On My Mind

An ICU Day Bonus

Special edition will offer a look at the past and the future of the CU movement.

October 22, 2012

This year, International Credit Union (ICU) Day falls on Thursday, Oct. 18. We’ve decided to give you—our loyal readers—a gift.

We’ll be publishing a bonus edition of Credit Union Magazine that you’ll receive on or near International Credit Union Day. That makes 13 issues for the price of 12—our version of the “baker’s dozen.”

While this special edition, sponsored by Diebold, will give a brief overview of credit unions’ past, most of the pages will be devoted to credit unions’ future. We asked about 20 of the credit union movement’s most influential and insightful leaders to contribute to this special edition.

We asked our authors to weigh in on these questions:

  • Have credit unions stayed true to their original mission?
  • Are credit unions filling the role envisioned by their early architects?
  • If credit unions are off course, how has this happened and how can they get back on course?
  • What future directions should credit unions take? 
  • Are there any unserved or underserved markets for credit unions?
  • What do you think the credit union movement will look like in 20 years?
  • What has been the movement’s greatest success—and greatest failure—of late?

I’m sure you’ll find our author’s opinions and insights thought-provoking and challenging. But this isn’t meant to be the final word on the subject.

This special edition is designed to be a conversation starter. After you read our bonus edition, we’d like to hear your thoughts on the topic. We’ll be moving the discussion to our website, creditunionmagazine.com/special_issue, during October.

Join the conversation by visiting our special issue website and by sharing your thoughts via Twitter with this hashtag: #ICUDay.

Our website will carry a wealth of historical images and past features from Credit Union Magazine. You’ll be able to scroll through some images that were originally created by sketch artist Joseph Stern for The Bridge—the earliest forerunner of Credit Union Magazine.

What do you think? We want to hear from you on these critical issues.

 STEVE RODGERS is editor-in-chief of Credit Union Magazine.