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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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Cooperative spirit boosts efforts at three credit unions

Posted By Jeff Hardin, Wednesday, June 03, 2015

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

Generally when we think of cooperation among cooperatives, advocacy issues come to mind or supporting local initiatives like CUaware or the local chapter. However, SAFE FCU recently demonstrated another key tenet of Principle Six by donating eight teller cash dispensers to three credit unions. 

"This equipment will have a tremendous impact on our daily teller line operation," said Greater Abbeville FCU CEO Faye Crocker, whose credit union received one of the dispensers. With more than 8,000 lobby transactions per month, which averages to about 21 transactions per hour per teller, the dispensers will have a huge impact on front line operations at the $14 million credit union.  

"Not only does this lighten the cash counting load on the tellers, it reduces the need to replenish the teller drawers multiple times per day," a grateful Crocker shared. "At GAFCU, we fully believe in the principle of cooperation among cooperatives and we are very grateful to SAFE FCU for their support."

SAFE also gave six teller machines to Mid Carolina Credit Union, and one to Greenville Heritage FCU. "SAFE’s effort is another in a long line of examples where credit unions regularly work together for the benefit of all," shared Mid Carolina CU President/CEO Scott Conley. "As we grow we will strive to follow the example set by SAFE FCU."

Susan Allison, SAFE's VP of branch administration, shared that it is "the cooperative spirit among credit unions that makes us unique." Allison also hoped that all three credit unions would gain efficiency that would assist them in serving their members. 

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Guest Post: How the Principles & Philosophy Conference impacted me

Posted By Jeff Hardin, Friday, May 22, 2015
Updated: Thursday, May 21, 2015

Principle Five: Education, training, and information. Credit unions educate and train members, employees and volunteers so they can contribute effectively to the development of the credit union. In addition, credit unions provide financial education for their members and the public.

(Editor's note: Thanks to the generosity of credit unions and credit union organizations, scholarships to attend the Principles & Philosophy Conference are made available each year. Chris Poole of Vision Financial FCU attended the conference on a scholarship in 2014. Poole shares his experience in this guest post.)  

I was a participant in the 2014 Principles and Philosophy Conference which took place at Graylyn International Conference Center in Winston-Salem, NC. If it were not for the generosity of the donors which allowed me to receive a scholarship, I would not have been awarded this opportunity. Before I continue, I would just like to thank those many donors for giving me the opportunity to experience what credit union culture is all about!

Before attending the Principles and Philosophy Conference, I really didn’t know much about the credit union legacy or that working within a credit union would have such an emphasis on helping people. However, after attending this awesome two and a half day conference, I learned that credit unions must convey nine cooperative principles. A few of those principles include, “Democratic Member Control”; “Concern for Community”; and “Cooperation Among Cooperatives”.

One of the awesome things about the above conference experience is that, during the conference there were so many networking opportunities. I met so many knowledgeable individuals who have been working within the credit union arena for quite some time. No matter what one’s position within his/her credit union is or what his/her goals to improve the quality of our movement may be, we all stand united and have the same end result in mind-at least that will be the case after attending this conference!

I encourage anyone who has the opportunity to attend this conference, to do so. After attending this conference, one should attend the CUDE (Credit Union Development Educators) training - that is my next big journey within the credit union movement!

Vision Financial FCU in Durham hired Chris Poole as a teller in 2014. Chris relates that his entry into the credit union came as a result of a car loan application he filled out with the credit union's operations manager. The conversation he had with Jennifer Stone during the application process led to a job interview a few weeks later.

Chris shares that, "Tellers are the face of a financial organization and a person’s initial impression of that firm is quickly guided by the teller’s physical behavior. If there is anything that I’ve learned while working at Vision it would be to smile often, listen hard, make constant eye contact, empathize with the member, and do everything within your power to make him/her feel important."  

 

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Western Chapter tournament raises nearly $10,000

Posted By Jeff Hardin, Thursday, May 21, 2015
Updated: Wednesday, May 20, 2015

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

Principle Seven: Concern for community. Since credit unions are locally owned financial institutions, they are committed to investing in the community.


