2014 Scholarship Winners

Three Fox Cities credit union members were awarded scholarships from the Fox Cities Chapter at the Chapter’s Annual Meeting in March.  One member of Prospera Credit Union,  Alic Riedel, a student at Appleton East High School and two Community First members, Taylor Sell, of Neenah High School and Michael Semanek, of Xavier High School won the scholarships.  Every year, the Fox Cities Chapter offers high school seniors who are credit union members $1000 scholarships to be used toward college tuition. 2014 Scholarship Winners


The Cash Mob’s Coming to Town!

The Wisconsin Credit Union Young Professionals are organizing a statewide Cash Mob event for International Credit Union Day and you’re invited to join in the fun!

So what’s a Cash Mob? It’s where a large group of credit union people meet at a local business on a specific day and time and spend money at that business. The idea behind it is to invest money in our local economy and get the word out about how credit unions collaborate to benefit the community.

On October 17th, credit union professionals across Wisconsin will be participating in Cash Mobs in their communities. All credit union staff and families are invited to come. It’s free to join the mob, but participants are asked to spend at least $10 at the local business to show their support.

The Fox Cities Cash Mob will be at: Festival Foods—1200 W. Northland Avenue, Appleton—on Thursday, October 17th at 6:00pm. Please email Don Emmer demmer@bacu.com or Annie Hock ahock@badgerglobecu.org to sign up.


Sponsor the brass | STUDENT PROGRAM

It’s now easier than ever for your credit union to deliver financial education resources to your local high school!  Two new brass | STUDENT PROGRAM sponsorship options are now being offered by The Wisconsin Credit Union Foundation and brass.  The new “mini-package” options are low-cost and give your credit union the choice to either provide classroom materials for new teachers or enhance materials for existing teachers.  To learn more about the brass | STUDENT PROGRAM and how to sponsor a school in your area, visit the Wisconsin Credit Union League’s brass | STUDENT PROGRAM webpage.



Young Professionals Help Out Local Food Pantry

900 bags of chili powder.  That’s what a group of nine credit union Young Professionals portioned out at the YP Volunteer Night at StYP Volunteer St. Joe's. Joe’s Food Program recently.  Several Northeast Wisconsin credit unions, including Premier Financial, Best Advantage, Horizon Community, and Badger Globe, were represented by their Young Professionals at the Menasha food pantry.

The chili powder spice bags will be included in CHAMP monthly meal packages in June.  CHAMP meal sacks are hand-packaged by St. Joe’s volunteers each month and include a recipe, plus all of the fresh ingredients needed to make the CHAMP meal of the month.  The CHAMP program is intended to promote healthier eating and to encourage food pantry clients to cook at home.

This type of volunteer event is just one of many that tYP Volunteer Nightake place across the state of Wisconsin.  The Young Professional program, which is operated under the leadership of The Wisconsin Credit Union League, promotes community involvement and volunteerism among its members.  Young Professionals can participate in a variety of educational, networking, and career development activities as well, once they join the YP program.  To learn more about the program or to join the YP Network, visit wisconsinypnetwork.org.


Chapter Board Changes

Two Fox Cities Chapter leaders will be stepping down from their Board positions in May, 2013. Pat Seegers, President of the Fox Cities Chapter of Credit Unions, and Pat Lowney, Region 4 Director of the League Board, will be resigning at the end of the 2012-2013 Chapter season next month. We would like to recognize Pat and Pat for their many years of service and thank them for their hard work and outstanding contributions during their tenure. Their leadership has had a great impact on the Fox Cities Chapter and the insight they provided will surely help guide the Board in the years ahead.

Pat Seegers_Board President

A message from Pat Seegers- President, Fox Cities Chapter of Credit Unions 2004-2013:

“I would like to thank the Fox Cities Chapter for letting me serve on their board for the past 9 years. It has been an honor and a privilege of mine to work with some very exceptional people over the years. There have been so many changes over the years, and they have all been for the better.

When I first came onto the board we probably raised $10,000 on our golf outing and selling candy bars for CMN. This past year we raised $25,000+ for Children’s Hospital Fox Valley selling candy bars and $25,000 for Stock the Shelves at our annual golf outing. We have developed a Facebook page, our own e-mail address, and now a final goal of mine—a website to share with everyone what an outstanding group of people and credit unions the Fox Cities Chapter is made up of.

I will cherish the great friendship that I have developed through this process, and I am positive that your new board will continue to serve you with the upmost highest speakers and meetings. I can’t wait to see what they all have planned for us in the upcoming year.”

 Pat Lowney_League Board

A message from Pat Lowney- Region 4 Director, League Board of Directors 2004-2013:

“My service on the League Board began in May 2004 after I was encouraged by a number of other credit union folks to run for this position and was successful. I ultimately decided to run because I feel that we all need to pitch in where needed to keep the credit union movement going forward.

From a personal point of view, this experience has allowed me to work with many great people that I might not have had a chance to meet if I hadn’t been on the League Board. I benefitted professionally by learning new ways to lead my credit union. My experience on the League Board has been positive and well worth the time investment.

One of the accomplishments of the Board that I am most proud of is the opening of the Credit Union House in Madison. Another proud achievement is the re-organization of the Board structure to represent credit unions of different sizes and geographic locations in changing times.

I have chosen to step down to allow others the opportunity to benefit from serving on the League Board. I think it is important to have new people move on to the Board and work with seasoned veterans in an orderly manner. We are very blessed in Wisconsin to have a great group of people working for us at the League.”


Congratulations to these award-winning credit unions!

2012 Dora Maxwell Award

The Dora Maxwell award honors credit unions for the charitable work and external programs that benefit their communities.

Evergreen Credit Union- 1st Place ($20-50M assets)

Capital Credit Union- 1st Place ($200-$500M assets)

2012 Louise Herring Award

The Louise Herring award recognizes credit unions that make extraordinary efforts through their internal services and programs that embrace the credit union difference.

Capital Credit Union- 1st Place ($250M-$1B assets)

2012 DesJardins Youth Award

The DesJardins youth award recognizes credit unions for their outstanding involvement in youth financial education.

Capital Credit Union- 1st Place ($150-500M assets)

Fox Communities CU, Capital CU, Lakeview CU, Community First CU, Unison CU- 1st Place (Group of CUs)

2012 DesJardins Adult Award

The DesJardins adult award recognizes credit unions for their outstanding involvement in adult financial education.

Fox Communities CU, Capital CU, Lakeview CU, Community First CU, Unison CU- 1st Place (Group of CUs)

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