Members in the News

Sound Credit Union to Sell Office Equipment Acquired Through Merger

Through a recent merger, Sound Credit Union has a surplus of safes, CDMs and other office equipment for sale at very reasonable costs. A full list of available items is available here with photos and detailed information.
If interested, contact Peggy Longnecker at 253.552.2917.


Unitus Provides Parent Care Packages for Doernbecher Children’s Hospital

Unitus employees had a special opportunity to head up the hill to Doernbecher Children’s Hospital to assemble and deliver care packages for parents who have to stay unexpectedly in the hospital with a sick child.

Each care package included basic toiletries and convenience items such as shampoo, lotion, deodorant, disposable razors, notepads, pens, and Starbucks gift cards.

Toothbrushes and toothpaste were generously donated by Dr. Hyder of Dental Images in McMinnville, Ore.

Employees also created decorative note cards to include in each package that had inspiring messages like: Stay Strong, You’re Brave, Thinking of You, Sending You Smiles, etc. to hang on their child’s room message board.

“Most often these families arrive unprepared for an overnight hospital stay.” said Aimee Berg, community marketing coordinator for Unitus Community Credit Union. “We just hope these small items can help make a difficult time a little easier by giving families a chance to focus on their child those first hours or days without worrying about daily essentials.”

This random act is one of many that will continue throughout 2012 as Unitus gives back to partner schools and non-profit community partners in celebration of its 75th anniversary.


Advantis Awards $20,000 to Friends of the Children’s College Scholarship Program

5-31 Advantis checkAdvantis Credit Union and Friends of the Children announce a new college scholarship program for Portland’s vulnerable youth.  Friends of the Children, a non-profit organization that provides Portland’s most vulnerable children with intensive and long-term mentoring throughout their K-12 school years, has been growing roots in Portland area schools since 1993.  Now, with the help of Advantis’ $20,000 GROW Scholarship Fund, the non-profit organization can help more youth achieve their dream of a college education.

Advantis Credit Union’s donation of $20,000 will grant scholarships to support education and vocational training to at-risk kids. The scholarships will range from $1,000 – $5,000 per student. Scholarship recipients are also eligible to apply for a summer internship at Advantis Credit Union, lending a hand to their career pathway.

“Friends of the Children provide an excellent avenue for us to reach children who really need our help getting to college,” says Wendy Edwards, vice president of marketing and human resources for Advantis. “Their mission to help youth with barriers to achievement become successful adults is an ideal fit with the goals of our GROW Scholarship Program.”

The GROW College Scholarship Program is a new addition to Advantis’ GROW Community Fund. Through GROW, which awarded $51,000 to eight local organizations in December, Advantis facilitates the enhancement and improvement of life in local communities one project at a time through programs that assist the underprivileged, at-risk children, enhancement of community spaces, education, and the arts.

“Thanks to Advantis and the GROW Scholarship fund, we can offer a college education to well-deserving but under-financed students. This opportunity will make a tremendous difference for these kids who have come from challenging circumstances and are on the way to turning their lives around,” said Terri Sorensen, executive director of Friends of the Children.

Unique among mentoring organizations, Friends of the Children selects the most highly vulnerable children in kindergarten.  They match each child with a professional mentor who will stay with them as they journey through twelve years of school. This one-on-one, consistent and stable mentor/child relationship has proven successful at creating positive futures for youth.

Friends of the Children targets David Douglas, Reynolds, and Portland Public Schools with the highest number of youth living in poverty. They use evidence-based risk factors, including the amount of parental support the child has, the stability of their home life and their ability to adjust and perform in school to select children for their program. Because of the mentor’s steady guidance and support through a child’s elementary, middle school and high school years, there’s hope that the student will not only be the first in their family to graduate high school but they’ll want to continue on to college as well.


Clackamas Federal Credit Union Names Stacey Larson-Law Branch Manager for New West Linn Branch

5-31 Larsen-LawClackamas Federal Credit Union announced the addition of credit union veteran Stacey Larson-Law as West Linn Branch Manager. Larson-Law oversees the new West Linn branch, which opened last month and is the only credit union with a physical location in West Linn, Ore.

“Not only is opening a new branch an amazing opportunity, working for a credit union such as Clackamas is very rewarding,” said Larson-Law. “Because credit unions are so member-focused, we are able to offer insurmountable member service. Knowing that the company I work for will support me in helping others and getting involved in the local community is such a great feeling.”

Larson-Law began her finance career in 1997 at U.S. Bank. She transitioned into the credit union world nearly five years ago. Her previous post before joining Clackamas was as a Branch Manager at Rivermark Community Credit Union.

Originally located in West Linn, Clackamas has returned to its roots. In 1957, the credit union, then CLACKO, started in the upstairs of West Linn’s City Hall. Since then, the credit union has expanded to include branches in seven Clackamas County communities. While the credit union has proudly served West Linn families for decades, the new location will offer them a branch closer to home. Until now, there were no credit unions located in West Linn.


