RCU Foundation Names New Board Member
Eau Claire, WI – Annie Brose has been named a Board Member to the RCU Foundation Board of Directors. In this role, Brose will help the Foundation meet its core purpose to create a positive impact and support capital projects for the arts, education, and health in communities served by Royal Credit Union.
“I’m delighted to join the RCU Foundation Board and bring my perspective and insights about the St. Croix Valley,” shared Brose. “I have been a Member at Royal Credit Union for more than a decade and look forward to working with the board to make a positive impact in the communities we serve.”
Brose has been practicing law in Wisconsin and Minnesota for 30 years. In 2006, she joined Doar, Drill & Skow in New Richmond, WI, and practices in the areas of estate planning, probate, trust administration and business succession planning. Brose and her husband raised three sons in the St. Croix Valley and she has been active in the community, serving on youth sports boards and as an instructor for Junior Achievement and Art Adventure, a program bringing art from the Minneapolis Art Institute to elementary students.
The RCU Foundation makes capital gifts in communities served by Royal Credit Union across Western Wisconsin and Eastern Minnesota. “Annie will bring a valuable perspective since she is based in New Richmond and has connections within that community and the broader St. Croix Valley,” noted John Sackett, RCU Foundation Board President. “The board strives to touch all of Royal’s communities and Annie will help us broaden this reach.”
Learn more about the RCU Foundation, including its annual fundraiser Rock the Riverfront, at rcu.org/foundation.
About RCU Foundation
The RCU Foundation (Foundation) was established in 2012 to support organizations and initiatives in communities where Royal Credit Union operates in western Wisconsin and eastern Minnesota. The Foundation focuses on large-scale, capital projects that help build community and create the spaces where people come together. Focus areas include education, health, and the arts. The Foundation hosts the annual Rock the Riverfront-Charity Classic event in Eau Claire. Currently, it has awarded more than $5 million in grants. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
About Royal Credit Union
Royal Credit Union is a federally insured credit union proudly serving over 230,000 Members in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Royal is driven by a core ideology built on a strong purpose and values. You can open an account or apply for a low-rate loan at Royal Credit Union if you live or work in 26 counties in western Wisconsin or 16 counties in Minnesota. Counties served in Wisconsin include Adams, Ashland, Bayfield, Barron, Buffalo, Burnett, Chippewa, Clark, Douglas, Dunn, Eau Claire, Jackson, Lincoln, Marathon, Pepin, Pierce, Polk, Portage, Price, Rusk, Sawyer, St. Croix, Taylor, Trempealeau, Washburn, and Wood. Counties served in Minnesota include Anoka, Carver, Chisago, Dakota, Goodhue, Hennepin, Isanti, Olmsted, Pine, Ramsey, Scott, Sherburne, Wabasha, Washington, Winona and Wright. Realtors in the state of Wisconsin or Minnesota are also eligible to join the credit union. Visit rcu.org or call Royal Credit Union at 800-341-9911 for more information.
Taking care of you heart health: HSHS hospitals provide healthy eating and exercise tips during American Heart Month
Eau Claire and Chippewa Falls, WI – Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States; one in every four deaths is from heart disease or stroke, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These conditions are also leading causes of disabilities which prevent people from working and enjoying family activities.
While there are some health risks you may not have control over when it comes to heart disease, such as family history, there are things you can do to reduce your risk such as maintaining a healthy diet and incorporating exercise into your lifestyle.
During American Heart Month – a month dedicated to raising awareness about the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States, HSHS Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s hospitals are committed to educating the public on how to lead a healthier lifestyle and keep hearts beating strong.
Knowing which foods to eat more of and which foods to limit is a good place to begin your heart healthy lifestyle.
HSHS dietician, Susan Kasik-Miller said symptoms can vary widely for heart disease, and some heart disease goes undetected until a catastrophic event such as a heart attack or sudden death.
“That makes preventive measures all the more important,” she said. “You can make healthy changes to lower your risk of developing heart disease. Controlling and preventing risk factors is also important for people who already have heart disease.”
Activity and Exercise
According to the American Heart Association, a healthy level of exercise for adults is at least 150 minutes per week (about 20 minutes a day) of moderate-intensity aerobic activity or 75 minutes per week (about 10 minutes a day) of vigorous aerobic activity or a combination of both spread throughout the week. Any physical movement is good and burns calories, but aerobic or “cardio” activity benefits your heart.
If you have a chronic condition or disability, talk with your health care provider about what’s right for you before making too many exercise or dietary changes.
