Get your credit report and score for free May 11!

credit scoreSuperior Choice Credit Union will host April Sanderson, a Certified Credit Counselor with LSS Financial Counseling, on Friday, May 11 at the Denfeld branch (4125 Grand Avenue in Duluth) for a Credit Check Clinic. Members and their partner/spouse may sign up for a 15-minute consultation to find out what's on their credit report; learn their credit score; learn quick tips on how to improve or maintain their credit score; correct any errors; detect and stop identity theft; and more. Thanks to SCCU's partnership with LSS Financial Counseling, these consultations are completely free!

While the consultations are completely free, members should register for a time slot. To register for a free consultation, call 1-800-569-4167. Appointments are available between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, May 11. All time slots have been filled! Stay tuned for future opportunities, or click here to learn more about free one-on-one financial counseling for SCCU members.

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Join us Friday, Dec. 8 for our Holiday Open House!

Every year, Superior Choice Credit Union enjoys the tradition of hosting a holiday open house for SCCU members. Please visit your nearest branch of SCCU on Friday, Dec. 8 for cookies and refreshments, prize drawings, and pick up a complimentary 2018 calendar. Festivities start at 9 a.m. until supplies last. Thank you for being a member of Superior Choice Credit Union. May you have a happy holiday season and a prosperous New Year.

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Superior Choice Credit Union branches host Honor Flight fundraiser, Holiday Mail for Heroes activities

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In honor of Veterans Day on November 11, all through the month of November Superior Choice Credit Union will host a fundraiser and holiday mail activities in support of local veterans and military service members.

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SCCU partners with One Roof to host Home Stretch home buying education classes

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Superior Choice Credit Union is excited to host two Home Stretch home buying education classes in partnership with One Roof Community Housing. SCCU will host classes on Saturday, August 26 and Saturday, November 4 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Click here for the Home Stretch class schedule.

**Update: The Nov. 4 Home Stretch Workshop was moved to room #112 at WITC-Superior to accomodate a larger class size.**

HUD certified Home Stretch classes teach participants how to prepare for homeownership, determine affordability, work with housing professionals, learn financial management and understand credit. Participants who complete the 8 hour workshop receive a certificate that meets the education requirements needed to qualify for local affordable mortgages and down payment assistance. The class cost is $50 per household (unless otherwise noted).

Why should you take a home buyer education class?

  • Learn how to prepare for homeownership Understand the home buying process
  • Avoid mistakes commonly made by first-time home buyers
  • Learn about mortgages and the importance of credit
  • Learn about special loans and down payment programs available for low & moderate income families/individuals

Visit www.1roofhousing.org to apply online and reserve your place today! Click here to see the full schedule of classes.

 

 

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Help us stuff the bus with Head of the Lakes United Way!

Superior Choice Credit Union's Tower Avenue and Shoreline branches are drop off sites for the Head of the Lakes United Way Stuff the Bus school supply donation drive. From August 1-25, we're accepting donations of new school supplies. 

Stuff the Bus is a school readiness program that provides backpacks, school supplies, and other items to prepare low-income students for the first day of school and to ensure their preparedness throughout the school year.

Head of Lakes United Way is asking individuals, employee groups, and service organizations to fight for kids! Please collect new school supplies for students so that all students feel prepared for school. All of the supplies will be delivered directly to the school district and distributed by them.

Items needed include: 1” binders with pockets, plastic 2 pocket folders, pencil boxes, Sharpies, sticky notes, composition notebooks, scissors, hand sanitizer, Kleenex, backpacks, pens, pencils and more!

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Join us Aug. 22 and 23 to celebrate Dennis Archer's retirement and meet Wendy M. Otterness, new Financial Advisor!

Wendy and DennisWe will be celebrating the 30 year career of Dennis W. Archer, Financial Advisor with the SCCU Retirement & Financial Advisors Program located at SCCU. Dennis will be retiring in the fall of 2017.

We will also be celebrating the addition of Dennis’ replacement, Wendy M. Otterness. Wendy has actively worked with Dennis since April 1st and will be taking over for him upon his retirement.

This will be your opportunity to wish Dennis well and to meet Wendy. We hope to see you.

