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The Board of Directors for FCCU are volunteers, elected by the members, who are responsible for guiding and overseeing the direction of the credit union, and for ensuring that the long-term interests of our members are served.

Knowledge and Expertise

FCCU’s Board works in partnership with our CEO and management team to effectively govern our credit union. To support an effective governing board, we actively seek Board members who exhibit the following types of attributes, knowledge, and experience. 


Types of Personal/Professional Attributes

  • Good understanding of financial/business matters
  • Effective at asking relevant/perceptive questions
  • Forward-looking strategic thinker
  • Willingness to hold self and others accountable
  • Technologically aware/adept
  • Genuine, authentic, honest with others
  • Active team player

Types of Board Member Knowledge/Experience

  • Administration/Management
  • Human Resources
  • Information Technology
  • Cooperative Business Models
  • Law
  • Economic Development
  • Marketing/Public Relations
  • Education
  • Real Estate
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Regulatory
  • Executive Compensation
  • Small Business
  • Executive Management
  • Strategic Planning
  • Financial/Accounting
  • Government

Board Member Duties and Responsibilities

Each member of the Fort Community Credit Union (FCCU) Board of Directors is elected by the membership to serve a three-year term; or, a remaining term of a previous director. The Board sets the general direction of the credit union and oversees Management in the operations of FCCU. The Board shall be responsible for the general oversight and final decision-making authority over the affairs, funds and records of FCCU in accordance with applicable law, the Articles and the Bylaws.

Basic Responsibilities

  • Make strategic decisions regarding the course of action for FCCU by establishing goals, objectives, formulating policies and approving services.
  •  Review of policies
  • Hire, monitor and evaluate FCCU President.
  • Participate in committees as appointed by the Board Chair.
  • Ensure FCCU meets all federal and state regulations and guidelines.
  • Maintain, review and update FCCU Bylaws.
  • Maintain the confidentiality of all FCCU business and information received.
  • Attend and actively participate in monthly Board Meetings and the Annual Strategic Planning Session.
  • They must administer the affairs of the credit union fairly and impartially and without discrimination in favor of or against any particular member.


  • A Board member must carry out the duties in good faith, in a manner reasonably believed to be in the best interests of the membership, and with such care, including reasonable inquiry, as an ordinarily prudent person in a like position would use under similar circumstances.
  • Thoroughly review Board information prior to each Board Meeting
  • Be aware of state and federal political issues regarding the credit union movement.
  • Disclose possible conflicts of interest and refrain from voting on issues related to the conflict.

Board Members Qualifications

  • Must be a member in good standing with FCCU.
  • Must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Must be a member of FCCU for three (3) months.
  • Must be bondable by FCCU’s Fidelity Bond Company.
  • Must authorize a Criminal Background Check and Credit Check.

Educational Requirements

A Board member must have a certain base level of financial skills, consistent with the size and complexity of the credit union operation they serve. At a minimum, they must have the ability to read and understand the credit unions balance sheet and income statement. If they do not have these skills when elected or appointed, they must obtain these skills in a timely manner (within 6 mos.). FCCU will make available the appropriate training to enhance the financial knowledge of the Board member.

Required Meetings

  • Monthly Board Meeting
  • Annual Meeting of the membership: generally held in May.
  • Annual Planning Session: an afternoon-evening session normally held a weekday in September or October.
  • Other assigned committee meetings: meetings vary depending on the specific committee.
  • Exit reviews by examiners are not required, but attendance is highly recommended.

Personal Liability

FCCU carries Directors’ and Officers’ Liability Insurance. This policy protects FCCU’s directors, volunteers and employees from liability arising out of their duties performed for the Credit Union.

2023- 2024 Board of Directors

  • Dianne Butt, Chair
  • Ernie Witzke, Vice Chair
  • Philip Ristow, Treasurer
  • Collin Stevens, Secretary
  • Margaret Bare
  • Rosalinda Martinez
  • Dr. Craig Nevermann

2023 FCCU Board Elections

FCCU Nominating Committee

  • Collin Stevens
  • Dr. Craig Nevermann
  • Sue Johnson


The Nominating Committee placed the following individuals in nomination:

  • Phil Ristow
  • Rosalinda Martinez

You are hereby advised of your right under Article V, Section 4 of the Credit Union’s bylaws to submit to the Chairperson on or before April 18, 2023 a petition requesting your nomination as a nominee to the Credit Union’s Board of Directors.  Your petition must be signed by at least fifty (50) members eligible to vote at meetings of the members of the Credit Union.



If you are interested in serving on the FCCU Board of Directors, please complete the Board Member Application, and return the application and your candidate statement by December 1st to:

Fort Community Credit Union
c/o Nominating Committee
PO Box 160
Fort Atkinson, WI 53538


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