CUAD returns $9,500 to member credit unions!

BISMARCK, ND (February 1, 2019) — Credit Union Association of the Dakotas (CUAD) is very pleased to announce this year’s winners of rebate certificates awarded through the Member Engagement Rewards Program initiative, or MERP. CUAD started this program to reward credit unions engaging in CUAD activities, programs, and services. MERP was developed to demonstrate to member credit unions our commitment to provide “best of class” dues supported services that are valuable and necessary for the best possible success in serving members. This year, a total of $9,500 was awarded to 19 credit unions.

“The Member Engagement Rewards Program serves several purposes,” says Jeff Olson, CUAD President/CEO. “It provides an incentive for credit union members to up their ante, if you will, to have more skin in the game as to their support and involvement in CUNA and league activities and initiatives while earning points for each activity. Members then have a choice of how they want to utilize their reward. They can use it towards their league dues, for conference or education registrations, contribute to GAC scholarship funds, or they can gift it to the Credit Union Foundation of the Dakotas. Some larger credit unions have even gifted their rebate to a smaller credit union in need. It’s really a win-win situation for our member credit unions,” he concluded.

CUAD is pleased to recognize these 2018 MERP Recipients.

Division A: $100M and over. Top 5 credit unions earned certificates.

Black Hills FCU, Rapid City, SD
First Community CU, Jamestown, ND
Capital CU, Bismarck, ND
Sioux Falls FCU, Sioux Falls, SD
Town & Country CU, Minot, ND

Division B: $25M and over. Top 5 credit unions earned certificates.

Voyage FCU, Sioux Falls, SD
Northern Hills FCU, Sturgis, SD
East River FCU, Madison, SD
University FCU, Grand Forks, ND
Dakota Plains CU, Edgeley, ND

Division C: Under $25M. Top 9 credit unions earned certificates.

GEM FCU, Minot, ND
Oahe FCU, Pierre, SD
Ft Randall FCU, Pickstown, SD
Postal Family FCU, Fargo, ND
Fargo VA FCU, Fargo, ND
Riverfork FCU, Grand Forks, ND
Flasher Community CU, Flasher, ND
Huron Area Education FCU, Huron, SD
Dakota Rail Line FCU, Huron, SD


About CUAD

The Credit Union Association of the Dakotas (CUAD) is the professional financial trade association serving 72 credit unions that employ nearly 2,200 individuals in 230 branches. With more than 492,000 members in North and South Dakota, Dakota credit unions have assets in excess of $7.1 billion and currently are providing Dakota consumers with over $5 billion in loans. In our mission to help credit unions succeed, CUAD plays a key role in growing membership and helping to provide service excellence to members from offices in Bismarck, ND and Sioux Falls, SD. For more information about CUAD visit our website at

About the MERP Program

The CUAD Board of Directors approved the MERP initiative for implementation in 2016. MERP provides member credit unions an opportunity to earn dues or registration rebates through their support, usage and engagement of Association (League) services, activities and initiatives. Some of the services included are a mix of CUNA supported initiatives and CUAD League supported programs, such as:  Project Zip Code; CUNA MAP Program; CULAC/CUPAC payroll deduction participation, including disbursing CUPAC Checks; CUPAC/CULAC Raffle; Engagement in CUAD’s Voter Voice grassroots government relations; Social impact reporting and support through CU Social Good; Chapter Involvement and support; Compliance/Regulatory or Lending Conferences; MEMO subscriptions; Attend Summit/Annual meeting; Attend Legislative Social; Attend CUNA GAC or Involvement in Fall Regulatory/Legislative Hike-the-Hill; participate on GAC Committee; Participate in quarterly Compliance Network Conference Calls; Provide Comment on prospective regulations and rules; Participate in the Annual Membership survey; and others as designated by the CUAD board of directors.


Credit Union Association of the Dakotas (CUAD)
2005 North Kavaney Drive
Bismarck, ND 58501
Phone 701.258.5760

Shawn Marie Brummer
Director of Communications
Credit Union Association of the Dakotas
1-800-279-6328, ext. 966 or 701/220-2200

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