We are just eight days out from our fall education kick-off with the CU Professionals Forum and Large CEO Roundtable meetings in Fargo on Tuesday, August 16 in Fargo at the Delta Hotel and Conference Center. There is still time to reserve your spot!
Attention North Dakota CUS - US Central Member Capital follow up call for ND credit unions scheduled for tomorrow morning.
For several months, the Dakota Credit Union Association has been working with credit unions and legal council on a path for North Dakota credit unions to claim their recovered U.S. Central Member Capital Assets (MCA) from the NCUA. We will have a follow up call with our counsel tomorrow morning, August 9, at 9:00 A.M. C.T. All North Dakota CEOs and managers should have received an email invite with a link to the meeting. Please reach out to me if you need that link resent. We have an approaching deadline to act by, so it is extremely important that you or someone from your credit union is on the call. The meeting will also be recorded.
Registration for New Ideas Conference 2022 is opening this Wednesday, August 10!
This year’s New Ideas Conference is set for October 3-4, 2022 at the historic Black Leg Ranch just outside Bismarck, ND. Homesteaded in 1882, the ranch has broadened traditional commercial cattle ranching into a multifunctioning, value-added agricultural enterprise that has diversified into a hunting outfit, international agri-tourism operation, wedding and events venue, craft brewery, and its most recent venture, commercial meats. Stay tuned for details to follow in Wednesday’s Memo and on our website to get in on early bird savings starting August 10, 2022.
Members turn to their credit card as household debt surpasses $16 trillion in second quarter of 2022.
Trends across the country indicate that consumers and credit union members are using their credit cards to keep pace with the rising costs of products and consumer needs. As jobless claims continue to rise, last week the Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s Center for Microeconomic Data released its Quarterly Report on Household Debt and Credit, which revealed a $312 billion increase in total household debt in just the second quarter of 2022. Credit card balances also saw an increase of $46 billion, marking a 13% cumulative increase since the second quarter of 2021. This increase represents the largest jump in more than 20 years.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics "Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey" (JOLTS) released last Tuesday revealed that total job openings declined by 605,000 from the upwardly revised 11.3 million in May. This means nearly six million people were counted as unemployed in June, which means there are an estimated 1.9 openings per every available worker. This will most certainly will add to the inflationary concerns for all consumers and credit union members.
Senate Interchange Bill Will Actually Harm Consumers - Action Alert issued – please weigh in!
As the cost to purchase household goods and services continues to rise and have a negative impact on Americans, more credit union members are using their credit cards to make ends meet. Yet, members of congress launch Credit Card Interchange that will hurt consumers.
The bill represents a massive financial windfall for big box retailers who could choose to use the most inexpensive credit card routing network, regardless of how much, or little, the vendor invests in data security. How this will hurt credit union members and Americans:
E-bike raffle launching today!
As I hinted in my President’s Perspective a few weeks ago, the Dakota Credit Union Foundation is moving ahead with an extremely exciting raffle fundraiser! A limited number (250 total) of tickets will be sold at $50 each (limit of 5 per person or organization) for a chance to win a pair of top-rated Ride1UP e-bikes! That’s a prize worth $3,390! Ticket sales are officially open today. We don’t expect the tickets to last long – so do not wait too long to secure yours! A live grand prize drawing will take place at the close of our New Ideas Conference, October 3 – 4 in Bismarck. Good luck and happy trails!
SWAP messaging succeeding beyond our expectations!
In case you have been wondering where your State-wide Awareness Program (SWAP) contribution has been going, I hope you have been paying attention to the print and digital ads we have been running, along with static and digital billboards in multiple locations, and of course, our GSTV (Gas Station TV) ads that started in June and will run through August. We recently received our June numbers from GSTV, and I am incredibly pleased to share that the GSTV ads have been delivered to more than 666,600 consumers at Dakota gas stations. These ads all direct consumers to yourmoneyfurther.com to find a credit union they can join, so be sure your credit union’s information is updated. Contact Lindsey Hefta for assistance or with any questions regarding the SWAP program.
Emerging credit union leaders recognized! Congratulations to these Bismarck area young credit union professionals!
Many credit unions across the Dakota have placed a strategic emphasis on cultivating young talent and developing new intentional leaders for the movement. I am pleased to share that several of our emerging credit union leaders were recently recognized as outstanding local leaders under the age of 40 in the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce special edition publication that highlights area businesses and talent. What’s more impressive is that four young credit union professionals from the Bismarck-Mandan area were named in the August issue of the Chamber Connection! Well done, and congratulations to: Travis Dengel, Railway CU; Zachary Dosch, First Community CU; Jillian Lagasse, Capital CU, and Katie Nehl, First Community CU.
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