Meet Your 2019 Director Candidates
Voting is open January 5th – February 16th, 2019. Election results will be announced at WCCU’s Annual Meeting on February 26th, 2019 at the Westby Community Center, 206 N. Main St, Westby, at 7:00 p.m.
WCCU Directors have duties and responsibilities set forth in the bylaws and Board policies. In addition they must understand and demonstrate a commitment to WCCU products and services, keep current with issues affecting credit union movement, attend monthly board meetings and annual meeting, participate in committees, prepare for and be an active participate in meetings, mentor new board members, maintain confidentiality and foster a positive working relationship with our Board members.
Three candidates will be elected to each serve a three year term.
Only the primary member (the first person named on the account) is eligible to vote (one vote per member); a member must be 18 years of age or older to vote; and, an eligible voter must have been a member of Westby Co-op Credit Union (WCCU) for at least three months.
2019 Board of Director Candidates
Alan Berg (elected incumbent)
Alan Berg has served on the WCCU Board of Directors for the past 6 years. Prior to his retirement, he was a farmer for 40 years, a municipal county patrolman for 22 years and drove truck in road construction for 10 years. He currently serves as President on the Door of Hope Board in Viroqua. Alan has also served as President of the Vernon County Farmers Union. In addition, he has been very active on several Westby and Viroqua Area Planning Committees and boards. Alan and his wife Susan, a retired school teacher, live in Viroqua and have 4 children and 8 grandchildren.
Bill Marohl has served on the WCCU Board of Directors for the past 3 years. He served as the Branch Manager of the Viroqua Office for 13 years and retired in 2013. Bill has held various positions and has done extensive volunteer work with the Vernon County Fair. He has held the position of Treasurer since 1997. He has served as the Superintendent for the Vernon County Fair for 10 years and was also a board director in 1996. Bill has served as Director for the Wisconsin Association of Fairs (WAF) for seven years. Over the past 15 years, Bill has held a variety of positions within the Wisconsin Association of Fairs. He also served as president for 2 years in which he attended 59 fairs within the state of Wisconsin. In addition, Bill was a Vernon County 4-H Leader for 34 years. He served on the Associates of the Restored Temple Theatre board and has been Vice President for the past 3 years, and President this past year. He also is a member and the Treasurer of the Liberty Pole United Methodist Church. Bill is a member of the American Legion Post 138 in Viroqua. He served in the USAF from 1967-1971. Bill and his wife, Sandy, live in Viroqua. They have 2 children and 3 grandchildren.
Bill Marohl (elected incumbent)
Kevin Larson is a life-long resident of the Westby and Viroqua communities. He graduated from UW-River Falls with a degree in animal science. For the past six years he has been a Sales Agent for Du Pont Pioneer. Kevin serves on the Vernon County Board of Supervisors where he is the Vice-Chair. He is also Vice-Chair of Finance and the Land and Water Committee, and Chair of the Extension Committee. In addition, he is on the Vernon County Fair Board, a member of the Viroqua FFA Alumni, Vernon County Dairy Promotion, Vernon County Holstein Association and the Westby-Coon Prairie Lutheran Church. His past work experience includes livestock nutrition sales and consulting with Star Blends, Nelson Agri-Center, and Land O’Lakes. Kevin was also a self-employed dairy farmer for ten years. He and his wife, Julie, have two grown children and live on a 200-acre crop and small dairy heifer farm in rural Viroqua.
Monte Torgerson has served on the WCCU Board of Directors for the past 9 years. He recently retired from StarBlends LLC in Sparta. For 33 years, Monte was a member of the Westby-Christiana Fire Department and served 22 years as the chief. He served 8 years on the Westby Housing Authority and 8 years on the Westby Planning Committee. He volunteered with a variety of organizations including Snowflake Ski and Golf Club (President, VP of skiing, V.P. of Golf, Secretary); Westby Area Jaycees (President); Westby Coon Prairie Church (Council President); Skodalen Lutheran Church (President). Monte has also been a member of the Westby Legion Post 155 for 38 years. He has three children and he and his wife, Darlene, live in outside of Westby.
Monte Torgerson (elected incumbent)
You are eligible to vote if you are the primary owner listed on the account (the primary owner is defined as the person whose Social Security Number/Tax ID# is primary on the account), have been a member for 3 months, and you are over the age of 18.
This year you will have the option of voting with an assigned Personal Identification Number (PIN) or by using your account number. Both methods are secure. PIN numbers will be sent to all eligible voting members. Members with an e-mail address will receive them via e-mail. All others will receive their PIN numbers by standard mail.
Election results will be announced at WCCU’S Annual Meeting on February 26th, 2019 at the Westby Community Center, 206 N. Main St., in Westby at 7:00 p.m.
Four Ways to Vote:
Vote in any WCCU Office
Electronic voting will be available at all WCCU offices. WCCU staff will be happy to assist you!
The electronic (internet) voting will be handled by CU Ballot, an independent, secure website. Members will receive easy to understand instructions on how to vote when visiting this site: https://wccucreditunion.cuballot.com
Call Toll-Free to vote: 1-855-390-5472
Telephone voting allows members to cast votes by dialing the above toll-free number which is specifically assigned for this election. Members may simply follow the prompts of an interactive voice response system.
Paper Ballots are available in all WCCU Offices. Paper ballots will be mailed directly to CU Ballot for tabulation.
We have once again partnered with CU Ballot to conduct our election. CU Ballot has the resources and expertise to conduct large credit union elections. They are able to offer our members confidentiality as WCCU is provided with only the tabulated results – WCCU is not provided with any information regarding individual ballots. With the use of their technology and expertise, they are able to conduct an election that is cost effective, compliant, and fair. Our WCCU bylaws state that all ballots need to be verified to ensure they are from eligible voting members. Through the use of technology and automation, CU Ballot has the capability to verify all ballots by using either your assigned PIN number or your account number.