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Welcome & Our History

Welcome to WESTconsin!

Greetings! I hope this message finds you well. It is hard to believe that fall is already upon us! The cooler temps are a nice change from the heat we experienced this summer, and the changing leaves sure are beautiful. In early September, we successfully completed our technology upgrade. This was a sizeable project that was years in the making, and I’d like to extend my thanks to our members for your patience and support as we worked through the upgrade. I also want to acknowledge all of the WESTconsin Credit Union employees who made the upgrade possible. Nearly all of our employees played a role in the project, and we couldn’t have done it without each and every one of them. We look forward to providing our members with enhanced services and greater ease with every transaction for years to come.  

In October we celebrate Cooperative Month and International Credit Union Day.  As a credit union, we serve the needs of our members much like a bank would for their account holders. However, because credit unions are member-owned, not for profit organizations, we benefit from tax exemptions that banks are not eligible for. These tax exemptions have helped us give back to our communities in a big way this past year! WESTconsin has been able to give numerous substantial gifts to community organizations in 2021 including the Eau Claire Senior Center, Stepping Stones of Dunn County, the new playground at the Spring Valley Elementary School, and the Ellsworth Public Library.

Unfortunately, COVID-19 continues to impact our communities. WESTconsin will continue to follow guidelines established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and our state and county Department of Health Services (DHS) agencies. Like you, we’re looking forward to when masking and social distancing are no longer recommended.   

Before we know it, we’ll be preparing Thanksgiving dinner and listening to holiday music! As we move into the upcoming holidays, I wish for you a wonderful season full of celebrations and festivities with your family and friends. As always, if you would like to share your experiences, suggestions, or concerns, I always welcome member feedback. Please feel free to contact me at [email protected]


Lora J. Benrud
CEO, WESTconsin Credit Union

We exist to serve our members.


Founded in 1939, WESTconsin Credit Union is one of the region's strongest financial services provider. Our history takes us back to primarily serving the Menomonie area agricultural community, then operating as Menomonie Farmers Credit Union. We expanded in membership base over the next several years and merged with other small credit unions in the region. In the summer of 1990, we recognized this growth by changing our name to WESTconsin Credit Union.

WESTconsin Credit Union celebrated our 80th anniversary in 2019. Celebrations took place throughout the year that gave back to the credit union’s agriculture roots by partnering with local agriculture organizations and businesses. Today, our field of membership footprint includes twenty-six counties across west central Wisconsin and east central Minnesota with 15 office locations in Altoona, Amery, Baldwin, Barron, Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Ellsworth, Hudson, Menomonie, New Richmond, Prescott, River Falls and Spring Valley, Wisconsin.

The spirit and philosophy of people helping people, guides WESTconsin leaders and encourages our employees to get involved in community and charitable activities and worthwhile causes, including sponsorships, donations, and volunteerism. Throughout 2020-2021, WESTconsin was very proud to support many local initiatives, including a $5,000 pledge to help build a new playground at the Spring Valley Elementary School, a donation to the L.E. Phillips Senior Center in Eau Claire of $10,000, and $45,000 spread throughout the area to local food pantries.  

WESTconsin is based in your community, owned by people like you. You can expect a high level of personal service and depend on WESTconsin employees who are dedicated to help you reach your goals.

Our Mission

To give members, communities, and one another the inspiration, resources, and support to achieve financial wellness.

Core Values

We will achieve our mission...


With honesty and integrity in all relationships.


With sincere care for our employees, members, and communities.


By providing quality service that outshines the competition.

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