Event Calendar

May 23 Thu
New Volunteer Orientation @ League Education Center
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

From: 5/23/2013 5:00 PM
To: 5/23/2013 7:00 PM
New Volunteer Orientation
League Education Center, Meriden

Watch this space for more information!

Nov 20 Wed
Don’t Tax My Credit Union Campaign
9:45 am
Don't Tax My Credit Union Campaign

Credit unions promote the economic well being of their members, especially those of modest means, through a system that is member-owned, volunteer-directed and not-for-profit.

The credit union mission has always been to ensure secure financial choices at lower costs for their members. That’s why credit unions offer financial products that provide better returns on savings, reduced rates on loans and lower or no fees on services.

While credit unions are regulated by the federal and state governments, they are also governed by volunteer boards elected by their membership. Credit unions don’t answer to stockholders, but to each of their 96 million members.

Credit unions invest in people by helping those who have been traditionally underserved by banks. Groups like seniors on fixed incomes, single working moms, minority communities needing greater community investment, and small business owners struggling to raise capital all rely on credit unions for important financial services at reasonable costs.

While the big banks have abandoned small businesses in droves because they just can’t make enough money, credit unions promote their small business members in a struggling economy by providing low cost credit alternatives. This credit union investment means millions of jobs across America.

Unfortunately, the big banks and some in Congress want to raise taxes and impose new fees on 96 million credit union members who represent 40% of all Americans, yet represent only 6% of the assets in financial institutions. And, they want to do this despite the fact that credit unions are not-for-profit and meeting their core mission every day.

That’s wrong and will imperil the credit union movement that so many have come to depend on for real financial choice.

Don’t let Congress raise taxes on 96 million credit union members. Don’t let Congress eliminate real financial choice. Don’t let Congress destroy our credit unions.

To learn even more about credit unions in your community, or join a credit union please visit http://www.asmarterchoice.org/.

Dec 10 Tue
YP Meet Up @ New Mill Restaurant
8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Jan 21 Tue
411 on Politics in Industries with Senator Murphy @ Morton's Steakhouse
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Apr 22 Tue
2014 CUNA Awards Program
12:00 am – June 27, 2014 @ 12:00 pm
2014 CUNA Awards Program

Connecticut credit unions are eligible to apply for the three major CUNA awards: Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Community Service Award, Louise Herring Philosophy-in-Action Member Service Award, and the Desjardins Youth Financial Education Award and Desjardins Adult Financial Education Award. These awards are described in detail below.

Entry forms for the awards are due to the League no later than Friday, June 27, 2014. Links for the forms can be found below.

Please contact Abbi Stamler at (203) 608-7058 or email her at
astamler@culct.coop with any questions.
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Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Community Service Award

Recognizes model credit union efforts to strengthen local institutions and materially improve the lives of nonmembers through community outreach programs (other than personal finance education). The award is given for external activities.
Examples:

• Charity fund raising
• Support for public events
• Donation to social service programs
• VITA or EITC assistance
• Lobbying or advocacy on behalf of K-12 financial education
• Support for teacher training

Dora Maxwell was an early credit union pioneer. One of the original signers of CUNA’s constitution at Estes Park, Colorado, she worked as an organizer for the movement’s trade association (then called the Credit Union National Extension Bureau) and held numerous volunteer positions at the local and national level. In addition to organizing hundreds of credit unions, she developed volunteer organizer clubs and worked with organizations on behalf of the poor.
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Louise Herring Philosophy-in-Action Member Service Award

Recognizes model credit union efforts to materially improve members’ lives through programs (other than personal finance education). It is awarded for internal programs and services that benefit membership.

Examples:
• Special loan modification program
• Wealth-building or debt-reduction incentive program
• Outreach to underserved population
• Student-run in-school or campus branch
• Credit union difference campaign
• Predatory lending alternative
• Support for member ESL instruction

Louise Herring was an active supporter, organizer and champion of credit unions. She was the Ohio delegate to the 1934 national credit union conference in Estes Park, Colorado, where she signed the original constitution for a national credit union association. Louise Herring believed that credit unions should work in a practical manner to better people’s lives. She saw the credit union as more than just a financial institution. In her own words, “The purpose of the credit union is to reform the financial system, so that everyone can have his place in the sun.”

For both the Dora Maxwell and Louise Herring awards, click to access:
• A Letter from the Judges
• Secrets of a Winning Entry
• Commonly Asked Questions
Award Differentiation Chart and Sample Award Activities
• Dora Maxwell Entry Form and Checklist
• Louise Herring Entry Form and Checklist
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Desjardins Youth Financial Education Award

Recognizes model credit union efforts to teach personal finance concepts and skills to members and nonmembers under age 18.

Examples:
• Classroom presentation or series
• Credit prerequisite course
• NEFE HSFPP instruction for underserved group
• Online personal finance curriculum
• Live group budgeting simulation
• Special savers or borrowers club
• Peer-to-peer financial counseling

Desjardins Adult Financial Education Award

Recognizes model credit union efforts to teach personal finance concepts and skills to members and nonmembers age 18 and older.

Examples:
• Group seminar or webinar
• Online Q&A with expert
• Instruction of underserved group
• Presentation series to SEG group
• Instruction at personal finance event
• One-on-one financial counseling or credit report review
• Regular personal finance segment in local media

Alphonse Desjardins was a credit union pioneer who was instrumental in forming the Canadian and U.S. credit union movements. Besides helping to found the first credit unions in Canada and the U.S., Desjardins pioneered youth savings clubs and in-school “banks”, known as caisses scolaires.

This award honors leadership within the credit union movement on behalf of youth and adult financial literacy.

For both Desjardins awards, click to access:
• A Letter from the Judges
• Award Differentiation Chart
• Secrets of a Winning Entry
• Desjardins Program Packet

 

 

Apr 23 Wed
Financial Reality Fair – Eastern CT @ Connecticut College
7:30 am – 1:00 pm

FinancialRealityFairLogoThe Financial Reality Fair to be held at Connecticut College in New London will attract a large number of high schools from surrounding towns with participating students numbering in the hundreds!

Many volunteers are needed to insure the success of this important educational activity.

Please consider volunteering for this exciting event!

Jun 16 Mon
28th Annual Dick Abely Memorial Golf Tournament @ Chippanee Country Club
Jun 16 all-day
28th Annual Dick Abely Memorial Golf Tournament @ Chippanee Country Club | Bristol | Connecticut | United States

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Check back later for more details and registration information…