News & Notes: Here’s What’s Happening Around the Northwest

OSU Federal’s Internal Campaign Raises $27,000 for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

OSU Federal employees celebrate the credit union’s $27,000 donation to Credit Unions for Kids and the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

OSU Federal has turned its longstanding commitment to legislative advocacy and community involvement into major donations to both causes, including $27,000 for two Children’s Miracle Network hospitals in Oregon.

First, the Corvallis-based credit union’s staff of approximately 200 employees showed its support for the credit union movement by pledging a record $17,000 to the Credit Union Legislative Action Council (CULAC). OSU Federal then matched that amount with a dollar-for-dollar donation to Credit Unions for Kids, which will distribute the funds to Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland and PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center in Eugene.

In addition, CO-OP Financial Services awarded a $10,000 Miracle Match grant to OSU Federal for the second year in a row. The result: a $27,000 donation to the hospitals.

“The Credit Unions for Kids effort actually started in the state of Oregon and spread nationwide,” says OSU Federal CEO Rick Hein. “Our OSU Federal team has found a way to invest in the credit union’s future and at the same time contribute to the future of kids. I couldn’t be more proud of their generosity.”

CO-OP Financial Services manages the CO-OP Miracle Match program on behalf of its 3,500-client credit unions. The program grants $1 million annually in matches to Credit Unions for Kids fundraisers. Applications for the 2014 CO-OP Miracle Match program are available now at

“It was great to once again combine forces with OSU Federal and approve another Miracle Match grant,” says Nina Kopp, CO-OP’s regional vice president. “These grants have contributed millions of dollars to more than 70 Children’s Miracle Network hospitals.”

NW Preferred Federal Credit Union, Branch Manager Receive Community Awards

Tracy Jones, branch manager, NW Preferred Federal Credit Union

NW Preferred Federal Credit Union and branch manager Tracy Jones have been honored by the Stayton-Sublimity Chamber of Commerce for their service to the greater North Santiam community.

The chamber presented the 2013 Award of Excellence (Small Business) to the credit union at a ceremony in late February; Jones was given the 2013 Distinguished Service Award.

“It is always an honor to be recognized, especially when it is for something we look forward to doing everyday — serving our members and the local community,” NW Preferred President/CEO Steve Canfield said. “Our motto is, ‘Owned by the Community We Serve.’ For us, that is not simply a slogan, but how we try — every day — to improve the financial well-being of our members.”

NW Preferred has long been an active part of the community, providing support to the Stayton-Sublimity and North Santiam chambers of commerce, most of the public and private schools in the area, the local chapter of Lions Clubs International, Santiam Stampede, Stayton Relay for Life, Santiam Heritage Foundation, Stayton Food Bank, Stayton Fire District, Stayton Police Department and the 2010 Aumsville Earthquake Relief Fund.

“There is definitely additional satisfaction knowing that at the same time NW Preferred is being honored, our longtime Stayton branch manager, Tracy Jones, is also being recognized with Stayton’s Distinguished Service Award for all that she has done for the local community,” Canfield said.

Solarity Credit Union Hires Vice President of Retail Lending

Solarity Credit Union has hired James Webb as its new vice president of retail lending. Webb will oversee all processing and servicing of mortgage, consumer and indirect loans for the Yakima-based credit union.

Webb has more than 23 years of financial-industry experience and a wealth of expertise in lending, sales and operations. Before joining Solarity, he held various positions at Wells Fargo, Conseco, Bank One and Old Kent Bank.

Webb holds a B.S. degree from University of North Carolina/Fayetteville State University.

Jon Gramenz Joins Oregonians Credit Union as Commercial Loan Officer

Jon Gramenz has joined Oregonians Credit Union as its new commercial loan officer.

Oregonians now has two experienced commercial lenders serving the business needs of Oregon small businesses. Gramenz will work with Charlie Te, who has been the credit union’s business services manager since 2009.

Gramenz brings more than 25 years of experience in commercial lending to Oregonians. He holds a degree from Portland State University and serves on the Economic Development Committee for Clackamas County.

Ed Roddy Joins Business Services Team at WECU     

Ed Roddy, a registered Certified Financial Planner and Certified Wealth Strategist with a concentration in family-owned business and real estate investing, has joined the Business Services department at WECU.

Roddy has more than 25 years of experience in lending. He is a board member for the Northwest Washington Fair Foundation and the Foundation for Private Enterprise Education, which helps high school students understand the value and importance of business. 

Roddy also serves on Western Washington University’s Athletic Advisory Board, where he assists student athletes with job shadowing, internships, resume building and career counseling.

Questions? Contact Gary M. Stein: 503.350.2216,

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