Members in the News

BECU Honors Schumacher with Donation
BECU CEO Gary Oakland honored longtime colleague Bob Schumacher with a donation on behalf of his credit union to the National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF).

The donation will benefit two specific outreach efforts that were of particular importance to Schumacher: “Biz Kid$” and the Credit Union Development Education (DE) training program.

Schumacher, currently the president and CEO of MountainCrest Credit Union in Everett, Wash., will be retiring effective Dec. 14, 2011, and friends and colleagues are celebrating nationwide with honoraria gifts to the NCUF.

Schumacher spent 15 years as part of MountainCrest’s senior management team, including the past nine as CEO. Before joining MountainCrest, Schumacher’s 34-year career in the movement included work at the Credit Union National Association (CUNA), as well as with the Washington and Florida leagues and their service corporations.

To join in honoring Schumacher in his retirement, a check should be sent noting Schumacher’s name to the NCUF at P.O. Box 78880, Milwaukee, WI 53278-0880.

Holiday Icon Campaign Underway to Benefit Credit Unions for Kids
The Credit Unions for Kids’ Holiday Icon Campaign is a great way to engage members in fundraising initiatives. Credit unions can order paper icons in fun, holiday-themed shapes for no charge. Members can then donate a dollar in exchange for writing their name on an icon to be displayed in the branch.

Every dollar makes a big difference for sick kids at a local Children’s Miracle Hospital. A single dollar can help toward the following expenses:

  • Wee Pee sized diapers, for babies weighing less than 800 grams, cost $0.41 
  • Preemie sized diapers, for babies weighing up to 4 pounds, cost $0.50 
  • Size 1 blood pressure cuffs for the smallest child patients, cost $1.08 
  • Baby blankets in the Neonatal and Infant Critical Care Unit, cost $4.00 

This is a great opportunity for members to see their credit union supporting the community and a wonderful way for members to get involved as well. The Holiday Icon Campaign is an easy way to help members feel good about themselves and about their credit union.

Northwest Credit Union Association Room Block for CUNA’s GAC Open and Filling Up Fast
The New Year is fast approaching, which means CUNA’s Governmental Affairs Conference is not far off either. If you have not yet reserved your hotel room through the Association’s room block, you are encouraged to do so soon. The conference is will run from Sunday, March 18 to Thursday, March 22, 2012, in Washington, D.C. Click here to download a draft schedule from the NWCUA website.

This NWCUA room block will be at the Grand Hyatt Washington, located at 1000 H Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20001. The rate will be $326, plus 14.5-percent tax. The hotel is within walking distance of the Washington Convention Center but is also on the CUNA shuttle bus route providing transportation to and from the convention center. There are multiple dining options located within the hotel, and the hotel has in-lobby access to the Metro.

To make a reservation, go to the conference housing website, search for your state and enter “Alpha2012” as the password when prompted. If you would rather make your reservations over the phone, you may call 800.974.3084, but please be sure you request to make your reservation through the Ore./Wash. room block.

There is a $275 per room deposit required for all reservations at the time of booking. Your credit card will be charged and the room confirmation will come directly via e-mail from the Housing Bureau. A limit of 10 room reservations per call or online order will apply.

Reservations cancelled by Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012, will receive their full deposit back. For reservations cancelled on and after Febr. 1, 2012, there is a $275 cancellation fee per room.

The $326 rate is good between Friday, March 16 and Thursday, March 22, 2012. If you request nights outside of this range, you will be put on a waiting list until availability for those nights can be confirmed, but weekends are generally low-traffic times in D.C.

The cutoff date for being included in the room block is Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012. After that date, all reservations will be accepted on a space available basis and subject to current rate availability.

If you need more information, please contact Mark Minickiello, Vice President of Legislative Affairs for the NWCUA, at 206.340.4812 or by e-mail at

Columbia Credit Union Supplies Nearly 6,000 Dictionaries to Local Students
Columbia Credit Union and seven Rotary Clubs in Clark County, Wash., joined to provide dictionaries to Clark County third graders as part of Rotary International’s focus on literacy. Nearly 6,000 dictionaries complete with bookplates and bookmarks were distributed.

As the project sponsor, Columbia Credit Union underwrote the cost of the dictionaries and donated nameplates and bookmarks. Columbia staff also assisted Rotary volunteers with dictionary preparation and distribution to the schools and joined Clark County Rotary representatives to present the dictionaries in a special assembly at Helen Baller Elementary in Camas, Wash.

“We’re so happy that Columbia Credit Union has stepped up to provide funding of the Rotary Dictionary program for four years now,” said Sue Coates, Rotary Assistant Governor for the Clark County Region. “Literacy is a primary goal for Rotary Clubs worldwide, and we’re excited to be providing young students with their own dictionaries to really facilitate the learning process.”

