Dakota CU News & Notes
Celebrating Debbie Kruckenberg’s 45 Years!
This week, we celebrate Debbie Kruckenberg who has been with the association since February 9, 1976! She began working for the league just nine months after graduating from high school and has been the eyes and ears of DakCU for the past 45 years. She is quite likely the first voice you hear when you call the office in Bismarck, she is the person behind the registration desk at many association functions, and she is a “library” of historical information behind a kind and caring soul.
Karla Clark, DakCU’s CFO has worked with Debbie for 27 years, longer than any other employee at the association. “I have been blessed to work alongside Debbie for all my years with ‘the league’ – Debbie is the go-to person and she has the great ability of digging into projects and challenges that many would shy away from. Thank you, Debbie, for being there for me and our credit unions for the past 45 years!”
“Debbie has been an essential part of our organization's journey and success for many years,” stated Jeff Olson, President/CEO. “We are eternally grateful for the dedication and passion she has shared in her service to our team and our members.”
Please join us in congratulating Debbie for her many years of devoted service to the industry. Send your messages to: email@example.com or call Debbie today at 701.250.3924.
Pam Helling Retiring from Healthcare Plus FCU
Healthcare Plus FCU in Aberdeen, SD has announced that Pam Helling, MSR Supervisor is retiring on February 26, 2021. Because the credit union’s lobby remains closed due to Covid, members and friends are unable to greet her at work in person, however you can send greetings via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to Healthcare Plus FCU, 203 South Dakota Street, Aberdeen, SD 57401. Congratulations Pam, and thank you for your 15 years of dedicated service to the industry!
Summit Registration Now Open!
Registration is NOW OPEN for our 2021 Annual Summit. This year’s event will conveniently be held May 3 – 4 in Fargo, ND – a favorite location for many attendees. You do not want to miss the incredible lineup of speakers that we have engaged for you, with areas of expertise ranging from branding, business communications, credit union economics, financers’ rights and regulatory compliance, as well as leadership development and thriving in a competitive market! Watch the Memo for exciting details about our incredible keynote speakers coming on Wednesday, February 17.
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®.
Help Choose ICU Day Theme
World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) is asking credit unions to provide input on the theme for International Credit Union (ICU) Day 2021, which we will celebrate together on Thursday, October 21. Click here to find our ICU Day 2021 Theme Survey. The more survey entries they receive back the better! The survey was developed by World Council and Credit Union National Association (CUNA) and asks about five potential themes for ICU Day 2021. Surveys will be accepted through February 18 and the theme will be announced in early March. Learn more about International Credit Union Day here.
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:
Help Us Stay Up to Date with Your Staff!
We have been cleaning house at the association and have removed many email contacts that have become inactive. Please help us to make sure that your employees are receiving the Memo and are in our database for other important information. We strive to bring you the latest important information related to advocacy, compliance, networking and educational opportunities, and more. Is everyone at your credit union receiving this information? Be sure we have the names, titles, and email addresses of any new employees. The more information your staff has, the better for all of us! Email Shawn Brummer to be added to our distribution list.
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