membership,” said Scott Earl, President and CEO of MWCUA. “We will be hosting a variety of opportunities for our members to engage in topics of importance, along with some events designed for collaboration and networking.”

MWCUA is pleased to kick off Advocacy in Action February 4, 2021 with Wyoming Representative Liz Cheney. Additional events will be announced over the next few weeks and via the MWCUA app, social media and other outlets.

 

About the Mountain West Credit Union Association

The Mountain West Credit Union Association is the regional tri-state trade association representing 119 member credit unions, 4 million credit union members and $58 billion in assets throughout Arizona, Colorado and Wyoming. Not-for-profit in nature, credit unions provide low-cost financial services to their members. Founded in 2011, the Mountain West Credit Union Association serves and supports the interests of member credit unions through advocacy, community outreach, education and training, public affairs, regulatory and compliance services and strategic partnerships. The Mountain West Credit Union Association is affiliated with Credit Union National Association (CUNA), World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) and CUNA Mutual Group. Follow us on twitter at twitter.com/mwcua or on Facebook at facebook.com/mwcua. To learn more visit mwcua.com.

 

The Mountain West Credit Union Association launches the “In The Movement” Podcast

DENVER, Co. – January 26, 2021 – The Mountain West Credit Union Association (MWCUA) has launched a new podcast, “In The Movement.” “In The Movement” discusses all things happening in the credit union movement. Each episode features leaders talking about history and current affairs, and how we can utilize our expertise to educate, communicate, and mobilize to better serve our movement.

A recent episode featured MWCUA President and CEO Scott Earl. Earl has been a leader in the movement for more than 39 years. He currently leads the Mountain West Credit Union Association, representing 119 credit unions in Arizona, Colorado and Wyoming and has played a pivotal role in the expansion of the credit union movement in the United States.

“We believe our podcast will be a tremendous resource to help educate, motivate and excite people within our credit union movement,” said lead host and MWCUA Vice President of Political affairs Chris Kemm. “Our goal is to offer a wide variety of topics across the movement including leadership, education, community outreach and new technologies. This will help engage people from all aspects of the credit union space and create excitement to keep the movement moving forward.”

Fans of the podcast can contact Kemm at ckemm@mwcua.com to provide feedback and ideas for the podcast, or to become a guest on the show.

RECENT SHOWS:

EPISODE 3: Anne Legg, Founder, Thrive Strategic Services

EPISODE 4: 2-part session Todd Marksberry, President and CEO, Canvas CU, Chair MWCUA, Host of “In the room”

UPCOMING:

EPISODE 5: Jeff Rendel – Rising Above Enterprise

To listen to the podcast, visit https://mwcua.com/blog/category/podcast/ The podcast is available on most podcast streaming services.

 

About the Mountain West Credit Union Association

The Mountain West Credit Union Association is the regional tri-state trade association representing 119 member credit unions, 4 million credit union members and $58 billion in assets throughout Arizona, Colorado and Wyoming. Not-for-profit in nature, credit unions provide low-cost financial services to their members. Founded in 2011, the Mountain West Credit Union Association serves and supports the interests of member credit unions through advocacy, community outreach, education and training, public affairs, regulatory and compliance services and strategic partnerships. The Mountain West Credit Union Association is affiliated with Credit Union National Association (CUNA), World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) and CUNA Mutual Group. Follow us on twitter at twitter.com/mwcua or on Facebook at facebook.com/mwcua. To learn more visit mwcua.com.

2021 Training Guide

 We are excited to roll out our all-new digital and interactive 2021 Training Guide. As a member of the Association, you have access to cost-effective training programs and networking events that will help elevate your employees’ career development. We offer a wide range of industry-related educational opportunities that include schools, live seminars, webinars, and conferences. Our Training Guide is a one-stop for all our educational offerings for 2021. This year’s guide is offered only in the digital format; however, you will find the interactive aspects will provide you with an elevated experience. Stay tuned throughout the year as we make any necessary updates to our guide each quarter, so you’ll know you’re getting the most current information.

The interactive guide allows you to:

  • Read it like a book
  • Quick flip to a section by using the linked table of contents (page 4)
  • Click on  a program or conference to go directly to the registration page
  • Share it
  • Download it
  • Reference it all year

Are training dollars tight? Take advantage of  Professional Development Scholarships available through the Credit Union Foundation. It’s easy to apply!

Click the button below to check it out.

