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At Cornerstone Credit Union, we are committed to supporting programs and not-for-profit organizations that make a positive impact in the communities we serve. Our focus includes fostering partnerships with other community service organizations relating to health, hunger, home ownership, and financial education. Cornerstone strongly encourages educational achievement for local youth through our Founders’ Scholarship program.

79th Annual Meeting Wrap-up

Cornerstone Credit Union held its 79th Annual Meeting on March 16, 2019 at the Freeport Service Center. Those members in attendance received a special gift, plus four lucky members won prizes including a TV/DVD and one of 3 gift cards! Congratulations to our winners!

Elected to the 2019 Board of Directors are: Charles Beyer, Dr. Kenneth Eichholz Jr, Sarah Goeke, Carla Homan, Tony Honchar, Connie Kraft, John Modica, Wayne Radzi, Valerie Rothermel-Nelson and Dr. Dan Schoaf. Thank you to our volunteer directors for their generous donation of time and talent in service to the Credit Union and its members.

Grateful Recognition from CGH Health Foundation

Riley Austin, Alix Kloepping and Ashley Dietmeier, CCU employees who serve on the Community Relations Committee, attended the CGH Health Foundation Annual Appeal Reception at CGH Hospital in Sterling on March 14. Cornerstone's Community Relations Committee was honored for giving over $1,000 to the Foundation over the years. The evening featured heartfelt testimonials and stories of all of the different programs CGH offers to the community.  Cornerstone will be added as a leaf on the Tree of Life wall in the main lobby at the CGH Hospital in Sterling.


Greater Beloit Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner

Salvador Gomez, CCU Financial Services Representative, attended the 92nd Greater Beloit Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner, March 12, at the Eclipse Center. Keynote Speaker Brandon Williams, former NFL player and current author/innovator, gave an inspirational speech on the Power of Purpose. Salvador also had the privilege of having his photo taken with Bucky Badger!



RoRo 2019 - A Not-to-Miss Event

Our South Beloit staff enjoyed meeting visitors to the RoRo Expo last weekend. Thanks to all who stopped by to spin the wheel and learn the exciting things CCU has to offer!

Pictured left to right: CCU staff, Amanda Verde, Amy Skow, Salvadore Gomez, Heather Thorne, Barbi Ortiz and Lorna Cote. 


And...the winner of the Gift Basket is Barbara Barrios from Loves Park IL. Congratulations and thanks  for stopping by our booth!

Taking Part in the Stateline Chamber Awards

Cornerstone's South Beloit  Branch Manager Barbi Ortiz and Marketing Director Lorna Cote attended the Stateline Chamber Awards Gala on February 7th. Congratulations to all the award nominees and this year's winners. Even with the snowy weather, a great time was had by all!

Thanks for supporting our Angels this Christmas!

Along with our generous members, CCU Community Relations Committee (CRC) and our dedicated, caring CCU elves, children in need will have a smile on their faces Christmas morning when they open their special gifts. Many thanks to all who contributed to fulfilling all of the wishes on the Salvation Army Angel Tree to help make the season a little brighter for these little angels.
Pictured left: CCU CRC members - Alix Kloepping, Riley Austin, Jason Barklow, Ashley DIetmeier, Lorna Cote. Pictured right: CCU Staff - Back Row: Brenda Purple, Sue Genandt, Jason Barklow, Amy Skow; Front Row: Nikki Nolan, Ashley Dietmeier, Julie Smith, Shellie Knox, Alix Kloepping. 

Helping to Ring the Bell for Salvation Army

Several CCU staff members were eager to ring the bell for Salvation Army donations on December 13th at Shopko in Freeport. We were in awe of how generous our community is and thank you! Sending you all warm wishes this holiday season!

Pictured from top left: Alix Kloepping, Melody Welch, Shellie Knox, Riley Austin, Denise Lamm & Jocelyn Lamm (middle), Ashley Dietmeier, Tana Reed, Brenda Thoren, Lorna Cote, Karen Orsborn and Nikki Nolan.

CCU's Community Relations Committee Continues to Spread Holiday Cheer!

