October 4, 2013
Friday Edition
Tropical Storm Karen brewing in the Gulf

Tropical Storm Karen has formed North of the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. Current projections expect it to strengthen to a hurricane, weaken to a tropical storm, and make landfall somewhere near the Alabama/Florida state line. There are hurricane watches from Louisiana to Destin, FL. 

List of things to do at your home:

  1. Make sure that you have fresh supplies in your emergency supply kits including water, batteries, and canned food.

  2. Top your automobiles off with gas and fill your gas cans since gas pumps will not work when the power is out.

  3. If you are near the forecast track of any storm, secure items (outside your home) that could become missiles during the storm. Click here for the complete list.

Things to consider for your credit union:

Look over your credit union's disaster plan. The League sent out an updated plan to assist credit unions in the event of a disaster earlier this year. The plan, along with other disaster recovery resources, can be viewed online here. The League can assist you before and after a disaster strikes.

One essential component of any disaster plan is the ability to provide emergency backup communications. It is important to ensure that your credit union’s backup communications plan meets its current needs in the event of a power outage.

If you have any questions regarding disaster plans, contact LSCU VP of Compliance Training and Information, Bill Berg at 866.231.0545 ext. 1028.

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Florida members of Congress refuse pay

Every day that the government shut down drags on, more members of Congress are coming forward and refusing their pay or announcing they will donate it. A number of representatives from Florida have asked to have their pay suspended. They include:

    • Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R)
    • Rep. Vern Buchanan (R)
    • Rep. Ander Crenshaw (R)
    • Rep. Ron DeSantis (R)
    • Rep. Patrick Murphy (D)
    • Rep. Trey Radel (R)

    "No small business would pay someone who refuses to do their job. So why should senators or House members be paid for failing to fulfill one of their most basic responsibilities? They shouldn’t,” said Buchanan, a member of the Ways and Means Committee.

    Rep. Murphy says he will donate his salary to a local veterans organization. Right now 123 members of Congress are giving up their pay during the shutdown. 

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    Third quarter Signal Magazine now available online

    The third quarter issue of LSCU's Signal Magazine is now available online. Visit www.lscu.coop and click on the Publications section under the Communications tab to view the newest issue.

    This issue includes articles such as:

    • Advocacy Efforts: Now and Then

    • Is Your Website Safe from a DDoS Attack?

    • Data Mining - How It Can Work For Your Credit Union

    • Succession Planning - The Basics

    Click here to view trend articles, news, advocacy and regulatory information, and issues important to Alabama and Florida credit unions.
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    Tweet(s) of the week

    Throughout the month eSignal Daily brings you the "Tweets of the Week." It's a quick glance into Twitter and what's being posted. As you would imagine, Don't Tax My Credit Union dominated the week from a credit union perspective. Thousands of tweets were sent to lawmakers from credit unions, staff, and members.

    Alabama Telco CU, based in Birmingham, tweeted to all of its representatives and senators this week.

    Mike Cummings was one of a number of GTE Financial members who tweeted this week to not tax their credit union. GTE has a webpage that makes it easy for members to post to their social media channels. 

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    CU happenings

    Shoals Chapter of Credit Unions hosts Community Shred Day and Food Drive
    The Shoals Chapter of Credit Unions is hosting a free Community Shred Day and Food Drive Saturday, Oct. 19. Members of the community can shred documents for free with a donation of non-perishable food items. Click here for more information. 

    Florida State University Credit Union runs Borrow 4 Less. Give Back More campaign
    Florida State University Credit Union is giving back $10 from every auto loan to a local charity selected by the staff. The charity changes each month. So far, Florida State University Credit Union has donated $3070 to the American Heart Association for July and $3350 to the American Cancer Society for August. Click here for more information.

    CFE debuts new medieval décor at UCF football stadium
    CFE Federal Credit Union will help the University of Central Florida (UCF) Knights defend their castle at Bright House Stadium, thanks to new graphics that portray heraldic shields suspended from battle axes, portcullis gates, and flaming torches. The décor, which debuted at the sold out South Carolina vs.UCF football game on Sept. 28, is a unique product of the partnership between CFE and UCF.

    Army Aviation Center FCU wins three CUNA awards
    Army Aviation Center FCU won three awards in its asset size category for its work with its community and youth financial literacy. The credit union received a first place Dora Maxwell for its efforts for cystic fibrosis; second place Louise Herring for its school credit union program; and a first place Desjardins for its youth education program.

    L to R: LSCU's April Ales with Army Aviation's
    Lisa Hales, Emily Darnell, and Vicki Davis.

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    Photos from you

    Participants of the Sept. 20 Central Florida Chapter Golf Tournament get in their golf carts and head to the course.

    Participants enjoy the greens at the Timacuan Country Club.

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    In This Issue
    Friday Edition
    Tropical Storm Karen brewing in the Gulf
    Florida members of Congress refuse pay
    Third quarter Signal Magazine now available online
    Tweet(s) of the week
    CU happenings
    Photos from you
    LSCU & Affiliates Media

    La Pine and Cheney to Visit Alabama Credit Unions

    In late October, LSCU & Affiliates CEO Patrick La Pine and CUNA CEO Bill Cheney will make a number of visits across Alabama to listen to credit unions and talk about issues.


    President's Quarterly Video

    LSCU & Affiliates President/CEO Patrick La Pine discusses third quarter happenings at the League and looks ahead to the fourth quarter. 

    Upcoming League Events
    Oct. 9 Strategic Plan Years
    Oct. 9 What to Keep/What to Destroy/What Holds Up in Court
    Oct. 15 IRA Essentials & Beyond Essentials
    Oct. 16 IRA Essentials & Beyond Essentials
    Oct. 16 BSA Training Muscle Shoals AM
    Oct. 16 BSA Training Muscle Shoals PM
    Oct. 16 Compliance Risks/Best Practices
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