DELAVAN, Wis. (3/11/09)--Scholarships are available for the first of two Credit Union Development Education (DE) training classes in 2009. The first class will take place May 13-19 at a new location: Lake Lawn Resort, Delavan, Wis. The $1,750 registration fee includes a room for six nights, meals, and educational materials. Scholarships are available through the National Credit Union Foundation’s (NCUF) DE Fund, several state credit union foundations and leagues. Credit union advocates interested in a scholarship can contact their state foundation or league, or contact DE Training Facilitator Tom Decker at firstname.lastname@example.org
or 800-356-9655, ext. 4374. A running list of states confirming DE scholarships is posted on the NCUF website. “We realize the economy is tough, so we will do everything we can to help credit unions achieve a ‘triple bottom line,’” explained Decker, NCUF director of social impact management. “A triple bottom line will benefit credit unions’ business, membership and community.” This year’s DE training will incorporate emerging bottom-line discussions while providing traditional lessons in cooperative principles and credit union philosophy. “We plan to show how the member-centric business model will enable credit unions to weather the economic storm better than most for-profit institutions,” Decker said. “All financial institutions offer a commodity,” pointed out 2008 DE graduate Lily Newfarmer, president/CEO of Tarrant County CU, Fort Worth, Texas. “We are all trying to get the same loans, checking accounts and so forth. What sets credit unions apart from our fierce competition are our cooperative principles and credit union philosophy. If we don’t embrace these differences and show our members that we’re better because we’re unique, our very existence is in jeopardy.” The second DE training class will take place August 12-18 at IslandWood, an environmental learning center on Bainbridge Island, Wash. NCUF is the DE program’s primary sponsor. Support is provided by CUNA Mutual Group, Credit Union National Association, World Council of Credit Unions, state foundations and leagues.