To help bring cheer to area families, Cornerstone's employee-run Community Relations Committee (CRC) presented two South Beloit charities, Stateline Boys & Girls Club and  Family Promise of Greater Beloit, with monetary donations to be used toward holiday wish lists provided by the organizations.

Pictured: (at left) Meghan Moffett-Minter and Mark Rand of Stateline Boys & Girls Club with CRC member, Deisy Galvan and S Beloit Branch Manager, Barbi Ortiz: (at right) Jennifer Moran of Family Promise of Greater Beloit with Lorna Cote, CCU Director of Marketing and Daisy Galvan.

Paying it Forward at The District

The Rockford Area Chapter of Credit Unions celebrated their final Pay It Forward event 12/5/18 at The District in downtown Rockford. RACCU board members made sure patrons enjoyed $5 toward their lunch, courtesy of your local credit unions. The gift card drawing was also held at 1pm. Watch for announcement of winners on the Rockford Area Chapter of Credit Unions Facebook page. Thanks to all who came out and enjoyed lunch on us!


CCU's Community Relations Committee Spreads Thanks

As part of our People Helping People philosophy, CCU's Community Relations Committee (CRC) shared their "Thankful Thursdays" donations with local Salvation Army groups in Beloit, Sterling and Freeport, with each receiving a $100 check. "Thankful Thursdays" is an employee-based donation collected for “jeans days” throughout the year. This year, the Committee shared the donations with several local member families in need as well as the Salvation Army in our branch areas  who provide Thanksgiving meals to their local communities.
Pictured from left: CCU CRC member, Alix Kloepping with Christal Johnson of Sterling, Captain Jacob Tripp with So. Beloit Branch Manager, Barbi Ortiz, and Captains James & Lennea Brickson of Freeport, with CRC member, Riley Austin.

Thank you Stateline Neighbors!

Cornerstone was named 1st Runner Up in the Best Credit Union category of the 2018 Beloit Daily News Best of Stateline contest. Our members are always the Best!

Pictured: Cornerstone South Beloit location staff 

Thanks to YOU, another hugely successful WREX Food Drive

Cornerstone Credit Union hosted the 5th annual WREX Freeport Food Drive at their Freeport location on Friday, November 2nd, with WREX broadcasting live throughout day. In 2014, WREX became aware that some food pantries were at risk of closing their doors due to lack of food, so they held a food drive. Those Freeport pantries were able to keep their doors open because of the community's response and now it's an annual event. Our generous community steadily came in throughout the day, dropping off dozens of non-perishable food cans and boxes. The drive brought in more than last year, which was estimated at over two tons. Plus, monetary donations totaled over $3000, which included Cornerstone's corporate donation of $1,000. All of the donations were divided among eight Freeport food pantries.Thank you to everyone who donated to this worthy cause!
Pictured from top left: Meteorologist Justin Ballard interviewing Branch Manager Julie Smith; Anchor Nicole Stein interviewing Cornerstone's Community Relations Chair Riley Austin and Financial Services Representative Jason Barklow; food donations are growing by midday; Chief Meteorologist Alex Kirchner, Sports Director Derek Bayne and Anchor James Stratton nearing the end of the day as the donations continue to grow; VP of Lending Scott Arnold and VP of Operations David Hoffert present Cornerstone's $1,000 donation to Alex and James on the 5 o-clock news. 

Having fun at the Trick or Treat Trail in Krape Park, Freeport                                 

Cornerstone Credit Union joined in the Halloween festivities, Saturday, October 27th in Krape Park. From 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., kids and parents lined up for goodies, giveaways and a Youth Account Special, to help kids learn about the benefits of savings at a young age. We enjoyed being a part of this safe, fun way to enjoy Halloween!

Pictured from CCU Kitties: Nikki Nolan, Financial Services Representative; Julie Smith, Freeport Branch Manager; and Samantha Meyers, Member Service Representative.