Please join us for coffee and cookies; 

Tues. August 22nd from 10:00 to 2:00
Hermantown Branch Lobby
4161 Haines Rd., Hermantown

Wed. August 23rd from 10:00 to 2 p.m.
Tower Avenue Branch Lobby
2817 Tower Ave., Superior

 

 

Securities sold, advisory services offered through CUNA Brokerage Services, Inc., member FINRA/SIPC, a registered broker/dealer and investment advisor. CBSI is under contract with the financial institution to make securities available to members.

Not NCUA/NCUSIF/FDIC insured, May Lose Value, No Financial Institution Guarantee. Not a deposit of any financial institution. CUNA Brokerage Services, Inc. is a registered broker/dealer in all fifty states of the United States of America.

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Join us Aug. 4 for Membership Appreciation celebrations!

Thank you for being a member of Superior Choice Credit Union! Stop by your nearest branch of SCCU for treats, giveaways, and more starting at 9 a.m. on Friday, August. 4. We appreciate your membership!

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Join us at the 2017 Twin Ports Elder Abuse Awareness and Prevention Community Forum

Superior Choice Credit Union's Tanya Martineau will be on hand for the panel of service providers at the 2017 Twin Ports Elder Abuse Awareness and Prevention Community Forum. Tanya will provide insight on elder abuse as it pertains to their finances.

Other collaborators include representatives of Douglas County Aging & Disability Resource Center (ADRC), Center Against Sexual & Domestic Abuse (CASDA), MN Elder Justice Center, Till, Salzer & Blank, Ltd., Superior Housing Authority, WI Indianhead Technical College (WITC), City of Duluth Senior Programs, Douglas and St. Louis County Adult Protective Services (APS) and UW-Superior Center for Continuing Education.

Every year an estimated 5 million, or 1 in 10, older Americans are victims of elder abuse, neglect, or exploitation. And experts believe that for every reported case of elder abuse or neglect, as many as 23.5 cases go unreported.

This forum will provide resources and an opportunity to ask questions by a panel of experts who deal with cases of elder abuse.

The forum takes place on Thursday, June 15 at UW-Superior. 

Click here for details and registration.

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Youth Month: Teach your little owls to fly with money talks

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The first step to teaching your kids about money is talking about money.

“The most effective way to teach is by having frequent discussions and don’t ever lecture,” said Ted Beck, president and chief executive of the National Endowment for Financial Education, in a recent Wall Street Journal article. “Look for teachable moments and always be willing to answer questions.”

Unfortunately, this can also be the hardest.

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2017 Board of Directors Election and Annual Meeting

This year, members will elect three directors to the SCCU Board of Directors to three-year terms. This year's candidates include (listed alphabetically) Mark Casper, Charles Glazman, James Larson, and Benjamin Thoen.

Candidate Biographies

Mark Casper
-Owner Keyport Liquor and Lounge and Part-Owner of Epic Restaurant and Lounge
-Currently the Vice Chair on the SCCU Board of Directors
-Present Board Member for Superior Chamber of Commerce, Junior Achievement, UW-Superior Foundation, and Superior Rotary Club
-Married with two children

Charles Glazman
-Associate Dean of Continuing Education for Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College (WITC)
-Obtained a Doctorate degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Minnesota in 2008
-Involved in local initiatives such as the Northland Technology Consortium, Northwest Wisconsin Concentrated Employment Program Board of Directors, the Wisconsin Job Center-Superior Local Planning Team, and the City of Superior Police and Fire Commission

James Larson
-Graduated from Michigan Tech University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Civil Engineering
-Currently on the SCCU Board of Directors, serving as Chair of the Audit and Compliance Committee
-Retired from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation
-10 year volunteer as tax aide and counselor with AARP

Benjamin Thoen
-Corporate Executive Chef for Black Woods Group
-Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in Culinary Arts from the Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Chicago, Illinois
-Board of Directors for Book Across the Bay in Ashland, WI
-Involved in area events such as Zo La La Gala for Lake Superior Zoo in Duluth, and the Black Woods Blizzard Tour

Voting Information

Voting via online banking for eligible voters will begin on Friday, January 13, 2017, and will end Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 12 p.m. You can vote for the candidates from inside your encrypted online banking session. Just log in to It's Me 247 and look for the “Vote Now” icon to cast your ballot.

