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2021 Board of Directors Election

2021 Board of Directors Election

The 81st Annual Meeting of North Star Community Credit Union will be held Thursday March 18th at 6PM via Zoom. A link to the Zoom meeting will be placed on our website to connect.

The Board of Directors consists of seven members, all whom are members of this Credit Union. They shall be determined by the districts where they reside, as follows:


District 1 – 3 Directors                                       District 2 – 2 Directors  

Pembina           Walsh                                       Rolette             Bottineau

Grand Forks      Nelson                                      Renville            McHenry

Griggs               Cavalier                                    Ward                McLean

Ramsey            Eddy                                         Burleigh            Kidder

Foster               Wells                                        Stutsman          Sheridan

Benson             Pierce                                       Towner             Mountrail

At-Large Directors – 2 Directors

Two of the directors shall be considered at-large with no specific geographical requirements. There is one seat up for election in 2021, a Director At Large position. Nominees were required to submit their application to the nominating committee by February 1, 2021.

Every member of the credit union over the age of 18 is eligible and encouraged to vote in the board of director’s election. There will not be any nominations from the floor during the Annual Meeting. The election will be open Monday March 1st through 12PM on Saturday March 13th. Election results will be shared at the Annual Meeting on March 18th. For full annual meeting details click here (annual meeting booklet).

Voting Instructions
Members can vote:

  •   By phone at 701-858-9300 or 1-800-410-2226

  •   By paper ballot in any of our local branches. Addresses can be found at nsccu.com

To request a paper ballot, please call 701-858-9300 or 1-800-410-2226. If a paper ballot is requested, it will be sent with a prepaid postage return envelope. Completed paper ballots must be received by 12PM on Saturday March 13, 2021 at any of our local branches.

Questions or concerns? Please contact us at 701-858-9300 or 1-800-410-2226.

2021 Director at Large Candidates:

John Riley (incumbent) and his wife Cathy reside in Willow City, ND. John was elected to the Northern Tier FCU Board of Directors in 2015. John’s term on the Board of Directors continued when Northern Tier FCU merged into North Star Community Credit Union in July of 2017.
John is retired from the U.S. Air Force where he and his wife both served for 20 years. He is the Clerk for Willow Creek Township and served on the North Dakota District LC-MS Board of Directors for 9 years.
John feels his life experiences and time on the North Star Board of Directors has equipped him to continue to serve members.

“My name is Ella Strong-Lopez. I live in the most beautiful part of North Dakota in a small community in Pembina County. I reside in a 1906 Farmhouse in the small community of Mountain, ND.
I am Wyoming born, Wyoming raised, and Wyoming schooled. I have worked hard throughout my years. A few of my positions gave me great joy. I managed an Alzheimer’s Unit for fifteen years. I worked for the Department of Labor and facilitated/managed a $2.1million budget to put adults 55 and older into training which took them into new jobs. In 2009 I was awarded the Making a Difference Award for the State of Wyoming, for putting over One Hundred people over 55 back to work. I was gifted the responsibility of managing a 3.2million dollar Senior Centers’ in Platte County, Wyoming. With a staff of fifteen we as a team managed four Centers’ in this county on this budget and helped keep many Seniors active.
My husband and I wanted to retire to a place where life was simpler. Being a sugar beet farm girl, I wanted to be able to smell the dirt and see the land grow. We saw our home on Zillow for sale by owner and proceeded for over a year to watch over it. In April of 2020 we made them an offer and took a risk and bought a home seen only by the inspector. On the 4th of September we moved into our home that sits upon a hill where I can see the farmers harvesting and soon planting. Before arriving, I was on the computer looking for the closest Credit Union to Mountain. I chose North Star after going into the Cavalier branch and was greeted with a staff that wanted us there.
This would not be the first time I have sat upon a Credit Union Board. I have five years’ experience in; aiding the responsibility for the Credit Unions future, setting policies and procedures, approving budgets, speaking at community organizations and companies about the services of Credit Union’s.”