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

Salal Credit Union Moves to Advanced New Branch

After more than 40 years on Capitol Hill, Salal Credit Union has moved their branch staff and operations from 15th Ave E to a new location less than a mile away. The last day at Capitol Hill was Friday, June 26, and the new First Hill branch at 1320 Madison St was opened on Monday, June 29.

Although the team found it hard to leave Capitol Hill, the new branch features many improvements, including technological upgrades to enhance member experience. It will also be the first Salal branch to showcase the credit union’s new branding.

Salal chose to relocate to this neighborhood because of the large number of our members who work in healthcare and the new branch’s close proximity to healthcare providers like Group Health Cooperative, Swedish Health Services, Virginia Mason, and Harborview – key employee groups served by the credit union.

Additional information on Salal’s rebranding effort is available at the links below.


Urban Outfitters, STCU to be Neighbors 

The STCU Downtown Branch will relocate in late 2016 to space that’s being created in River Park Square, adjacent to the planned Urban Outfitters store at Main Avenue and Wall Street.

The new STCU Downtown Branch will be a total of 2,900 square feet on the street and skywalk levels, where the Saad Building now stands. Of that space, STCU will sublease 400 square feet on the street level to a retailer that hasn’t yet been selected.

A top priority will be assuring that the retail leasee compliments surrounding businesses, and fits with the credit union philosophy of serving the community, said Keith Connolly, STCU Vice President of Retail Delivery.

“Urban Outfitters is going to make the corner of Main and Wall a vibrant center of the downtown shopping experience,” Connolly said. “Relocating our branch to that location gives us a chance to contribute to the resurgence of downtown, while providing greater convenience for our members.”

Bryn West, general manager of River Park Square, noted that until this summer, free carriage rides sponsored by STCU started exactly at the spot where the credit union will have its new front door. (This summer’s free carriage rides, offered Friday nights through August, start at 707 W. Main.)

 “We’re excited to have the region’s premier credit union in the region’s premier shopping and entertainment center,” West said.

STCU opened its Downtown Branch in 2000 in the skywalk level of Crescent Court, less than a block from the new location. Downtown Branch employees will move with the branch.

This is STCU’s second major investment in downtown in recent years. In 2013, the credit union acquired the historic Hutton Building at 9 S. Washington, and invested in an extensive renovation project. Last year, STCU opened its Hutton Branch on the main floor and moved its business services/commercial lending team to the seventh floor.

STCU plans to open a Qualchan Branch at 4233 S. Cheney-Spokane Road in early 2016. It will be STCU’s 19th branch location in Eastern Washington and North Idaho.

Red Canoe Hosts Car Seat Safety Clinic

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Red Canoe Credit Union partnered with Cowlitz 2 Fire and Rescue to host a car seat clinic at their newest branch location. From their merger with Cowlitz Credit Union last year, Red Canoe gained a new, highly visible retail branch location and a new group of SEGs from Cowlitz’s long history of serving all public employees, the community college and the local hospital.  

“We wanted to forge a stronger relationship with our newly acquired SEG group from our merger with Cowlitz Credit Union last year,” said Amy Davis, VP of Marketing at Red Canoe. “Hosting the car seat clinic was a win-win for both organizations. We wanted to better serve our SEG and support their already successful car seat clinic program and Cowlitz 2 Fire was happy to use our retail space to boost visibility.”

In a press release, Cowlitz 2 Fire and Rescue stated it was the most successful car seat clinic they had in over 10 years. On average, they are able to thoroughly check and inspect 20 car seats during a 3-hour event. At this location, they were able to check 40 seats in the same time period by 9 nationally certified car seat techs. 

Car Seat Clinic Stats:

  • 40 car seats inspected by certified technicians
  • 5 seats checked were installed correctly
  • 8 seats were in uninstalled on arrival
  • 27 seats were incorrectly installed
  • 83% misuse rate (27/32…we don’t include the uninstalled seats in this stat)
  • 11 new car seats or booster seats were distributed
  • 9 nationally certified car seat techs were on-hand to help families and check seats

Cowlitz 2 Fire and Rescue provides car seat replacement for expired or unsafe seats that are inspected during the clinics. Families that have proof of low income are provided subsidies to purchase a new seat at very little cost. Many families are just simply not aware of the expiration dates on car seats or the dangers of using them too long or incorrectly. 

ACU’s Amy Tiemeyer Receives JBLM Hall of Fame Award

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America’s Credit Union’s Military Relations Liaison, Amy Tiemeyer, was recognized with the Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) Hall of Fame Lt. Gen. William H. Harrison Service Award. Established in 2003, the JBLM Hall of Fame program recognizes one community member annually who has contributed to the community as a civilian for three or more years, and who through his or her efforts, made an exceptional impact on our service members, military families, or the JBLM community.

Since starting her career at ACU in 2012, Ms. Tiemeyer has taken on several key volunteer duties to include being the President of the Captain Meriwether-Lewis Chapter of the Association of the United States Army, President of the McChord Field Chapter of the Air Force Association, and a member of the Navy League Executive Council. Ms. Tiemeyer supports the JBLM Better Opportunities for Single Service Members program, the Base Service Member Leadership Graduations, the monthly JBLM Newcomer Orientations, the Lewis Community Spouses Club, the Army and Air Force balls and individual unit balls, the JBLM elementary schools, and the Boys and Girls Club of America.

She also promotes new leaders through support of the Junior ROTC Programs in the area high schools. Ms. Tiemeyer exemplifies the spirit of the Lt. Gen. William H. Harrison Service Award as a person who has made a positive impact on our service members, our military families, and the JBLM community. The recognition reflects the great pride on her, JBLM, and the United States Army.

Questions about this story? Contact James Pearson: 206.340.4790,

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