Prefer to vote in person? Every office will have a locked ballot box and paper ballots Starting on Friday, January 13, 2017, until the end of the day on Monday, February 13, 2017. You may also have a ballot and candidate information sent to you via the mail if that works best. Paper ballots received after Monday, February 13, 2017, will not be counted. 

Only “Eligible Voting Members” may vote. This is defined in SCCU’s bylaws as a member who:
a. Is over the age of 18
b. Is the primary or sole account holder
c. Joined SCCU BEFORE July 12, 2016 (i.e. they need to have been a member six months at the end of the business day before the voting period begins on Jan. 13)

Businesses/Trusts/Organizations CAN vote, but the vote must be cast by an authorized representative. There is no duplicate voting—the concept here is “one member, one vote.”

Annual Meeting Information

Please join us on Thursday, February 16, 2017, to hear election results and review SCCU’s financial performance in 2016 at SCCU’s 84th Annual Meeting. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the WITC-Superior Conference Center. Click here for information about the WITC-Superior Conference Center.

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SCCU is a proud sponsor of the annual Thanksgiving Day Buffet

Superior Choice Credit Union is proud to once again sponsor the annual Thanksgiving Day Buffet serving more than 5,000 area people in need. The annual event takes place on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 24 from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center. Click here for more information about the event.

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SCCU October 12 blood drive information

sccu red cross logoSuperior Choice Credit Union is teaming up with the University of Wisconsin-Superior International Students Club to host a Red Cross Blood Drive on Wednesday, October 12 from 12 to 6 p.m. in the Yellowjacket Union on the UW-Superior campus.

October is Liver Awareness Month and Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood in support of liver and other transplant patients, as well as those fighting cancer. Volunteer donors are the only source of blood for those undergoing transplant surgeries, fighting cancer and facing serious illnesses. Make an appointment to give blood on October 12 from 12 to 5 p.m. at the UW-Superior Yellowjacket Union. Click here to register online or call 1-800-RED CROSS to schedule an appointment. You may also visit our Tower Avenue branch during lobby hours to sign up at the reception desk.

New to donating blood, or have some questions? Click the links below for some helpful tips and resources from the American Red Cross.

Why Donate Blood?

Eligibility Requirements

Donation Process

Tips for a Successful Donation

Donation FAQs

Types of Donations

First Time Donors

Blood Donor Community

Superior Choice Credit Union is happy to have a strong parternship with the local chapter of the American Red Cross. Earlier in 2016, SCCU was awarded the Mary Coultrap Johnson Philanthropy Award our generous financial support of the Red Cross Home Fire Campaign efforts, but also for hosting a successful blood drive in 2015. 

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Spirit Valley Days open house at our Duluth Denfeld branch

Spirit Valley Days open house picture smallWe're so excited to be a part of our first Spirit Valley Days celebration! Well - technically we participated last year, but our Duluth Denfeld branch wasn't quite finished yet. Our sixth and newest branch has been open for nearly one year now, and we can't wait to have you stop by for an open house during Spirit Valley Days!

Stop by our newest branch in Duluth’s Denfeld neighborhood for our Spirit Valley Days open house! Learn more about Superior Choice Credit Union and take advantage of our Spirit Valley Days account special.

DATE: Friday, August 5, 2016
TIME: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
ADDRESS: 4125 Grand Avenue, Duluth
SPECIAL: $25 is on us when you open a checking account and set up for direct deposit! See details below.
Special is only available at Duluth Denfeld branch and valid until 8/31/2016. Offer is subject to change or discontinue at any time. Checking account requires an initial $25 deposit to open. Must be a new checking account to Superior Choice Credit Union and be set up for direct deposit in order to be rewards eligible. $50 reward will be deposited up to 30 days after first direct deposit is made. Annual Percentage Yield = 0%. Federally Insured by NCUA. Membership Eligibility Required. 

CLICK HERE FOR A FULL SCHEDULE OF SPIRIT VALLEY DAYS EVENTS!

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Join us Friday, Aug. 19 for a BBQ!

We want to thank our loyal members for choosing Superior Choice Credit Union as their financial partner! We're hosting some summer fun at our Ashland and Shoreline branches.

SCCU's Shoreline branch in Superior will host a Membership Appreciation BBQ on Friday, August 19 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

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Join us for our Membership Appreciation BBQs!

