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In 1844, a small group of weavers from Rochdale, England created the blueprint for how their newly-formed cooperative would operate and serve the local community. These values, known as the Seven Cooperative Principles, serve as the operating guidebook for credit unions and cooperatives throughout the world. This blog was created to honor that legacy and to showcase the everyday efforts of credit unions in the Carolinas that embody the cooperative mission and purpose.

 

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Zach DeMoya of Palmetto Citizens FCU named Columbia Chapter Protégé

Posted By Jeff Hardin, Yesterday
Updated: 21 hours ago

"I want to be an advocate and at the forefront of
spreading our message in a way that gets people
excited about what credit unions have to offer," said
Zach DeMoya (Palmetto Citizens FCU), the CUaware
 Protégé Competition Finalist representing the
Columbia Chapter.

Zach DeMoya, a lending assistant with Palmetto Citizens Federal Credit Union, was named the CUaware Protégé representing the Columbia Chapter. DeMoya will go on to the CUaware Protégé Competition Finals at the Leadership Conference in Myrtle Beach October 23.

DeMoya and Nicky Singleton (SAFE FCU) represented their credit unions at the Columbia Chapter event. The contestants each completed a written exam covering credit union history and philosophy, and delivered up to a five minute presentation on a credit union topic of their choosing.

DeMoya joined Palmetto Citizens in 2014. The 23-year-old graduate of the University of South Carolina says he wants to be an advocate for all that credit unions offer, especially to people who could benefit from credit unions. "We ... have to take our message to the unreached areas of our cities, which I feel means investing in young people and investing in those who likely have little to no financial knowledge or footprint in their lives," DeMoya shared.  

"I want to be an advocate and at the forefront of spreading our message in a way that gets people excited about what credit unions have to offer," DeMoya continued. He added that this message would empower people to take control of their financial lives.

DeMoya joins Tanya Council of the Northwest Chapter, Britnie McCallum of the Piedmont Chapter, Koy Stone of the Upstate Chapter and Akira Jacobs of the Lowcountry Chapter as CUaware Protégé Finalists. Two more chapters are slated to hold their competitions in the weeks ahead. To see a listing of upcoming CUaware Protégé Competitions, please click here

 

Tags:  Columbia Chapter  CUaware Protégé 

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New principles video shares cooperative values of credit unions

Posted By Jeff Hardin, Monday, August 24, 2015

(Editor's note: this information written and provided by the National Credit Union Foundation.) 


The National Credit Union Foundation (the Foundation) and Corporate One FCU have just released a short video on the cooperative principles for credit union organizations to leverage with their staff, members and community. The animated video discusses the benefits of what it means for a credit union to be a cooperative and goes into the 7 cooperative principles in brief detail.

In addition to making the video available through You Tube, credit unions are also welcome to download and share it through Dropbox.

“Part of the credit union difference is the fact that they are cooperatives,” said Gigi Hyland, Foundation Executive Director. “We need to celebrate that and shout it from the rooftops! Therefore, we hope credit unions share this video far and wide to help people better understand our cooperative advantage.”

“Corporate One is by definition exactly what the seven cooperative principles are all about,” said Lee Butke, President and CEO of Corporate One Federal Credit Union in Columbus, Ohio. “We were built by our member credit unions working together for a common goal, making it easier for people to achieve financial success. We’re proud to team up with the Foundation to make this video available to help credit unions spread the word about the unique and powerful principles that are the foundation of the credit union movement.”

Tags:  National CU Foundation  Seven Cooperative Principles 

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Members Credit Union's Tanya Council wins Northwest Chapter CUaware Protégé Competition

Posted By Jeff Hardin, Friday, August 21, 2015
Updated: Friday, August 21, 2015

"Our generation will promote an atmospheric
change in credit unions," shared Northwest
Chapter Protégé Tanya Council. She cites
the role of technology as a key tool
millennials will use to implement these
changes.

Tanya Council, who works in Latino Services at Members Credit Union, won the Northwest Chapter CUaware Protégé Competition Thursday evening, August 20. Council will go on to the CUaware Protégé Competition Finals at the Leadership Conference in Myrtle Beach October 23.

