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CUs in the News: June 2023

A Monthly Roundup of #TheDifference Across WI

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Jul 06, 2023
By Hannah Higgins
  • The CU Difference

Whether it's giving back, awarding scholarships, creating community, providing innovative solutions, or fostering financial literacy (and so much more), here's how Wisconsin's credit unions supported their members and communities in June.


Giving Back

The RCU Foundation announced the start of their popular annual scavenger hunt for kids! The Youth Rock Hunt encourages families to get outside and explore their communities while searching for custom-engraved rocks. Winners will receive a Royal Credit Union Piggy Bank and $50 cash! (Royal Credit Union, 6/2)

June Dairy Breakfast serves 950 people in Merrill
What better way to celebrate June Dairy Month than with a traditional June Dairy Breakfast? On Sunday, June 11, 2023, more than 50 volunteers worked together to serve 950 people a bountiful June Dairy Breakfast in the Smith Center at the Merrill Area Recreation Center (MARC) in Merrill. (Park City Credit Union, 6/15)

 Findorff hosts Construction Camp for area students
Area high school students got their hands dirty this week at Findorff’s Construction Camp in Madison. About two dozen high school students had the chance to work alongside professionals in carpentry, electrical and plumbing trades all week. They also got to learn about jobsite safety while doing hands-on activities like drywalling and concrete work. (UW Credit Union, 6/16)

Junior Achievement of Wisconsin Northwestern Area wins Rock the Riverfront Charity first place prize
 The Royal Credit Union Foundation held their 29th annual Rock the Riverfront featuring the Charity Classic on Saturday. 550 runners and walkers and plenty of families showing their support for three workplace development organizations. Monday morning on Hello Wisconsin, Melissa Janssen, Program Director of Community Relations at RCU along with WEAU’s Bob Gallaher revealed the first, second and third place winners. (Royal Credit Union, 6/26)


Creating Community

Free family movie offered Thursday at Red Cloud Park
The first event will be at Red Cloud Park in La Crosse on Thursday, June 8, with a second event on Saturday, Aug. 26, at Copeland Park. There will be food and drink for purchase from local food trucks The Chili Revolution, Fathead Steve’s, Taco Broz, and The Burger Truck, with desserts for sale by Cupcake Artistry. The first 50 guests will receive a free cupcake, and all attendees will receive a $5 voucher to use at any of the food trucks. (Verve, a Credit Union, 6/5)

Jefferson art alliance unveils pretzel street art for summer
New street art in Jefferson celebrates many of the highlights that make the community special, including its German heritage, which is evident in the pretzel-shaped design. The Arts Alliance of Greater Jefferson unveiled 10 pieces of original art on Memorial Day. All pretzel-shaped, the pieces will display in the city’s downtown throughout the summer, until Jefferson’s Gemuetichkeit Days German heritage festival in September. (Fort Community Credit Union, 6/5)

Kenosha area events for Tuesday, June 6
Play ball! The Kenosha Kingfish continue the team’s 2023 season today, with a game against the Madison Mallards. The game starts at 6:35 p.m. at historic Simmons Field, 7817 Sheridan Road. The game is also a “Reading Program Bash,” presented by Southern Lakes Credit Union. (Southern Lakes Credit Union, 6/6)

Felician Village Working with Shoreline Credit Union to Host Classic Car Show
Shoreline Credit Union and the Felician Village are partnering to host a classic car show on June 22nd at The Gardens at the Village. Guests can attend from 4:30-7 pm and view amazing, old-fashioned cars along with a special performance of 50s Sock Hop music by II Cool from Sheboygan. (Shoreline Credit Union, 6/8)

Paperfest 2023 set for four-day run of music and fun in Kimberly
The 35th annual Paperfest, presented by Community First Credit Union, is slated to take over Sunset Park in Kimberly on July 13-16, 2023. Paperfest is bigger than ever with 35 bands across three stages including three nights of national bands in addition to the numerous family activities such as fireworks on Friday, balloon glow on Saturday, and $1 carnival rides on Sunday. (Community First Credit Union, 6/29)


Awarding Scholarships

FCCU awards $10,000 to local graduates
Fort Community Credit Union (FCCU) announced the names of five scholarship recipients who were selected to receive $2,000. The FCCU scholarship was developed in 2019 as a reflection of FCCU’s mission statement: “To help our members be in a better financial position than when we met them.” These scholarships will help members achieve their educational dreams. (Fort Community Credit Union, 6/6)

