HARAHAN, La. (12/27/11)--The Louisiana Credit Union League (LCUL) has introduced the Louisiana Member Business Services Council (MBSC) for credit union professionals who are engaged or interested in offering member business services.
The council will provide opportunities for members to network with peers, share best practices, address issues concerning credit unions, and learn from experts in their professional field, said the league.
The direction for the MBSC is provided by an advisory committee whose members will plan the curriculum for council meetings, develop website content and promote council activities at local chapter events.
The advisory committee held its first meeting earlier this month to discuss the goals of the council and plans for the first council-sponsored educational event, which will be held in Baton Rouge, La., on Feb. 16 and 17.
Committee members include:
- Committee chairperson--Deanna Geisler, Barksdale FCU, Bossier City;
- Cami Crochet, The New Orleans Firemen's FCU, Metairie;
- Dawn Harris, Campus FCU, Baton Rouge; and
- Eddie Vollenweider, Neighbors FCU, Baton Rouge.
Council benefits include access to the members-only listserv and a password-protected website, which will include sample policies, job descriptions, articles, research and links. Members will also receive discounts to education and training programs.
"The league has been working with credit unions around the state to identify areas where we would benefit from collaboration," said Anne Cochran, LCUL president/CEO. "Member business services were among the top areas of interest. It is our hope that the council will help promote professional development and support the overall maturation of these services provided to credit union members."
The council will begin accepting applications on Jan. 2. Additional information will soon be posted on the league's website.
The Credit Union National Association estimates that increasing the current 12.25% of assets members business lending cap to 27.5% of a credit union's total assets would have a number of beneficial effects on the ailing economy, including infusing $13 billion in new credit for small businesses and adding 140,000 new jobs within the first year of enactment--all at no cost to the American taxpayer.