Credit Unions Around the World Celebrate 'The Authentic Difference' on International Credit Union Day

Celebrated every third Thursday of October since 1948, International Credit Union Day (ICU Day) is a day dedicated to recognizing the credit union movement throughout history, honor those who dedicate their lives to the movement, recognize the hard work of industry employees, and to show CU members appreciation.

This year, ICU Day was celebrated on October 20th with the theme of ‘The Authentic Difference.” It was dedicated to communicating the unique qualities that make credit unions special. Credit unions celebrate this day by spreading credit union awareness in the form of sharing goodies, giveaways, and specials with their membership. Read on to see how credit unions around the world celebrated International Credit Union Day.

British Colombia, Canada

Canada’s largest credit union by membership, Coast Capital Savings, celebrated International Credit Union Day by reflecting on its commitment to the principles and values that continue to drive its success. "All that we are today and all that we will become in the future is inspired by our roots and our continued commitment to helping our members achieve financial well-being and supporting the enrichment of our local communities," said Coast Capital Savings President and CEO Don Coulter.

New Jersey, United States

Bay Atlantic FCU had free giveaways at their branches that were given to members that stopped by in celebration of “The Authentic Difference”.

Credit Union of New Jersey (CUNJ) celebrated ICU Day with goodies for both their staff and their members. Staff members were provided with international snacks and were able to wear jeans. CUNJ members had several goodies, such as snacks and giveaways, at all branches. At the Ewing branch, an NJ 101.5 radio station van was on-site playing music and giving away prizes from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Deepwater Industries FCU served delicious snacks to their members that included coffee, doughnuts, and cookies in the morning and hot dogs, chips, and drinks in the afternoon.

First Financial FCU (FFFCU) held a social media contest on their Facebook and Instagram pages asking members to comment with why they love being an FFFCU member. A winner was pulled out of a drawing for a $20 Visa gift card for that lucky member.

Garden Savings FCU set up tables at all four of its branches to celebrate ICU Day and handed out pens, key chains, and snacks. Each branch offered members the opportunity to win a $50 Visa gift card by verifying or updating their email address.

Jersey Shore FCU held an open house from October 17th to October 22nd in celebration of ICU Week. Refreshments, giveaways, and loan and credit card specials were offered to members. Members were also given a chance to win $2,500 with a Refer-A-Member promotion.

Members 1st of NJ FCU hosted an open house throughout October in celebration of International Credit Union Day encouraging anyone in the community to visit the credit union and receive a gift. On ICU Day, Members 1st of NJ FCU provided refreshments, handed out giveaways, and held a drawing for a chance to win an Amazon Echo. For children under 10 years old, a coloring contest was held.

Newark Board of Education Employees FCU set up tables in their branch’s lobby with materials to hand out, along with candies and other goodies.

Rutgers FCU shared refreshments at their Busch, Camden, College Avenue, and Newark branches in celebration of International Credit Union Day.

New Zealand

Co-op Money NZ, the trading name for the New Zealand Association of Credit Unions, celebrated ICU Day this year by working with Pacific Island banks to strengthen their identity theft protection for members banking with them through Co-op Money NZ’s AccessDebit Scheme. Co-op Money NZ is a co-operative representing member credit unions and building societies in New Zealand.

For pictures of New Jersey credit union celebrations please click here.

Credit Unions Across the World Celebrate the "People Helping People" Philosophy on International Credit Union Day

International Credit Union Day (ICU Day) is a day dedicated to recognizing the credit union movement throughout history, honor those who dedicate their lives to the movement, recognize the hard work of industry employees, and to show CU members appreciation.

ICU Day has been celebrated every third Thursday of October since 1948. This year’s theme, celebrated on October 15th, was “People Helping People,” a philosophy mended into credit unions’ hearts. Read on to see how credit unions around the world celebrated International Credit Union Day.

The National Association of Co-operative Credit Unions of The Gambia (NACCUG), the umbrella-body of credit unions in the country, commemorated the ICU Day at the Fatima Senior Secondary School in Bwiam, Foni Kansala District in the West Coast Region. The celebration brought together representatives of various credit unions, government officials, private sector operators and a cross-section of the society of Gambia.

New Jersey, United States
XCEL FCU used ICU Day as a chance to thank members for their support. All employees wore a special t-shirt to initiate the conversation. A special 1.52% 2-year certificate (the highest in the United States) was offered.

Members 1st of NJ FCU had goodies such as coffee and cookies for their members.

North Jersey FCU celebrated ICU Day by having a snack table at all their branches with great giveaways. See more of their ICU Day celebration here.

1st Bergen FCU hung international flags outside their branch location and offered cookies to their members on ICU Day. 1st Bergen also participated in Shop for Miracles; each time their members used their 1st Bergen-issued debit card, 1st Bergen donated $1 to Children’s Miracle Network, which helps provide critical treatments, equipment, and charitable care for kids in local communities and around the world.

Picatinny FCU handed out fortune cookies to their members at all of their branches on International Credit Union Day. Members were excited to read special ICU Day messaging as well as Picatinny FCU themed product and service offers! The cookies captured ICU Day’s theme this year of “People Helping People” and supporting the community!

Liberty Savings FCU celebrated ICU Day by throwing it back to 1960 and commemorating International Credit Union Day in October of 1960. See more pictures of their celebration here.

United Kingdom
International Credit Union Day this year was a special celebration for the Association of British Credit Unions Limited (ABCUL). This past ICU Day marked 50 years of credit unions in Britain. A number of credit unions in Britain celebrated with special promotions. Blues and Twos Credit Union ran an “Introduce a Friend/Colleague” promotion to reward members that referred new members to the credit union. The Co-operative Credit Union made donations to charity for every new member that joined the credit union throughout the week of ICU Day.

Illinois, United States
An employee from Staley Credit Union stood by an order counter for a half hour offering to pay lunch for unsuspecting diners on International Credit Union Day at a local restaurant. This was part of Greater Decatur Chapter of Credit Unions’ ICU Day celebrations.