April promotion at Valley Credit Union raises $700 for Family Building Blocks

During the month of April, Valley Credit Union pledged to donate funds to Family Building Blocks for each loan closed, account opened and Facebook “Like” the credit union received. The promotion, part of Valley’s efforts to celebrate National Credit Union Youth Week in April, garnered 100 new loans, more than 50 new accounts and memberships and 50 “Likes” on Facebook, bringing the total donation amount to $700 to help struggling children and families in Marion and Polk counties.

“Valley Credit Union is an incredible community partner that is passionate about helping young children and families. We are thrilled to benefit from their April fundraiser and will use the donation to directly support toddlers in our therapeutic classrooms this summer,” said Sue Miller, executive director of Family Building Blocks.

Jean Wheat-Palm, president and CEO of Valley Credit Union, echoed the sentiment, saying, “Our credit union is rooted in the principle of ‘people helping people,’ and Family Building Blocks is the embodiment of that as well. They are a true community leader, creating better, sustainable lives for at-risk families in our community. We’re honored to support their efforts.”

Family Building Blocks is a nonprofit organization that works to break the intergenerational cycle of child abuse and neglect by providing services for high-risk families that have children six weeks to five years old. For more information about Family Building Blocks, call (503) 566-2132 or visit their website, www.familybuildingblocks.org.


Crider, Munn Join Columbia Credit Union

Columbia Credit Union announced the addition of two new staff members, as Chuck Crider has been named associate vice president and manager of the Riverstone Marketplace branch in Camas, and Teresa Munn has joined the credit union as a mortgage officer.

Crider’s background includes more than eight years in the banking industry. Munn, meanwhile, has 17 years of experience in mortgage lending for local companies. She is on the Community Housing Resource Center’s Board of Directors and serves as president of the Women Entrepreneurs Organization.


Unitus Delivers Spring Cheer to Hillsboro Seniors

Unitus Community Credit Union employees filled their arms with brightly colored tulips and headed out to The Springs at Tanasbourne to surprise seniors.

The smiles, words of thanks and compliments were plentiful at this senior and assisted living facility as volunteers walked around the campus handing out tulip bouquets to not only the residents but the nursing staff, the cleaning staff, the meal staff and activities staff, anyone who came into contact.

One standout moment in particular came when Unitus employees made an appearance during a fun with food cooking class. The women attending the class were surprised by the generous gift of flowers and applauded the volunteers for their act of kindness. Another stand out moment was when the Unitus employees made a stop at the campus hair salon and presented tulips to a woman who was celebrating her 93rd birthday.

“Our nearly 300 residents had their day brightened when presented with the beautiful spring tulips,” said The Springs at Tanasbourne, Executive Director, Jay Leo. “After receiving the thoughtful gifts, our residents paraded happily throughout the campus with their flowers in their arms.  The Springs at Tanasbourne and our residents are proud to have Unitus Community Credit Union as a community partner.”

The tulips bouquets were purchased from the Easter Seals Bloomfest event in April. Proceeds help provide services to over 5000 children and adults with disabilities each year.

This random act is one of many that will continue throughout 2012 as Unitus gives back to partner schools and non-profit community partners in celebration of their 75th anniversary.


Numerica Membership Elects New Board and Supervisory Members

Numerica Credit Union announced the election of five members to its board of directors and supervisory committee at its April 29 annual meeting of the membership.

The following individuals were elected for three-year terms, ending in 2015:

  • Joe Day, Board of Directors (Incumbent), Spokane, Wash.
  • Scott Clark, Board of Directors (Incumbent), Spokane, Wash.
  • Scott Plumb, Board of Directors, (Previously on the Supervisory Committee) Spokane, Wash.
  • Charlene Whitener, Supervisory Committee (Incumbent), Kennewick, Wash.
  • Gary Farrell, Supervisory Committee, Spokane, Wash.

New officers were selected to the board as well. The board voted for Dave Shriver to remain chairman, Scott Clark was voted in as vice chairman, and Robin Harmon was voted in as secretary. For additional biography information and a list of Numerica’s entire supervisory board members and board of directors, visit Numerica’s website.


Oregon Community Credit Union Celebrates Youth Savings Week 2012

Oregon Community Credit Union celebrated Youth Savings Week, April 22-28, which was designated to promote the importance of saving and financial literacy. The heroic theme of “Be a credit union super saver!” allowed for fun and creativity. Oregon Community branches went above and beyond in decorating the branches, holding prize drawings and making every child’s experience extra special.

