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Get Recognized for Your Commitment to Members, Work in the Community
We know Louisiana credit unions are doing remarkable things within their organization and in their communities. Now's the time to get recognized for all of your accomplishments.
The CUNA/LCUL Recognition Award Programs recognizes distinguished credit unions which demonstrate social responsibility (the Dora Maxwell Award), the credit union philosophy (the Louise Herring Award), and financial education (the Desjardins Awards). 
In an effort to streamline the submission process, CUNA and the Leagues have collaborated to produce one standardized format and online submission process. Click here to access the online application process.
Winners on a state level will be recognized at LCUL's Annual Meeting & Convention July 31 - August 3 and then entered on a national level.
Questions? Contact Lacey H. Weaver, Senior VP of Member Engagement.
Deadline to submit entries is June 19, 2019.
LCUL's YPN Workshop Surpasses All Expectations; Community Outreach Project, Reverse Crashers Reinforce the WHY

Laughter, tears, and everything in between. That's what went down at LCUL's 8th Annual Young Professionals Workshop, which was held Friday, May 3 and Saturday, May 4 in Lafayette.  

During the two-day event, nearly 100 attendees participated in hands-on, interactive group activities such as icebreakers and roundtables. They learned how to "Rock Your Personal Brand" from motivational speaker Melanie Spring and proper business etiquette from University of Louisiana at Lafayette Career Services. Additionally, a special presentation recognized the dedication of past chair, Michelle Jinks with Access of Louisiana FCU, and Young Professional of the Year, Chad Miller with Southwest Louisiana CU.
After attendees put in a full day of work, they took off for a reception at Rock'n'Bowl, which was a great opportunity to network in a fun, casual setting.

"Whether you work on the frontline as a teller or you're a part of the executive management team, workshop attendees have one thing in common: the drive to better understand the movement and the determination to learn how to do our job the best we can," stated Chelsea Gstohl, Pelican State CU and Chair of the YPN Steering Committee.
YPN dedicated to community outreach
Throughout the workshop, the network held a bear drive for Barran's Bears, a non-profit organization that collects teddy bears for first responders to use at scenes where children experience domestic violence, car accidents, crime scenes, and other traumatic events. Together, the group donated 150 bears to the initiative! The founder even attended the event to share his positive experience as a lifelong credit union member.
Reverse Crashers feel the excitement
For the third year, the YPN hosted six "seasoned" credit union professionals and volunteers over 40 to Reverse CRASH the workshop to impart their wisdom at a roundtable discussions and other touchpoints throughout the workshop. This year's crashers included:
  • Brian Burton - Access of Louisiana
  • Danielle Thibodeaux - LCUL
  • Eddie Vollenweider  - Neighbors FCU
  • Lori Dougrey-Drumwright - Pelican State CU
  • Paige Corcoran - Pelican State CU
  • Pamela Stelly - Maple FCU
A special thanks to those who made the event a success, including those in attendance. Your dedication to the future of the credit union movement was certainly alive and well.
Under 40 and interested in joining YPN or know someone at your CU who may be interested? Click here for details!

Protect Your Brand Image: Trademarking Tips from KRP Law Firm
The credit union industry has recently experienced a sharp increase in brand trademark infringement issues.  The growth of online marketing, online searches and mobile applications has expanded marketing opportunities.

The negative side of such exposure is that, where once out-of-state financial institutions had little concern with credit unions, geographic barriers are fading. Credit unions now find themselves competing to protect brand imaging.  The best protection for your brand image can be found in Trademarking.
LCUL Strategic Partner Kudulis, Reisinger, and Price offers tips to ensure your credit union develops a strong and long lasting image. For additional information, Megan Thomas with Kudulis, Reisinger and Price.

Grant Cycle Open to Help CUs Measure Impact of Financial Health Initiatives
The National Credit Union Foundation (the Foundation) 2019 grant cycle is open. The Foundation is seeking requests for proposals from credit unions that want to document and measure the impacts of their products and services on member and employee financial health. The deadline for proposal submission is June 30, 2019.