Dakota CU News & Notes
By DakCU Communications
TCCU Celebrates Impact Award Winners
Each year, Town & Country Credit Union recognizes employees who exemplify the credit union’s mission of “positively impacting those we serve” as recipients of the Impact Award. These employees were nominated by their peers for this award. The 2020 Impact Award winners are Stephanie Silverthorn and Liz Johnson.
Stephanie Silverthorn, AVP Human Resources, is respected for her expertise and is a passionate advocate for the staff at Town & Country Credit Union. Since joining the credit union in 2014, she has filled multiple HR roles before moving into her current position in the spring of 2020. Silverthorn has played a vital role in the credit union’s response to COVID-19 and supporting the staff during this challenging year.
Liz Johnson, Lead Business Loan Assistant, is a true team leader whose knowledge and strong work ethic keep the credit union’s business loan department moving. While managing hundreds of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loans, as well as her team’s typical workload of commercial and ag loans, Johnson truly went above and beyond to positively impact the credit union’s ag and commercial members in 2020.
In addition to the award, Impact Award winners are also given $500 to donate to a charity of their choice. This year’s donations were given to the Northern Plains Children’s Advocacy Center and the Cass County Historical Society - Bonanzaville.
TCCU Employees Earn Financial Counseling Designation
Two Minot Town & Country Credit Union employees recently earned their official Certified Credit Union Financial Counselor (CCUFC) designation.
Bridget Raffin is the Branch Manager at Town & Country Credit Union’s Dakota Square location. Raffin specializes in auto loans, other consumer loans, and deposit accounts, while answering members’ and non-members’ budgeting and other financial counseling questions.
Jennifer Jerauld is the Member Services Manager at Town & Country Credit Union’s main branch on Broadway. Jerauld specializes in deposit accounts, CDs, IRAs and credit cards, while also assisting members and non-members with their budgeting and financial counseling needs.
In order to earn this designation, Raffin and Jerauld completed coursework through the Credit Union National Association Financial Counseling Certification Program and passed two required exams. The intensive coursework covers the types of financial counseling available, myths and truths about money, tactics for how to counsel a member effectively and analyze their financial condition, and more. Raffin and Jerauld join a team of 12 certified financial counselors at Town & Country Credit Union.
Now Hiring at North Star Community CU!
North Star Community Credit Union (main branch in Maddock, ND) has some amazing opportunities for credit union professionals right now! The following positions are open:
To apply, visit Recruitment (adp.com). Questions? Contact Yvonne Fossen, VP of Talent & Technology at 701.922.6204.
CEO Opportunity in Billings, MT
With the pending retirement of the current leader, Altana Federal Credit Union ($350M assets) located in Billings, Montana has started their quest for the next Chief Executive Officer. The board of directors is seeking an experienced executive to provide continued leadership, direction, and guidance of Altana Federal Credit Union activities, while overseeing the safety and soundness of the Credit Union’s financial structure.
This individual must have a proven track record of excellence, a high level of integrity and trust, and excellent communication skills. The successful candidate must have the ability to work collaboratively with the board of directors in defining the strategic direction of the credit union. This position requires conducting business development activities and participating in community and business affairs to promote Altana Federal Credit Union’s visibility and growth. Knowledge and experience in commercial lending is a must. A minimum of three years of experience as a President/CEO, or five years of responsible senior leadership experience in a financial institution of equal or greater size is required. Bachelor’s degree in Business, Finance or related field from an accredited college or university is required. For confidential consideration, please apply to AltanaFCU@ahoconsulting.com. Questions? Contact Tracy DuFresne, VP of Administration.
Credit Unions United Chapter Holding In-Person Meeting!
Credit Unions United Chapter will hold an in-person meeting on Tuesday, February 9. This event will be held at theColumbian Club (formerly Knights of Columbus) – 2601 N Broadway – Minot, and hosted by Gem Federal Credit Union and Minot Area Schools Federal Credit Union. Meet at 6:00 p.m. for Social followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. and program at 7:00 p.m.—Robbery training – with Arron Moss of the Minot Police Dept.