What does wellness have to do with credit union membership?

What does wellness have to do with credit union membership?

Canvas Credit Union finds groundbreaking correlation between membership and well-being.

 

September 2019: Canvas hosted a yoga event at CSU stadium in Fort Collins to promote wellness in the community.

LONE TREE, CO (November 13, 2020) — Canvas Credit Union’s mission is to help members afford life. The credit union encourages their members to leave the banking to Canvas, so they can ‘go live’, and focus on their well-being. Because of Canvas’ investment in their members’ well-being, they had an inkling that their members might be more well than the average Coloradan. Canvas partnered with Filene Research Institute to use data to quantify the current state of well-being in Colorado and their membership.

After months of surveying and research, Canvas received the results: There is a strong direct correlation between Canvas membership and the three dimensions of well-being: financial, health, and social. In each dimension, Canvas members experienced stronger wellness outcomes in comparison to non-members. Not only that, the engagement and longevity of Canvas Credit Union membership further enhanced participants’ well-being.

Working alongside Filene, the research encompassed all three well-being dimensions. The survey was distributed electronically to members and non-members throughout Colorado and uncovered many exciting results such as:

  • Well-being is stronger for Canvas members. Canvas members experience a higher level of well-being than non-members in the same geographical areas.
  • Having accessible savings and rainy-day funds makes a big difference in financial well-being. The importance of savings, access to credit, and other safety nets help people feel financially secure, which is one of the basic elements of financial well-being.
  • Financial behaviors & know-how (confidence and goal follow-through) connect to well-being. These connections include confidence in one’s ability to follow through on financial goals, having a regular habit of saving money, paying bills on-time, and knowing where to find financial advice when they need it.
  • Mental health is strongly correlated to well-being. Addressing the connection between mental health and financial wellness can go a long way in helping members cope with their financial challenges.
  • Health and financial well-being have strong correlations. The correlations between health and financial well-being strongly go hand-in-hand. Canvas’ membership as a whole performs better in both dimensions when compared to other respondents in the same geographical area.

“At Canvas we are known for our people and our heart, and we are committed to doing right by our members by providing them the resources they need to help them afford life.” Shared Tansley Stearns, Chief People and Strategy Officer at Canvas Credit Union. “While one wouldn’t think your choice of financial institution could have such an impact on well-being, we celebrate this newfound discovery that engagement and longevity in a Canvas Credit Union membership further enhances their well-being. Executing this survey with Filene, we have gained insights on how we can continue to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with our members through the joys and the sorrows, to ensure their social, financial, and health needs are supported so they can do what matters most and Go Live.”

With the unique challenges 2020 has presented, maintaining high levels of well-being has been more crucial than ever. As Canvas leads with heart for their members and the communities they serve, they will leverage the results of this study as a means to communicate their dedication to their members, even outside of their financial journeys. Through the peaks and valleys Canvas’ members may face, they can be certain that Canvas is an ally with open ears, open hearts and helping hands.

Future iterations of this study will follow members’ financial journeys and continue to offer insights into the strong correlation between wellness and one’s choice of financial institution. For Canvas, this is just the start as they intend to foster even more wellness for their members, employees, and communities.

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About Canvas Credit Union (canvas.org)
Canvas Credit Union is a safe and insured financial institution with over $3 billion in assets and over 260,000 members. Canvas provides a full array of financial products and services, including savings, checking, loans, mortgages, and online and mobile options. Serving Colorado communities for more than 82 years, Canvas currently has 29 branches.

Contact Information
Tansley Stearns
Chief People & Strategy Officer
Canvas Credit Union
tansleys@canvas.org

Canvas Credit Union
9990 Park Meadows Drive
Lone Tree, CO 80124
United States of America

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MWCUA Announces DC From Your Desk – A virtual legislative series

The Mountain West Credit Union Association has announced its fall “Hike the Hill” series, called “DC From Your Desk.” The series includes virtual meetings with legislators, regulatory agencies and other opportunities as they arise throughout September and October. The ability to pivot has become the norm during the past several months. Because of this, MWCUA’s annual “in-person” fall “Hike the Hill” has been retooled into a virtual format.

The fall hikes are the trips where the MWCUA Government Affairs team typically takes smaller groups of CEOs, executives and young professionals to DC to keep the credit union message front and center while mixing in meetings with regulatory agencies and other opportunities to take a deep dive into the workings of our Nation’s Capitol.

