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Black Hills FCU Announces 2016 VIBZ Scholarship Recipients

Rapid City, S.D. (04/15/16) – Black Hills Federal Credit Union is pleased to announce the recipients of our 2016 VIBZ Scholarships.  The eight high school seniors were selected from more than 55 applicants from 12 area schools in western and central South Dakota. Each will receive a $1,000 scholarship toward attending the college of their choice.

Black Hills Federal Credit Union’s VIBZ teen program is designed to promote financial literacy among young adults and assist them in effectively managing their personal finances. 

The VIBZ Scholarship Committee congratulates the following 2016 recipients:

Bryan Waugh                                                 Hope Dosch
Spearfish High School                                   Spearfish High School

Grace Baumgarten                                       David Sykora
Rapid City Central High School                    Wall High School

Justin Blain                                                    Kristi Maxfield
Rapid City Christian High School                 T.F. Riggs High School

Riley Smith                                                    Taren Jones
St. Thomas More High School                     Custer High School


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Black Hills FCU Employees Compete in Free Throw Challenge Fundraiser

Rapid City, S.D. (04/12/16) – Scoring 86 of 125 free throws, Black Hills Federal Credit Union employees took second among financial institutions during the Club for Boys’ Corporate Free Throw Challenge this March.

BHFCU raised $200 for the organization through the challenge, which helps the non-profit provide educational and recreational activities for boys in Rapid City.

“The Club provides a positive, safe and fun environment for boys to grow and learn, and is an important part of Rapid City’s identity” said Mitch Loken, chair of the Community Action Team Project. “It was great to see so many area businesses come together for a little competitive fun to support these kids and such a great organization.” 

Employees also raised over $400 for the Children’s Home Society, which provides support for abused children, and collected dozens of new and used books for the Readiatrics book drive to benefit the South Dakota Department of Health this month.

BHFCU’s employee-led Community Action Team provides support for community projects, charities and events throughout the year through various fundraising and volunteer efforts. You can get involved with and stay up-to-date on all of BHFCU’s current CAT Projects by following us on Facebook, or visit to learn more.


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Black Hills FCU Makes Donation to Feeding South Dakota

Pierre, S.D. (04/01/16) –This winter, Black Hills Federal Credit Union donated $5,000 to Feeding South Dakota to benefit the recently expanded Charles H. Burke Memorial Distribution Center in Pierre. The new facility is making it easier for Feeding South Dakota, a statewide food assistance program, to reach more families throughout Central South Dakota.

“Feeding South Dakota distributes millions of pounds of food every year through their food assistance and BackPack programs,” said Carol Brown, vice president of marketing and business development at BHFCU. “These programs are impacting the lives of thousands of people, and BHFCU is proud to support Feeding South Dakota’s efforts to fight hunger in South Dakota.”

Black Hills Federal Credit Union is a proud supporter of Feeding South Dakota. Employees hold regular food drives for the nonprofit, volunteer for the organization’s BackPack program and participate in fundraising events like the first ever Canstruction – Rapid City contest this February.  

Feeding South Dakota began operating in Pierre in May 2010. The center distributes to 26 counties in Central South Dakota. Black Hills Federal Credit Union serves more than 62,000 at 13 Member Service Centers in western and central South Dakota.


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Armadillo's and Black Hills FCU Invest in Downtown Rapid City

 Rapid City, S.D. (03/09/16) – After months of planning, Armadillo’s Ice Cream Shoppe and Black Hills Federal Credit Union announced their intentions today to build new facilities in downtown Rapid City.  The two businesses have collaborated on the proposed projects which they believe will better serve the needs of the community.

Armadillo’s Ice Cream Shoppe plans to open a new facility, just across Second Street to the east, in March 2017.  BHFCU will build a new member service center across the street from its Downtown location later that same year. 

“The City and the East of 5th Street movement are making great strides in promoting and growing Rapid City’s downtown area into a thriving, better connected commercial center,” said Roger Heacock, president and CEO of BHFCU.  “This cooperative relationship provides an opportunity for our two long-standing organizations to be an important part of that redevelopment.”

For more than 20 years, Armadillo’s has been serving hand crafted ice cream from their shop at 202 Main Street.  Armadillo’s new location at 130 Main Street will have the same look and feel as its old location, but in a larger facility.  Owner Mike Brummer said the new shop will feature more service windows, additional indoor and outdoor seating and a reserved area for parties, all while continuing to serve their famous ice cream at the same great prices. 

“Our customers will experience little to no change, except for finding us on the east corner of Second Street instead of the west,” Brummer said.  “We’re really excited to partner with Black Hills FCU to revitalize our service facilities and enhance the East of 5th corridor – something that I strongly support.”

BHFCU is still developing plans for their new downtown facility, according to Jerry Schmidt, senior vice president of operations.  Schmidt said the new facility will be about half the size of the current member service center, but will provide greater efficiencies and allow BHFCU to take advantage of emerging technologies.

“This project supports our long-term goal of relocating the support staff currently concentrated in our downtown facility to our operations center off Deadwood Avenue,” Schmidt said.  “Our intention is to provide safer and more convenient service to our members with easier access to drive-up lanes and an enhanced, full-service lobby.”


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Black Hills FCU's Roger Heacock Elected Chairman

Rapid City, SD (03/08/16) - Roger Heacock, president and CEO of Black Hills Federal Credit Union was elected chairman of CUNA Strategic Services Inc. during its board meeting held in conjunction with the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) Governmental Affairs Conference in Washington D.C. in February.  Heacock will lead the board’s efforts over the next year to develop innovative programs and offerings for credit unions nationwide. 

Heacock will join six other board members from credit unions in California, Alabama and Texas, as well as three leagues: the Iowa Credit Union League, the Mountain West Credit Union Association and the joint California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues. Roger Heacock

“This is a great opportunity to support and promote the growth of credit unions,” Heacock said. “I’ll be representing credit unions in the Dakotas along with credit unions across the nation to enhance the experience for credit union members.”

CUNA Strategic Services Inc., owned jointly by the Credit Union National Association and the state leagues, saved credit unions more than $30 million in 2015 through its programs. It provides credit unions with access to quality products, services and technologies delivered with a competitive advantage made possible through volume pricing and strategic program development.

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Black Hills FCU Announces Excellence in Education Scholarship Recipient

Rapid City, SD (03/02/16) - Black Hills Federal Credit Union is pleased to announce the selection of Lonnie Olsen as the recipient of the Black Hills Federal Credit Union 2016 Excellence in Education Scholarship.  

BHFCU awards the annual $1,000 scholarship to a Western Dakota Technical Institute student with a financial need who demonstrates excellence in education through academic achievement.

“As a non-traditional student working a full-time job with a family, Lonnie’s commitment to continuing his education is both inspiring and admirable,” said Holly Jones, senior vice president of administration for BHFCU. “BHFCU is proud to be able to award this scholarship to such a goal-oriented student.”

Olsen is set to graduate with associate degrees in business management and marketing, as well as social media marketing from Western Dakota Technical Institute this spring. He plans to continue his career with the United States Postal Service after graduation.

“These degrees will give me the opportunity move up the chain and earn a supervisor or post-master position, while providing me with the knowledge to manage and lead a team of my own,” Olsen said.

Olsen is the tenth recipient of BHFCU’s Excellence in Education Scholarship. The credit union also offers annual VIBZ Scholarships for graduating high school seniors to attend an accredited vocational school, technical school, college or university.

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