We want to thank our loyal members for choosing Superior Choice Credit Union as their financial partner! We're hosting some summer fun at our Ashland and Shoreline branches.

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SCCU is closed July 4

Superior Choice Credit Union will be closed Monday, July 4 in observation of Independence Day. We will resume normal operating hours on Tuesday, July 5.

Online banking is available 24/7. Just click here to log in. For after-hours help, please use the contact information below.

After Hours Contacts

To report a lost or stolen debit card after hours, please contact our processor directly at: 1-800-535-8440

To report a lost or stolen credit card after hours, please contact our processor directly at: 1-800-411-8498

To change the PIN number for your debit card: 1-866-985-2273

You can report any lost or stolen Visa card directly to Visa by calling: 1-800-VISA911

 

Have a safe and fun Fourth of July weekend!

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Celebrate the Fourth of July in our communities!

Looking for some fun ways to celebrate the Fourth of July? There are plenty of great activities happening in and around the Superior Choice Credit Union communities of Superior, Duluth, Hermantown, Ashland, and Mellen. Check out all the fun stuff below!

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Join us at the Twin Ports Elder Abuse Awareness and Prevention Conference and Community Forum

Learn what YOU can do to protect yourself and the older adults you know from abuse. Join us at the Twin Ports Elder Abuse Awareness and Prevention Conference and Community Forum on Tuesday, May 24 at the University of Wisconsin-Superior.

 

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#YouthMonth Are your kids on the right track to financial independence?

For many of today's young adults, the weakest link lies in learning the basics.

According to a 2014 survey conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of Junior Achievement USA (2014 Teens and Personal Finance Survey), 40% of teens do not have a savings account, checking account, or debit or credit card, and 59% of teens do not have money management classes offered at their schools.

Achieving economic prosperity is difficult, and it's especially hard for young people who've never learned how to manage money.

Superior Choice Credit Union is ideally positioned to respond because we believe in the power of education. We're here to help you launch the youth in your life toward financial independence, and here’s how:

Join. For starters, open a credit union savings account for each child in your family. As soon as your children can write, have them fill out deposit and withdrawal slips. Guide teenagers through using a debit card and tracking transactions.

Share. Include your children in household money discussions. Show them how you budget income and expenses. As their skills improve, give them challenges—such as finding a better cell phone plan, calculating the total monthly cost of owning a car, or sticking to a budget for back-to-school or holiday spending.

Coach. Remind your children to ask for help when they need it. And turn to your credit union when you want help. Our tradition of service and philosophy of self-help make Superior Choice Credit Union and all credit unions a natural partner in pursuing financial security.

We're here to help. For more information, contact us by calling 800-569-4167 or visit www.superiorchoice.com


Superior Choice Credit Union is celebrating National Credit Union Youth Month April 25-29! We've planned a few activities to celebrate our youngest members:

  • Each branch of SCCU will host a Credit Union Strong coloring contest for kids up to age 12. Stop by your nearest SCCU branch to pick up the coloring contest page or click here to download the printable coloring page PDF. Each branch will randomly select the winner of a $25 VISA gift card after April 29.
  • All students who make a deposit at the SCCU school credit union during April 25-29 will be entered to win a drawing for a $25 VISA gift card. A random winner will be selected after April 29.
  • From April 25-29, SCCU will deposit the first $5 into new accounts that are opened by anyone 18 years of age and under. (Membership eligibility required. Federally insured by the NCUA. Special is only available 4/25/2016-4/29/2016. Offer is subject to change or discontinue at any time.)
  • College scholarships are available to SCCU members. The application period ends April 30, 2016. Click here for information.

Click here for more information about National Credit Union Youth Month.

 

 

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#YouthMonth What is Credit Union Strong?

Our April 25-29 youth celebration is focused on the theme of Credit Union Strong.

Young people face a bewildering financial landscape in their immediate future—one where technology has made spending as easy as breathing and the cost of higher education continues to skyrocket. That’s why we believe it’s more important than ever to ensure our youth possess strong money management skills.

As a not-for-profit financial cooperative, our core values include member education and social responsibility. We care about the community where we live and work, and the people in it. We look forward to watching the next generation grow and make it even better.

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