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Celebrating International Women’s Day and a Progression Toward Gender Equality

A recognition of two of the first female plant supervisors at General Motors Janesville Only 23.6% of jobs within the motor vehicle equipment manufacturing industry were held by women in 2019, with an even smaller percent of women holding upper-level positions. When Judy Ludwig Scott and Julie Monahan began their careers at the Janesville, Wisconsin, General Motors (GM) assembly plant in 1979 they remember that number being lower. Gender inequality was present. They were two of only a small number of female plant supervisors for the truck manufacturing department. This International Women’s Day, Blackhawk Community Credit Union honors women leaders like Ludwig Scott and Monahan who helped advance gender equality through monumental roles at GM. Blackhawk was the credit union of many employees of Janesville GM--the oldest operating GM assembly plant in the U.S. when it closed its doors in 2009. “I had a manager at GM, Tom Hogan, who spoke out against gender inequality

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Fraudulent Robocalls Targeting Area

There have been several reports of fraudulent calls in our area. We have heard reports of fraudulent calls from our 800.779.5555 number claiming to be Blackhawk Community Credit Union. Please remember the following: Blackhawk Community Credit Union will NEVER call you and request your card or account information. Unfortunately, there are fraudsters that will try to impersonate financial institutions in order to steal information from you. They can be very clever and even "spoof" phone numbers that make it appear it's coming from a legitimate number. Learn more from the Federal Communications Commission here. Guard your personal information - Crooks pretending to be from companies you do business with may call or send an email, claiming they need to verify your personal information. Do NOT provide your credit card or account information or your social security number. Be especially suspicious if someone claiming to be from a company with whom you have an account asks for

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Where Can I Find Scholarships for College?

‘Where can I find scholarships for college?’ Blackhawk Community Credit Union provides college scholarship and educational opportunities to help reduce student loans and build financially sound futures for Wisconsin teens Sixty-four percent of Wisconsin’s 2018 college graduates are in debt for student loans. Many students are asking, ‘Where can I find scholarships for college?’ ‘How can I avoid student loans?’ Blackhawk Community Credit Union’s 12 state-wide branches offer high school students the opportunity to apply for a college scholarship and pursue careers with less financial burden.   “Receiving Blackhawk’s 2019 presidential college scholarship was pivotal in my pursuit of becoming a physical therapist for people with brain and spinal cord injuries,” said Adeline Rammer, a former student at Janesville’s Craig High School. “I wanted to attend Carroll University’s physical therapy (PT) program after seeing how much PT helped my brother who was paralyzed in a diving

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7 CXO’s Opine On The Member Experience

  Creditunions.com interviewed seven credit union Chief Experience Officers, including our own CXO Lisa Palma, to discuss opportunities and challenges and what they resolve to see happen in 2020. Read more: 7 CXOs Opine On The Member Experience

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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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Legacy Center Planned to Honor Our Founding Members

We are proud to announce our plans for creating a Legacy Center in Janesville to commemorate the generations of local residents with lifelong careers dedicated to General Motors, Fisher Body, and the UAW. Blackhawk Community Credit Union is a banking cooperative that was originally founded on June 18, 1965, to provide financial services to the employees of Fisher Body, General Motors and the UAW. Today, we serve thousands of retirees, those that still have a long-distance commute from Janesville to another plant, and their families. “As the bulldozers arrive and demolition of the oldest General Motors plant begins just before its centennial, it’s more important than ever to ensure that the strong work ethic and iconic history of our community is honored,” said Mary Frederick, the credit union’s Board Chairperson. The Legacy Center is a part of Blackhawk Community Credit Union’s long-term strategic plans for the future. Artifacts and memorabilia from the plant have been secured

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Teaching Money Lessons to Kids

Teaching Money Lessons to Kids Being able to buy virtually anything online with a smartphone means that teaching kids about finance is that much more important than it was when you were a kid. The impulse to buy can be tempered by activities and real-life contexts. Even everyday activities like buying groceries can become recurring money lessons. In time, teaching financial literacy through activities will help your kids learn to save and spend wisely. Try starting with a few of these: Three piggy banks Instead of giving children one place to save money, give them three. Designate a piggy bank for saving, one for spending and one for charity, and explain how each should be used. The spending one should be for cheap activities, candy or toys they want right now. The savings piggy bank should be their option for more-expensive items that they need to save up for over time. The charity one is for donations to organizations they are interested in. Money from chores or

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GUEST POST: Taking Action Against Elder Financial Abuse by John Gower of NerdWallet

John Gower is a writer for NerdWallet.com, a personal finance website dedicated to helping you make smart financial decisions. Taking Immediate Action against Elder Financial Abuse Once you know the signs and the perpetrators of elder financial abuse, you will be more likely to recognize it. The next step is to act. Witnessing this form of exploitation can be devastating ─ especially when the abuser is a relative who you and the elder both trust. While you may still be in shock and need time to process the information, it’s vital to take measures to stop it immediately. Following these steps is a good place to start: Take Financial Control If an aging loved one is being pressured into giving money to another family member or a caretaker, take control of their accounts. The elder may have a difficult time saying no to the abuser or may not even realize they’re being taken advantage of. For example, let’s say you’ve known your sister has been in debt before. You’ve noticed

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