SHEBOYGAN FALLS, Wis. (12/13/07)--Meadowland CU of Sheboygan Falls is celebrating its 50th anniversary. While the 1,851-member credit union offers products competitive with larger financial institutions, it maintains a history of personal service, reports the Sheboygan Press (Dec. 9). Kathy Zimbal, a member of Meadowland, said “it’s awesome” that tellers know her by name. Most members feel like they belong at Meadowland when the staff knows who they are, said Chris Kuitert, secretary of the credit union’s board of directors. Allan Kraus, Meadowland president/CEO, who has been with the credit union for two years, also is committed to personal service. He individually meets with members who have questions. Kraus, 48, has 20 years’ experience working in financial institutions. It’s rare to find a place where members can “sit down and talk to the president,” he told the newspaper. Meadowland also has an ATM machine, shared with Kohler CU. Next year, the credit union will offer online bill pay and individual retirement accounts, providing its members “everything the big boys offer,” Kraus told the newspaper. The credit union also has a branch at Sheboygan Falls High School, which serves faculty and students. Meadowland’s high school branch also promotes financial education. Meadowland has $7.25 million in assets. Its loans, assets and savings have seen double-digit growth this year, Kraus told the newspaper. Meadowland CU was created in 1957 to serve employees of Bemis Manufacturing Co. It expanded its charter about 10 years ago to include anyone living or working in Sheboygan County. The charter has brought in 400 new members within the past decade, said the article.