Marketing Communications Manager


Cindy has worked in the Marketing department at Ideal CU since 1995. She worked as a broadcast and print journalist prior to pursuing a career in public relations and marketing. Cindy has a passion for wine, painting, political advocacy and the Denver Broncos. She enjoys blogging about wine and visiting local wineries, power walking and watching Netflix. Cindy is a member of the Minnesota Grape Growers Association (MGGA) and a strong advocate for cold climate wines produced in Minnesota and the upper midwest. She recently earned a WSET Level 1 Award in Wines.

Ideal Credit Union Has Paid Over $3.1 Million to Back to Its Members

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The Butler family joined Ideal Credit Union 36 years ago in 1982. Their total VIP+ payout since 2013 is now over $2,450.

 (Woodbury, MN – January 9, 2018) – Ideal Credit Union has returned 10% of its 2017 earnings to members through its exclusive VIP Program, rewarding 4,406 VIP+ members with cash dividends between $50 and $600, which were automatically deposited into members’ savings accounts in January 2018. A total payout of $532,150 was returned to Ideal CU members as a result of the VIP Program. Ideal CU has paid out over $3.1 million to VIP members since the program’s inception. Ideal is the only credit union in Minnesota offering this type of rewards program, believed to be the first of its kind in the state.

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Financial Preparation For 2018

2018 is almost here – are you ready? Usher in the new year with plans for financial improvement and resolutions to do more.
Here are some tips to get you started:
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Ideal CU’s Annual $4,000 Holiday Debit Card Giveaway is Back

(Woodbury, MN –November 30, 2017) – Ideal Credit Union’s popular $1,000 Debit Card Giveaway is back for another four weeks this holiday season. Ideal CU has held this popular holiday promotion since 2012 and has given away $20,000 to 20 lucky members. To qualify, members with an Ideal CU personal checking account simply use their Ideal CU Debit MasterCard® or My Rewards™ Gold or Platinum Debit Card for purchases and earn a chance to win one of Ideal CU's four weekly $1,000 random drawings. Members earn 100 bonus entries into the weekly drawing when they make 25 or more purchases a week.

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7 Ways to Save on Thanksgiving Costs this Month

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Between your turkey, ingredients for the holiday meal and décor to set the ambiance, hosting a Thanksgiving dinner is not cheap. If you’re looking for ways to cut back without compromising on quality, read on for seven easy ways to save on Thanksgiving costs this year.
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Ideal CU Donates $10K to Worldwide Foundation for Credit Unions Caribbean Relief Efforts

President/CEO Brian Sherrick and EVP of Operations Alisha Johnson hold check representing $10,000 donated to the World Council of Credit Union's Caribbean Hurricane Relief Fund.

(Woodbury, MN – November 2, 2017) – To raise funds to help areas in the Caribbean devastated by Hurricane Irma, Ideal Credit Union, in partnership with the Worldwide Foundation for Credit Unions, launched a two-week drive from October 6-20, 2017, to encourage donations from members, employees and the community at large, and pledged to match up to $2,500 of the money collected.

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Ideal CU Community Foundation Raises $25.5K to Support Local Initiatives

(Woodbury, MN – October 6, 2017) A strong showing of support enabled the Ideal CU Community Foundation to raise $25,560 at its 8th annual golf tournament on September 11, 2017, which is an increase of $2,300 from the previous year. The event, held at StoneRidge Golf Course in Stillwater, attracted 103 golfers and 36 sponsors. The foundation will use the funds to aid local education, food shelf and community initiatives.

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Dealing With a Financial Setback

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Financial setbacks come in all shapes and sizes. It can be an expensive household repair, a medical emergency, getting laid off or the birth of a baby. Whatever the situation, it’s impossible to plan for every financial hit you will take in your lifetime. But don’t fret. If you’re hit with hard times, here’s some tips to keep in mind.

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Ideal CU Holds Ribbon Cutting at ‘Historic’ Stillwater Branch

Stillwater Ribbon Cutting

(Woodbury, MN – September 21, 2017) – Ideal Credit Union held a ribbon cutting ceremony at its ‘historic’ Stillwater branch in August, marking the official grand opening of the city’s first and only credit union. The morning began with a flag raising ceremony conducted by Boy Scout Troop #114 of Stillwater, who led attendees in the Pledge of Allegiance. Bag piper Cindy Lendt played “God Bless America” and Kate Boehlke sang the National Anthem. A ribbon cutting followed, led by members of the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce, Ideal CU Board of Directors, Supervisory Committee members, and executive and branch staff.

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Ideal CU Wins Prestigious Dora Maxwell Community Service Award

(Woodbury, MN – September 14, 2017) Ideal Credit Union has been honored with a 2017 Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Community Service Award for its involvement in the MN Brain Tumor 5K. The award, sponsored by the Minnesota Credit Union Network (MnCUN) and the Credit Union National Association (CUNA), recognizes credit unions for the activities they coordinate that benefit the communities they serve and/or specific charities.

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Ideal CU Gives Away $9K at 6 Day Community Appreciation Event

(Woodbury, MN – August 25, 2017) – Ideal Credit Union celebrated its 4th Annual Community Appreciation week by giving away $1,000 a day to one lucky grand prize winner over the course of the 6 branch, 6 day event, and another $3,000 total to 6 local community food shelves that reside within Ideal’s 6 branch locations. To better accommodate busy schedules, Ideal added evening hours at its two newest branches, and a Saturday celebration in Woodbury. Attendees enjoyed over 2,200 hot dogs, fun and a chance to give back to our local communities.

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2018 Holiday Hours


New Year's Day
Monday, January 1st
All locations closed.


Martin Luther King Jr Day
Monday, January 15th
All locations closed.


Presidents' Day
Monday, February 19th
All locations closed.


Good Friday
Friday, March 30th
All locations open regular business hours
Lobby - 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Drive-thru - 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.


Memorial Day
Monday, May 28th
All locations closed.


Independence Day
Wednesday, July 4th
All locations closed.


Labor Day
Monday, September 3rd
All locations closed.


Columbus Day
Monday, October 8th
All locations closed.


Veterans Day
Monday, November 12th
All locations closed


Thanksgiving Day
Thursday, November 22nd
All locations closed.


Day after Thanksgiving
All locations are open regular business hours
Lobby - 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Drive-thru - 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.


Christmas Eve
Monday, December 24th
All locations open regular business hours
Lobby - 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Drive-thru - 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.


Christmas Day
Tuesday, December 25th
All locations closed.


New Year's Eve
Monday, December 31
All locations open regular business hours
Lobby - 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Drive-thru - 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.


New Years Day
Tuesday, January 1st
All locations closed