It's Back to School – Blackhawk Style

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					                                                                          fall 2011


It’s Back to School                                                                            WE    n OUR MEMBERS!
– Blackhawk Style                                                                               Mark your calendar for Blackhawk’s
Over $7,000 and 10,000 items                                                                         FALL PICNIC & MEMBER
donated in school supply drive                                                                         APPRECIATION DAY
                                                                                                        Saturday, Oct. 22
Imagine being a student                                                                         Janesville – Court Street Branch
starting the school year                                                                                  11 am – 2 pm
o     without the essential
supplies like paper, pens, and                                                                  • Free picnic lunch & beverages.
more. This year, Blackhawk                                                                      • Balloons & face painting for kids.
was there to help meet the
                                                                                                • Free piggy banks & fistful of cash
increasing demand from
                                                                                                  for our youngest members.
families needing assistance
with their back to school lists.                                                                • Storytime circle.
During the month of August,
                                                                                                “We focus our energies on provid-
the credit union partnered         Blackhawk, Kunes Country Auto Group and local school         ing high quality, personal service to
with Kunes Country Auto            employees teamed up for the 6th Annual Cram the Van
                                   School Supply Drive to collect and deliver much needed       our members,” said Sherri Stumpf,
Group for its Cram the Van
                                   back to school supplies for branch area schools.             Blackhawk CEO. “This celebration
school supply drive.
                                                                                                will give us a chance to spend time
Since 2006, the Cram the Van promotion has been a part of Blackhawk’s                           with our members, to say thank
community outreach for its Delavan o ce, collecting supplies for the                            you for their business and let them
Delavan-Darien schools. This year, Blackhawk expanded this program in                           know that we appreciate them –
order to reach schools throughout all the communities it serves in southern                     everyday.”
Wisconsin. (continued on page 2)

In This Issue
Cram the Van School Supply Drive                 Fall & Winter Calendar                       “Ready When You Are” Gas Card Winners
School Branches Awarded $1000 Grant              Discounted Janesville Jets Tickets On Sale   New Board Member, Josh Fetting
Blackhawk VISA Simply a Better                   Blackhawk In the Community                   Blackhawk at Parade of Homes
Credit Card
School branches                         School Supplies Drive (continued...)
receive grant to                        All locations of Blackhawk (Janesville, Delavan, Edgerton and Stoughton)
                                        displayed a special van in each location’s parking lot as a visual reminder
expand financial                        of the school supply drive. Supplies were gathered and assembled for a

literacy education
                                        display at each location before they were delivered to schools in the area
                                        including Janesville, Delavan, Edgerton and Stoughton.

The Wisconsin Credit Union Foun-
                                        Our members are generous!
dation Board selected Blackhawk
as a recipient of a Real Solutions      Members donated an estimated 10,000 school supply items, with an
initiative award, one of four in the    additional $7,700 in donations that were collected to purchase more school
state to receive a grant in 2011.       supplies. Some members even brought in extra school supply coupons
The $1,000 grant is earmarked to        they had on hand to help stretch the dollars collected. The Delavan branch,
expand our “Smart Saver” program,       in its sixth year of running the Cram the Van program, collected a record-
which was launched in 2010 at
                                        breaking amount of donations – nearly $3,000 and over 7,000 school
Blackhawk’s two student branches,
the Viking Student Credit Union         supply items!
and Cougar Credit Union.
                                        Employees Get Extra Credit for their Part
How it works:                           Blackhawk employees spent many hours of time gathering the donations
• Student sets a goal and make          to help make Cram The Van a di erence for deserving students and
  deposits to reach the goal            schools throughout the community. Seeing the joy on the faces of the
• Deposit $20 = $5 in Barn Bucks        school sta when we delivered these supplies made this experience an
  or Cougar Cash                        “A+” for everyone!
• Deposit <$19.99 = $2 in Barn
  Bucks or Cougar Cash
• One coupon per student per
  week awarded for meeting
  savings goal

Tammy McCaslin Krebs, who
oversees the student branches,
is working with the schools to
help student employees expand
their financial literacy message to
more students and their parents,
educating them on the importance
of saving. She feels that “teaching
all students to save is an important
part of the high school experience.
It also helps set good long term
savings habits,” she added.

                                       CRAM THE VAN SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE A SUCCESS!
                                       Pictured in top photo are: Blackhawk Employees, Kunes Country Auto Group Employees, and Teachers
                                       from Delavan Schools. The donations table at our Court Street (Janesville – Westside) branch is shown
                                       in the lower photo.
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                                           be “who’s in your wallet?”
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                                           DID YOU KNOW…
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                                           cards in the country by the Credit Card Connection*.
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                                           Or, stop in any of our branch locations to apply.

Lighting up Rudolph…and Friends!
There’s nothing better than a beautiful winter scene – especially when there
are 300,000 lights shining brightly upon it. Behold the breathtaking beauty
of the season!
Rotary Botanical Gardens Holiday Light Show
December 16-23 AND December 26-31
Special Event: Blackhawk is proud to be the sponsor of the new live Reindeer
Corral on December 23. Plan to stop by to enjoy refreshments & see “Rudolph”!
Purchase your tickets for the Holiday Light Show at any Blackhawk branch beginning in December!