Here are some highlights of all the festivities from this year’s celebration:

  • Employees from the Thurston and Santa Clara branches visited Thurston and Corridor elementary schools to teach several classes about the importance of saving. Students brainstormed things they need or would like to have in the future and ways to save up their money to purchase them. Younger students learned money basics through story-telling and designing their own penny. Oregon Community employees also provided goody bags for the students and teachers.
  • The Coburg branch invited several Boy Scout troops to the branch for a tour and other fun activities, earning the scouts a badge. The branch also ran coloring contests all month, gave out gift bags, cookies and double Lucky Duck bucks all week.
  • The Salem Branch provided a branch tour to kids who are homeschooled, up to middle-school age. Snacks were provided during tours, and tour guides were dressed up as superheroes.

General activities at other branches included contests, giving out OCCU piggy banks, prizes, double Lucky Duck bucks and a lot of sweet treats.


Oregonians Assists in 2011 ‘Season of Sharing’ Campaign

Oregonians Credit Union partnered with The Oregonian newspaper for its 2011 Season of Sharing campaign. The campaign raised more than $313,000 this year, thanks to the generosity of Oregonian readers—enough to fulfill every wish listed in the 2011 Wishbook and to provide a $60,000 donation to the Oregon Food Bank. In addition, thousands of children from 83 local agencies received Christmas stockings brimming with oranges, cookies and candy.

Oregonians Credit Union collected and processed all of the mailed donations, a role that had previously been filled by a large bank. Partnering with Oregonians CU allowed Season of Sharing to save several thousand dollars in processing fees that had been charged by the bank, maximizing the funds going to those in need.

The Season of Sharing is The Oregonian’s 83-year-old annual holiday fundraising campaign that seeks help for social service agencies that serve individuals and families in Oregon and Southwest Washington. Since 1990, readers have given more than $4 million. For more information, visit www.oregonlive.com/special/sharing.


Columbia Credit Union Supports Local Workforce with STEM Program Donation

Columbia Credit Union is supporting Clark County’s future workforce with a donation to the Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council’s (SWWDC) STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) program. The credit union is a sponsor of the 2012 spring and fall sessions of the STEM Institute, a hands-on career learning experience designed to generate interest and awareness in STEM-related professions for high school students.

“We’re excited to help teens discover a STEM career as a possible profession,” said SWWDC Director of Strategic Initiatives Mary Brown. “With Columbia’s support, we’re working to ensure the success of Clark County’s future workforce.”

This year, the spring session will focus on data collected from the rivers and creeks in the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. Students will analyze the results and discuss the importance of their findings. Like the spring session, the October session will also focus on Mount St. Helens. Each session will be led by industry professionals and serve 40 high school students. Columbia Credit Union Vice President Branch Manager Diana Olds will represent the credit union at both sessions to provide personal finance information.

With the U.S. Dept. of Labor estimating a shortage of more than 10 million skilled workers within four years, Columbia Credit Union’s sponsorship supports efforts at the federal, state and local levels to meet the projected demand for STEM professionals. In November 2011, Columbia made a $60,000 gift to Washington State University Vancouver’s new Engineering and Computer Science building. Both donations align the credit union with Clark County’s 20-year economic plan to promote higher education and research to ensure our area’s future 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,” said Columbia Credit Union President and CEO Steve Kenny.
For more information about Columbia Credit Union, please visit www.columbiacu.org. For more information about SWWDC’s STEM Institutes, please visit www.swwdc.org.


STCU Honors Outstanding Sudents for Career and Technical Education

Students from Central Valley, North Central and Newport High Schools are this year’s recipients of $2,000 Focus Award scholarships from Spokane Teachers Credit Union (STCU).

Judges selected the three scholarship recipients from among 23 remarkable Eastern Washington high school seniors honored Thursday night for excelling in career and technical education. Tom Johnson, president/CEO of STCU, announced the recipients Thursday night, at an event where the achievements of all 23 students were celebrated.

STCU has sponsored the Focus Awards since 2006. This year’s scholarship recipients are:

  • Leah Amsden, who holds a 3.9 grade-point average at Central Valley, where she participated in the school’s teaching academy and marketing sequences. Amsden plans to become an elementary teacher after attending Eastern Washington University. She has participated in missions to Guatemala and if a four-year letterman in cross country (senior year co-captain).
  • Taylor Lewis, who is senior class president, a National Honor Society member and holds numerous academic awards at Newport. Lewis also has been captain of Newport’s soccer and basketball teams. She plans to become a physician.
  • Mariah Nepean, who at North Central is a national DECA finalist, a National Honor Society member, and a recipient of the Outstanding Achievement in Career and Technical Education Award. Nepean plans to study business at Portland State University and eventually open her own business.

