Royal Credit Union Foundation gives $150,000 to Rice Lake Public Library

EAU CLAIRE, WI (April 18, 2018) — The RCU Foundation gifted $150,000 to Rice Lake Public Library (RLPL) for their remodel and expansion project.

RLPL acts as a community center, with more than 120,000 visits annually. Programming is a priority for the Library, which seeks to break down barriers of access, and the library hosts an average of 10 programs each week. The remodel and expansion project will break ground Spring 2019.

“The Rice Lake Public Library works hard to connect all people to their community and the world beyond by promoting literacy, supporting lifelong learning, and ensuring free and open access to ideas,” noted Katherine Elchert, Library Director. “Thanks to the RCU Foundation donation, the Library will continue to be the essential gathering place of our community!” The Foundation’s recent donation will cover the cost of the new multi-purpose room.

The RCU Foundation’s core purpose is to create a positive impact in the communities served by Royal Credit Union. The credit union has been part of the Rice Lake community since 1991. “We are honored to support Rice Lake Public Library because their community focus and initiatives in continuing education and financial literacy fit with our goal to make a positive impact,” said Doug Olson, Treasurer/Secretary, RCU Foundation. The Foundation focuses on large-scale, capital projects that help build community and create the spaces where people come together.

RCU Foundation & Rice Lake Public Library Representatives

About Royal Credit Union

Royal Credit Union is a federally insured credit union proudly serving over 290,000 Members in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Royal is driven by a core ideology built on a strong purpose and values. You can open an account or apply for a low-rate loan at Royal Credit Union if you live or work in 26 counties in western Wisconsin or 16 counties in Minnesota. Counties served in Wisconsin include Adams, Ashland, Bayfield, Barron, Buffalo, Burnett, Chippewa, Clark, Douglas, Dunn, Eau Claire, Jackson, Lincoln, Marathon, Pepin, Pierce, Polk, Portage, Price, Rusk, Sawyer, St. Croix, Taylor, Trempealeau, Washburn, and Wood. Counties served in Minnesota include Anoka, Carver, Chisago, Dakota, Goodhue, Hennepin, Isanti, Olmsted, Pine, Ramsey, Scott, Sherburne, Wabasha, Washington, Winona and Wright. A complete list of Member eligibility requirements is available on the Royal Credit Union website. To learn more about Royal, visit or call 800-341-9911.

About the RCU Foundation

The RCU Foundation (Foundation) was established in 2012 to support organizations and initiatives in communities where Royal Credit Union operates in western Wisconsin and eastern Minnesota.  The Foundation focuses on large-scale, capital projects that help build community and create the spaces where people come together. Focus areas include education, health, and the arts. The Foundation hosts the annual Rock the Riverfront-Charity Classic event in Eau Claire and co-hosts the Prairie Burn Music Festival in Hudson. Currently, it has awarded over $2.7 million in grants. Contact for more information.


Holly Hermanson
Community Engagement Coordinator
Royal Credit Union
200 Riverfront Terrace
Eau Claire, WI 54703
715-833-8112 (office)
715-563-6711 (mobile)

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