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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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Miracle Jeans Day is less than a month away!

Posted By Jeff Hardin, Monday, August 15, 2016
Updated: Thursday, August 11, 2016

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. 


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.


Miracle Jeans Day is September 14.


Miracle Jeans Day is less than a month away—on Wednesday, September 14! Have you registered yet? In 2015, 357 credit unions, plus the Carolinas Credit Union League, dressed with purpose for Miracle Jeans Day, helping sick kids all across North Carolina and South Carolina. We want to make even more miracles this year by having your credit unions join the fun!


Local Government FCU has committed to Miracle Jeans Day from the Carolinas. The Carolinas Credit Union League is also pleased to announce its participation in Miracle Jeans Day in 2016. Your credit union is also encouraged to join the cause by using this registration link!  


Celebrating Miracle Jeans Day is an easy way to connect your credit union employees with your members as well as help kids in your community. When your staff donates $5 to your local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital, they are able to wear jeans to work on September 14. For a $25 donation, staff members will receive a free Miracle Jeans Day t-shirt. Visit today for more information. Let’s dress to make miracles!


Already Wear Jeans to Work?


Mark the day with something lively. What fun theme can you create? For a $5 donation, your employees can dress with purpose in unique ways. Other credit unions have had a Miracle Flip Flops Day, a Miracle Hat Day, or even a Miracle Jersey Day.


Every Dollar Counts

Medical treatments and equipment can get expensive quickly. At every Children’s Miracle Network Hospital, every cent makes a difference.  

Did you know?

  • Your support helps to serve 10 million kids as they make 32 million patient visits every year.
  • Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals treat one in ten children in North America annually.
  • Children’s Miracle Network hospital emergency rooms treat 16,000 children every day.
  • Your entire donation will go directly to your local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital.

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Save the date: CMN Miracle Jeans Day

Posted By Jeff Hardin, Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Credit Unions for Kids’ upcoming national campaign is almost here! Let’s get ready to help kids!

Miracle Jeans Day—September 14

Miracle Jeans Day is the second Credit Unions for Kids’ national fundraiser of the year. When your employees donate $5, they can sport their favorite jeans on Wednesday, September 14.With a $25 donation, they can pair their jeans with a free Miracle Jeans Day t-shirt, which was specially designed for participating credit unions. 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.

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Principles & Philosophy scholarship application deadline fast approaching!

Posted By Jeff Hardin, Wednesday, August 03, 2016
Updated: Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Scholarship applications are being accepted through Friday, September 2 for the 2016 Principles & Philosophy Conference. The conference takes place October 18-20, 2016 at the Caraway Conference Center located in the Uwharrie Mountains near Asheboro, NC.

Scholarships cover all on-site expenses: food, conference materials and two nights' lodging at the conference center. The scholarships are made available through the generous support of credit unions and credit union organizations in North Carolina and South Carolina. 

Now in its seventh year, the Principles & Philosophy Conference is a deep dive into the cooperative business model and the principles that make credit unions special and unique in the financial services sector. Participants leave inspired by the history of the cooperative and credit union movements, informed about the ways in which credit unions continue to honor their core values and principles, and challenged to incorporate what they have learned into their jobs back home.

Scholarships are available for staff at credit unions of $125 million and under in assets. You can download the application form here. To access the conference registration page, please click here.

If you have any questions about the conference, please contact Jeff Hardin at the Carolinas Credit Union League (800-822-8859, ext 563).   

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CUaware Protégé Mentor program application deadline is September 1

Posted By Jeff Hardin, Wednesday, August 03, 2016
Updated: Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Brenda Harrington of Coastal FCU serves
as a mentor for Zach DeMoya of Palmetto
Citizens FCU. "It is an honor to partner with
someone from a different generation who
shares the same drive and passion for the
movement and his career," she said.

Applications for the CUaware Protégé Mentor program are being accepted through Thursday, September 1. A free benefit provided by the Carolinas Credit Union League, the CUaware Protégé Mentor program connects credit union professionals age 35 and under with a mentor from another credit union for a period of one year.

The program is designed to be flexible in order to match the needs of the mentee, mentor and both credit unions. Goals are established for the year based on the needs of the mentee and both parties maintain contact through email, phone and "shadow days" at their respective credit unions. 

"It is an honor to partner with someone from a different generation who shares the same drive and passion for the movement and his career," shared Brenda Harrington, director, process design at Coastal FCU. Harrington serves as a mentor for Zach DeMoya (Palmetto Citizens FCU). 

Harrington added that the learning and knowledge exchange is a two way street, and that is the best part of the experience. "We ... get to see the world through their lenses."  

Previously limited to people participating in the CUaware Protégé Competition, the program is being expanded to include any credit union young professional age 35 and under in South Carolina and North Carolina. The 2016-2017 program launches in November and will conclude in October 2017. You can learn more about the program here. If you have questions please contact Jeff Hardin (800-822-8859, ext 563).

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Ashlee McClure selected Lowcountry CUaware Protégé

Posted By Jeff Hardin, Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Updated: Monday, July 25, 2016

Ashlee McClure, who works as a relationship specialist sales at South Carolina Federal Credit Union, has been named the CUaware Protégé for the Lowcountry Chapter. McClure will compete in the CUaware Protégé Finals Competition in October.

The chapter held its competition the evening of July 14. McClure and fellow candidates Nancy Jones (Santee Cooper CU) and Rebecca Brooks (Heritage Trust FCU) made five minute presentations in front of tmore than 60 people who attended. The trio also took a written test as part of the competition. A panel of judges scored the tests and the presentations and declared McClure its CUaware Protégé finalist.  

McClure joined the South Carolina Federal team in 2012. She is a graduate of Trident Tech in North Charleston. She hopes to one day rise to the executive ranks at the credit union. 

She credits her involvement with South Carolina Federal's foundation in shaping her desire to make credit union work her life's calling. "It has opened my eyes to what credit unions really are. I am so proud to be part of this movement," McClure says.

She adds that while financial services remains a competitive and evolving industry, it is important for credit unions to hold on to their cooperative roots. "We have to change and grow with the times but I believe we can also maintain all that we were created to do," McClure says. 

More CUaware Protégé Competitions are scheduled in the weeks ahead. Click here to see the complete list. The CUaware Protégé Finals Competition will be held during the MACCU 2016 Fall Conference in Asheville in October.   

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