Lending Holidays

Lending holidays are meant to be a fun way for the team to rally together to put new money in the system, build team spirit, and in the process help make the world a better place. We have four annual lending holidays scheduled during the year, each consisting of two day events (the day before & day of the "holiday") where we try to raise as many new loans as we can.

When we started Cheeseheads For Change, the team successfully rallied around the goal of getting us to first place in the sports division. Now that we've accomplished that, we wanted to set a new goal to help keep us motivated and give everyone a fun reason to stay engaged without overdoing it. Here is a schedule and description for each lending holiday:

April 8th & 9th - Curly Lambeau's Birthday


Born Earl Louis Lambeau in Green Bay, Wisconsin on April 9, 1898, Earl "Curly" Lambeau was the founder, first head coach, and a player for the Green Bay Packers. On August 11, 1919 Curly Lambeau and George Whitney Calhoun started the Packers organization; they were so successful the first couple of years playing regional teams that they joined the National Football League (NFL) in 1921. He remained the head coach of the Packers until 1949 having compiled a regular season record of 209 wins, 104 losses, 21 ties, and tied for a record setting 6 NFL championships. Shortly after his death on June 1, 1965, the Packer's stadium was renamed in his honor to Lambeau Field, and after the 2003 renovation of the stadium, a statue of Curly Lambeau was erected near the main entrance to the stadium.

June 27th & 28th - Dr. Muhammad Yunus' Birthday

Born in Chittagong, Bangladesh on June 28, 1940, Muhammad Yunus is commonly known as the father of microfinance, the concept at the core of Kiva where small loans are made to the poor in hopes of enabling them to help themselves get out of poverty. In 1961 Muhammad graduated from the economics department of Dhaka University and began working for the Bureau of Economics in Bangladesh as a research assistant. Later he moved to the United States and completed his Ph.D. in Economics at Vanderbilt University in 1971 and taught as an assistant professor of economics at Middle Tennessee State University. He moved back to Bangladesh to take a position in government, but soon resigned to become the head of the Economics department at Chittagong University.

As Bangladesh experienced a terrible famine in 1974, Dr. Yunus became disillusioned that the elegant theories of economics he taught in his classes weren't reflective of the real life going on around him. He soon visited the nearby village of Jobra to test new, real-world theories to help eliminate poverty, and with a $27 loan from his own pocket, the concept of microfinance was born. He attempted to get existing banks to give microloans to the poor, but they baulked at the idea of giving small loans to the poor with no collateral, so in December 1976 he secured his first loan to start a pilot project to test his theory. On October 1, 1983 the project began to operate as a full-fledged bank and renamed to the Grameen Bank. Because of his ideas and work, Professor Yunus has won the World Food Prize in 1994, the Nobel Peace prize in 2006, the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009, and scores and scores of other awards in recognition of his work. He's also written a half dozen books including my favorite "Banker to the Poor".


September 7th & 8th - Packer's First Regular Season Game


The date for the first regular season Packer game varies from year-to-year, but is always an exciting time where the team and fans have dreams of going to and winning the Super Bowl. It marks the beginning of an action packed season from week-to-week that runs thru mid-January. It's fun to follow the team and favorite players, along with the friendly rivalries with other teams like the Chicago Bears, Minnesota Vikings, and Dallas Cowboys.

December 30th & 31st - the Ice Bowl

On December 31, 1967 the NFL Championship game between the Green Bay Packers and Dallas Cowboys known as the Ice Bowl was played in Green Bay at Lambeau Field. It became an epic game that lives on in Packer and NFL folklore as one of the greatest games ever played due to the hostile conditions, importance of the game, the dramatic ending, and the future hall of famers involved.

The air temperature was -13°F (coldest game in NFL history based on air temperature) and wind chills of -48°F. It was so cold that at the beginning of the game, the referee's metal whistle froze to his lips so they had to use voice commands to call the game, and during the game 4 people suffered heart attacks and 14 others went to the hospital to be treated for exposure. The game was a rematch of the 1966 title game between the Packers and Cowboys, and started with the Packers taking an early 14-0 lead. Before the end of the second quarter Dallas had closed the gap to 14-10. In the fourth quarter, the Cowboys quickly scored a touchdown to go up 14-17. Then with 4:50 the Packers got the ball back their 32 yard line, they drove down to Dallas' 1 yard. On 3rd down with no timeouts, and 16 seconds to play quarterback Bart Starr went to the sideline to confer with Coach Vince Lombardi and suggested they run a quarterback sneak. Lombardi agreed, and Starr ended up running the sneak in to score the touchdown and win the game.

After the game, Dallas couldn't believe the Packers would run the ball since there would be no way to stop the clock to kick a field goal if they didn't score. Lombardi said he wanted the game over one way or another before conditions became worse and the game went into overtime. When reporters asked him about the surprising final play call he simply answered, "we gambled and we won". The Packers went on to finish the season by easily defeating the Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl II, Vince Lombardi, Bart Starr, Forrest Gregg, Willie Wood, Willie Davis, & Ray Nitschke all went on to the NFL's hall of fame, and Lambeau Field earned its nickname "The Frozen Tundra".