That adage is attributed to St. Francis. It is one of my favorites, as it reminds us that we can say anything we like, but it is our actions that tell our true story and make a real difference.We have the same opportunity to preach the “credit union gospel” in our communities with our actions. The benefits of doing so positively impacts our employees, members and the broader community. Employees report that they “get” more from these opportunities than they “give” – making them feel good about their job and their employer. Credit unions benefit from positive association with the cause. And, obviously, the community benefits from the credit union’s support.Many credit unions already encourage its employees to support causes, either individually or those selected by the credit union. Some other ways credit unions can support their communities beyond what is traditionally done include:Publicity – Your credit union is a huge publicity machine. You can put that machine to use to support a community organization or cause. At minimal cost, you can promote the cause on social media, your website, on your IVR system, and in branches. This promotion may be exactly what your local organization needs to break through to the next level.Foundations – Many credit unions have launched non-profit foundations. When structured as 501(c)(3) organizations, these foundations provide benefits with both inflows and outflows. Supporters can make contributions to the foundation and benefit with a tax deduction, all while doing good. When deploying funds into communities, funds can be coupled with your lending products to provide lending solutions that you otherwise may not be able to provide. I’ve seen some very creative combinations in all areas of lending – consumer, mortgage and commercial.Participation in city government – While many credit unions are active in their local chambers, they can broaden their reach – and impact – by participating in city government. Opportunities include volunteering (e.g. adopt-a-highway), serving on a commission (such as planning commission), or running for city council. Preaching the “credit union gospel” through our actions benefits so many, both inside and outside the credit union. I encourage you to continue preaching the credit union gospel. And, if you have found unique ways to support your community, I’d love to hear about them and what they’ve done for you and your community. 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Joe Karlin Joe Karlin has worked with or at credit unions his entire career. Starting as a CPA with Deloitte and Touche, he audited credit unions, corporates, and leagues. Joe spent nearly … Details
Batesville Middle School State Championship Track results from (5/18).The Batesville Middle School boys finished their season at the State track meet on Saturday. Will Sherwood, Jake Chapman, Emi Lopez and Eli Loichinger finished 8th in the 4 x 800 relay.The Batesville Middle School girls finished their season at the State meet on Saturday as well. Madelyn Pohlman finished 3rd in the 400. Veronica King finished 9th in the Shot Put. Ava Hanson finished 19th in the mile. Elena Kuisel, Lizzy Nobbe, Nadine Davis, and Madelyn Pohlman finished 7th in the 4×100 relay. Kaylie Raver, Kaylynn Bedel, Jada Day, and Ava Hanson finished 2nd in the 4×800 relay.Madelyn Pohlman broke the school record in the 400 with a time of 1:01.31!!!Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Derek Suits.
Egypt goalkeeper Sherif Ekrami played down fears of threat Ghana star striker Asamoah Gyan might pose during both nations’ World Cup qualifying playoff next month.“There is absolutely no reason to worry from Ghana and their striker Gyan,” Ekrami told FilGoal.com.“I think we are capable of getting past Ghana and making it to the World Cup finals.”Egypt, the only team to register a 100% qualifying winning record, visit Ghana on October 15 in Kumasi before hosting the Black Stars the following month.Ghana will be eyeing a third consecutive World Cup appearance, while Egypt are looking for their first qualification in 23 years.
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