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

Advantis Credit Union’s GROW Campaign to Award $50,000 in Community Grants

Growing Gardens was one of Advantis Credit Union’s $10,000 GROW grant recipients in 2013.

Advantis Credit Union has launched its fourth-annual GROW Community Fund, and local nonprofit and public-service organizations are being urged to apply now for $50,000 in grants designed to help address community needs by tackling challenges one project at a time.

Since 2011, the Advantis GROW Community Fund has contributed $150,000 to local organizations and funded more than 20 projects. Funds have been used to create community gardens for elementary students, refurbish a home for foster children, provide kitchen equipment to an organization that feeds low-income, mentally ill adults, and more.

Nonprofit and public service organizations can submit grant applications for any amount up to $10,000 at Applications will be accepted online through May 30. A selection committee will narrow down and identify the projects that provide the most long-term benefits to the community, and the public will then be invited to vote for the projects they believe should receive grant funding.

Online voting will begin June 9 on Advantis’ Facebook page and on its website. GROW grant recipients for 2014 will be announced in early July.

OnPoint Community Credit Union Donates $10,000 to Oso Mudslide Relief Efforts

OnPoint Community Credit Union has donated $10,000 to the American Red Cross in support of its efforts to help victims of the deadly mudslide in Oso, Washington.

That brings the total raised by credit unions, their members and their business partners from across the country to more than $118,000 — money for housing, supplies and other immediate needs — that has already begun flowing to United Way of Snohomish County, the American Red Cross and other relief agencies.

The massive mudslide, which hit March 22 about 55 miles northeast of Seattle, left at least 41 people dead and caused an estimated $10 million in damage. Community members joined OnPoint in donating directly to the Red Cross and also made contributions at all of OnPoint’s branches.

“Our thoughts go out to the families of victims and the community of Oso,” says OnPoint President/CEO Rob Stuart. “We sincerely hope this donation will help in their relief and recovery efforts.”

Columbia Credit Union Announces 2014 Board of Directors, Supervisory Committee

Three board members and one supervisory committee member were elected at Columbia Credit Union’s 62nd annual meeting in March. The elected volunteers will serve three year terms.

Incumbents Larry Paulson, Al Schauer and Dean Sutherland were re-elected to the board of directors, while incumbent Mona B. Ail was re-elected to the supervisory committee. Complete biographies of all board and supervisory committee members are available at the credit union’s website.

“Our volunteers are a great asset to the growth and success of the credit union,” says Columbia Credit Union President/CEO Steve Kenny. “We value their leadership and appreciate their service to the membership.”

Other current board directors are Judy Chipman, Roy Johnson, Paul Montague, Patricia Stryker, Alishia Topper and Lynn Valenter. Other supervisory committee members are Dave Dumas, Tony Jackson, Dick Thompson and Robin Hayden.

OnPoint Community Credit Union to Relocate Beaverton Branch, Open Three New Locations

OnPoint Community Credit Union’s relocated Beaverton branch will open May 27; an open house is scheduled for June 14.

OnPoint Community Credit Union will relocate its Beaverton branch to 2755 S.W. Cedar Hills Blvd. on May 27 and has announced plans to expand its footprint in the Portland area with three new locations scheduled to open later this year.

The Beaverton branch, which was previously located at 12450 S.W. Walker Road, will occupy approximately 6,400 square feet and have two exterior ATMs. Services for consumer and business members will include banking services, mortgage lending, insurance and investment services.

Ed Bonilla, who has been with OnPoint for 15 years, has been named manager of the Beaverton branch. Most recently, he served as branch manager of the Kruse Meadows location. Bonilla is a graduate of the University of Montana and Pacific Coast Banking School.

“Our Beaverton branch has always been busy, and we are anticipating more growth,” says Rob Stuart, OnPoint’s president and CEO. “We believe our members in the area will be pleased with the new location and the amenities the new building has to offer.”

OnPoint will hold an open house at the new branch from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday, June 14, with refreshments and a chance for visitors to win a $100 OnPoint Visa gift card and other prizes.

The credit union’s three new Portland-area branches will be located in downtown Portland at Southwest Fifth Avenue and Stark Street (mid- to late July), in Northwest Portland at Northwest 20th Place and West Burnside (September), and in the Hillsdale neighborhood (late 2014 or early 2015, depending on construction).

The new branches are expected to create approximately 25 jobs.

“We’re committed to the financial well-being of our members,” Stuart says, “and adding new branches is one way we are helping them achieve their goals with better access to our financial products and services.”

Steve Grote Joins Columbia Credit Union as Vice President for Training and Development

Steve Grote has been named vice president for training and development at Columbia Credit Union, where he will be responsible for the design, implementation and execution of employee training and development programs.

Grote will coordinate training initiatives throughout all departments to support the internal service culture; manage training department staff and functions; develop current and future managers; and assist in advancing the strategic direction of the credit union.

“Employee training and development is a critical investment in the success of our staff,” says Carol McCaulley, senior vice president for human resource development and legal counsel at Columbia. “Steve’s expertise makes him the ideal candidate to help us provide internal advancement opportunities while meeting the growth needs of the credit union.”

Grote brings more than 12 years of progressive training and development experience to Columbia. Most recently, he served as a leadership development professional at WaferTech; previous roles include career development specialist and workforce development specialist for Mt. Hood Community College.

Grote has a master’s degree in organization and management from Capella University and a bachelor’s degree from Drake University. He holds a variety of human resources professional certifications, including Master Human Capital Strategist, Strategic Workforce Planning and Strategic Human Resources Business Partner.

“Employee training and development will be key drivers for Columbia Credit Union’s future and growth,” Grote says. “I look forward to working for an organization that is dedicated to its members, employees and the community.”


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