Photos from the Western Chapter Golf Tournament, held near
Hendersonville, NC May 12, 2015.

The Western Chapter of Credit Unions raised nearly $10,000 for Eblen Charities during its first-ever golf tournament, The event, which drew 90 golfers to Etowah Valley Golf Club near Hendersonville, took place May 12, 2015.

"We're thrilled at the support for this event and for Eblen," said Chapter President Susan Holliday (Ecusta CU). "The funds raised help to ensure that school children in western North Carolina, who would otherwise have to do without, get access to snacks during the school day."

The chapter had never taken on a golf tournament as a charitable project before. "Steve Clark did a great job leading the chapter board's efforts over the last several months, and everybody pitched in beautifully," Holliday added. Clark (United FCU) also worked closely with Etowah Valley to ensure that the golf tournament delivered a great experience for the teams and players who participated in the charitable event.

The proceeds from the golf tournament, combined with the ongoing fundraising events of the chapter, bring the total support for Eblen Charities to $13,000 this year. These funds support the Food for Thought program, a long-time chapter project. The Food for Thought program works within the local school systems to provide food for local children and their families. In addition to financial support, several credit unions in the chapter assist with distribution of the snacks. 

Operating under the premise that children cannot learn if they are hungry, Food for Thought serves hundreds of children each year. In addition to the Western Chapter, Food for Thought is supported by the Manna Food Bank, Ingles Markets and a variety of other local community groups. Thanks to their combined efforts, tens of thousands of snacks will be provided to local children at no cost who may not be able to bring snacks to school.

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Scholarships available for the Principles & Philosophy Conference

Posted By Jeff Hardin, Thursday, May 21, 2015
Updated: Thursday, May 21, 2015

Principle Five: Education, training, and information. Credit unions educate and train members, employees and volunteers so they can contribute effectively to the development of the credit union. In addition, credit unions provide financial education for their members and the public.

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.

Scholarship applications are now being accepted for the 2015 Principles & Philosophy Conference, to be held November 1-3 in beautiful downtown Greenville, SC. This year, credit unions and credit union organizations have donated funds to provide 10 scholarships to attend this unique and foundational professional development event. 

Applicants - please note the following guidelines: 

  • Credit union staff at credit unions $125 million in assets and below only;
  • You must commit to attending the entire conference;
  • Your CEO or a Credit Union Development Educator on staff must write a letter of recommendation; and
  • Applications must be received by August 31, 2015.

The application form is available here. Please direct any questions to Jeff Hardin at the League, or to Deborah Perkins-Futch (Duke FCU), the Scholarship Committee Chair.

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CUaware Lowcountry volunteers at local shelter

Posted By Jeff Hardin, Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Updated: Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Lowcountry credit unions joined forces to volunteer at Eagle Harbor
Ranch in Summerville May 12. Volunteers painted and assembled a
horse fence at the shelter for young people.

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

Principle Seven: Concern for community. Since credit unions are locally owned financial institutions, they are committed to investing in the community.  

More than 20 credit union volunteers from Lowcountry credit unions joined forces to volunteer at Eagle Harbor Ranch on May 12. The project, which included painting and updating the Eagle Harbor facilities, is part of CUaware's focus on volunteerism this month.

"We had a great turnout and accomplished a lot during our time together," shared CUaware Lowcountry Council Member Stephanie Ownby (South Carolina FCU). "It was great to be able to showcase our cooperative spirit for such a wonderful organization."

In addition to painting the barn and house on the property, volunteers also assembled a horse fence. All told, credit union volunteers in the group each gave six hours of service to Eagle Harbor Ranch.  

Located in Summerville, Eagle Harbor Ranch’s mission is to “be a place of refuge and shelter for children ages 4 to 21 who are orphaned, neglected, abused and abandoned. It is the organization's desire to empower each child to rise above their past through love, structure and an opportunity to succeed in life.”

In addition to rolling up their sleeves and assisting Eagle Harbor with painting and other touch-up projects, other credit unions and credit union professionals unable to attend the event donated needed items to the organization. The Lowcountry Council will next hold a networking and social event over the summer. For more information on how you can get involved, please contact Stephanie Ownby.    

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