“These uniquely challenging times presents an opportunity for credit union professionals who’ve always wanted to advocate to do so without leaving home,” said Tim Dore, SVP Government Affairs for MWCUA. “Because of COVID, people can participate without traveling, so we’re able to connect legislators with more advocates from our region, giving us a strong voice to deliver the credit union message.”

The series includes upcoming sessions with Colorado Representative Jason Crow (D), and Wyoming Senatorial candidate (and former State Representative) Cynthia Lummis (R), with more in the works.

 

About the Mountain West Credit Union Association

The Mountain West Credit Union Association is the regional tri-state trade association representing 123 member credit unions, 3.8 million credit union members and $51 billion in assets throughout Arizona, Colorado and Wyoming. Not-for-profit in nature, credit unions provide low-cost financial services to their members. Founded in 2011, the Mountain West Credit Union Association serves and supports the interests of member credit unions through advocacy, community outreach, education and training, public affairs, regulatory and compliance services and strategic partnerships. The Mountain West Credit Union Association is affiliated with Credit Union National Association (CUNA), World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) and CUNA Mutual Group. Follow us on twitter at twitter.com/mwcua or on Facebook at facebook.com/mwcua. To learn more visit mwcua.com.

 

MWCUA Member CUs among “Best Credit Unions to Work For”

This week, Credit Union Journal published its annual list of the “Best Credit Unions To Work For.” Fifty institutions across the country were named to the list, including several MWCUA member credit unions.

According to CU Journal, executives at these institutions were able to distinguish their credit unions by ramping up benefits and support as the coronavirus wreaked havoc on the workplace and economy. These steps included developing ways for employees to still socialize with each other despite working remotely, paying staff for a full-time schedule even if their hours were cut, and reimbursing cell phone and internet expenses for those working from home.

Congratulations to the following credit unions.

Colorado Credit Union

Littleton, Colo.
Overall rank: 5
Asset category rank: 3
President and CEO: Michael Williams

• The credit union offers a tuition-reimbursement program of up to $3,000 for any class related to an employee’s job or career path.
• The credit union offers up to a 4% match for employee contributions to its 401(k) plan and provides profit sharing each year.
• To promote wellness during the pandemic, the credit union subscribed to a program called Wellbeats that offers virtual gym classes and recipes for employees.

Notre Dame Federal Credit Union (Associate Member)

Notre Dame, Ind.
Overall rank: 9
Asset category rank: 1
CEO: Thomas Gryp

• The credit union hosts a President’s Dinner once a year for employees who earn a rating of at least a four on a five-point scale for their annual performance review. They can bring a guest to the celebration for gifts, cocktails, dinner and socializing.
• The institution pays for each employee to complete a financial wellness course.
• Notre Dame FCU cover 100% of the costs for a 52-week online weight loss program.

Landings Credit Union

Tempe, Ariz.
Overall rank: 24
Asset category rank: 3
CEO: Brian Lee

• Landings covers deductibles so employees have no out of pocket healthcare costs.
• Employees enjoy “credit union Olympic” games and Connect 4 tournaments.
• The institution hosts fun holiday activities, including cookie and gift exchanges and an ugly sweater competition.

Denver Community Credit Union

Denver
Overall rank: 29
Asset category rank: 9
Co-CEOs: Tessa Bonfante and Shane Silvernale

• Employees enjoy free ice cream on Thursdays during the summer months.
• The credit union covers 55% of employees’ annual Sam’s Club membership fee.
• To help relief stress related to COVID-19, managers coordinated a series of fun activities via the credit union’s intranet portal, including themed days and a video joke series.

Rocky Mountain Law Enforcement Federal Credit Union

Denver
Overall rank: 31
Asset category rank: 10
President and CEO: Christine Wiley

• Employees receive letters from the board along with a gift card to recognize their customer service and excellent job performance.
• The institution matches up to 4% of an employee’s contribution to a retirement plan. It also provides 4% of the worker’s annual compensation through a profit-sharing plan.
• To help advance staff members’ careers, the credit union offers monthly online classes, job shadowing, group training sessions and individual coaching.

 

 

Don’t Miss the Next Virtual Marketers Networking Council

Calling all marketers, business developers and community development professionals! Plan to join your peers for the last Marketers Networking Council of 2020, taking place on October 1, 2020.

