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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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CUaware Triad volunteers support Habitat for Humanity

Posted By Jeff Hardin, Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Updated: Tuesday, July 19, 2016

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.

CUaware Triad volunteers came together Saturday, July 16 to support Habitat for Humanity of Forsyth County. The group worked through most of the day on a house build, and provided nearly $1,100 in funding to the agency.

"We had a great time together in support of a wonderful organization," shared Jon Hamby (Members CU), who helped to organize the day's event. "This event serves as our community service project for 2016 to it was inspiring to see 19 people give freely of their time for such a good cause."

Hamby noted that the home build was for a family with  physical challenges, meaning that the framing for the home had to be done on site. "In a typical build the walls would have been assembled in a Habitat warehouse and delivered to the site," said Hamby. "So it was a little bit of a different volunteer Habitat build." 

In addition to the sweat equity given by volunteers, the CUaware group donated nearly $1,100 to Habitat. The group raised the funds through various small fundraisers such as bake sales.     

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Carolina Collegiate's Catherine Berube vying for CUES NTCUE

Posted By Jeff Hardin, Wednesday, July 06, 2016
Updated: Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Metaphor: a word or phrase for one thing that is used to refer to another thing in order to show or suggest that they are similar. Merriam-Webster

Carolina Collegiate FCU Marketing Coordinator Catherine Berube says that when she was growing up, she always loved metaphors. That love, combined with creativity and a focus on people, is helping Carolina Collegiate FCU navigate its journey through a rapidly changing workplace. Berube's program has also charted a course that could result in a personal - and quite literal - journey this fall to compete in the CUES Next Top Credit Union Executive (NTCUE) competition.

Berube calls her program "Culture Lost & Found" and she features it prominently in her NTCUE application video. The program is helping staff and members at the $90 million asset Carolina Collegiate stay grounded in the core values and culture of the credit union even as technology has dramatically shifted the way service is delivered.

"Change is very hard for people, especially when it comes to technology," Berube says. "What I'm realizing is how you deliver that to people can make a difference." Culture Lost & Found is a mechanism for Berube to listen and learn from fellow staff members and to make sure that service standards are valued, understood and followed. 

CUES NTCUE spotlights emerging talent in the credit union movement. The competition is open to professionals age 35 and under who have yet to reach the CEO level. The competition is a multi-step process involving blogging, videos, and voting by the general public. The competition concludes in October as five finalists gather in Savannah to make their final presentations.

Berube was encouraged to apply by her senior management team as well as Bo McDonald of Your Marketing Company. While initial applicants typically spotlight their career accomplishments and goals, Berube focused her efforts on the credit union. "It's been a good experience for me," she says of NTCUE "and it's been great sharing with people what we do."

Voting is underway for the top 10 NTCUE finalists, and concludes July 13. To view Berube's application and cast a vote for her, please click here

Catherine is the Marketing Coordinator at Carolina Collegiate. After graduating from Saint Anselm College in 2015, she set out to start her career in South Carolina. During her short time at Carolina Collegiate she has become very passionate about the work that credit unions do for the community and their members. She is responsible for coordinating and attending events, PR, social media, staff training, and content creation. Her recent focus has been on culture development and staff communication. When she is not at the office, she enjoys spending time at the beach or on a walk with her dog. She is a lover of otters, golden retrievers, and buffalo chicken.

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CUaware Protégé Mentor program applications are being accepted

Posted By Jeff Hardin, Tuesday, June 28, 2016

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.

For two years, the CUaware Protégé Mentor program has successfully connected young professionals with mentors at credit unions in North Carolina & South Carolina. These connections have provided young professionals with valuable career insights, while offering established professionals a meaningful opportunity to give back to the movement. 

Applications are now being accepted for participants in the 2016-2017 CUaware Protégé Mentor program. Approved applicants age 35 and under will be paired 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.

Eligibility was originally limited to CUaware Protégé Competition Finals participants, and then expanded in its second year to include all chapter level participants in the Protégé Competition. In the upcoming year, eligibility is open to all young professionals in North Carolina and South Carolina credit unions. 

