Cari Palmer receives Millie Cox Scholarship Award / Reminders on Cooperative Summit, GAC Scholarships, Crash the GAC​

by John McKenzie | Nov 14, 2018

Cari Palmer, CEO of Energy Plus CU, is this year’s recipient of the Millie Cox Scholarship Award. The award provides a scholarship for attending the CUNA GAC next year. The selection criteria includes political involvement to further CU interests and is based on input from League management, as well as the League Board and Governmental Affairs Committee, with the Indiana Credit Union Foundation Board making the final determination. The scholarship funding is provided by the Foundation. Congratulations to Cari for this well-deserved award!

Crossroads Cooperative Summit – Fri., Nov. 30, 9 am – 3:30 pm

This annual event often attracts credit union attendees who have the opportunity to network with people from other cooperative businesses. The summit will focus on the state of the national cooperative economy as well as how the cooperative economy in Indiana can grow. Details and a registration link are here. This year's keynote speaker, Doug O'Brien, is President and CEO of the National Cooperative Business Association.  Doug will discuss why we are at a pivotal cooperative moment in history.  As more and more people feel excluded, both economically and societally, co-ops are poised to answer many of the challenges facing our country today.

Reminder: GAC Scholarships—apply by Nov. 19

For the 14th consecutive year, the League board has authorized financial assistance—with it potentially totaling up to $37,500 this year—to help more of our state’s credit unions send representatives to the CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC) being held March 10-14, in Washington, D.C. The trip includes visits to the offices of Indiana’s U.S. Representatives and Senators to emphasize our credit union message. Additional schedule details will be provided to those who are selected and anyone else from Indiana attending the GAC. General details about the conference are here.

Representatives from credit unions will be offered financial assistance of up to $3,100 for CUs with $50 million or more in assets and up to $2,700 for CUs with less than that amount of assets. The difference in the amount is due to the GAC registration fee being $400 less for those with under $50 million in assets. The number selected to receive financial assistance from the League will be based on applying the criteria listed below to the applications as well as the total amount of funds available. Each credit union may submit one applicant.

To apply, please provide the requested information below and send it to or fax it to my attention at (317) 594-5320. All applications must be received by Nov. 19. All applicants will be notified of results by Dec. 12. Please let me know if you have any questions. Thanks.

Selection considerations and criteria for League Scholarships:

  • Those who have participated in political involvement opportunities such as the League’s Legislative Affairs Forum, trips to Washington, D.C. to visit our congressmen, district meetings with congressmen, campaign fundraisers, the ICUPAC Luncheon during Convention, Capitol Club membership, etc.
  • Those whose credit union’s financial circumstances may prevent it from sending a representative.
  • Those who are employees or officials of credit unions, with preference given to management staff and board members. Consideration will also be given to applicants from Congressional Districts where more credit union representation is needed.
  • Preference will be given to representatives of small- and medium-sized credit unions under $80 million in assets; however, the program is not restricted to this size group.
  • The financial assistance is not restricted to first-time attendees, but this will be a consideration in the selection process.
  • Extra consideration will be given to Indiana credit unions that have been selected as national-level award winners (Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Award, Louise Herring Philosophy in Action Award, Desjardins Award, etc.) where that credit union will be recognized at the Awards Reception during the GAC.

If interested in applying, please complete the application below, and send it to or fax it to my attention at (317) 594-5320 by Nov. 19.


Name: _____________________

Title at credit union: _____________________

Credit union: _____________________

Phone: _____________________

Email address: _____________________


Please summarize your political involvement in terms of the considerations and criteria listed above: ______________


Please provide any specific information that you would like to call to our attention regarding your credit union's financial circumstances: _____________


Reminder: Crash the GAC—apply by Nov. 30
In addition to the scholarships authorized by the board that are outlined above, the League is partnering with the Cooperative Trust and CUNA to offer a program for young credit union professionals to "crash" the GAC. The Crash program begins on Sat., March 9 and will wrap up by noon on Thurs., March 14. It entails at least one young professional from each state attending the event. In addition to the core schedule of GAC events, and the Hill visits that are arranged by the League, crashers will take part in some exclusive sessions that will provide a greater focus on advocacy and activities that can help to grow and promote credit unions on the state and federal level. Each crasher will receive a full conference registration courtesy of CUNA. The League will cover business travel and lodging costs up to $1,500 for the person that will be selected from Indiana. CUNA is working to arrange lodging at a downtown-D.C. hotel. While the name of the hotel is not yet available, the estimated costs for lodging per crasher will be approximately $900-$1,000. The Cooperative Trust and CUNA are looking for people from all areas of their credit unions who are in the age range of the late 20s to mid-30s in general. Supervisor approval is also required for the crasher to be selected. Applicants must include a 60-second video. It is important to note that the application and selection processes are being managed by CUNA and the Cooperative Trust. Candidates should apply through the site that has been established by those organizations by 11:59 p.m. on Fri., Nov. 30. Details about the overall program are on the site. Questions about the League's role can be sent to Kay Neidlinger ( by email, or you may call her at (800) 285-5300, ext. 5343. This program, while supported by the League, is separate from our GAC financial assistance program.

If you have any questions or feedback about the information provided in this email, please let me know at or (800) 285-5300 ext. 5320. Thanks.