February 2018 Chapter Report
Cornerstone Now Accepting Chapter of the Year Applications
awardIt is that time of year again where we celebrate all that our credit union chapters do. Cornerstone is proud to recognize chapters for their contributions to the success of the credit union movement in our three-state region, and right now, the league is accepting 2017 Chapter of the Year applications.
Chapter of the Year is awarded to one chapter in each group that earns the highest number of points for participation. Additionally, chapters may be eligible to receive special achievement awards, one per category. The award is based on chapter participation in the following three categories:
  • Political and regulatory advocacy
  • Community involvement/system support
  • Leadership development
The deadline for applications to be received is Friday, March 9, 2018.
You can access the application outline, an application cover sheet, and a worksheet you can fill out online to tally your points.  Along with the Chapter of the Year application, your submission must also include the cover sheet and supporting documentation (chapter meeting notice or other notice which substantiates information).
Send your completed application to Gretchen Ziegler at gziegler@cornerstoneleague.coop. If you have questions, don't hesitate to reach out to April Krause at 469-385-6487 or akrause@cornerstoneleague.coop.

Cornerstone To Provide Litigation Support Via ADA Amicus Brief
Cornerstone, in collaboration with the Credit Union National Association, is drafting an amicus brief to be filed on behalf of a member credit union that is currently engaged in litigation over the ADA website issue.
An amicus brief is a legal document filed in court by non-litigants with a strong interest in the outcome of the case. Such briefs advise the court of relevant additional information or arguments that the court may wish to consider.
If your credit union has been sued on the ADA website issue and you have decided to defend the case rather than settle, please contact Suzanne Yashewski, SVP Regulatory Compliance Counsel at syashewski@cornerstoneleague.coop or (512) 853-8516 to see if we may be able to file an amicus brief on your behalf as well.

Cornerstone Call for Associate Director Applications Underway
director mapThe call for applications for one associate director position on the Cornerstone Credit Union League board has begun. Two young professionals and one volunteer are currently serving on the board and the term of the volunteer will expire at the conclusion of the annual member meeting on April 18th. As a result this election is to select a volunteer to serve as an associate director on the League board.

Eligibility to Become a Volunteer Associate Director
  • Must be a member of a League member credit union.
  • Must have served in a volunteer position with a member credit union for at least the previous two years.
Application Documents
NOTE: The League will send an acknowledgement of receipt of the application to the candidate.
Completed applications must be received by 12:00 noon Central Time on Thursday, March 1, 2018.
If you have any questions, please contact Linda Cates, Corporate Secretary, at 800-442-5762, ext. 6482, or Jack Blachly, SVP and General Counsel, at 800-442-5762, ext. 6411. Please identify that your question is regarding the League Associate Director application.

We Need Your Help
We Need You"Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in."
The Texas primary elections are right around the corner, March 6th. We hope you're already registered to vote as early voting begins on February 20th.
Attached please find a comprehensive list of Texas candidates running for office at the state and federal levels.
Primary Candidates 2018 (PDF)
As you may be aware, the Texas state and federal delegations will undergo enormous changes in this election cycle. Several long-time credit union friends will be retiring making it essential that we cultivate new allies both at the state and federal levels. In order to accomplish this, we need your help!

Please reply to this email if you're interested in volunteering in a primary campaign in your area.  Volunteer activities could include:
"    Block walking
"    Phone banking
"    Sign distribution
"    Campaign office assistance
Further, if you have a personal or professional relationship with any candidates running for office this election cycle please let me know.
If you have questions, don't hesitate to reach out to Gretchen Ziegler at 469-385-6484,  email gziegler@cornerstoneleague.coop  or April Krause at 469-385-6487, email akrause@cornerstoneleague.coop.


2018 Annual Giving Campaign
Cornerstone Credit Union FoundationGiving to the Cornerstone Credit Union Foundation is not just about making a contribution. It's about making a difference ONE donation, ONE credit union, ONE community at a time.
Please help the Cornerstone Credit Union Foundation by encouraging your local credit unions to check the foundation box on the League dues statement.  
Your contribution makes it possible for the Foundation to...
  • Help staff or board members get back on their feet after a disaster strikes;
  • Send credit union professionals to the Credit Union Development Educator (DE) program so they can spread the cooperative spirit;
  • Provide experiential learning opportunities such as Reality Fairs and Retirement Fairs in your community to improve their overall financial well-being;
  • Support Small Credit Union development that would not otherwise be afforded;
  • Assist area Chapters with providing quality speakers and trainings.


Shared Branching Roundtables are Coming to Your Area!
roundtableOver the next couple month the staff from Remote Transaction Resources is visiting credit union who participate in Shared Branching in Texas and Arkansas.  They will be facilitating credit union Share Branching "Roundtable" meetings for 2018. Participation is strongly recommended.
The meeting timelines are 11:00 to 1:00.  These meetings are beneficial for branch managers, teller supervisors, tellers, operations staff, call center staff, and accounting staff. A thorough understanding of Shared Branching by key credit union staff is vital.  
The Roundtables for 2018 will begin in March and finish in June.  If, you are interested in being a host for the Roundtable in your area or need additional details contact Remote Transaction Resources at rtr@curesources.coop.
Scheduled Dates
Mar. 13 Wichita Falls
Mar. 20 Houston
Mar. 22 San Antonio
Apr. 10 El Paso
Apr. 18 Little Rock, Annual Mtg/18th SB Roundtable 11:30 to 1:30
May 7 -11 COOP THINK
May 15 Fort Worth
May 16 Dallas
May 17 Tyler
Jun. 5 Austin
Jun. 12 Waco
Jun. 19 Houston
Jun. 20 Beaumont

Chapters - Get involved with the Cornerstone Leadership Academy
Designed by credit union professionals for credit union professionals.
Leadership AcademyWith a clear focus on building leaders within our credit unions the Academy allows for growth through engagement.
The objective is to promote the overall industry, tie leaders closer to the credit union movement, and provide an avenue to receive mentoring and discuss leadership philosophy. Whether students are 30 days or 30 years into their career, this program is ideal for participants who are looking to grow, but also for current leaders to further demonstrate their expanded knowledge.
Here's what chapters & students can expect:
  • One day of learning per month in a classroom-style setting.
  • 9-month program delivered by the chapter.
  • Training designed by credit union leaders for credit union leaders.
  • Learning from "best of the best" facilitators and guest speakers.
  • Pairing with a specially chosen mentor.
  • In-depth leadership philosophy with seasoned professionals.
  • A springboard to next-level leadership training and positions.
  • Collaboration on an immersive leadership project.
  • Monthly Leadership “Lunch and Learn” sessions.
  • All ranges of credit union professionals accepted.
In a classroom-style environment, facilitators lead students through topics such as:
  • Credit Union History & Culture
  • Advocacy
  • Compliance
  • Leadership
  • Branch Operations
  • Lending
  • Project Management
  • Information Technology (IT)
  • Human Resources
  • Marketing
  • Accounting and Finance
The Academy culminates in a graduation where students get to display all they have learned in a final presentation to benefit their credit union and their members.
Interested in Starting the Academy at Your Chapter? Contact: Corina Balsells, 469-385-6642, cbalsells@cornerstoneleague.coop.

Annual Meeting & Expo
April 18-20, 2018
Little Rock, Arkansas

Southwest Lending Conference
May 16-18, 2018
Galveston, Texas

Payments & Finance Conference
May 22-23, 2018
Houston, Texas

Council Webinars - Various dates and topics
CUNA GAC – Feb. 25 - Mar. 1
CU Network Webinars Various dates and topics
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