Celebrating the Grand Opening of our New South Beloit location

Cornerstone Credit Union celebrated the grand opening of their new South Beloit location at 640 Blackhawk Boulevard with a ribbon cutting ceremony hosted by the Stateline and Greater Beloit Chambers on Tuesday, October 23rd. The nearly 50 attendees included partners from local businesses, credit unions, vendors and media.  Along with President Gail Clore, Cornerstone welcomed special guests Tom Kane, Illinois Credit Union League President, as well as Lori Duffy, City of Beloit Commissioner, who spoke on behalf of Mayor Ted Rehl, who was unable to attend. Along with the official cutting of the chamber ribbons in front of the beautiful new facility, the highlight of the ceremony was the presentation of three $500 donations to local organizations with which Cornerstone has partnered in the South Beloit community: Stateline Boys & Girls Club; Family Promise of Greater Beloit; and South Beloit High School. Prior to the ribbon cutting, Branch Manager Barbi Ortiz and Marketing Director Lorna Cote were also interviewed live by Aaron Wilson on WIFR-TV23’s The Blend about the excitement of opening the new branch and being part of the South Beloit community.



Having Fun at Trunk or Treat in Beloit

Barbi Ortiz (left), South Beloit CCU Branch Manager, and Daisy Galvan, Financial Services Representative, enjoyed handing out treats and a small gift to the many kids--at least 1,000--that stopped by. It was a spooktacular night of music, food and, of course, an array of wonderful costumes, October 18 from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Happy Halloween!

Protecting your Privacy with Shred Day 2018

A steady lineup of automobiles confirms that folks are concerned with protecting their privacy and helping our environment, which is a great thing. Cornerstone Credit Union assisted 148 cars and took in 2,300 lbs. of paper shredded on Saturday, October 20th. Many thanks to the group of volunteers, both CCU staff and not, who withstood the heavy wind and chilly weather to make this a very successful day.

Pictured: Back Row: Emma (Scott Arnold's, VP Lending, daughter), Zach (Scott's son), Julie Smith (Freeport Branch Manager), Mari Heck (former CCU staff member), Kate & Tom Ramsay (Kate is a former CCU staff member, Joscelyn (Denise Lamm's, Call Center Representative, daughter) and Riley Austin (Call Center Representative). Front Row: Gail Clore (CCU President) and Denise.

Paying it Forward in Rockford

Members of the Rockford Chapter of Credit Unions hosted their annual Cash Mob/Random Act of Kindness event at By the Dozen Bakery in Machesney Park, celebrating International Credit Union Day on October 18th, and all the good things credit unions do in the community. They were live with WIFR’s Andy & Aaron from 6am – 7am that morning.
CCU Marketing Director, Lorna Cote, (2nd row left) is standing behind Aaron from WIFR.

Rockin' with the Seniors in Freeport

Julie Smith and Nikki Nolan hosted our vendor booth at the Senior Expo in Freeport, which was held at the Eagles Club from 8:30-noon, October 12, 2018. Julie and Nikki invited attendees to spin our CCU prize wheel while talking to them about our loan specials and CCU products, along with our upcoming Shred Day.  Approx. 400 seniors attended the event. CCU also provided a gift basket for the expo raffle.
Pictured left to right: Nikki Nolan, Financial Services Representative and Julie Smith, Branch Manager, Freeport IL. 

Taste of Fiesta a Huge Success!

Cornerstone Credit Union helped celebrate Mexican Independence Day during the Taste of Fiesta event on Saturday, September 22nd at Rock Falls IL Riverfront Park. Our Sterling and Milledgeville teams welcomed visitors to our booth to spin the wheel for prizes. There was also a Grand Prize drawing for an Echo Dot, along with special discounts for products and services.

Milledgeville Member Appreciation Open House

On August 18th, MCCU merged with CCU and we welcomed these new members to our credit union with an Open House. Each visitor received a CCU gift bag and raffle ticket for one of five door prizes. CCU also donated $250 each to the Milledgeville Library and the Milledgeville Food Pantry, along with non-perishable food donations from our members. Thank you for coming.

Marketing Director, Lorna Cote presenting a $250 check to Deb Bailey, President of Milledgeville Library Board.