Columbia Credit Union Makes Gift to New Technology Building at WSU Vancouver
Columbia Credit Union donated $60,000 to the new Engineering and Computer Science building at Washington State University Vancouver. The gift is in commemoration of Columbia’s 60th anniversary in 2012 and will support a radio frequency research laboratory, a computer science open computer lab and six mini-grants for faculty research. The laboratories will bear Columbia Credit Union’s name through 2016.

“Columbia Credit Union’s gift will significantly improve our ability to equip our new laboratories and fund new faculty research programs,” said Dr. Hakan Gurocak, director of the School of Engineering and Computer Science. “We’re excited to provide students with these benefits and congratulate the credit union on their commitment to education.”

“Our gift will foster research and development and innovative collaboration between WSU Vancouver faculty and high-tech companies,” said Columbia’s senior vice president of marketing and chief deposit officer, Colleen Boccia. “We hope it will inspire other local organizations to make contributions of their own.”

With economists predicting a five-year wait for employment recovery in the area, Columbia President and CEO Steve Kenny described the donation as a proactive approach to stimulating the local economy.

“By acting now, we’re setting the stage for sustainable job creation in advance of that five-year horizon,” he said.

The credit union’s donation aligns with Clark County’s 20-year economic plan to promote higher education and research to ensure the area’s prosperity.

“Clark County’s plan is riddled with reasons for us to move swiftly and with purpose in support of local higher education—in particular, areas of study that will anchor information technology and software companies, near-field communications, multi-media and the healthcare industry,” Kenny added.

Columbia Credit Union has supported the WSUV student scholarship program since the early 1990s; this is the first gift specifically for engineering.

WSU Vancouver’s Engineering and Computer Science building will open for classes in spring 2012.

Oregon Football Fundraiser Earns More Than $2,600 for Pediatric and Neo-Natal Units at Sacred Heart
LANECO Federal Credit Union opened up its parking lot to college football fans and raised $2,680 for the pediatric and neo-natal units at Sacred Heart’s River Bend hospital.

Employees and volunteers from the credit union parked cars beginning at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19—the day the University of Oregon hosted the University of Southern California.

“Since we’re near the stadium, we decided to utilize our parking lot to raise money for Credit Union for Kids, which supports the pediatric and neo-natal units at River Bend,” LANECO CEO Loreen Ervin said. “We had no idea we’d be so successful and people would be so generous.”

The credit union also applied for a grant from one of its vendors, CO-OP Financial Services Network, which agreed to double the money raised through its Miracle Match program.

Namdar Named OnPoint’s Senior Vice President and Chief Credit Risk Officer
OnPoint Community Credit Union tabbed Frank Namdar as senior vice president and chief credit officer. Namdar boasts more than 20 years of financial services experience, having most recently worked with US Bancorp.

Namdar will direct OnPoint’s lending program, including the management of consumer lending, mortgages and business lending. He will also provide direction and oversight to OnPoint’s new loan products, policies and procedures.

“We are proud to have Frank join OnPoint as a member of our executive team,” OnPoint President and CEO Rob Stuart said. “His background in lending and portfolio management will be a valuable resource as OnPoint continues to expand its loan volumes and product offerings.”

iQ Adds Mosback as Lending Compliance Officer
Ed Mosback joined iQ Credit Union’s financial services team as a lending compliance officer. Mosback lives in Vancouver, Wash., and has 40 years experience in financial institutions, having worked most recently with Lacamas Community Credit Union.

Maps Credit Union Expands its Outreach Team
Maps Credit Union announced the addition of Mitzi Smith, Community Development Officer, and Oscar Porras, Community Liaison, to its outreach team. Smith, who has been with Maps for 10 years, was most recently manager of the McNary Branch in Keizer, Ore. Porras splits his time between the outreach team and the Chemeketa Branch in Salem, Ore., where he serves members as a financial services officer.

In her role as community development officer, Smith will focus on providing asset-building products and services to all members of the community. She is also tasked with helping build the credit union’s capacity to provide financial education to members and non-members, create volunteer opportunities for employees and build partnerships that help community members achieve financial independence.

“I am proud to bring Mitzi to the outreach team, because she brings not only a great amount of experience within the credit union but also an excellent sense of how Maps can give back to the community and help all of the people in the areas we serve better their financial positions,” said Jill Nowacki, Vice President of Development.

Porras took on a new position in the department that formalizes some of the work he has been doing above and beyond his branch duties. He will also serve as a bilingual resource for the department and assist in building community relationships.

“Oscar was a great asset to our team even before he was formally a member,” Nowacki said. “He has been facilitating Spanish financial education courses with some of our community partners for some time now.”

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