                                    Fall & Winter 2011 Calendar
                                    September 14        Celebration of Caring Day (United Way)
                                    October 12          Steak & Burger Event with the Boys & Girls Club
                                    October 22          Blackhawk Member Appreciation Day
                                    November 11         All o ces of Blackhawk closed in observance of Veterans Day
                                    November 24         All o ces of Blackhawk closed in observance of Thanksgiving
                                    December 2-4        Stoughton Victorian Holiday
                                    December 5          RotaryFest by Janesville Noon Rotary
                                    Dec. 16-23, 26-31   Rotary Botanical Gardens Holiday Light Show
                                    December 23         Reindeer and Refreshments with Blackhawk at Rotary
                                                        Botanical Gardens
                                    December 24         All o ces of Blackhawk OPEN regular hours
                                    December 26         All o ces of Blackhawk closed in observance of Christmas
                                    December 31         All o ces of Blackhawk OPEN regular hours
                                    January 2           All o ces of Blackhawk closed in observance of New Year’s Day
 Discounted tickets for Janesville Jets exclusively for Blackhawk members

                                          Score some great tickets for Jets home games
                                          this season! This year, all Blackhawk branches
                                          will o er specially priced tickets. Take in one
                                          game – or more and cheer on your home team!
                                          Seniors (62+)/children (5-18, 4 and under free)
                                          — $5.00 (save $2/ticket)
                                          Adults — $7.00 (save $3.00/ticket)
                                          Plus, pick up a handy refrigerator magnet with
                                          the 2011-12 season schedule when you stop by         NAHL
                                          any Blackhawk branch (while quantities last).


   West Side Block Party – free family fun
   Blackhawk took part in this annual end-of-
   summer event on Janesville’s west side. Families
   and kids enjoyed Miss Madison’s story reading,
   a “money grab” for kids and great treats.
                                                                                                  to our “Ready
                       Pictured are: Blackhawk Employees,
                       Teri Barnes and Tammy McCaslin Krebs                                       When You Are”
                                                 2011 Bert Blain Memorial Heart Walk
                                                 Team Blackhawk participated at this incredible   Seven lucky winners sped o
                                                 event, with 15 employees and their families      with lots of free gas and cash
                                                 walking in this event to show their support.     this summer in our Ready
                                                 Our team contributed the fourth largest          When You Are promotion.
                                                 donation to the cause. What an honor to be a     Our winners were thrilled with
                                                 part of this great event!
                                                                                                  their prizes!

   Pictured are: The first “Team Blackhawk”,                                                       Grand prize winner:
   looking forward to making the Heart Walk
   an annual tradition.                                                                           $1500 gas card
                                                                                                  Sandra K., Janesville
   Grounds for fun at Stoughton’s Co ee Break Festival!
   Blackhawk sponsored Stoughton’s Annual Co ee                                                   $150 gas card winners:
   Break Festival in August. This one day event celebrates                                        Madeleine M., Milton
   Stoughton’s claim as the Home of the Co ee Break.                                              Brian B., Janesville
                                                                                                  David C., Janesville
                                                                                                  William C., Beloit
                                                                                                  John K., Burlington

                       Pictured are: Julie Foss-Johnson and the Countess
                       of Co ee from this year’s Co ee Break Festival.
                                                                            BLACKHAWK HAS A
                                                                            HOME LOAN THAT WILL
                                                                            HELP YOU ACHIEVE
                                                                            YOUR DREAM!
                                                                            If you’re ready for that dream
                                                                            home, Blackhawk has a variety
                                                                            of mortgage options to consider.
                                                                            If you’re staying in your existing
                                                                            home and it’s time to replace
                                                                            that kitchen or other room with
                                                                            tired décor, Blackhawk has a
                                                                            variety of home improvement
                                                                            financing options for you.

                                                                            Blackhawk is recognized as Rock
                                                                            County’s #1 Mortgage Lender.
                                                                            Did you know we provide all
Proud to be in the Parade of Homes                                          types of mortgages, including
                                                                            first time homebuyer programs,
                                                                            construction financing and
People attending this year’s Parade came away excited about buying their
                                                                            vacation home financing?
dream home… or with great ideas for upgrading or improving their own
homes – from changing a wall color to building a dream home. Blackhawk
                                                                            Count on Blackhawk to provide
worked with other homebuilding partners in this annual South Central
                                                                            you with that personal touch and
Wisconsin Builders Association event in mid-September. Blackhawk’s,
                                                                            local servicing, and convenient
Leslie Hass, noted that the Blackhawk display at one of the homes on the
                                                                            repayment options. We’ll make
Parade gave members an opportunity to visit and get better acquainted.
                                                                            it happen for you!
“We talked to many members who stopped by our booth to say hello or
to get a question answered on a new or refinanced mortgage or home
                                                                            Apply online at,
equity loan … and to get people dreaming again in this economy.”            by phone at 800-779-5555, or
                                                                            stop in at any branch location.
Contact us today about your dream home at 800.779.5555.

                    Board member updates
                    Congratulations to Josh Fetting who was recently
                    appointed to the Board of Directors. Josh is the
                    International Partnerships O cer of the World Council
                    of Credit Unions (WOCCU).
                    Josh replaces Blaine Adams, who has retired after 41
                    years of service on the board.
                    Thank you Blaine for your longstanding service to
                    the members!
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             Sherri Stumpf                                 Wendy Cuevas
             CEO                                           SVP Administration
             Lisa Palma                                    Lyle Hansen
             SVP Operations, COO                           VP Information Technology, CIO
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