MADISON, Wis. (10/20/11)--The Credit Union National Association (CUNA) has released a video in which President/CEO Bill Cheney greets credit union employees on International Credit Union (ICU) Day, being celebrated today with the theme, “Building a Better World.”
Today 49,000 credit unions from 97 countries and their 184 million members join together to celebrated credit unions. ICU Day is celebrated the third Thursday in October every year. In the video, Cheney congratulated credit union employees for the service they provide members throughout the year. Earlier this week, CUNA released a similar video from Cheney geared to credit union members that credit unions could feature on their websites. ICU Day will lead into the 2012 International Year of the Cooperatives, Cheney added. On Oct. 31, credit unions will join cooperatives from all sectors of the economy in celebrating the positive impact cooperatives have in reducing poverty, creating jobs and promoting social integration worldwide. “We know that co-ops build a better place here in the U.S.,” Cheney said. “Credit unions are a big part of that, and we want the whole world to know about it.” Credit union organizations nationwide are being recognized and taking part in ICU Day activities. Some ICU Day events include:
* Gov. Mark Dayton signed a proclamation declaring today as Credit Union Day in the state of Minnesota, said the Minnesota Credit Union Network. * Gov. Tom Corbett proclaimed Oct. 20 as Credit Union Day in Pennsylvania, according to the Pennsylvania Credit Union Association (Life is a Highway Oct. 20). * Timberland FCU, with $49 million in assets, DuBois, Pa., kicked off the International Credit Union Week on Monday with a “Build a Better Vacation” celebration. Staff dressed up in vacation clothes and served virgin margaritas to members from a Tiki Bar. Staff advised members to open a vacation club account to help save for their next trip. * CUNA is celebrating ICU day with cookies and apples for its employees at its Madison, Wis. office. * Royal CU (RCU), with $1.2 billion in assets, Eau Claire, Wis., invited its members and the community members to enjoy free cookies and coffee at all RCU offices. * Belco Community CU, with $360 million in assets, Harrisburg, Pa., is offering a free hot dog lunch, a prize drawing for a $50 Visa gift card at each of its branches, free giveaways, and an employee bake sale, with 100% of the proceeds going to Susan G. Komen for the Cure on ICU Day. Five gift baskets will be raffled off to benefit the United Way. Belco is also holding a one-day auto loan sale, with rates reduced by 0.5% on all new and used autos, motorcycles, recreational vehicles and boats. * With support of several cooperative organizations, including the Indiana Credit Union League, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels declared Oct. 16-22 Cooperative Week. * The Texas Credit Union League announced the YouTube debut of CU Lip Dub video for ICU Day. The Lip Dub, the first filmed by a group of credit unions and the first on record in San Antonio, was filmed during the 106-degree heat wave in August. To see the video, use the link.