Members in the News

Credit Union Charity Ride Raises $25,000

More than 100 bikers helped Fibre Federal Credit Union and iQ Credit Union raise nearly $25,000 for Doernbecher Children’s Hospital at the Credit Union Charity Ride on Aug. 20. The event has now raised more than $225,000 for Doernbecher in its six years.

“The ride was a success,” said Roger Michaelis, president and CEO at iQ Credit Union and one of the event’s planners, “but the real excitement comes when we can deliver the check to the kids at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital.”

Fibre and iQ coordinated the ride, but a host of area credit unions partnered with them in the event, including TwinStar Credit Union, Red Canoe Credit Union, Unitus Community Credit Union, Valley Credit Union, OnPoint Community Credit Union, Oregonians Credit Union, Cascade Credit Union, Lower Columbia Longshoreman’s Federal Credit Union, the Washington Credit Union Foundation and the Southwest Washington Chapter of Credit Unions. Vendor partners included Momentum, Moss Adams, Financial Service Centers Cooperative, Kaye-Smith, LP&H, CUNA Mutual, RBC Capital Markets, Allied Solutions, CU Business Group and C. Myers. Countless other local vendors supplied raffle and poker prize items

The annual event is populated by motorcycle enthusiasts, community partners and credit union professionals alike, with riders departing from Woodland, Wash., and making stops at Castle Rock, Johnston Ridge and the Hoffstadt Bluffs. The ride wrapped up at Fibre’s headquarters in Longview, Wash.

Pacific Crest Federal Credit Union Supports Local Causes

Pacific Crest Federal Credit Union (PCFCU) donated approximately $3,000 in the form of cash, goods, and services for the 2011 Friends of the Children of the Klamath Basin Annual Friendraiser Banquet & Auction. The Friends of the Children program provides a professional, salaried mentor for youth from troubled homes, starting in kindergarten or first grade, and commits to them for 12 years.

This yearly event is the main fundraising effort of the local board of directors, consisting of 25 members, two of which are employed by PCFCU.

The credit union has generously supported the fundraising event for the past eight years. In the last several years, the event has consistently brought in proceeds exceeding $100,000, helping the local chapter to remain self-sustaining.

PCFCU also raised approximately $1,900 for the American Cancer Society at their 2011 Relay for Life event. The American Cancer Society Relay for Life is a life-changing event that gives communities across the globe a chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer by fighting back against the disease. The credit union’s IT manager volunteered to be the Team’s “Mr. Relay” and raised almost $900 towards the overall contribution, winning the “Mr. Relay” contest.

OnPoint Community Credit Union Hosts KGW School Supply Drive Celebration

 OnPoint Community Credit Union, the largest credit union in Oregon, hosted a supply drive celebration and school supply collection event on Aug. 15 to support the 2011 KGW School Supply Drive. The annual Supply Drive collected pencils, paper, crayons and other needed supplies for Schoolhouse Supplies, a nonprofit organization that serves local classrooms in need by operating a volunteer-run Free Store for Teachers.

The celebration took place at OnPoint’s Lloyd Center branch (1720 NE 9th St., Portland), and each of the 16 OnPoint branches in the Portland and Eugene metro areas are still acting as a collection sites for donations through Sept. 3.

King County Chapter of Credit Unions to Host Working Lunch

Hugh Blane, president of Claris Consulting, will be the featured speaker at a lunch hosted by the King County Chapter of Credit Unions at Columbia Tower on Oct. 12. The lunch, geared specifically toward credit union leaders, will address such topics as securing commitment to strategic initiatives and driving business results while still building high levels of employee engagement.

The specific goals of the session are to:

  1. Secure commitment versus compliance,
  2. Lead and positively influence those who can help and or hurt your projects, career, and goals,
  3. Develop your “distinctive personal brand,” and leverage your brand with others

Price: $50.00 (includes parking)
Date: Oct. 12, 2011
Time: 11:30 a.m. — 1:30 p.m.
Register Online

Red Canoe Credit Union Announces Expansion of Business Services Group

Kaye Lynn Sanders, AVP of business services, and Susan Hoosier, commercial loan officer, were both recently hired to join Doris Berridge, business services specialist, at Red Canoe Credit Union. The new team now offers a combined total of more than 50 years of commercial experience to the credit union.


Columbia Credit Union Hires Michael Cochran as Vice President Business Lending

Columbia Credit Union announced the hiring of Michael Cochran as vice president business lending. With 38 years of industry experience, Cochran will focus on cultivating business loan and deposit relationships, marketing credit union products and services and assisting with commercial lending operations.

Cochran holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington and is a graduate of Pacific Coast Banking School. He most recently served as a Commercial Loan Officer at a local financial institution and has served in other capacities within business lending, including chief lending officer, branch manager, and team leader.

Ruby Campos Named Vice President of Branch Operations at HAPO Community Credit Union

HAPO Community Credit Union announced the promotion of Ruby Campos to vice president of branch operations. Campos previously held the title of director of branch operations and has been with HAPO for almost 11 years, including more than four years as a branch manager.

Yakima Valley Credit Union Hires Chief Lending Officer

Yakima Valley Credit Union (YVCU) hired Ralph Cumbee as its new Senior Vice President of Lending/Chief Lending Officer. This new position will oversee the business, consumer and mortgage loan divisions at the credit union.

Cumbee has more than 25 years of experience in financial institutions. Prior to joining YVCU, Cumbee was the concurrent regional president for the Hillsborough and Pasco Regions for First Community Bank of America in Florida. Additionally, throughout his career he has held various positions at SunTrust Banks, First National Bank of the South and First National Bank of Pasco in Florida. Cumbee holds a professional master of banking degree from School of the South at LSU.

Yakima Valley Credit Union Unveils New Branch

Yakima Valley Credit Union (YVCU) unveiled a newly-remodeled branch in an Aug. 4 ceremony. The branch now offers cutting edge technology with new cash dispensing machines, the credit union’s first deposit-taking ATM, and much more. The branch is located at 122 North 50th Avenue in Yakima, and is the first remodel of its kind for YVCU.

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