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Credit Unions for Kids Wine Auction Honors Michaelis with Commemorative Magnum

Sarah Canepa Bang designed the label and Abeja provided the wine for a commemorative magnum that will honor retiring iQ Credit Union President/CEO Roger Michaelis and help raise funds at the 2014 Credit Unions for Kids Wine Auction.

“If you have ever worked with Roger, then you know what it means to work with a man of character and heart. His gregarious leadership and strong work-fun ethic have served our industry well,” says Larry Hoff, president and CEO of Fibre Federal. “Due to Roger’s pending retirement (in October), we know this will be the last Credit Unions for Kids Wine Auction, and we want to do it right.”

For 13 years, Michaelis has been the driving force behind iQ’s black-tie-optional wine auction and dinner, which has raised more than $1.85 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. The commemorative magnum is a fitting tribute, especially because of the collaboration it took to make it happen.

Canepa Bang, a 2014 Herb Wegner Memorial Award winner and a Northwest pioneer of the Credit Unions for Kids movement, designed the label as “a heartfelt thank you for making the Credit Unions for Kids Wine Auction a success every year.” Around the border of the artwork are the names of individuals, credit unions and business partners who have supported Michaelis’ efforts over the years.

Wine lovers will recognize the name Abeja as one of Walla Walla’s highly regarded producers of Washington Cabernets and Merlots. Wine for the commemorative magnums is a blend of two special barrels of 2012 Merlot, one each from Red Mountain and Sagemoor’s Dionysus. It was a rewarding way, says winemaker John Abbot, to make a special contribution to an important cause.

The limited-edition magnums are available now and — while they last — through the auction, which will take place in Portland on Friday, April 18. All of the proceeds from the sale of the $120 bottles will benefit the Pediatric Cardiology Department at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, with the donation made in Michaelis’ name.

For more information or to purchase a magnum, contact auction coordinator Lisa Stokman at 360.992.4279 or

An Historic Move: STCU Opens 17th Branch in Spokane’s Hutton Building

STCU opened the doors of its 17th branch last week in a very cool location: Spokane’s historic Hutton Building, which was built in 1907 with proceeds gleaned from North Idaho silver fields.

The new, 2,300-square-foot branch (9 S. Washington St.) is located at the corner of Washington Street and West Sprague Avenue. Manager Brandon Wilhelm, a graduate of Spokane’s Rogers High School, will lead a four-person staff and host a celebratory open house at 10:30 a.m. on May 1.

An STCU sign has been atop the building since January. In addition to the new branch, STCU also renovated the lobby area and a 1,000-square-foot space that’s available for lease. Later this year, plans call for housing the credit union’s commercial lending operations on the top floor; floors 2-6 will be offered for sale to other businesses.

The new branch was designed by Nystrom Olson Architecture, with Meridian Construction as the general contractor. Wells and Company is handling the overall Hutton Building project as architect, general contractor and listing agent for the non-branch spaces.

Named for May and Levi “Al” Hutton, the Hutton Building was built in 1907 with money gleaned from the North Idaho silver fields. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.

Pacific Crest Federal Credit Union Mourns Loss of Long-Time Director Robert Boring

Robert L. “Bob” Boring, who served on the board of directors of Pacific Crest Federal Credit Union for more than 20 years, passed away March 21 at his home in Klamath Falls. He was 74.

Boring graduated from Portland State University in 1962 and served two tours in Vietnam as an F-4 Phantom pilot for the U.S. Air Force before settling in Humboldt County, Calif., with his wife, Carol, and their three children, Randy, Teri and Richard. It was there that he started a teaching career that would last for 44 years.

In 1982, Boring and his family moved to Klamath County in Oregon, where he taught at Lost River High School. Even after retirement, he continued to work as a substitute teacher for the Klamath County School District until 2013. His students treasured his jokes and puns, his family says, and knew that he cared about them as individuals.

In addition to his long-time role on the Pacific Crest board of directors, Boring was a member of numerous hunting and habitat-preservation organizations. His family has asked that memorial donations be made to the Pregnancy Hope Center (2421 Washburn Way, Klamath Falls, OR 97603) or to Wycliffe Bible Translators (

In addition, the credit union has established the Robert & Carol Boring Scholarship in his honor and as a tribute to his career in education. Donations can be made to Pacific Crest Federal Credit Union, Attn: Janet Buckalew/Scholarships, P.O. Box 1179, Klamath Falls, OR 97601.

Alisha Oliver Joins NW Preferred Federal Credit Union as Branch Manager

NW Preferred Federal Credit Union has named Alisha Oliver its vice president of operations and manager of its Stayton branch.

Oliver, a North Santiam resident, has been with NW Preferred since 2005 and has worked in financial services for almost 17 years. Most recently, she served as the credit union’s assistant branch manager in Stayton.

Through the years, she has been an active member of the community, serving as a volunteer for numerous groups and organizations, including the Relay For Life Planning Committee, Stayton Lions Club, Stayton-Sublimity Chamber of Commerce board of directors and Stayton High School Aspire Mentor Program.

“I am excited for this opportunity and look forward to leading the effort to serve our members and the greater North Santiam community,” Oliver says.

NW Preferred is the only nonprofit, member-owned credit union serving the people who live and work in the greater North Santiam community. The credit union branch office is located at 393 E. Florence St. in Stayton.

Questions about this story? Contact Gary M. Stein: 503.350.2216,

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