Every year those dedicated to the credit union movement gather in Washington D.C. (in the winter mind you, which shows how dedicated we all are), at one of the largest events of the year –CUNA GAC. Whether a seasoned GACer or a fresh face this year, we’ve got 10 must-do’s to help you make the most out of your experience.10. Find fellow credit union friends and take a night tour of Mount Vernon.9. Get ready for opening day right by checking out Georgia Brown’s Famous Gospel Sunday Brunch.8. Buy all the Band-Aid’s you can find in preparation for spending days walking the most expansive exhibit hall ever.7. Kick off CUNA GAC 2016 with CUNA CEO Jim Nussle (reminder: take my annual selfie with him).6. Take an educational pub-crawl with the brightest minds in the industry (customary pit stops include: Marriot , Renaissance, and Hyatt lobby bars. Also… there’s always Fado’s).5. Be inspired by true greatness and at The National Credit Union Foundation’s Herb Wegner Memorial Dinner.4. Vow to learn how to play the piano after hearing The Fabulous Dueling Pianos at Late Night at the GAC with CO-OP Financial Services.3. Stop by a one night only display called Thunderpunch where The Cooperative Trust has managed to round up the mysterious millennial’s for you to meet.2. Keep your credit union running smoothly after a cyber attack with tips from famed journalist, Ted Koppel.and most importantly…1. Join the forces for good and go on GAC Hill Visits! 85SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Amanda Reed Web: www.CUInsight.com Details
According to the Chinese Calendar 2020 is the Zodiac Year of the Rat. Rats are clever and wise and are symbols of wealth and surplus (because of their fast rate of reproduction). Rats have to be extra cautious in the new year due to being at risk of losing money. They must learn to stand back and wait until opportunities arise and are advised to wait until the following year in making big decisions and keeping their financial situation stable. Rats will also find themselves losing their focus at times and becoming emotional. So each of us would do well to temper our prosperity trends regarding the economy going forward. Living with a bit of anxiety will be a harbinger for credit union leadership as we head into the year.With recent political, economic and regulatory changes added to the American landscape, the new year economy in which credit unions will have to navigate will slow down. Overall many aspects of these changes have caused many of us to shift and use more new technology and innovation in dealing with our financial situations and engagement in serving members.And with 2020 being a presidential election year, all business and financial marketplace predictions will be tempered by Uncertainty!However, this is not the year for credit unions to hold back. There is an opportunity to really continue to step up and help members respond to new changes and challenges (interest rate changes/cyber-security/ID theft/new technology/frictionless transactions) and not have a rat pack mentality like our competitors.I would offer these “Super 10 in 20”suggestions for setting a course to prosper in the New Year:Work Your CU Neighborhood. Focus on deepening relationships (more wallet share) with your current members. Get closer and really get to know your members. Offer one stop financial services shopping and don’t make your members jump through whoop s to do business. Continue to engage and expand in socially responsible causes showing the credit union difference in the community.Review your Fee structures for market place adjustments. I am not suggesting we gouge our members, only that we alter fees based on the local marketplace. We still will be the best deal in town.Have a Collaboration, Partnership, Alliance and Merger Policy/Strategy.Train staff to cross serve and wow members at every touch point opportunity 7x24x365. Embrace being a “Member-Centric” CU. All staff, volunteers, vendors and members should be advocates for your credit union.Have a well-defined Member Experience Program. Use Good On-Boarding practices to Reconnect and Engage current/new members by offering incentives–(Buy local Groupon/ miles/reward programs/prepaid cards/cash back/free credit scores/reports/co-brand products) and concierge services to empower them to connect. Reach out to Hispanic/New Immigrant communities and show them how credit unions are a welcoming financial institution. Give members real reasons for being a member, not just a customer. Membership should have its privileges. Offer Certificate of Member Ownership/Toll Free 800 Member Care Hotline.Embrace Innovation/Mobile Strategy: Mobile/Tablet Technology and Social Media. Be Appilicious–Utilize innovative ideas to create “Apps for This and That”. Form Strategic Partnerships with Fin-techs (Google/Amazon) for first payments/digital interaction options. Teach members to serve themselves via technology. A CU Alexa has now joined the Apple watch to members households and vehicles and “Face Payments” could be the next Big Thing!Offer Suite of Retirement Services to help Senior Members–Tax/Legal (Wills) Services/End of Life (Burial) Loans/Long Term Care. Consider offering Life-style Products/Services that your members could really benefit from (braces/Invisalign treatments/hearing aids/plastic/Lasik surgery) personal procedures that are not covered by traditional insurance.Reach out to young adults/women and early retirees via Micro Lending and Small Business Services. These members are the fastest demographic starting their own business.Make it a strategic imperative to appeal to and attract more Youth and Young Adults. The under 30 Demographic is your next generation of lending business and lifelong members for your CU. Find ways to help young members ease their burden of student debt and offer Financial Counseling Fitness programs to help them get on track with sound life-long money budgeting practices.Explore Cannabis/Hemp/CBD Oil Banking as potential new Small Business opportunities for your credit union. 38SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Vardallas John A. Vardallas CAE, CUDE is Founder/CEO of The AmericanBoomeR Group, a Madison, Wisconsin based speaking/consulting firm. He is also Senior Faculty Advisor/Project Evaluator for SCMS and … Web: www.theamericanboomer.com Details This is not the time to sit back in your den about your credit unions mission to thrive in the future. Focusing on maintaining our differentiation–why we do versus what we do in our communities will distinguish us from the rest and help us prosper.Our Credit unions will need to step up, promote our purpose, focus on our uniqueness and commitment to members to stay ahead and avoid getting caught up in the financial services rat race in 2020.
