Member & Chapter News

CFCU’s Stan Baron to Retire
President and CEO Stan Baron of Chetco Federal Credit Union (CFCU) will be retiring on May 1, 2011.

CFCU’s Chairman, Dr. Jim Nelson, said “We hate to see Stan go, but understand his desire to return to the East Coast and spend more time with his family. We will miss him, but we have his phone number.”

Baron came to CFCU in June of 2000 after more than 30 years in the credit union industry, nearly 20 of those years as a President and CEO. He oversaw the increase of CFCU’s assets from roughly $100 million to a high of over $370 million and the expansion of its service area to include Coos County.

“It has been a great honor and privilege to serve our members and the communities in Curry, Coos and Del Norte counties,” Baron said. “I will certainly miss the many, many people I have gotten to know here; but after more than 40 years in the credit union industry, it is time to spend more time with the grandchildren. I want to especially thank the Board of Directors and staff of CFCU for their hard work and support.”

The Board of Directors is currently working on determining Mr. Baron’s successor. In the meantime, EVP & General Counsel Peter Spratt will serve as Interim CEO.

YVCU Wins National Marketing Awards
Yakima Valley Credit Union (YVCU) recently took home three awards from the Credit Union National Association Marketing and Business Development Council (CMBDC) Annual Meeting held in Las Vegas, Nev. YVCU won Merit Awards in the following categories: Community/Public Relations Single Event, Internal Marketing Incentive Campaign, and Newsletters or Magazine Publications.

Subject matters for each of the categories were:

  • Community/Public Relations Single Event – the Scam Awareness activities and forum YVCU conducted in the Summer of 2010 following a series of scams affecting the Yakima Community. YVCU put together a number of activities to heighten the awareness of scam defense and hosted an awareness event.
  • Internal Marketing Incentive Campaign – YVCU held a Chase the Checker campaign in February 2010 with the goal of encouraging members to sign up for a checking account.
  • Newsletters or Magazine Publications – in 2010 YVCU revamped the member newsletter to a bi-annual newsletter and called it Solutions. The newsletter articles are focused to provide you with solutions to attaining financial success. 

Excellence Award Winners Honored at HR/TD Council Conference
Red Canoe won an Excellence Award winners from the CUNA HR/TD Council during the council’s 17th annual conference, which took place April 10-13 in San Francisco, Calif.

The award recognizes and honors credit unions that exemplify excellence in the human resources and training disciplines and serves to promote credit union philosophies through people leadership.

The credit union won in the Strategic Leadership (Assets $500M – $1B) category for its Paddle (Professional Activities to Direct and Develop Leadership Excellence) Program, which was created as a realistic and targeted approach to cultivating talent in the organization. A true sign of success is that six of the initial 12 participants have been promoted to a higher level within the credit union.

Eastern Oregon Chapter Meeting Announced
Eastern Oregon Chapter will be meeting on Friday, May 20, 2011. Mike Snow from Union Wallow Baker FCU will host the event at La Grande at Hot Lake Springs. The meeting will run from 10:00 a.m. until about 3:00 p.m., with lunch at noon. The cost for lunch and the tour will be about $20.00 per person.

Rooms will be available for those traveling from out of town:

For more information and to RSVP, contact Barb Haggerty by Friday, April 29, 2011: 541-889-3149,

Snohomish County Chapter Hosting 5th Annual Golf Tournament
The Snohomish County Chapter of Credit Unions is holding its 5th annual golf tournament at the Harbour Pointe Golf Course on Thursday, June 30.

Registration and sponsorship information will be available at:

If you have questions, please contact Vikki Strand: 206-214-1516,

Questions about chapters? Contact Director of CU Development Kasey Rockwell: 503.350.2217,

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