The other honorees are:

  • Hannah Allen, University High School, who plans to study photography.
  • Cody Arrigo, North Central High School, who plans to study computer programming.
  • Samantha Behl, NEWTECH Skills Center (On-Track Academy), who plans to become a dentist.
  • Sophia Dien, CV, who plans to study business.
  • Karl Fencl, Rogers High School, who hopes to earn a PhD in chemical engineering.
  • Stephen Gese, Ferris High School, who plans to study marketing and economics.
  • Kelsey Glynn, CV, who plans to study graphic design and computer science.
  • David “Joey” Gray, CV, who plans to study communication and information technologies.
  • Jordyn Hanson, Lewis & Clark High School, who plans to study veterinary medicine.
  • Emily Korotish, CV, who plans to become a nurse anesthetist.
  • Emily Neder, Medical Lake High School, who plans to study business and hospitality.
  • Truong-son Nguyen, Shadle Park High School, who plans to study chemistry and music composition.
  • Dyana Poffenroth, Rogers High School, who plans to become a photojournalist.
  • Marshall Ruehl, LC, who plans to become an architect.
  • Eionnah Shaw-Wozny, NEWTECH Skills Center (On-Track Academy), who plans to become an esthetician.
  • Gabby Smithley, LC, who plans to become a teacher.
  • Roslyn Swanson, Cheney High School, who plans to study animal science.
  • Alicia Williams, Rogers, who plans to become a pediatric nurse.
  • Lisa Williams, Riverside High School, who plans to become a photographer.
  • Elizabeth Wright, Cheney, who plans to become a veterinarian.

Financial Literacy ‘Pays Big’ for Rainier Jr/Sr High School Class

Students attending Rainier Jr/Sr High School will soon be embarking on a field trip to the Oregon Zoo compliments of St. Helens Community Federal Credit Union (SHCU).  The students earned the trip by completing the MoneyIsland quest and obtaining “Financial Guru” status. MoneyIsland is an online financial education program designed for “tweens” provided free to all schools in Columbia County by SHCU.

When kids play MoneyIsland, they enter a virtual world that not only makes learning fun, but also tracks and encourages their progress. As they go on quests to fantastic destinations like the Eiffel Tower and Atlantis, they learn real-life principles of financial responsibility.

The journey doesn’t end when they complete MoneyIsland and earn their real-life rewards. The website includes additional games, videos, contests and more that continue both the fun and the learning. After all, a true guru’s education is never complete.

Currently, 45 percent of high school seniors say they are not ready to manage their money. Even among adults, financial literacy is at an all-time low in the United States. The MoneyIsland curriculum, targeting children ages 8 to 14, is designed to change that.

MoneyIsland provides invaluable life lessons that better prepare future generations. Aligned with national and state standards published by the Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy, the MoneyIsland curriculum builds skills in three basic areas: Saving & Spending, Earning & Investing, and Using Credit Wisely.

In addition to the MoneyIsland program, SHCU offers financial education programs for high school students (Guides to Independence), age appropriate web sites for children of all ages (Googolplex), and access to a financial education counselor (for adults)—all for free.


Two St. Helens Community Employees Head to FBLA National Competition

5-31 St. HelensTwo St. Helens High School seniors, Tiffany Naillon and Kim Nelson, were awarded a second-place trophy for their presentation at Oregon’s Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) competition. They competed in the “Banking and Financial Systems,” earning them a spot in the FBLA National competition in San Antonio, Tex., in June.

The students created a compelling presentation about “Developing Financial Independence” for high school students. Naillon and Nelson were encouraged by their school counselor to compete because of the knowledge and experience they had earned through their employment at St. Helens Community Federal Credit Union. Both students work for the credit union at the St. Helens High School student branch and at the credit union after school hours and on some Saturdays.

A donation account for the two students has been set-up at St. Helens Community Federal Credit Union to cover competition and travel expenses to compete at the national level.


Numerica Adds Two Experienced Staffers

5-31 Numerica Carlson5-31 Numerica FoxNumerica Credit Union added two new staff members in April, as Mark Fox was named the assistant vice president for the credit union’s e-services department, and Teresa Carlson was hired as a business services relationship officer for the business services team in the Tri-Cities.

Fox has more than 16 years of experience in the financial industry, which includes branch management, business services and product development, as well as being the head of business banking. His most recent employer was Intermountain Community Bank in Spokane, Wash., where he held the position of business banking director for five years.

Fox attended Whitman College, graduating with a bachelor’s of science degree in both math and economics. He continued his education at Gonzaga University, graduating with a master’s in business administration.

Carlson brings more than 23 years of experience in the banking industry to Numerica, including supervising, consumer and commercial lending, and private banking. Her most recent employer was American West Bank.

She attended commercial lending school at Southern Methodist University and continued her education by earning accreditation through the American Bankers Association and American Institute of Banking classes in accounting, economics and lending.

Carlson is active in the community, serving on the board of directors with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Benton and Franklin counties, and she is also an ambassador with the Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce.


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