About Us

Our Story

It all started in 1935 when a group of 10 individuals pooled their resources to help each other succeed financially by starting a Credit Union. Southern Lakes Credit Union is a member owned financial cooperative. With our Home Office in Kenosha, WI we are a Community Chartered Credit Union serving all individuals living or working in Kenosha, Racine, Walworth, Milwaukee, Rock and Waukesha counties in Wisconsin and Lake and McHenry counties in Illinois.

Mission

At Southern Lakes we are “Dedicated to Making a Difference in our Members Lives”. We do this by following the 7 Cooperative principals:

    1. Voluntary and Open Membership
    2. Democratic Member Control
    3. Member Economic Participation
    4. Autonomy and Independence
    5. Financial Education, Training, and Information
    6. Cooperation Among Cooperatives
    7. Concern for the Community

It is our mission at Southern Lakes Credit Union to continue the dream of our founding members by providing opportunity for all our members to improve their economic and social condition. Every person has a unique financial situation so we are dedicated to getting to know you as an individual. Join us to experience the Southern Lakes difference.

Our History

March 19, 1935

The Credit Union was founded by 10 individuals as the Kenosha Teacher’s Credit Union.

1960

We celebrated 25 years of serving our members financial needs.

1969

Our charter was expanded to allow us to serve anyone living in the Kenosha Unified School District.

1981

Our charter was expanded to allow us to serve Walworth County school employees.

July 2, 1982

The Kenosha Teacher’s Credit Union partnered with WAL-CO Credit Union and became Southern Lakes Credit Union.

August 25, 1985

We celebrated 50 years of serving our members financial needs.

We also became a Community Chartered Credit Union to allow us to serve anyone who lives or works in Kenosha and Walworth counties.

1989

Sunnyside Credit Union (formerly the Snap-on Employees Credit Union) partnered with Southern Lakes Credit Union.

1992

Our charter was expanded to enable us the opportunity to serve anyone who lives or works in Racine County.

1993

Victory Credit Union partnered with Southern Lakes Credit Union.

1994

Kenosha News Credit Union partnered with Southern Lakes Credit Union.

2003

Our charter was expanded to allow us to serve anyone who lives or works in Milwaukee, Rock, and Waukesha Counties in Wisconsin and Lake and McHenry Counties in Illinois.

2005

Our Charter was expanded to allow us to serve anyone who is a member of the Harley Owners Group in Wisconsin or Illinois.

2010

We celebrated 75 years of serving our members financial needs.

Since 1935, we have followed the Credit Union philosophy of “People helping People”. Through all of our growth and changes, there has been one constant. That constant is that we are here to serve you, our member. Thank you for all your support throughout the years.

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