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SPIRE Hosts Youth Cooperative Leadership Tour

Monday, March 07, 2016  
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SPIRE Credit Union – FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. (March 7, 2016) – SPIRE Credit Union recently hosted the Youth Leadership Board from the Minnesota Cooperative Education Foundation. Culminating two days of visits to cooperatives throughout the Twin Cities, including Land O’Lakes, The Wedge and CHS, SPIRE was able to provide education to this group of young leaders on the inner workings of a financial cooperative. SPIRE also illustrated their core philosophy of improving the lives of their member-owners.

The SPIRE co-op tour was well-received. “At Spire Credit Union, I had the opportunity to learn about credit unions and everything they do for their community here in the Metro area,” said Shania Landsinger, 19 year-old student of Winona State University. “We were also fortunate to go on a tour of the co-op and see ARCHIE!”

Archie, a 1952 Ford work truck, is a SPIRE mascot, representing their commitment to hard work and Midwestern values.

“It was so rewarding to work this group of next-generation leaders,” says Bridget Petersen, Market VP of Community Outreach for SPIRE, “SPIRE has a long-standing commitment to give young people the education and tools they need to flourish in life!”

Photo: SPIRE Credit Union hosts tour for Youth Cooperative Network Leadership Board: (L-R) Bridget Petersen (SPIRE Market VP Community Outreach); Shantelle Des Marais (Pipestone, MN Area Schools); Michael Sonsolla (Arcadia, WI High School); Thea Richards (Hills-Beaver Creek, MN Secondary); Mason Kollwitz (New Auburn, WI High School); Brandon Kluver (Martin County, MN West High School; Shania Landsinger (Winona State University); and Lisa Lehman (SPIRE Marketing Director)


About SPIRE Credit Union: SPIRE Credit Union has been proudly serving Minnesota and Wisconsin residents since 1934, and is a full-service financial institution committed to providing smart products, great rates and excellent service for both personal and business members. SPIRE has 16 branches across the metro and throughout northern Minnesota.

About the Cooperative Network: The largest statewide association of its kind, Cooperative Network is committed to building Wisconsin’s and Minnesota’s cooperative businesses. Cooperative Network serves more than 400 member-cooperatives by providing government relations, education, marketing, and technical services for a wide variety of cooperatives including farm supply, health, dairy marketing, consumer, financial, livestock marketing, telecommunications, electric, housing, insurance, worker-owned cooperatives, and more.

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St. Paul, MN 55102

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