August 2017 Chapter Report
August Recess – Now is the Time to Raise Our Influence
Raising My Influence
Congress is now in recess and as you may know, this recess is the longest of the year running from July 31st through September 5th. This gives credit unions and chapters plenty of time to schedule visits with their elected officials. Included below are just a few grassroots activities that you can use to engage your lawmaker at the local level and raise our influence as a movement.   
  • Credit Union Visits: Invite a lawmaker to your credit union so they have an opportunity to interact with your members – their constituents.  Let them experience firsthand how your credit union exists to serve your members.
  • Chapter Meetings: Invite a lawmaker to speak at your chapter meeting.  Not only does this provide them a forum to speak about issues of importance to them but it also allows you to highlight the credit union difference!  If that doesn’t work, arrange for representatives of your chapter to schedule a meeting in their district office!
  • Town-Hall Meetings: Lawmakers generally host in-person and teleconference town hall meetings to hear their constituents' concerns. We encourage you to participate in these meetings and let the legislators know in a public forum how they can help ease the regulatory burden on credit unions.
If you already have a meeting or visit scheduled with your elected officials, please let us know.

Please don’t hesitate to contact Gretchen Ziegler at or April Krause at with questions or for assistance.

SAVE THE DATE – Chapter Leader’s Conference
Chapter Leaders ConferenceNovember 9 – 10, 2017
Embassy Suites by Hilton
125 E. Houston Street
San Antonio, TX 78205

Milestone 100 Days Videos from Caroline Willard
Caroline Willard
Caroline Willard is marking the milestone of her first 100 days as president and chief executive officer of Cornerstone with the release of several videos introducing her vision for the league.
The first two of five videos are available for viewing now on Vimeo and on Cornerstone's website. These videos are based on the most salient insights Willard has gained from credit unions over the course of her travels since April. Watch for the next video in the series next week.

Three More CU Rides to CMN Hospitals
CU Ride - Karen Hart and Champ
The first two CU Rides are complete but you can still join us as we tour the Cornerstone region to deliver a treasure trove of stuffed dogs to Children's Miracle Network hospitals - your hospitals - in Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Texas.
Start planning now! Here are the dates for the remaining rides: 
Dallas, Thursday, Aug. 24
Start: 9:00 a.m.
Resource One CU Training Center
1200 Sullivan Dr.
Dallas, TX 75215
Arrive: 11:00 a.m. at Children's Medical Center
1935 Medical District Dr.
Dallas, TX 75235
Fort Worth, Friday, Aug. 25
Start: 9:00 a.m.
Texas Trust CU
5850 W Interstate 20
Arlington, TX 76107
Arrive: 10:00 a.m. at Cook Children's Health Foundation
801 7th Ave.
Fort Worth, TX 76104
Little Rock, Tuesday, Oct.10
Start: 9:30 a.m.
Arkansas Credit Union Association
1023 West Capitol Ave.
Little Rock, AR 72201
Arrive: 10:15 a.m. at Arkansas Children's Hospital
1 Children's Way
Little Rock, AR 72202
Credit Unions Care
You're free to participate in as many rides as you wish, but we do ask that you register for each one.
To be part of the tour, you don't have to ride a motorcycle; you can drive your own vehicle or ride in a vehicle wrapped with your credit union's logo. We simply want to present a united front when we visit each CU Ride destination.
Will we CU Ride?
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'Did You Know' Video Awareness Series Now Available
The Foundation has released the first in a series of special awareness videos. In the "Did You Know" videos.  The video gives an overview of the purpose and value the Foundation provides to affiliated credit unions—things you may not know.
For instance...
  • Did you know that any individual can give money to the Foundation?
  • Did you know that the Foundation promotes financial education programs?
  • Did you know that the Foundation can provide assistance with educational opportunities?
  • Did you know that the Foundation provides financial assistance to credit union staff affected by disasters?
The Foundation is asking credit unions to show this video in their orientation and training programs for employees—and place a link on your website for members as well. Enabling staff and members to watch the video is an easy way to impart the value and purpose of the Foundation to those who need to know most.
For more information, please contact Staci Kimmel at 469-385-6447 or by email at

