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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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Triad CUaware group puts on the tacky in Christmas gathering

Posted By Jeff Hardin, Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The Triad Chapter of CUaware rang in the holidays with a Tacky Christmas gathering December 16. A total of 17 staff from Winston-Salem area credit unions attended the event, which was held at The Quiet Pint.

Using a bright red costume that included an elf hat and battery-powered sweater, Jarrod Hayworth of Piedmont Advantage CU took first prize for tackiest holiday costume. Hayworth's prize? Bragging rights in the upcoming year.

"We had a fun time and saw a lot of new faces," noted Jessica Morphies (Piedmont Advantage CU). "It was also a great opportunity to let folks know about what CUaware is planning in the upcoming year, and how they can get involved." 

Earlier this fall, the CUaware executive council approved its 2015 strategic plan and quarterly meeting schedule. The meetings will focus on the core areas of education, volunteerism, networking and advocacy. 

Active CUaware councils in both Carolinas will be planning these quarterly events. Additionally, local chapters may elect to have additional meetings through the year. "We're planning a January 15 kickoff event for the year in the Triad," shared Morphies. 

For more information about CUaware or to inquire about volunteer opportunities in your area, please contact Brandon McAdams.      

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CUaware Triad Chapter to hold tacky Christmas attire gathering

Posted By Jeff Hardin, Tuesday, December 09, 2014
 
Last year's event drew a wide variety of tacky sweaters and costumes. 

The Triad Chapter of CUaware invites you to don your tackiest Christmas apparel and join them for their holiday gathering December 16! The event takes place beginning at 5:30 pm at the Quiet Pint in Winston-Salem (1420 West 1st Street). There is no admission charge.

This is the second year the Triad Chapter has celebrated the holiday season together. "It's a fun event that we are looking forward to doing again this year," shared Jessica Morphies (Piedmont Advantage CU). "We invite everyone to dress for the occasion and come out to be with your local credit union friends." 

Morphies adds that the prize for tackiest outfit is "bragging rights in the upcoming year." The winner also gets featured in an upcoming CUaware publication.

For more information about this event or to register, please contact Laura Engle (lengle@pacu.com).  

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Principle Seven: Greensboro's RCC notes fundraising milestone, outlines community need

Posted By Jeff Hardin, Tuesday, December 09, 2014
Updated: Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Principle Seven: Concern for community. Since cooperatives are locally owned, they are committed to investing in the community.

To beef up the fundraising campaign, the RCC recently released a video showcasing the history of food access in Northeast Greensboro, poverty & food insecurity, and how the co-op would alleviate these community issues.

The Renaissance Community Co-op (RCC) announced last week it has surpassed $1 million in fundraising in its effort to open a grocery store. The food co-op, to be located in Northeast Greensboro, will provide access to healthy foods to the local neighborhood.  

The fundraising milestone came through a combination of membership drives, loans and grants from partner agencies. The RCC estimates it needs $1.79 million to fully capitalize and open the store. The co-op group hopes to raise these funds through a combination of member loans, economic development incentives and an Indiegogo campaign currently underway.

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CUaware announces 2015 meeting calendar, regional councils begin organizing

Posted By Jeff Hardin, Friday, November 21, 2014
Updated: Friday, November 21, 2014

Principle Five: Education, training, and information. Credit unions provide financial education to their members as well as the communities they serve.  

Principle Six: Cooperation among cooperatives. Credit unions work together to improve services to members and build sustainable communities.

CUaware representatives from North Carolina and South Carolina are proud to announce their meeting calendar for 2015 CUaware is a council of the Carolinas Credit Union League, and exists to fill a gap within the credit union industry: the very people that work in credit unions don’t know they work for the best kept secret! CUaware aims to informally introduce all levels of credit union employees to the CU Movement. 

In October, CUaware regional and executive council members selected four key focus areas for CUaware: education, advocacy, networking and volunteerism. Quarterly meetings will be held as follows:

March - education
May - volunteerism
July - networking
October - advocacy

All active councils of CUaware in the Carolinas will follow this meeting schedule in order to coordinate efforts and raise the overall visibility of CUaware. 

In addition to setting the meeting calendar up for the year, the regional councils are in the process of being organized for the upcoming year. Council members work together to plan local meetings and events through the year using the guidelines of the master calendar.

"This is a great time to get on board with CUaware by applying to join a regional council, or getting your credit union connected on the local level," said Brandon McAdams (Coastal FCU) the co-founder of CUaware. "The upcoming year will be a tremendous growth opportunity for us and we invite anyone who is interested to in CUaware's mission of learn. share. grow to join forces with us."  

If you are interested in regional council opportunities or need more information, please contact Brandon McAdams.

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Charleston-area CUaware group holds organizing meeting

Posted By Jeff Hardin, Thursday, November 20, 2014
Updated: Thursday, November 20, 2014

Principle Six: Cooperation among cooperatives. Credit unions work together to improve services to members and build sustainable communities.


Representatives from SC Federal Credit Union and Latitude 32 Federal
Credit Union joined forces for the strategic planning and event
brainstorming session. For more event photos, please click here

Credit union representatives in the Charleston area held a strategic planning session, taking the first steps toward fleshing out a meeting calendar in 2015. The group, composed of representatives from SC Federal Credit Union and Latitude 32 Federal Credit Union, held the meeting Tuesday evening, November 18 in North Charleston.

CUaware, which is a council of the Carolinas Credit Union League, exists to fill a gap within the credit union industry: the very people that work in credit unions don’t know they work for the best kept secret! CUaware aims to informally introduce all levels of credit union employees to the CU Movement.

SC FCU COO Troy Hall facilitated the session, and provided the group with the overall CUaware plan for meetings in the upcoming year. CUaware chapters in the two Carolinas will hold a minimum of four meetings in 2015 and will focus their efforts in four key areas: education, advocacy, volunteerism and networking. These four focus areas were selected by CUaware representatives in a regional planning session at the end of October. 

Attendees of the Charleston event divided into four groups and brainstormed meeting ideas in each strategic focus area. Meetings and events will be selected from the brainstormed list and scheduled throughout the upcoming year.

"It was a huge first step in organizing the Charleston folks and everyone brought a lot of positive energy and great ideas to the table," shared Hall. "We look forward to sharing these first steps with credit unions in the Low Country and working in partnership to bring the CUaware chapter to life here in the months ahead."  

In addition to the Lowcountry event, CUaware representatives from North Carolina and South Carolina announced the meeting calendar for 2015 and assigned focus areas for each meeting. CUaware regional events will be focused on education in March, volunteerism in May, networking in July and advocacy in October. Read more about this development by clicking here.   

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