Wisconsin’s young professionals made a splash at Convention this year in more ways than one.
For starters, our dunk tank in the Exhibit Hall and 50/50 raffle helped to raise more than $1200 (!) for the Wisconsin Credit Union Foundation. We want to extend many thanks to our credit union leaders Jack Gill (First Community CU of Beloit), Tom Young (Pioneer CU), Colleen Woggon (Oakdale CU), Tammy Williams (Best Advantage CU), Dean Wilson (Focus CU) and Tim Tranberg Co-op CU) for donating their time to sit in the dunk and be great sports to help a good cause. Also, thanks to everyone who stopped out to dunk our brave volunteers!
Our Crash event went AMAZINGLY WELL and the feedback we’ve gotten from our Crashers confirms that. We had some really good small group discussions with our Crashers and Brett Thompson (League President/CEO), Pat Wesenberg (CEO of Central City CU and CUNA Board Chair), Harriet May (an amazing woman and CU hall of famer from El Paso, Texas) and Tim McAlpine (President and Creative Director of Currency Marketing).
Big thanks to Sonny Schaar, Premier Financial CU and David Murphy, Marshfield Medical CU for being our Crash Mentors and for their leadership and help in coordinating the event. David and Sonny both had great things to say about the group and I wanted to share some of their thoughts here:
“We had a great group for this year’s Crashers. All the crashers had great insight to offer as to their own experiences within their own credit union, and we had many great conversations. We also bonded as a group as we learned more about each other outside of the credit union. I’m happy to have been able to spend the convention with a great group of Young Professionals, and I hope that all the YPs in attendance were able to grow their personal networking web.” - David
Aside from the Crash, we also did a few events for all YPs in attendance. Our YP Network Advisory Board held a networking breakout session for YPs on Friday morning and we also held a “what are we going to do now?” session on Friday afternoon. For the latter, we held a discussion about takeaways from Convention and what kinds of things YPs can do when they get back to the office – we’ll talk about that in another blog post soon.
On behalf of the Network, we have to give huge thanks to the W.C.U.L. Services Corp., CUNA Mutual Group and Money Mission for their sponsorship of the Crash event. We’d also like to extend our appreciation to Chatter Yak! for their support and for providing t-shirts to every YP attending Convention!
As a closing thought, I had the chance to talk with many CU presidents and managers at Convention who shared their appreciation for our YP program and the contributions our Wisconsin YPs are making to our movement. It’s hard to see because change is sometimes slow, but we are really making an impact through our Crash events, through our Boot Camps and through the ways that YPs have become more engaged within the movement. And the best part is — we’re just getting started.
Make sure you have a decent pair of sunglasses handy, because the future is looking bright.