Eraquam receives $1K WESTconsin scholarship
WESTconsin Credit Union, an advocate for education, has recently awarded 14 $1,000 scholarships to area high school seniors as part of the WESTconsin Scholarship Program. Recipients were selected based on a variety of criteria including community and school involvement, academic progress, financial need, career plans and goals. (WESTconsin Credit Union, 6/20)


 Supporting Financial Literacy

WESTconsin makes financial education accessible with Banzai
As the school year ends and summer break begins, WESTconsin Credit Union is committed to ensuring that youth have access to financial education year-round. By offering online resources, educational materials, and interactive tools that are easily accessible any time, WESTconsin is empowering young people and helping them build lifelong skills for a secure financial future. One of the most helpful tools for students, and community members of all ages, is Banzai, an interactive online education resource that WESTconsin sponsors for free. (WESTconsin Credit Union, 6/12)

The bipartisan bill would create a grant program within the Department of Education to allow schools to pursue partnerships with qualified entities like nonprofits, credit unions, community lenders and banks to incorporate financial literacy education into their curriculums. (Community First Credit Union, 6/23) 


Investing in Communities

Landmark Credit Union Breaks Ground on Next-Generation, Flagship Branch
Landmark Credit Union is breaking ground today on a new branch concept in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. This branch will offer a modern approach to in-person banking with its unique design and both self-service and guided transaction areas for its members. (Landmark Credit Union, 6/13)

WESTconsin Credit Union to open new office in Rice Lake
WESTconsin Credit Union is thrilled to announce plans to open a new office in Rice Lake. This is the first office WESTconsin will open in the area. Located at 21 E. Burton St., construction will begin in September 2023. (WESTconsin Credit Union, 6/30)


Fostering Excellence

Nine League executives participate in mentorship program
Nine women executives from eight Leagues and League Foundations participated in the 1-to-1Woman Mentoring Program’s most recent cohort, sponsored by the American Association of Credit Union Leagues (AACUL). The 1-to-1Woman Mentoring Program pairs Caucasian C-suite executive level women with rising Black women professionals. (The Wisconsin Credit Union League, 6/1)

NCCU celebrates 70 years
Northwoods Community Credit Union is celebrating 75 years in 2023. The major event will be a modified customer appreciation day to welcome members and non-members alike from 2 to 8 p.m. Saturday, June 3 at the Park Falls Recreation Arena, 301 N. 3rd St. The catered event will include hot dogs and brats, hamburgers, pull pork sandwiches and chicken along with music, cash giveaways and music. (Northwoods Community Credit Union, 6/1)

Wisconsin Credit Union League - 2023
Credit union leaders across Wisconsin have come together over a six-month period to solve big challenges faced by members and community members. For nearly 90 years, The League has been steadfastly dedicated to its core purpose: promoting The Credit Union Difference. Through a commitment to excellence, honesty & integrity, risk-taking, balance, and unity, we are proud to support Wisconsin's credit unions and Wisconsin's credit union members. (The Wisconsin Credit Union League, Filene, 6/1)

Summit Credit Union: Awarded Top Workplaces in Madison, Milwaukee and the USA
Summit Credit Union, a member-owned financial cooperative, has been named Top Workplaces in Madison, Milwaukee and the USA. These honors are judged using company-wide surveys. (Summit Credit Union, 6/7)

Summit Credit Union: joins global banking network
Summit Credit Union announces it has joined the prestigious Global Alliance for Banking on Values organization, an international network of financial services leaders dedicated to global values-based banking. (Summit Credit Union, 6/14)

America’s Best Credit Unions In Each State
For many people seeking a savings and checking account or hoping to secure a loan, a bank is their first stop. But an increasingly popular banking choice is a credit union, a nonprofit financial institution owned and controlled by the people who use its services. According to the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), the credit union system’s net worth increased in 2022 by more than $21 billion (or about 10%) to about $233 billion. (Educators Credit Union, Summit Credit Union, Fox Communities Credit Union, WESTconsin Credit Union, Landmark Credit Union, 6/20)

Forbes names Educators Credit Union best in Wisconsin
Educators Credit Union has been named the best credit union in Wisconsin on the Forbes list of Best-In-State Credit Unions 2023. This award is presented by Forbes and Statista Inc., the world-leading statistics portal and industry ranking provider. (Educators Credit Union, 6/22)

About The Author

Hannah Higgins is the Communications Assistant for The Wisconsin Credit Union League. Interested in having your credit union's news considered? Contact us!