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Blackhawk Community Credit Union Celebrates International Credit Union Day

Every year since 1948 credit union members worldwide have recognized the third Thursday of October as a day to celebrate the credit union difference. With more than 89,000 credit unions operating in 117 countries worldwide and 128 headquartered in Wisconsin alone with more than 600 branches, International Credit Union (ICU) Day hosted by World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) and Credit Union National Association (CUNA) is a day for 200+ million members internationally and 3.31 million members in Wisconsin to celebrate.  This year, Blackhawk Community Credit Union (BHCCU) goes beyond festivities with complimentary treats and banners lining the walls of its 12 branches and honoring its 60,000 members. It recognizes community impact through financial wellness starting with youth education in its student teller, internship and youth apprenticeship programs.  Growing up in Milton and now a branch manager in Janesville, Mackenzie Schultz credits her fulfilling career to a BHCCU

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Giving Back to Wisconsin Communities Through Service and Education

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New Legacy Center and Headquarters Announced in Janesville

Janesville, Wisconsin, May 16, 2019 – Blackhawk Community Credit Union (BHCCU) today announced new sites in Janesville for both its Legacy Center and its headquarters. The Legacy Center will be located at 100 W. Milwaukee Street in downtown Janesville and BHCCU’s headquarters will be located at the Moose Lodge site at 2701 Rockport Road in the Westgate Corridor. Offers for both properties have been accepted and closings are being determined. Last September, BHCCU unveiled plans for a Legacy Center to honor generations of their members, who worked at the General Motors plant, along with a complex that included its headquarters in downtown Janesville on the Rock River. ARISE has identified six catalyst sites that will help propel the redevelopment of downtown Janesville. This update moves the Legacy Center to catalyst site five from catalyst site two. “Due to timing issues and the complexities of the original riverfront site, we have elected to locate the Legacy Center and our

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Administrative Building Gifted to HealthNet of Rock County

HEALTHNET OF ROCK COUNTY GIFTED MEDICAL BUILDING FROM LOCAL CREDIT UNION Blackhawk Community Credit Union plans to donate building in 2021   Janesville, Wis. - February 19, 2019 - Blackhawk Community Credit Union announced today the organization’s intent to gift its administrative building zoned as a medical facility at 2707 Kennedy Road in Janesville to HealthNet of Rock County, the state’s largest of 99 charitable clinics. HealthNet is Rock County’s only free and charitable clinic, giving away prescriptions annually worth $1.5MM and staffed with volunteer physicians, nurses, and dentists, as well as 21 employees serving 6,400 patients. The gift will coincide with the planned opening in 2021 of the credit union’s Legacy Center and new headquarters as part of Reflections Plaza along the eastern bank of Rock River in downtown Janesville. HealthNet of Rock County’s medical and dental clinics are outgrowing its current two locations in Janesville: 23 W. Milwaukee

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Beloit Branch Is Now Full Service

Blackhawk Community Credit Union is proud to announce that our Beloit branch is now a full-service branch for our members! That means you can look for a teller and a Member Advisor in place of the Interactive Teller Machine (ITM), ready to help you with all of your transactions, including cashier’s checks, money orders or VISA gift and travel cards. Our friendly staff is there for all your banking needs and more than happy to help! We’ve made renovations as part of this transition. Swing by and say hello! We’re at 500 Public Avenue next to the new Hotel Goodwin.

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Blackhawk Community Credit Union Hosts American Red Cross Blood Drives

Blackhawk Community Credit Union has been hosting American Red Cross Blood Drives over the past year, and will continue to host them throughout 2018 and 2019. The American Red Cross reported that between the October 27, 2017 and the October 19, 2018 blood drives, there have been 339 pints (approximately 43 gallons) of blood collected. These donations have helped 1,017 patients in less than a year. Tammy McCaslin Krebs, Director of Membership Development at Blackhawk Community Credit Union, said, “Blackhawk Community Credit Union is extremely proud to commit to regular blood drives to give back to the community.” Blackhawk will continue to host blood drives every other month at their Westside Janesville branch, located at 2640 W. Court Street. Upcoming dates for the American Red Cross Blood Drives are as follows: -March 1, 2019 -May 3, 2019 -June 28, 2019 -August 23, 2019 -October 18, 2019 -December 13, 2019 For more information, please contact Tammy McCaslin Krebs,

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Building a home for sharing generations of memories

The Janesville General Motors (GM) Assembly Plant connected family members across generations in the Rock County area during its near-90 years of operation from 1919 to 2008. Some parents spent their entire adult lives helping to manufacture cars, followed by their children who shared the same commitment. Gary Nelson, a lifelong Janesville resident, spent 31 years working in the plant and his dad, Ron Nelson, 42 years. Gary’s wife Carla, a Blackhawk Community Credit Union (BHCCU) employee, also had family dedicated to GM. Her father, Bernard Fields, came to Janesville from Mauston, Wisconsin at 17 and lied about his age in order to work. He eventually was promoted to management. Gary recalls his time at GM as the first time a company offered him the ability to withdraw money from a paycheck to put toward savings. “It was the only way to save, buy a home to raise a family, own a car and put children through college. My son is now an engineer at J.M. Grimstad Inc. after

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Honoring memories: Janesville partners band together to build a legacy

In 1919 local firm JP Cullen completed the construction of Janesville’s General Motors (GM) Assembly Plant, the longest running General Motors plant in the country. Almost 100 years later, the firm is continuing as a partner and joining our efforts to remember the plant by building the new 10,000 square foot Legacy Center in  Reflections Plaza, which will also include the Blackhawk Community Credit Union (BHCCU) headquarters. Ken Kueng, a JP Cullen employee for more than 26 years, remembers the plant well. His dad worked for the company and he often told Ken stories of the long work weeks and manufacturing one of the country’s greatest automobiles. They produced 1,000 cars and 200 trucks per day and won quality awards including Four Wheel Magazine’s “Four Wheeler of the Year” award for the 1992 Chevrolet Blazer despite the fast pace production. Over the years, Ken helped build the plant’s many expansions and could be part of building its legacy. He has walked through the now

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Remembering General Motors: riding through time in a 1923 Chevrolet Superior Series B Sport Touring Phaeton Convertible

In 1919, Janesville welcomed what would become the oldest running General Motors plant in the country. At its peak, the 4.8 million square-foot plant employed approximately 7,000 people. Gary Mawhinney, a retired Wisconsin National Guard, rose to plant supervision at General Motors before retiring in 1995. Recognizing the significance GM played in his life, Mawhinney tracked down the first model-year car, a 1923 Chevrolet Superior Series B Sport Touring Phaeton Convertible, from Wisconsin to Ohio to Oklahoma. Once in his possession, Mawhinney had the car restored by Fagan Automotive and donated it to the Rock County Historical Society. Mawhinney is one of many Janesville residents that remembers his work in the GM plant with pride. “The pace at GM was challenging. We worked 55 hours, six days a week. We produced 1,000 cars and 200 trucks a day and we were number one in quality for trucks,” Mawhinney said. His car is just one piece of memorabilia that will sit on

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