Please note: The meeting will be adhering to all state and city guidelines to protect each of their chapter members. Please refrain from attending if you are feeling ill! Reserve your spot with Susan Bergman, GEM Federal Credit Union 701-852-3866 no later than Thursday, February 4.
April is Youth Month
CUNA has announced this year’s theme for National Credit Union Youth Month in April: “Be a credit union saver and your savings will never go extinct.” Kids love dinosaurs, and the Jurassic theme makes saving for the future fun and helps younger members appreciate the importance of putting money aside. This annual campaign is an opportunity to further engage with young members and show them that your credit union is there to help them throughout their financial journey. Find fun swag along with FREE graphics to promote your activities here. Be sure to check out our great selection of Pee Wee Penguin promotional products that can also be used to make those important contacts with your young savers! Visit the Igloo Mall or contact Deb Kruckenberg for more information about Pee Wee and Friends®.
Last Chance to Win Ten Free Webinars!
Credit Union Webinar Network is hoping to engage you through their social media pages. That is why they are having a special contest that runs until February 1, 2021. All new followers to any one or more of their social media platforms (Facebook, Linkedin, or Twitter), will automatically be entered into a drawing to win one of three prizes from FinEd. The grand prize is 10 free webinars of your choice! Explore what the Credit Union Webinar Network has to offer here – and then be sure to follow them on one (or more) of their social media platforms (links above) for a chance to win.
Dakota Credit Union Association offers cost-effective, quality education options designed to meet the specific training needs of volunteers, staff and management. Train as much as you want, without ever leaving your office! These various training programs are offered year-round as a dues-supported benefit to our members. For more information, click here.
Virtual Learning Opportunity from NDHFA
North Dakota Housing Finance Agency (NDHFA) will host a virtual Homeownership Forum on February 11 and February 18. To provide its lending partners with this online learning opportunity, the agency partnered with Genworth Mortgage Insurance and Mortgage Guaranty Insurance Corporation (MGIC). For the first webinar, Genworth’s MaryKay Scully will lead an introduction to the new Uniform Residential Loan Application, commonly referred to as the 1003/65, and Steve Richman will present “There’s No Going Back,” on the evolution of the mortgage industry that’s lead to today’s multi-dimensional connectivity. Beryl Johnson of MGIC will be the trainer for the Feb. 18 workshop, sharing the secret to effective communications and helping attendees identify the thieves that rob us of time and prevent us from accomplishing the things that benefit us personally and professionally. Register online at www.ndhfa.org. One-day only is $20; both days $30. Registration closes February 10, 2021.
In the Spotlight
Do you know someone at your credit union or another credit union, either employee or volunteer, who has an interesting story? Nominate them for the CU Professionals Spotlight by emailing their name and a brief explanation of why they are “Spotlight” material to Shawn Brummer.
National Credit Union Foundation Virtual Celebration
The National Credit Union Foundation (the Foundation) has announced sponsorship and viewing packages are now available for purchase for the 2021 Foundation Celebration. On March 2, 2021, a virtual event featuring Wegner Award winners of the past will take place. The Foundation will not be presenting the annual Herb Wegner Memorial Awards in 2021 as they will wait to honor new winners in person with family and friends. However, they are still looking forward to bringing the spirit and inspiration of the Wegner Dinner into your organization and home through the Foundation Celebration. The Celebration will be a fun “night out” for our movement to get dressed up, experience interviews with some past Wegner Award winners with help from emcee Andy Janning, support the National Credit Union Foundation and an opportunity to get re-energized with passion for the difference we make as credit unions. Reserve your spot here.
Free Small CU Webinar Series
Don’t forget the free CUNA-League System Small CU Webinar Series! This series provides actionable, relevant and operation-improving best practices while bringing free education to small credit unions on the most important issues they face. Each live webinar takes place on Tuesdays at 2:00 p.m. CT (1:00 p.m. MT) now through Spring 2021. While subjects are wide-ranging, each webinar will aim to answer many of the biggest questions facing small credit unions. *Please note: the Small CU Webinar Series is designed for credit unions $75M and under in assets.
Here are some upcoming dates and topics:
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