The expansion of the program will naturally create a higher demand for mentors representing credit unions and credit union organizations in the Carolinas. Applications for both Protégés and Mentors may be submitted online on the Carolinas Credit Union League web site between now and September 1.

Applications submitted will be reviewed in September, with Mentor-Protégé pairings announced in the fall. For more information or to apply, please click here to go to the CUaware Protégé Mentor program page. If you have any questions, please contact Jeff Hardin (919-457-9063). 

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Scholarships available for 2016 Principles & Philosophy Conference

Posted By Jeff Hardin, Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Updated: Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Scholarship applications are being accepted for the Principles & Philosophy Conference. The 2016 conference takes place October 18-20 at the Caraway Conference Center in Sophia, NC. The conference is a "deep dive” into the Seven Cooperative Principles, as well as the social purpose of co-ops and credit unions. Attendees leave with a greater understanding of just how special credit unions are, and how the Seven Cooperative Principles are at heart good business practices.

The Principles & Philosophy Conference appeals to a wide range of professionals, including:

  • Young professionals who wish to learn more about credit unions.
  • More seasoned professionals who have come to credit unions from banks and other industries.
  • Longtime credit union employees who wish to deepen their appreciation for the uniqueness of credit unions.

The scholarships cover lodging & meals at Caraway plus all conference materials. Staff & volunteers at credit unions of $125 million in assets or below are eligible to apply. The application deadline is Friday, September 2, 2016. 

To view and download the scholarship application form, please click here. To learn more about the conference, please go to the registration page. If you have questions, please contact Jeff Hardin (919-457-9063).

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Carolina CUDEs give back during day of service

Posted By Jeff Hardin, Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Updated: Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Credit Union Development Educators from Carolina Foothills FCU
served lunch at the Salvation Army's shelter in Greenville June 15 as
part of the first-ever DE Day of Service. To see photos from other credit
union activities in the Carolinas, please click here.

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.

On June 15, Credit Union Development Educators (DEs) in the Carolinas rolled up their sleeves for a variety of great causes during the first-ever DE Day of Service. DEs in the Carolinas joined their counterparts throughout the country in completing a variety of volunteer community service projects.

The DE Day of Service is envisioned as way for DEs to make lasting changes within their communities. Using this day is a way for DEs to transform their training and its teachings into community service to empower credit union members and strengthen local communities.

DEs at Coastal FCU in Raleigh marked the Day of Service by launching the Coastal Cares Initiative, which ensures the needs of Coastal employees are being met. DEs sorted and packed school supplies into backpacks that were made available to all employees with school aged children.

"We believe it's every bit as important to take care of our employees as it is to take care of our members," shared Joe Mecca, Coastal's manager, marketing strategy & communications.He added that the Coastal staff continually inspires through its generosity in helping members and others in the community even though some staff are in similar economic situations as the people who are being helped.

Throughout the first half of the year, various departments at Coastal collected supplies to help send employees' children back to school ready to learn. DEs and managers at Coastal combined forces on the Day of Service to sort supplies and pack them. Mecca notes that within 20 minutes of being made available, all the backpacks had been distributed. 

Elsewhere, two DEs and a "DE-to-be" from Carolina Foothills FCU served lunch to people living at the homeless shelter of the Salvation Army in Greenville. Terri Hendrix, Lisa Vandys and future DE Jordan Rumsey prepared and served lunch to the shelter guests. According to Vandys, the shelter provides meals to between 60-100 people each day.    

Troy Hall of South Carolina FCU marked the day by raising awareness of the importance of mentorship and the development of young professionals. Hall appeared on Michael Lawson's CUBroadcast. Hall took time out to discuss the subject, which he is most passionate about, during the NAFCU Conference. Hall started the CUaware Protégé Mentor Program in 2014.    

Finally, Carolinas Credit Union League staff in Columbia and Raleigh supported their local Ronald McDonald Houses. Staff in both offices collected wish list items for the Ronald McDonald Houses in Columbia and Chapel Hill. In addition, DEs LaTasha Cooper & Brandon Pugh volunteered at the RMH in Columbia. 

To view photos from the DE Day of Service events in the Carolinas, please click here


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