To learn more, visit the American Heart Association website.
About HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital
HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital is sponsored by Hospital Sisters Ministries, the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis is the Founding Institute, and it is an affiliate of Hospital Sisters Health System. Since 1889, it has been meeting patient needs in western Wisconsin with the latest medical innovations and technology, together with a Franciscan whole-person healing tradition.
About HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital
HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital is sponsored by Hospital Sisters Ministries, the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis is the Founding Institute, and it is an affiliate of Hospital Sisters Health System. Since 1885, it has served the people of the Chippewa Falls area with health care that is high tech and high touch. Known locally for the quality of the care it provides patients, the hospital has been recognized nationally for its outstanding patient satisfaction levels.
About Hospital Sisters Health System
Hospital Sisters Health System’s (HSHS) mission is to reveal and embody Christ’s healing love for all people through our high quality, Franciscan health care ministry. HSHS provides state-of-the-art health care to our patients and is dedicated to serving all people, especially the most vulnerable, at each of our physician practices and 15 local hospitals in two states - Illinois (Breese, Decatur, Effingham, Greenville, Highland, Litchfield, O’Fallon, Shelbyville and Springfield) and Wisconsin (Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Oconto Falls, Sheboygan, and two in Green Bay). HSHS is sponsored by Hospital Sisters Ministries, and Hospital Sisters of St. Francis is the founding institute. For more information about HSHS, visit www.hshs.org. For more information about Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, visit www.hospitalsisters.org.
Chippewa Valley Rally On Wisconsin Public Radio’s “The West Side” Feb. 26
Eau Claire, Wis. – Due to the pandemic, Chippewa Valley business and community leaders will advocate for the region’s economic interests with capitol lawmakers virtually for the first time during the annual event known as the Chippewa Valley Rally. The details will be discussed on “The West Side” at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 26 on The Ideas Network stations of Wisconsin Public Radio: 88.3/Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7/River Falls.
Host Dean Kallenbach will welcome Scott Rogers, vice president of governmental affairs at the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce; Jennifer McHugh, vice president of community engagement at Royal Credit Union who is also a member of the Eau Claire Chamber Government Affairs Committee; Jackie Boos, tourism director with the Chippewa Falls Chamber of Commerce and Doug Mell, special assistant to the chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Stout who is representing the Menomonie Chamber of Commerce.
“The West Side” is broadcast each Friday at 10 a.m. on The Ideas Network stations 88.3/Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7/River Falls and live streamed at wrfw887.com/listen-live.html. Listeners may call in with questions and comments during the program at (800) 228-5615, or email the show at email@example.com. Archives of “The West Side” are available at wpr.org/programs/west-side.
About Wisconsin Public Radio
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After a successful first virtual event, Chippewa Valley Book Festival hosts Brandon Taylor on March 12
Following an impressive first event that drew in over 990 registrants and viewers from across 40 states, the Chippewa Valley Book Festival looks forward to hosting award-winning author, Brandon Taylor, for a discussion about his book, Real Life. A Conversation with Brandon Taylor will take place virtually on March 12, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. (CST). Registration is required for this FREE event. Learn more at www.cvbookfest.org/festival-events/taylor.
Brandon Taylor is the author of Real Life which was shortlisted for the 2020 Booker Prize for Fiction and was named one of the best books of 2020 by numerous publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Vanity Fair, The Guardian, The Paris Review, and VICE. Plans were announced in December for a film adaptation starring Kid Cudi. The program is expected to touch upon themes presented in the book including racism, sexuality, and trauma. Moderated by Lopa Basu, Ph.D., the program will include a reading from the novel and questions and answers with Taylor.
Real Life takes place on a Midwestern campus with more than a passing resemblance to the one that Taylor attended in Madison, Wisconsin. It’s the last few days of summer break. Wallace, a queer, Black man from Alabama, is a graduate student whose laboratory project has gone awry. Could it be the result of deliberate sabotage? Although the events that follow are packed into a single weekend, issues of race, gender, sexuality, history, and trauma all come to bear upon personal reflection, furtive romance, and one of the most disastrous dinner parties in recent fiction.
“Breathlessly physical…steadily exciting and affecting…[a] charged experience.”– Booklist (starred review)
Author photos, book jacket graphics, social media graphics, as well as Chippewa Valley Book Festival logos can be found at: www.cvbookfest.com/media
The Chippewa Valley Book Festival partners with the Pablo Center at the Confluence, and the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire Foundation to provide literary programming for all Chippewa Valley residents.
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