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Dinner, drinks, door prizes – and disruption?

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first_img 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jeff Rendel Jeff Rendel, Certified Speaking Professional, and President of Rising Above Enterprises works with credit unions that want elite results in sales, service, and strategy. Each year, he addresses and facilitates … Web: www.risingaboveenterprises.com Details With all of the talk around credit unions regarding business model disruption, it seems the same conversation should flow to credit union chapters. We’ve all joshed about “Chapter Chicken,” the 50-50 drawing, and how the same colleagues we saw at work just an hour before are sitting at the same table – again. Perhaps, it’s time for some change at your chapter. If so, below are five ways that five chapters are disrupting their models to remain relevant for their members. Networking is the main reason people show up. A chapter in Texas designs meetings around networking for specific areas – branches, lending, sales, technology, etc. All are invited, but the focus is singular each meeting. Average attendance rose and membership grew, even though members do not attend each monthly meeting.Meetings don’t have to be the same. A chapter in Florida hosts one sit-down dinner each year. One. The rest of the meetings are mixed: early morning breakfasts; casual lunches at credit unions; and, a steak fry during the summer. For a twist, the chapter hosted a focus group of actual credit union members. Live, they heard exactly what members want.Trends and fresh takes on business provide the most value in programming. A California chapter teams up with credit union consultants, when in town. The chapter arranges for an education session during the day and a high-level conversation for chapter members in the evening. Chapter members get an outsider’s view followed by insiders’ discussion.Casual and active meetings appeal to young professionals (and all of us, for that matter). An alliance of Midwest chapters held several meetings at technology hubs in the city. Even more, the chapters created 20 minutes of “Speed Meetings” – five focused minutes with four new people on the same topic. Connections developed and new ideas were refined through others.C-level speakers attract C-level attendees. An Illinois chapter hosts CEO-panels, but also invites out-of-area CEOs to town for their take on the credit union industry. To encourage greater CEO attendance, the guest CEO leads a CEO-only session before the chapter meeting. CEOs gain value through discussing issues that affect all CEOs in the room.The purpose of credit union chapters is to facilitate a community of professionals and volunteers. The chapter model requires just as much attention as our credit union business models. To continue adding value for your chapter members, mix up your meetings with intent. Your commitment to a fresh approach provides the kind of value that will drive demand for your chapter.last_img read more

Gunmen rob mother, daughter in front of ECD home

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first_imgA woman and her daughter were left traumatised after they were robbed at gunpoint, moments after reaching their Liliendaal, East Coast Demerara home on Friday. The entire episode was captured by surveillance cameras that surrounded the family’s house.The armed man executing the robbery on FridayReports are the two women had visited a city bank earlier in the day and may have been trailed by the perpetrators in a silver-grey car. The surveillance footage posted by the women on social media showed that within a minute after arriving at home, the car pulled up alongside them and two men exited.The men who were carrying handguns and had their faces covered with handkerchiefs exited and walked towards the parked vehicle belonging to the women. They then relieved the women of an undisclosed sum of cash and escaped in the motorcar that was driven by an accomplice. Persons in the area were in shock and hardly had time to react.The Police are in possession of the surveillance footage as they continue their investigations. Attempts to contact the women proved futile.last_img read more

Ronaldo and Morocco – a love affair made in Marrakech

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first_imgRonaldo’s love affair with Morocco began in Marrakech in December 2014 at the Club World Cup which Real competed in after winning their 10th Champions League title.For the first time Ronaldo experienced at first hand his popularity from a country where divided loyalties over Real Madrid and Barcelona can split families in two.Ronaldo was “enchanted by “an exceptional quality of life that he hadn’t come across before, and that was so close to where he lived too”, someone close to the player said.‘CR7’ was hooked, and returned the following year, catching up with his Dutch-Moroccan friend, kickboxer Badr Hari.According to the Spanish press, whenever he has free time Ronaldo takes a private jet from the Torrejon de Ardoz airport beside Real’s training ground to return to the country he loves — and top up his perma-tan.Even his beloved mum Dolores has fallen under Morocco’s spell, judging by photos posted on Instagram of her in front of a plate of couscous, or visiting Jemaa El-Fnaa square in Marrakech where tourists can pick up replica shirts of her son.Ronaldo has a 50-percent stake in the Portuguese hotel chain Pestana through his own ‘CR7 brand, and he announced in January he would be opening his fifth hotel in Marrakech.He already has branches in Funchal and Lisbon in Portugal– not surprisingly the rooms feature dozens of photographs of the player, his shirts and momentoes of his career.However, only true fans will enjoy washing their face in the morning confronted by a giant view of the man himself with his sunglasses acting as mirrors.Two more branches are soon to open in Madrid and New York.The 160-room establishment in Marrakech is due to welcome its first guests by early 2020.“He really does have a personal connection to the city,” Nabil Slitine, chief of the Downtown Hotel Corporation project where the CR7 hotel is due to be built, told AFP.“From my first meeting with the Pestana group to explore the project they told me ‘it’s incredible, it’s been six months now that Cristiano hasn’t stopped telling us I’m going to open up in Marrakech’”.Ronaldo’s name brings with it a certain cache.“I won’t disguise the fact that it’s good publicity for the venture, which has been marketed around the world,” he says.Given his links with Ronaldo, Slitine could have a problem deciding who to support when Ronaldo’s Portugal face Morocco in the World Cup later Wednesday.“In business, I’m 100 percent for Cristiano but in the World Cup I’m 100 percent Moroccan.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Cristiano Ronaldo playimg against the country where he is adored, Morocco© AFP Kirill KUDRYAVTSEVMARRAKECH, Morocco, June 20 – Cristiano Ronaldo has fallen under the charm of Morocco, and the feeling is mutual with the Portugal and Real Madrid star adored by millions of fans from the North African kingdom.There may be no statue yet honouring Ronaldo, who led Portugal against Morocco in the World Cup on Wednesday, as there is in his hometown of Funchal, but he will soon have a hotel in his name.last_img read more