December 4, 2013
Wednesday Edition
CUNA Exam Survey now open

A credit union's periodic exam by federal and/or state examiners is among the most important events during any given year. A unique relationship exists between the regulator and the regulated. The exam experience can be a source of valuable learning on the one hand, but also of disagreement and conflict on the other. Improving the examination process is one of the top priorities for the League and CUNA.

To effectively represent credit unions before the NCUA and state supervisors, the League and CUNA must have a firm grasp of the current state of credit union examinations. Credit unions are asked to complete a brief survey about their most recent exam. You may receive a lot of survey requests, but this survey will contain excellent information that will help improve future examinations from federal and state examiners. The survey also has an option that allows credit unions to remain anonymous. It is vital that as many credit unions as possible offer feedback.

Follow this link to the survey. Your individual response will be completely confidential, with results reported only in aggregate form. The survey will remain open until Dec. 15. If you have any questions, contact CUNA Marketing Services or Meg Jelak at 800.356.9655 ext. 4172.

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Alabama update

Four vying for open Alabama Senate seat
Two candidates join an already crowded field for the Republican Primary in Senate District 30. Former congressman and Montgomery Mayor Bobby Bright is running. He served in Congress as a Democrat, but has switched parties in order to have a viable chance to win the seat. Prattville resident and Guardian Credit Union employee Jared Freeman is also running. Four total candidates have announced their intentions to run, Bright and Freeman along with Harris Garner and Suzelle Josey. With an open seat, it is too early to tell who has the advantage at this point, but this race will be one to watch.

Alabama House District 27 has two candidates
In another open seat election, HD 27 has had two candidates announce in the past several weeks. The seat, currently held by Rep. Wes Long, will be one the Democrats in Alabama hope to regain. Former Rep. Jeff McLaughlin will be looking to gain his old seat back. McLaughlin lost the race three years ago as a Democrat and will be running again as a Democrat. McLaughlin is well known and well liked in Montgomery, he spearheaded ethics reform every year until being defeated.

On the Republican side, Guntersville businessman Will Ainsworth is seeking to replace Long. He says that economic development and job creation will be his primary focus if elected. Though it appears unlikely for Democrats to retake a majority in the state house in 2014, this is a seat they expect to win.


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Get your Ed(ucation) on

New in 2014 - LSCU Security & Robbery Training Seminar!
Join the League of Southeastern Credit Unions & Affiliates as credit union executives, management, and security personnel come together for a one day, in-debth Security & Robbery Training Seminar. This program will cover topics such as workplace violence prevention and response, managing aggressive behavior, robbery prevention and response, crime prevention through environmental design (CPTED), and personal safety.

LSCU 2014 Bank Secrecy Act Training dates announced
In 2014 the LSCU & Affiliates will offer 2 OFAC & BSA Schools in addition to the BSA Training Workshops you are accustomed to. Each of these training opportunities will assist in fulfilling your BSA training requirements.

Save the date for the BSA Training that meets your needs!

Click here to view a complete list of 2014 LSCU BSA Training Workshops and the new LSCU OFAC & BSA School.

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Registration for the 2014 FCUA State GAC is now open!

The newly renamed FCUA State GAC, March 25-26 in Tallahassee, is packed full of valuable advocacy and regulatory information. There will be opportunities for anyone at your credit union—not just the CEO— to learn more about advocacy and build relationships with lawmakers. These connections are essential to the future of the credit union movement. The planned reception with state lawmakers and lobby visits to the Capitol will allow credit unions to network with Florida’s key policy makers.

The conference includes:

  • State Legislative Outlook
  • GAC Awards Luncheon
  • PAC & Grassroots Advocacy
  • Legislative & Regulatory Priorities Update
  • Lawmaker Reception
  • Regulator Roundtable
  • Visits with Lawmakers at the Capitol

Visit the LSCU Events Calendar for more information and to register, or click here to go straight to registration.

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In This Issue
Wednesday Edition
CUNA Exam Survey now open
Alabama update
Get your Ed(ucation) on
Registration for the 2014 FCUA State GAC is now open!
LSCU & Affiliates Media

2013 Leadership Development Conference Wrap Up
Check out a wrap-up video from the Leadership Development Conference, Nov. 5-8. The video features some of the speakers and attendees. Make plans to attend next year. 

CUNA President/CEO Bill Cheney promotes CUNA's 2014 Governmental Affairs Conference.

Upcoming League Events
Dec. 5 Cracking Code/Risk Based Exams
Dec. 10 Managing Day to Day ACH Risk
Dec. 11 Document Security Program Info
Dec. 12 Steps to Effective Expense Control
Dec. 17 Reg E vs ACH Rules
Dec. 18 Questions Board Members Need to Ask
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