Credit Union Partners in Education (CU-PIE) Annual Speech Competition: Catch the Save Wave

 Credit Union Partners in Education (CU-PIE) Annual Speech Competition


Credit Union Partners in Education (CU-PIE)

Annual Speech Competition

One of the best ways to help young Californians reach their goals is to encourage financial literacy.

On Thursday, April 17, 2014 the Credit Union Partners in Education (CU-PIE) hosted their annual speech competition. Representatives from various Sacramento area credit unions write and present a speech based on the year’s theme. This year’s theme was “Catch the Save Wave.”  Seven speeches were presented, each employing different techniques to relay the importance of saving. The speakers touched on how credit unions help their members obtain financial well-being.


Jennifer Reed, Golden 1 Credit Union

Amanda Nelson, SAFE Credit Union

Pamela Whitehead, Golden 1 Credit Union

Millard Baker, Schools Financial Credit Union

Delorean Dixon, Golden 1 Credit Union

Susan Burns, SAFE Credit Union

Crystal Sagum, SAFE Credit UnionIMG_3723

Delorean Dixon was the 1st place winner, so Golden 1 Credit held on to the trophy for another year.


The top 3 speakers were rewarded a cash prize for their efforts. Winners are pictured with Anthony Plowden, Golden 1 Credit Union (on right) who earned 1st place in 2013.


Marjorie Quist, DTM, Toastmasters

Rick Sydor, DTM, PID, Toastmasters

Dottie Johnson, ACS, CL, Toastmasters

Alana Golden, Department of Business Oversight, California Financial Literacy Month

The annual event gives future leaders a forum to share original ideas and to remind credit unions of our shared heritage of improving the well-being of our communities.

CU-PIE is a non-profit organization which has been actively supporting financial literacy for more than 20 years. Members of CU-PIE consist of credit union employees and volunteers. CU-PIE offers financial institutions, non-profits, community leaders and other professionals the necessary training and resources to help them successfully deliver financial literacy presentations to youth and adults in our community. In 2013, CU-PIE partnered with United Way and the Bank On California program to conduct training sessions for various organizations assisting residents in taking control of their financial future.

CU PIE Board

 CU-PIE Board Members:
  • Co-President: Elise Schexnayder, SAFE Credit Union
  • Co-President: Pam Sweeney, Sierra Central Credit Union
  • Recorder: Shawna Mitten, SAFE Credit Union
  • Membership Chair:  Holly Brown, Schools Financial Credit      Union
  • Historian Chair: Jessica Armes, SAFE Credit Union
  • Education Chair:  Shannon Heaps, SAFE Credit Union
  • Communications Chair:  Karen Jerzak, Frist U.S. Community Credit Union

CU-PIE Website: http://www.cu-pie.org/

Credit Union Speech Contest

Speech Competition, circa 1960

History of the Credit Union Speech Contest:  www.safecu.org/about_safe/news/2011/safe_takes_top_honors_in_financial_literacy_speech_competition.aspx.

Credit Unions: To join CU-PIE or learn more about opportunities on the Executive Committee,  contact Shannon Heaps at (916) 971-8782 or shannon.heaps@safecu.org.

Alana Golden, Assistant Director, Marketing and Communications, Census 2020

Alana Golden, Assistant Director, Marketing and Communications, Census 2020

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