Council emerged as the the chapter's Protégé Competition Finalist in a field of five candidates. Amanda Carlin (Allegacy FCU), Chris Kiger (Piedmont Advantage CU), Jessica Carpenter (Lion's Share FCU), and Mandi Phipps (Winston-Salem FCU) represented their credit unions in the Northwest Chapter event. The five contestants each completed a written exam covering credit union history and philosophy, and delivered up to a five minute presentation on a credit union topic of their choosing.

Council joined Members in 2008. In her seven year career at the credit union, she says she has been both inspired & motivated by the leadership team. "I aspire to have the spirit and passion they have while leading us. Looking forward, I would like to have a role in bringing new technology to capture a larger millennial membership to the credit union." 

Council added in her application that her generation is uniquely positioned to implement the technological changes needed to light the future of the credit union movement. "Our generation will promote an atmospheric change in credit unions. This generation has grown up with the Internet and will change the services we offer and the way we offer them to support the new fast-paced member in their financial health."

Council joins Britnie McCallum of the Piedmont Chapter, Koy Stone of the Upstate Chapter and Akira Jacobs of the Lowcountry Chapter as CUaware Protégé Finalists. Four more chapters are slated to hold their competitions in the weeks ahead. To see a listing of upcoming CUaware Protégé Competitions, please click here

Tags:  CUaware Protégé  Memebers CU 

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CU Lunch Local is less than two months away!

Posted By Jeff Hardin, Friday, August 21, 2015
Updated: Friday, August 21, 2015

Principle Seven: Concern for community. Credit unions work for the sustainable development of communities through policies developed and accepted by the members. Credit unions seek to achieve a greater good through responsible corporate citizenship.

We've had a long, hot summer in the Carolinas but fall is just around the corner -- and CU Lunch Local is now less than two months away! Credit unions in both South Carolina and North Carolina participated in CU Lunch Local this past year. The initiative, which is aimed at supporting locally-owned small businesses, is held each year during International Credit Union Week. This year, CU Lunch Local takes place on Tuesday, October 13.

Champion Credit Union has once again signed on to support the effort. "We are blessed with wonderful communities that we serve," shared Marketing and Communications Manager Noralynn Gudger. "CU Lunch Local gives us an opportunity to support the local businesses in our community and encourage others to do so as well."

If your credit union is interested in participating in CU Lunch Local, please contact Jeff Hardin at 919-457-9063. You can also learn more information on the CU Lunch Local Facebook page. The campaign will have a vibrant social media component through the hashtag #CULunchLocal on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.   

Tags:  CU Lunch Local  Principle Seven 

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Charlotte Metro's Britnie McCallum wins Piedmont CUaware Protégé Competition

Posted By Jeff Hardin, Thursday, August 20, 2015
Updated: Thursday, August 20, 2015

"Our generation has an important duty to
improve and promote financial literacy among
our peers & future generations," said Piedmont
Chapter CUaware Protégé Britnie McCallum.

Asset Management Specialist Britnie McCallum of Charlotte Metro Federal Credit Union won the Piedmont Chapter CUawareProtégé Competition Tuesday evening, August 18. McCallum will go on to the CUaware Protégé Competition Finals at the Leadership Conference in Myrtle Beach October 23.

Marquita Ratliff (Carolina Postal Credit Union) and Matthew Szymanski (Sharonview Federal Credit Union) also competed in the Piedmont region. The three contestants each completed a written exam covering credit union history and philosophy, and delivered up to a five minute presentation on a credit union topic of their choosing.

McCallum joined Charlotte Metro as a part-time teller in 2013. At the time, she was working on a graduate degree in plant biology and had thoughts of working in the scientific field. She noted in her Protégé application that working in the credit union gave her an appreciation for the business and finance world.

It's a choice that's helped her appreciate how her generation can contribute to the credit union movement. "Our generation has an important duty to improve and promote financial literacy among our peers & future generations," McCallum said. "We can achieve this by having conversations with our members, our friends, and our families about their financial goals & situations and educating them about their options."  

MCallum joins Koy Stone of the Upstate Chapter and Akira Jacobs of the Lowcountry Chapter as a CUaware Protégé Finalist. Five more chapters are slated to hold their competitions in the weeks ahead. To see a listing of upcoming CUaware Protégé Competitions, please click here

Tags:  Charlotte Metro FCU  CUaware Protégé 

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