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Starting with our "Welcome aBoard" post, our weekly blog addresses issues and topics of interest for Montana credit union board members. 

From The Ground Up

The NCUA Office of Small Credit Unions Initiatives (OSCUI) has compiled this 25-page resource manual that is, as they say in the introduction, the "Cliffs Notes" to many of the contemporary issues facing credit unions and credit union boards.

Better yet, the document provides an easy guide to cost-free, yet valuable resources available to generate leads and gain a better, more comprehensive understanding as you evaluate your credit union's position and various possible ways to approach a strategic goal or address a problem or issue.

It's a great place to start, if you're looking for a quick overview and links to resources (including PowerPoint presentations, websites, NCUA documents, and more) on 

  • the credit union system and its components,
  • board responsibilities and duties,
  • credit union data and applications,
  • resources for planning, compliance, and field of membership expansion, 
  • the examination process, or
  • serving members of modest means.

Download the From the Ground Up. You'll be glad you did.


Below, you'll find links to past blog posts organized (loosely) into four categories. Feel free to browse. The blogs are all fairly short and provide food for thought in the areas of directors' duties and responsibilities, advocacy, working with the CEO, and ideas for strategic planning.  

About Us

Network Governance
Full Staff Listing
Credit Union Chapters

Contact Us

Credit Union Jobs


CU PolicyPro
Fraud Resource Center
Compliance Training Tools


Advocacy &
Government Relations

     National Programs
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Government Relations
     Montana Government
     Federal Government Affairs

Political Action

Community Development 


Conferences and Trainings
Distance Learning
Financial Literacy for Volunteers


League Service Group

Directly Provided Services
Group Benefit Trust

Communications & PR

Credit Unions in the News
President's Report
Photo Galleries
Network News
News Archive

Credit Union Directors

The Director's Job
Volunteer Recognition
Helpful Resources
The Blog "A Direct Line"


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Montana's Credit Unions

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