MADISON, Wis. (12/9/08)--Credit union board members can learn about critical issues to help them confidently make recommendations and decisions by attending the first 2009 educational offering from the Credit Union National Association (CUNA). The CUNA Volunteer Institute will take place Jan. 10-14 in Cancun, Mexico, at the Moon Palace Resort. It aims to help new and experienced volunteers and CEOs to improve their credit union knowledge and policy-making skills. The event also will cover the mortgage market, the economy, due diligence for third party vendors, sustainable loan products, governance, political advocacy and more. On Jan. 10, a pre-conference workshop, the optional Introductory Guide to Credit Union ALM and the Economy, will offer a guided tour through asset-liability management and economic issues relevant to credit unions. Financial Management eSchool: Part I, offered Jan. 27-March 17, aims to help those without a background in finance to better understand their credit union’s numbers in eight sessions. While its focus will be on comprehending and analyzing financial statements, participants also will better understand asset-liability management, budgets, ratios, investment policy, cost accounting, and pricing loans and deposits. In Using Tax Returns to Qualify a Loan eSchool, lending professionals can learn how to use tax returns to analyze and qualify loan requests for members with non-traditional incomes. The three-session offering meets Feb. 18-March 4, to explain how to analyze various forms and schedules to verify non-traditional incomes and determine members’ ability to repay a loan. An eSchool is a series of interactive classroom sessions that features live, real time instruction from industry experts via the Internet and a telephone conference call. Participants may register for specific webinars or the entire series of sessions as an eSchool. For more information use the resource links or call 800-356-9655, ext. 4249.