We’ll be meeting on the Zoom platform once again, and we’d like to see as many of you as possible to end the year on a high note. Stay tuned for the topic we’ll be offering and the guest speaker presenting.

Click here to register.

Small Credit Union Education Series

We are excited to announce an incredible opportunity for you. As a small credit union leader, you and your Board members are invited to an informative and valuable conference series. We know times are tough right now so we’re offering this incredible content at no cost.

We’ve gathered several experts to discuss important topics that are key to your success. Since we can’t meet in person, we’re delivering them to you virtually over a series of 5 weeks. Take a look at the schedule:

CU Staff Series:

  • September 10th, 4:00 CO/WY and 3:00 AZ – Cyber Security
    Johnny Davis (NCUA) discusses current threats to your data and what to prepare for your upcoming examination.

  • September 24th, 4:00 CO/WY and 3:00 AZ – Preparing for your Exam AND How to talk to your examiner
    Julie Kappenman (MWCUA) & Wayne Watters (Waypoint) provide tips and discuss what you need to know before your next exam as well as effective methods of communicating with your examiner.

  • October 8th, 4:00 CO/WY and 3:00 AZ – The Powerful Tool of the AIRES Download
    Wayne Watters (Waypoint) overviews this powerful tool designed to make exams smoother and more effective.

  • October 15th, 4:00 CO/WY and 3:00 AZ – BSA Training
    BSA examiners are digging deeper and asking more questions. Laura McFadden (MWCUA) helps you ensure the annual mandatory BSA training is done while explaining that the BSA requirements can easily tie into your sales and service initiative.

  • October 29th, 4:00 CO/WY and 3:00 AZ – IT Panel Discussion 
    What are your peers doing to stay innovative while making an impact with technology? This not-to-miss panel features:

REGISTER FOR CU STAFF SERIES

CU Board/Volunteer Series:

  • September 24th, 6:30 CO/WY and 5:30 AZ – Financial Education 
    Great for new and experienced board members, Julie Kappenman (MWCUA) overviews key financial information volunteers must know.

  • October 8th, 6:30 CO/WY and 5:30 AZ – BSA Training for Volunteers
    Board members are responsible for BSA too and Julie Kappenman (MWCUA) breaks down what they need to know.

REGISTER FOR CU BOARD/VOLUNTEER SERIES

Each session is scheduled to last 90 minutes and we’ve built in some time for discussion and networking. This is a conference you won’t want to miss. Click here now to register for this incredible FREE conference.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you in September! 

Haxtun Community Federal Credit Union leads Rise Up effort to help local businesses

Credit unions are founded on a simple, but important principle, People Helping People. Never has this been truer than the past several months during the pandemic and all the chaos it has caused.

In our community, the team at Haxtun Community Federal Credit Union put many measures in place to continue to safely serve members as the pandemic shifted operations and access. But they also wanted to go beyond the traditional ways of helping members and the community and came up with a unique virtual challenge to spark fundraising along with health and wellness. Drawn from HCFCU employee Stephanie Harms’ experience as a mountain climber and fitness trainer, the “Rise Up Challenge” was created.

The challenge was a multi-pronged event designed to engage the community, raise money to help impacted local businesses and encourage physical activity. The challenge allowed participants to be as involved as they wanted – from simply purchasing an event t-shirt to logging steps/miles to complete virtual 14ers – all to raise awareness and support the local community. All proceeds were used to purchase gift cards from businesses impacted by the COVID-19 shutdown and then used as prizes in the Rise Up 14er Challenge.

Prizes were awarded in two different categories: miles bikes and miles walked/ran. Each category allotted prizes in five different age groups.

HCFCU CEO Kristin Hadeen said, “We felt like Rise Up was appropriate due to the current situation and our desire to promote mental and physical health.” She added, “we wanted to do something that would have an immediate impact to help businesses affected by the pandemic and the community stepped up in a big way.”

The challenge raised $1041 and the Mountain West Credit Union Foundation matched that amount, bringing the total to $2082. Another $391 of other local donations brought the grand total to almost $2500, all funneled back into local business.

The credit union also received a grant from the National Credit Union Administration to help impacted businesses and the credit union’s membership in the sum of $10,000.00.  They used it to provide utilities and offset COVID-related expenses for impacted businesses in Haxtun.

“At a time when everyone was so greatly affected by this pandemic, we are so proud that we were able to provide a small amount of positivity and economic relief in our community,” Hadeen said.