Don’t Miss Your Chance to Win a 2017 Ford Mustang During Mustang Mania
Mustang Mania
Summer is heating up, and so is your chance to win a brand new 2017 Ford Mustang (or the cash value), provided in part by North Central Ford. You also have a chance to win diamond and tanzanite earrings donated by Diamond Doctor or $1,500 cash donated by ePay.
If every credit union in the Cornerstone region purchased just two Mustang Mania tickets, the Cornerstone Credit Union Foundation could raise $150,000 to support our three main initiatives: financial education programs for youth and adults, credit union development and disaster relief for credit union staff and volunteers when disaster strikes. Together we make a huge impact.
Do not let this opportunity melt away. Tickets are $100 each, and only 1,500 will be sold. The winners do not need to be present to win. The drawing will be held 30 days after the last ticket is sold or no later than Oct. 31, 2017.
To request promotional material or purchase tickets, contact Staci Zale,
development director, at 469-385-6443 or

20th Annual Golf Tournament
Don’t miss out on the 20th anniversary celebration!
20th Annual Golf TournamentWhen: Wednesday, September 6
Where: Canyon Springs Golf Club in San Antonio
Shotgun: 12:00 pm
Fee: $250 per golfer, includes green and cart fees, range balls, lunch, golf shirt, and additional goodies.
Aug. 25 is the registration deadline. Sponsorship opportunities ranging from $8,000 – $1,000 are available.
To view a list of events where Mustang Mania tickets will be available, to register for the golf tourney, and for more information on golf sponsor opportunities, please visit the Foundation's website, or contact Staci Zale at or 469-385-6443.
Proceeds from Mustang Mania and the golf tournament benefit financial education programs, as well as grants for community outreach, chapter programs, and credit union professional development education.

Soles for Change - We’re Half Way to Our Goal
Of Collecting 7,500 Pairs of Shoes
Soles for Change
It was hot and humid, but it did not take very long for a team of volunteers to load 150 heavy bags of shoes into a very big truck.  Those bags have 3,750 pairs of shoes that have been collected for the Soles for Change Campaign. All shoes donated go to developing nations around the world to micro-entrepreneurs who clean, refurbish, and resale them.  
Help the Cornerstone Credit Union League and Cornerstone Credit Union Foundation reach our goal of collecting 7,500 pairs of shoes by bringing and donating new and gently used shoes for the Soles for Change Campaign.
Soles for Change truckHow to Get Involved
  1. Go on a scavenger hunt in your house looking for all the nearly new pairs of shoes you or your family are no longer wearing.
  2. Look under beds, in closets and gather them all together.
  3. Bring all the pairs you collect to the credit union and place them in our collection bin.
You can donate gently used or new shoes at the Leadership Conference the Managers Roundtable, and the Marketing & BD Conference. This is an easy item to collect at your local Chapters as well.


2017 ALM Workshops
ALMUnderstanding Your Credit Union’s Asset/Liability Management Process
Asset/Liability Management (ALM) Workshops are coming to an area near you to provide the tools to make decisions and manage your credit union more effectively.
Day One: ALM Essentials
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Day Two: ALM Implementation
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
August 16 and 17, 2017
October 17 and 18, 2017
August 22 and 23, 2017
November 7 and 8, 2017
Contact: Vicki Larkin Harris at or (800) 442-5762, Ext. 6497

Leadership Conference & Expo
Leadership Conference & Expo
September 7-9, 2017
San Antonio, TX
More Information & Registration

Managers Roundtable
Managers Roundtable
September 20-22, 2017
Branson, MO
More Information & Registration

Catalyst Corporate FCU
40th Annual Economic Forum
October 2-4, 2017
Irving, TX
More Information & Registration

Marketing & Business Development Conference
Marketing & Business Development Conference
October 25-27, 2017
Houston, TX
More Information & Registration

2017 CEO Roundtables – Two locations on various dates
2017 HR Roundtables - Seven location on various dates
ABCs of Consumer Lending - September 2017
ACH Boot Camp - September 2017
Bankruptcy & Collections Seminars – Two locations on various dates
Branch Manager Workshop – September 2017
IRA School - September, two days and four sessions
Small Credit Union Workshops – Eight locations on various dates
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Focus on Growth
The best outcome is the result of careful and precise planning
Prioritize your actions and generate better outcomes.
Strategic planning takes your credit union and gives it direction and purpose, promoting growth in:
  • Membership
  • Loans
  • Shares
  • Other Operating Income
  • Member Utilization
  • Community Involvement
You can significantly increase your odds of success when you nurture and make adjustments promoting growth.
Allow us to facilitate your next Strategic Planning Session
Our promise is simple… provide your credit union the most beneficial experience possible.  We guarantee your complete satisfaction, or you don’t pay.  No risk, all reward!
Contact us today to schedule your planning session.
Howard Bufe
800-422-5762, Ext 6820
Karen Houston-Johnson, CCUE,SCMS
800-442-5762, Ext. 6626
Dean Borland, SCMS, CUDE
800-442-5762, Ext. 6627