Tickets on sale for City Securities Hall of Fame Classic.The Batesville High School boys varsity basketball team will be participating in the City Securities Hall of Fame Classic on Saturday, Dec. 27, in New Castle. The Bulldogs will face Class 4A preseason No. 1 Southport High School in game one at 11 AM. The second game will pit Brownsburg and Penn. The evening session will consist of a consolation game at 6 p.m. with the championship to follow.Tickets purchased in advance are discounted. Basketball fans can purchase tickets for $10, which includes the entire day of basketball. They can be purchased at Batesville High School in the athletic office during regular school hours. Tickets will also be on sale Friday, Dec. 12, when the Bulldogs host Lawrenceburg.Courtesy of Bulldogs AD Bryan Helvie.
Lawrenceburg, IN— A boil Water advisory is in effect until 9 am on Thursday. During a Boil Water Advisory, the water is okay for the customer to bathe, wash clothes and other common needs. However, as precaution, water should be boiled for five minutes before eating, drinking or cooking. The boil water advisory will remain in effect until water quality tests confirm the water is safe for customer consumption (usually 24-36 hours from issuance). LMU will take samples this morning and will likely have results tomorrow afternoon. LMU will also sample again tomorrow as a further precautionary measure. Precautionary boil water advisories are to ensure public safety and it is a responsibility that Lawrenceburg Municipal Utilities (LMU) takes very seriously.Please be advised that this advisory is precautionary and is not the result of a known health concern with the public water supply. Boil Water Advisories are issued as a precaution with a customer’s best interests in mind.Questions please call LMU 812-532-3500.
Powell gave credit to not only Mather but to her Red Dragon Martial Arts Master Ben Marsh as he has been training her from the beginning, even though he wasn’t able to make the trip. She said,“Ben is such a great coach. He expects the most out of you and if you slack off at all he isn’t afraid to yell at you just to get you back focused on your training.”While over in Maui, Mather stated the twelve-year-old martial artist was invited to events in Toronto and Las Vegas in early 2018. Maui, Hawaii – Twelve-year-old Mikah Powell returned home Wednesday from Hawaii after a very successful Taekwondo International Championship.The grade seven student at Bert Bowes Middle School traveled overseas last Wednesday along with coach and stepfather Jody Mather for her first international competition. She ended up bringing home two silver medals and a gold medal in the three events she participated in. Mikah Powell said,“I felt I performed very well, we have been training for a while, up to four days a week and two hours a day. The training I did over there was taken very seriously. There was no time for games at the end of each session, they trained us hard.”On Saturday the yellow belt faced competition from Montreal, Alaska and South Korea and felt that the competition was the some of the best she has ever faced. Each match consists of two rounds in each match with each round consisting of two minutes each, the winner is based on how many points they receive for placement of kicks or knockout.- Advertisement -Mather felt that Powell handled herself extremely well as she has been involved in the sport for four years now. As there’s a big difference in the martial arts style in the United States, even though it’s the same age group. He said,“The Taekwondo in the United States is very different compared to in Canada. It was a very big learning curve for Mikah. We don’t dive into the nitty-gritty of the sport like they do in the U.S., it’s very vicious.”Advertisement
QPR boss Harry Redknapp named a strong side for the FA Cup third-round game against Sheffield United, but there are places on the bench for youngsters Darnell Furlong – son of former R’s striker Paul Furlong – and Reece Grego-Cox.Redknapp makes seven changes, with Rio Ferdinand, Matt Phillips and goalkeeper Alex McCarthy among those included in the starting line-up to face the Blades, who are without the suspended Chris Basham.Top scorer Charlie Austin also starts for the home side, as does Jordon Mutch. QPR: McCarthy, Onuoha, Caulker, Ferdinand, Traore, Phillips, Mutch, Henry, Hoilett, Fer, Austin.Subs: Murphy, Hill, Isla, Vargas, Zamora, Furlong, Grego-Cox.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Dan Conners, the first draft pick Al Davis ever signed for the Oakland Raiders, died April 28 in San Luis Obispo, according to an obituary submitted to this newspaper. He was 78.Conners, who was born in Clearfield, Pennsylvania, earned a scholarship to the University of Miami in Florida. There, he started for three seasons and was voted All-American as a senior in 1963.At a time when the established NFL and the upstart AFL were battling to sign college seniors, Conners was drafted by both …
SANTA CLARA — Play of the game? It’s too tough to narrow it just one when the 49ers pummelled the Green Bay Packers 37-8 Sunday night, so let’s go with one on both sides of the proverbial ball:BEST OFFENSIVE PLAY: Kittle’s touchdownJimmy Garoppolo’s 61-yard touchdown pass to George Kittle encapsulated just how well the 49ers can score, which they’re doing at over 30 points per game.Sure, it merely padded the 49ers’ lead to 30-8, but that scoring strike came immediately after the Packers’ put …