Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Into the Fire: Will Investigators Bring Charges in the Back Bay Blaze?


One veteran Boston firefighter said the blaze that claimed the lives of two brave men was the worst he’d seen in 30 years. But will investigators bring charges?

By Michele McPhee | Boston Magazine | June 2014

Back Bay Fire, Boston Fire Department

Photo via Boston Fire Department

The run came in at 2:43 p.m. on March 26, just as a dark cloud of smoke began to rise over the Back Bay. It was a nasty day—16 degrees and with gusts whipping off the Charles River at up to 50 miles per hour. A fire had started on Beacon Street near Exeter and now the wind was pushing the smoke across the neighborhood, darkening the area.

About a half-mile away, the smoke was already visible from the Engine 33/Ladder 15 fire station on Boylston Street. In less gloomy weather, the doors to the station’s bay are kept wide open. The firefighters stand in the apron Continued >  Into the Fire: Will Investigators Bring Charges in the Back Bay Blaze?

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Existing-homes sales increased 1.3% in April | NAFCU


Home for SaleMay 23, 2014 – Existing-home sales increased 1.3 percent nationwide in April to an annualized, seasonally adjusted 4.65 million units, according to data published by the National Association of Realtors and analyzed by NAFCU’s Doug Christman.
“While this is the first monthly sales increase in 2014, overall sales are still down on a year-over-year basis,” Christman said in a NAFCU Macro Data Flash report. Year-over-year, existing-home sales were down 6.4 percent. Continued > Existing-homes sales increased 1.3% in April | NAFCU

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Collaboration Is What It's All About!

Welcome to the NCOFCU Community, NCOFCU’s members-only private social network. NCOFCU Community is one of the best resources for coalition members; it allows members to easily interact and communicate online and via email to exchange ideas, experience, knowledge and wisdom of your peers. Join our discussion groups to spark or contribute to a conversation. The benefits are endless!

Here’s a quick overview of some ways to get started:

  • Customize your profile and preferences. Upload a photo, so everyone can know who you are. You may forget a name, but you never forget a face! Also, Oftentimes members are chosen to be featured on the home page- but only members with an uploaded profile photo can be featured. 
  • Adjust your subscription settings. Visit the My subscriptions page to subscribe to the discussion groups you would like to join. Here you can customize how often you receive emails from your groups in real time, daily digest, or legacy. 
  • Start a conversation-in the discussion groups. Do you have advice, recommendations, or questions for your peers? Post a question and get comments back from your discussion group members. Collaborate will ensure quick and easy access to the most relevant/popular information. It’s the best one stop shop for sharing models and samples and collaborating with association peers.
  • Start networking-Find a member and connect. Use the member directory to build your professional contact list and reach out to other members directly. 

If you should encounter any problems, would care to offer suggestions, or have questions on rules and etiquette; please don’t hesitate to contact me. I hope that together we can help you share stories and receive advice and answers to your burning questions.

Your online community awaits you. It’s time to start collaborating!

Grant Sheehan
Executive Director

Monday, May 19, 2014

Kevin Mahan of CUBED Will Address Executive Benefits in San Diego

Kevin Mahan will be the keynote speaker at the "Directors Only" session Thursday 1:00 -2:00 pm.  and will be speaking on executive benefits and compensation.

Kevin Mahan is a graduate of University of California at Santa Barbara in Mathematics and has earned the designation of Enrolled Actuary (EA) by the Joint Board for the Enrollment of Actuaries. He is a member of the American Society of Pension Professionals and Actuaries (MSPA). Commencing an actuarial career in 1977, Kevin continues to study and practice in both qualified plans and non-qualified plans. His work within the non-qualified area has been exclusively with credit unions for the past eleven years.

In 2012 CUBED was formed to serve as a resource for credit union boards.  At many credit unions Kevin Mahan saw a large knowledge gap with respect to directors understanding the need, measurement, implementation, documentation, accounting, funding and oversight of executive benefits.  CUBED  serves as the unbiased advisory liaison between directors and vendors of credit union executive benefits. Click here to learn more about CUBED.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

NCOFCU Conference Scholarships

NCOFCU’s mission is to promote education, unity, cooperation and support among firefighter credit unions.
By offering these educational conference scholarships, NCOFCU will be moving towards their vision to educate, create and maintain a climate of safety, soundness, innovation and unity among firefighter credit unions.

Please review the following Percy Riley Jr. conference scholarships and apply for the one that would encourage your credit union to be represented at our annual educational conference in San Diego, CA. 2014 Conference Brochure
  • Conference Registration - Based on current registration (no cash value)
  • Transportation - towards one round trip airfare
  • 3 Room Nights - includes tax based on current hotel rates (no cash value)
  • Full Conference Registration - for one (1) attendee which covers, as indicated above:
    • Registration,
    • Transportation
    • Room (3 Nights)
All scholarships will be reviewed by the Scholarship Committee and awarded reference to need and availability of funds.

You can apply On-Line at the following link or CLICK HERE


Michael R. Tobler Chairman of the Board
National Coalition of Firefighter Credit unions