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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, Yesterday

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 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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Principle Six: CUaware founders receive Cooperative Spirit Award

Posted By Jeff Hardin, Friday, August 22, 2014
Updated: Thursday, August 21, 2014
CUaware founders Patrick Livingston (left) and Brandon McAdams are pictured with the Cooperative Spirit Award from the National CU Foundation.
Principle Six: Cooperation Among Cooperatives. Credit unions work together to improve services to members and build sustainable communities.

(Editor's note: the following originally appeared in the Coastal FCU Beacon  and is republished with the permission of the credit union.)

Coastal Federal Credit Union employees Patrick Livingston and Brandon McAdams have earned the 2014 Cooperative Spirit Award from the National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF) Development Education Program. Livingston and McAdams are being recognized for their efforts in creating CUaware (www.cuaware.org), an educational networking council within the Carolinas Credit Union League, aimed at connecting and educating employees from across credit unions. The award was presented on August 14 during the annual Development Educators Workshop, in Austin, TX.

Livingston, Director of Business Transformation and McAdams, Consumer Lending Product Development Manager, came up with the idea for CUaware after completing the Development Educator training program in 2011.

“We saw a networking gap in the industry. We set out to introduce credit union staff, at all levels, to learn the cooperative principles that guide credit unions in an informal and fun way,” said Livingston.

“We focused our efforts around three concepts: learn, share and grow,” added McAdams. “It was important that we capitalized on the cooperative nature of credit unions and pulled everyone together to better our organizations and help connect our movement at a local level.”

CUaware began with organized events between Coastal employees and other Triangle credit unions. It soon expanded to include the Winston-Salem area, and is now coordinated by volunteers from several credit unions in North Carolina and South Carolina who bring credit union employees together for programs, networking opportunities and community service projects throughout both states.

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Principle Six: CUaware lunch & learn event features Center for Smart Financial Choices

Posted By Jeff Hardin, Friday, April 25, 2014
Updated: Friday, April 25, 2014

 


About 20 people attended the Triad Chapter of CUaware's first-ever lunch-and-learn event in Winston-Salem. The group learned about the programs and mission of the Center for Smart Financial Choices.

 

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.

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

The Triad Chapter of CUaware learned about the programs of Forsyth County’s Center for Smart Financial Choices on Wednesday, April 23. The session, which CUaware hosted at Allegacy FCU in Winston-Salem, featured the youth financial education programs of the Center.

Created by Allegacy in 2011, the Center for Smart Financial Choices provides financial education to help people make healthy choices in dealing with money. A holistic viewpoint is encouraged through the Center’s hands-on approach which incorporates the individual’s strengths, knowledge, values and goals.

While the CUaware group learned about the non-profit agency’s youth financial education programs, the Center offers educational opportunities covering every aspect of a person’s life cycle. Betty Ann Falkner, who oversees the programs and outreach of the center, directed the lunch & learn event with the 20 credit union staff in attendance.

"This was our first lunch and learn event and we were thrilled to hear about the programs of the center,” shared Jessica Dillon (Piedmont Advantage CU) of the CUaware-Triad group. "The Center invites credit unions to partner with them to help provide financial education to the community. We had a few people sign up to volunteer at upcoming Center events, so there was obviously a lot of excitement about the message.”

Falkner invited attendees to volunteer with the Center, and then engaged the group in a short youth financial education exercise. "We appreciated this opportunity to spread the word about the Center’s programs, goals and mission,” said Falkner. "The group had a little fun at the end with the Adult for A Day experiential learning program we do with middle and high school students as well.”

Adult for A Day puts students in the place of their parents, with each participant given a job, income level and credit score. They must then navigate through a series of life choices in key areas of budgeting in adult life, including housing, transportation, and utilities.

In addition to experiential learning exercises like Adult for A Day, the Center offers workshops and other classes designed to help people make better choices about money. The Center was envisioned by retired Allegacy FCU CEO Ike Keener as a community resource and touch point for enhanced cooperation among credit unions in Winston-Salem/Forsyth County.

The Center’s programs are available for members and non-members of credit unions to attend. For more information about the Center for Smart Financial Choices, please go to their web site. You may also keep up with the Center’s activities by liking its Facebook page.

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