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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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Apply today for the 2018 CUaware Protégé Mentor Program!

Posted By Jeff Hardin, Monday, August 14, 2017
Updated: Monday, August 14, 2017

Principle Six: Cooperation among cooperatives. Credit unions serve their members most effectively and strengthen the cooperative principles by working with other cooperatives through local, state, regional, national, and international structures.


Applications are being accepted through the end of the year for the 2018 CUaware Protégé Mentor Program. Seasoned professionals and young professionals are welcome to submit applications for the program, which kicks off February 1, 2018 with an in-person workshop during the CU Connect Conference

The CUaware Protégé Mentor Program connects credit union professionals age 35 and under with a mentor for a period of one year. Through a process that is collaboratively designed by the mentor and protégé, a plan and goals are developed, and a strategy for maintaining regular contact is created.

The program is flexible to account for the scheduling issues and other life demands that credit union professionals encounter. However, several resources are provided to help protégés and mentors develop concrete goals and get to know one another early in the process.   

Click here to submit a Protégé application and click here if you would like to considered for a Mentor position. If you have questions, please contact Jeff Hardin (919-457-9063). You will also find more information on the CUaware Protégé Mentor Program page. 

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Scholarship deadline for Principles & Philosophy is September 1

Posted By Jeff Hardin, Monday, August 7, 2017
Updated: Monday, August 7, 2017

"This conference helped give me a better wealth of knowledge and understanding of credit unions, the history and our purpose. I have a clearer understanding of our principles and learned valuable information that I am able to bring back to my credit union. I am super fired up and happy to have been a part of the experience." -- 2016 conference attendee

Scholarship applications for the 2017 Principles & Philosophy Conference are due by Friday, September 1. The scholarships include all on-site expenses, including meals, lodging and conference materials. Travel and other incidental expenses are the responsibility of the credit union or scholarship recipient. 

The conference takes place October 24-26 at the White Oak Conference Center near Winnsboro, SC. Now in its eighth year, the conference is a deep dive into the cooperative business model and the seven principles that differentiate credit unions and other co-ops in the marketplace. 

In addition to the operating principles, attendees learn the social purpose of co-ops and credit unions. Participants leave with a greater understanding of just how special credit unions are, and how the Seven Cooperative Principles are at heart good business practices.


Scholarship criteria are as follows: 

  • Open to staff and volunteers at credit unions of $125 million and under assets;
  • Recommendation letter or email from a CUDE or CEO required;
  • Must be submitted for consideration by September 1, 2017.

Please click here to download and complete the application form. If you have any questions or need more information, please contact Jeff Hardin (919-457-9063). 

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CUaware begins podcast to connect, inform and inspire

Posted By Jeff Hardin, Wednesday, August 2, 2017
Updated: Tuesday, August 1, 2017


Avid podcast listeners themselves, Paul Narcisse and Phil Kadzielawski (Coastal CU) have decided to join the ranks of content creators by starting a podcast that is all about something they love - CUaware! The duo recorded a soft-launch primer to CUaware (shared above) and plan to use it to enhance CUaware's learn. share. grow. mantra. 

Paul Narcisse (left) and Phil Kadzielawski created the podcast in order to
connect, inform and inspire credit union staff about the value of credit unions
and CUaware. 

Kadzielaswki and Narcisse intend for The CUaware Podcast to provide an open platform for professional development content in an audio format. "When Paul approached me with his idea of doing the podcast, I became really excited and put some time into researching how we could make it happen," shared Kadzielawski. "It's been a true partnership," Narcisse said of working with Kadzielawski. 

Over the past few months, the dynamic duo have met to talk about the CUaware podcast model, its overall format, the strategy for launching the podcast, and topics both would like to tackle. "We invite folks in CUaware to contribute content," shared Narcisse. "Phil and I will be creating episodes on a regular basis but there are so many people in CUaware with great career journeys and experiences. We'd be thrilled to have some of them record episodes."

Narcisse, the current CUaware Protégé, was inspired to start the podcast at the Co-op Think Conference in May. "David Rogers did a great presentation about digital transformation and how to create meaningful experiences. That really got me started thinking about how much CUaware has meant to me, and the possibility of starting a podcast."

Narcisse got a further nudge toward the project when he won a $200 gift card at the conference. "I used it to buy the recording equipment we're using," Narcisse said.  

"Paul and I ultimately want to get more people involved in the credit union movement," Kadzielawski shared. "CUaware has been a great platform for our professional growth and it has provided us with invaluable exposure to the movement. We want the podcast to show the value that CUaware offers and do our part to add to that value." 

If you have feedback about topics, or would like to give a shot at creating an episode, you can contact Phil Kadzielawski or Paul Narcisse directly. "We'd love to hear from folks," Narcisse said. Episodes of the podcast will be available on The CUaware Podcast page on the CCUL web site. 

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Save the date — Miracle Jeans Day is coming soon!

Posted By Jeff Hardin, Tuesday, August 1, 2017

You can make miracles on September 13! Miracle Jeans Day is the second Credit Unions for Kids’ national fundraiser of the year. When each member of your credit union team donates $5, they can sport their favorite jeans on Wednesday, September 13. Everybody enjoys dressing down, especially when it’s for a good cause, and the kids really benefit from the day. CU4Kids also has pre-printed stickers as well as FREE paper icons for Miracle Jeans Day, so members can join in the fun. Dress to show you care!


Please register your credit union today so we can recognize your participation. If you have any questions, please contact Jeff Hardin (919-457-9063). 

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Cape Fear Chapter to hold kick-off social August 22

Posted By Jeff Hardin, Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Updated: Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Principle Six: Cooperation among cooperatives. Credit unions serve their members most effectively and strengthen the cooperative principles by working with other cooperatives through local, state, regional, national, and international structures.

The Cape Fear Chapter of Credit Unions will hold a kick-off social event on Tuesday evening, August 22. The event takes place at the Bluewater Grill on the Intercoastal Waterway in Wrightsville Beach. 

Formerly known as the Southeast Chapter, the re-launch is composed of seven credit unions in the greater Wilmington area. Staff from these credit unions met in May and decided to proceed with the effort. While the group plans to hold its events locally, credit unions in the old Southeast Chapter region, which includes Fayetteville and Goldsboro, are welcomed and encouraged to attend. 

The event starts at 6:00 pm with appetizers and drinks, followed by dinner and a short program. The goal is to network and hear more information about the chapter's future plans. 

To register for this meeting, please click here

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