News and Notes from Member Credit Unions

Emma Hedgpeth (Delta High School Credit Union Intern), Dr. Jenny Rodriguez (Delta High School Principal) and Don Miller (Gesa President and CEO).

Gesa Opens Eighth Student Run Branch

Richland, Washington-based Gesa Credit Union cut the ribbon on its eighth student- run school branch this month. Gesa now supports more in-school branches than any other credit union in Washington

This in-school branch At Delta High School provides students with on-the-job-training, customer service experience, leadership development, and enhancement of practical money skills. Located in the cafeteria and open during lunch, the branch’s student staff will be responsible for providing financial services to other classmates and faculty. Students in the program act as tellers and perform the daily operations of the credit union, as well as act as member service representatives promoting credit union products and services.

“Gesa is committed to providing quality financial literacy to the communities and schools we serve,” said Gesa President and CEO, Don Miller.  “Our High School Credit Union program accomplishes this commitment through hands-on, real life financial industry experience for high school students.”

LaPine High School Students collected more than $500 to support local charities with help from Mid Oregon Credit Union.

Mid Oregon Helps High School Students Pay it Forward

Bend, Oregon-based Mid Oregon Credit Union contributed $114 to a marketing class at La Pine High School for a “pay it forward” project to support local food closets and cancer research. According to Kyle Frick, Vice President of Marketing, the students leveraged the contribution almost five times over, collecting $538.93 to support their chosen charities.

Global Credit Union Participated in Military Saves Week

This is Military Saves Week and Spokane, Washington-based Global Credit Union is urging the community to take the Military Saves Pledge.  Military Saves Week helps military members and their families to set a goal, make a savings plan and establish an automatic saving mechanism.

“Military Saves Week is a great opportunity to help service members and their families in our community save more successfully.  We want to encourage more people to keep saving,” said Yvonne Holland, President of Branch Operations.  “It’s important to help our members ‘Set a Goal, Make a Plan, and Save Automatically’.”

Lyman Williams Appointed VP/Chief Business Officer at Sound CU

Taking the reins managing the Business Services Department including lending, business accounts and cash management services at Tacoma, Washington-based Sound Credit Union is Lyman Williams.  Williams is a 10 year veteran of business and consumer lending within credit unions, having overseen all aspects of processing, underwriting, and closing SBA and commercial conventional loans. He is a graduate of the University of Utah and has achieved CUNA Credit Union Compliance Expert (CUCE) designation.

Questions about this story? Contact Lynn Heider: 503.350.2225,

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