Shooting for par in South Beloit

Cornerstone Credit Union is happy to help support the South Beloit community through two separate golf outings. CCU was a hole sponsor for the Stateline Chamber Golf Outing; South Beloit Branch Manager, Barbi Ortiz, greeted golfers and handed out gifts.For the Family Promise golf outing, CCU VP, David Hoffert and Marketing Director, Lorna Cote teamed up with Miguel Granados and Jamie Hogan to support this Family Promise fundraiser, which helps homeless families in the area. 

CCU volunteers provide assistance to those in need in South Beloit

As part of Cornerstone Credit Union’s commitment to local giving for local living, our Community Relations committee sponsored the Northern Illinois Food Truck in South Beloit in September. Several Cornerstone volunteers helped the folks from St. Vincent De Paul Society with the food distribution to approximately 80 local residents in need.

Pictured left to right in group photo bottom left: Front row: Kayla Arnold, Gail Clore, Barbara Ortiz. Back row: Salvador Gomez, Scott Arnold, Julie Warren, Tom Ramsay, Lorna Cote.

South Beloit staff greet Snappers fans at the Ballpark

Cornerstone’s South Beloit branch manager, Barbara Ortiz, and Member Service Representative, Amanda  Verde, visited with folks at the Beloit Snappers game on Monday evening, August 13th in Telfer Park.

National Night Out

National Night Out was held Tuesday, August 7th. As part of the Rockford Area Chapter of Credit Unions (RACCU), Lorna Cote, CCU Marketing Director, and other representatives of RACCU greeted visitors and handed out prizes to game participants. It is a night across the nation for local police departments to meet and connect with the area they serve to build relationships with families. 

Music on Chicago

As a sponsor of Freeport's Music on Chicago summer series, CCU staff volunteered the evening of July 6th to greet the crowd and contribute their bartending skills to thirsty spectators, while listening to some great music by Miles Nielsen.

Pictured clockwise: Scott Arnold, VP of Lending & Lorna Cote, Marketing DIrector; Scott, Nikki Palas, Financial Services Representative, Uncle Sam & Lorna; Nikki & Scott serving the thirsty; and Scott & Nikki taking a brief break. 

Youth Month 2018 - "The Science of Saving"

Every April Cornerstone highlights our youth and how to teach our children good financial habits. Each of our three branches held a coloring contest and a guessing contest, with the grand prize of a bike for one lucky random winner. Eligibility was based on opening up new accounts and/or making deposits for youth up to 17 years old. Congratulations to all of the winners!

Sterling Winners:Sheila Del C Boites (coloring) with MSR, Laura Lemus & Elyiana Weatherby (guessing) with MSR Kathy Rodriguez

South Beloit Winners: Violet Jacobs (coloring) & Dylan Sooby (guessing)

Freeport Winners: Faith Kochsmier (coloring) & Vivian Bechtold (guessing, not pictured)

Bike & Helmet Winner: Maddox Hatfield, Freeport. (not pictured).

Money Smart Week awards winners of NEW Essay Contest

Cornerstone Credit Union was a proud sponsor of the NW IL Money Smart Committee Kid Essay contest. Students from 5th to 8th grade could write a 400-word essay that described the potentially devastating effects of a natural disaster on a family’s financial situation. This was Stephenson County's first contest. CCU awarded $250 to the 2nd place winner, Henry Engel.

Money Smart Week is a way to educate the general public about personal finance and this contest was created to get students interested in their finances at a young age.  

Congratulations to all three winners! Henry Engel, Le-Win seventh grader (pictured 4th and reading his speech above), won second place. Julie Smith, Cornerstone Credit Union Freeport Branch Manager (pictured 3rd above) presented CCU's $250 prize to Engel.

Money Smart Week sessions were held Saturday, April 21 through April 28. All events were FREE and open to the public. Thank you to all who attended CCU's sponsored events.

CCU Supports United Way of NW IL


CCU is a corporate supporter of the United Way of Northwest Illinois. Cornerstone and its employees will contribute nearly $8,500 in 2017 to this organization, which improves the quality of life for many in our community. For more information, visit http://www.uwni.org/

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