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Royal Credit Union and Utilities Credit Union Announce Merger
Eau Claire, WI – Royal Credit Union (Royal) and Utilities Credit Union (UCU) have announced plans to merge. The combined entity will operate under the Royal Credit Union name and leadership. UCU has $6.7 million in assets and 896 Members. UCU Members voted to approve the merger on September 9, 2021. The merger will be effective September 30, 2021 and all UCU Members are expected to be transitioned to Royal by October 4, 2021.
“We look forward to welcoming UCU Members to Royal Credit Union,” said Brandon Riechers, Royal Credit Union President & CEO. “Royal offers a wide variety of products and services from several offices around Eau Claire, making the merger a great fit for UCU Members. We are excited to extend our value proposition and community commitment to the UCU Membership. In addition, we are pleased to offer all employees and retired employees of Xcel Energy and its subsidiaries added benefits through Royal’s Employer Partnership program beginning in October.”
L.E. Phillips Senior Center Expansion Open House and Ribbon Cutting
When: Monday, September 13th - 15th 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Ribbon Cutting - September 15th 11:00 a.m.
Where: L.E. Phillips Senior Center
1616 Bellinger St.
Eau Claire, WI 54703
Interviews: Mary Pica-Anderson, Executive Director
Photos/Video: Ribbon Cutting and Activities
Eau Claire, WI - We invite you to join us in celebrating the open house of the expansion of the L.E. Phillips Senior Center from Monday, September 13th to Wednesday, September 15th. Culminating the celebration will be the ribbon cutting on September 15th at 11 a.m.
“It is so exciting to finally have this expansion and remodeling complete,” said Mary Pica-Anderson, L.E. Phillips Senior Center Executive Director. “We can’t wait to show everyone the improvements and additions made for our vibrant senior population.”
Charter Bank Announces Promotion and Retirement
Eau Claire, Wis, - Charter Bank is proud to announce that Bryan Gerlach has been named the new Chief Financial Officer effective September 1, 2021. This announcement is made as Sue Diel, Incumbent CFO, has stated her intention to retire in early 2022. Gerlach and Diel will continue to work together in the coming months to ensure a smooth transition.
Bryan Gerlach has been a Vice-President, Finance & Accounting with Charter Bank since he joined us in 2018. Before coming to Charter Bank, Bryan served as an Audit Manager for several years at Wipfli and possesses a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license. “Bryan has been a strong asset to Charter Bank over the last few years,” stated Sue Diel. “I know that he is ready to step into the role as CFO and will continue to safeguard the financial integrity of the bank. It’s a great feeling to know that Bryan has years of experience already with the bank and I will be leaving the organization in capable hands.”
Sue Diel has been with Charter Bank for 41 years – since we first opened the doors to the public. Her contributions have been invaluable for the start-up de novo bank to the successful community bank that we are today. When the bank opened its doors, her first job was as Bookkeeper. Sue went on to hold greater responsibility, overseeing both the Operations and Accounting Departments until Charter Bank grew to the size where these departments were separated. Sue has also served as the Corporate Secretary to the Board of Directors. “Sue has been an integral part of Charter Bank since the beginning,” states Paul Kohler, Charter Bank Chief Executive Officer. “Her commitment and talent helped us to become the bank we are today, and her legacy will guide us in our future. We wish her all the best as she prepares for her retirement.”
A firm retirement date is not yet determined but will be likely in the first quarter of 2022 near the time of the Charter Bank Annual Meeting.
About Charter Bank
Charter Bank is a locally owned community bank offering consumer, business, and investment planning services to the Chippewa Valley, the Twin Cities Southwest Metro and the Chetek area. Since being founded in 1980 in Eau Claire, WI, Charter Bank has grown to be a financial leader in the Chippewa Valley. Charter Bank prides itself in creating a personalized banking experience for every customer. For more information visit charterbank.bank.
Comedy In The Chippewa Valley On Wisconsin Public Radio’s “Spectrum West”
Eau Claire, Wis. – Comedian J. P. Fry joins host Al Ross to share his journey back to Eau Claire and explore the regional comedy scene on “Spectrum West” at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 16. Ross also welcomes Cullen Ryan of Clearwater Comedy, Nobu Yasuda, conductor of the Chippewa Valley Symphony Orchestra and Joshua Potter-Efron, co-editor of a book of pandemic experience essays.
Fry, an Eau Claire native educated in Chicago, visits with Ross to explore improv comedy like the upcoming performance taking place Saturday, Sept. 25 at The Grand Theatre: Dick Wolf Improv. Fry hopes to establish a standing improv company troupe with its own venue somewhere in the Chippewa Valley.
Clearwater Comedy Co-Founder and Promoter Cullen Ryan also joins the show to talk comedy, as it relates to coming out of, and enduring the pandemic. He talks with Ross about when and where the group plans on returning to the stage.
Friday, Sept. 24 is the opening performance for the Chippewa Valley Symphony Orchestra. Yasuda returns to “Spectrum West” to provide highlights of the event which include music by Schumann and Fauré, and features Violinist Kaylin Liu, winner of the 2020 young artist competition.
Potter-Efron, clinical assistant professor of social work at University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, joins the program as a co-editor of a book called “Project Bloom: Diverse Reflections on Surviving the Pandemic.” Potter-Efron will share details about the people and stories collected in the book.
“Spectrum West” is a weekly program exploring the music, arts and humanities in western Wisconsin. The show is broadcast at 10 a.m. Thursdays on The Ideas Network stations 88.3/Menomonie/Eau Claire and 88.7/River Falls and streamed live at wrfw887.com/listen-live. It’s also heard at 7 p.m. Fridays on NPR News & Music stations 89.7/Eau Claire and 90.7/Menomonie. Archives of “Spectrum West” are available at wpr.org/programs/spectrum-west-al-ross.
Wild Rice Harvest And COVID-19 Update On Wisconsin Public Radio’s “The West Side”
Eau Claire, Wis. – On “The West Side” at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 17 host Clara Neupert will talk about fall’s wild rice harvest in Wisconsin. This grain, found mainly in the northern part of the Midwest, nourishes both people and wildlife. Like many Wisconsin crops, its future is challenged by climate change.
Peter David, a biologist with the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission and Westland Habitat Specialist Jason Fleener at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will join Neupert to tell stories from this fall’s wild rice harvest and share plans for continued conservation efforts.
“The West Side” will also feature an update about COVID-19 in western Wisconsin. Guest Lieske Giese, director of the Eau Claire City-County Health Department, will respond to questions about the Delta variant, booster shots and keeping students safe at schools.
“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. Archives of “The West Side” are available at wpr.org/programs/west-side.
About Wisconsin Public Radio
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