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

Kelly Hink, Rogue CU’s 100,000th member, CEO Gene Pelham and Member #1 Curtis Kinney celebrating Rogue’s membership growth.

Rogue Credit Union Reaches 100,000 Member Milestone

Medford, Oregon-based Rogue Credit Union recently reached the 100,000 membership milestone and celebrated in a remarkable way. Kelly Kink, who became the 100,000th member after joining at Rogue’s Roseburg branch, was recognized at the Annual Meeting of the Members. She had the rare opportunity of meeting “Member #1” Curtis Kinney, who helped to found Rogue Credit Union back in 1956. Kinney served as Rogue’s first treasurer.

“Serving over 100,000 members is a tremendous milestone for Rogue Credit Union,” said President & CEO, Gene Pelham. “Rogue’s growth is a direct reflection of our member’s trust and loyalty.”

The Sno Falls team cut the ribbon on two new branches in February.

Sno Falls Credit Union Opens Two New Full-Service Branches

Sno Falls Credit Union has introduced two new full-service, stand-alone branches in North Bend and Snoqualmie Ridge, ushering in a new era for the credit union. The Snoqualmie, Washington-based credit union’s new locations will offer full service ATMs, more streamlined member experiences, more privacy for member transactions, easier access, and better parking options.

“Since joining Sno Falls in June 2014, we’ve been focused on improving our technology, enhancing our product offerings and reducing operating expenses, all of which allows us to deliver the best member experience possible”, says Tim Williams, President/CEO. “Our new branches are an important milestone in bringing these improvements to life.”

In addition to the new locations, all three branches will now be offering extended hours of operation. The Snoqualmie main branch is open Monday through Thursday from 9:00 – 5:30 PM, Fridays from 9:00 – 6:00 PM, and closed Saturday and Sunday. The Snoqualmie Ridge and North Bend branches are open Monday through Thursday from 9:00 – 5:30 PM, Fridays from 9:00 – 6:00 PM, Saturday from 10:00 – 2:00 PM, and closed Sunday.

Rivermark to Open New Branch in Happy Valley, Oregon

Beaverton, Oregon-based Rivermark Community Credit Union will expand its branch network this fall, opening a new branch in Happy Valley, a rapidly growing area in Clackamas County, Oregon.

Happy Valley will become the seventh branch location for Rivermark and represents the fifth location within the greater Portland metropolitan area.

“Many of our members have asked us to open a location in the Clackamas area and we have listened,” said Scott Burgess, CEO of Rivermark. “Happy Valley is a growing area and we couldn’t be more thrilled to have secured the location within the New Seasons Center. The Happy Valley branch will join our existing branches in Gresham, Portland, Beaverton and Progress Ridge to further expand the convenience of our branch network for our membership.”

As a full-service branch, Happy Valley will also feature extended hours just like Rivermark’s other branches which are open from 8 am to 8 pm, Monday through Friday and from 10 am to 6 pm on Saturday. Extended hours have been very popular, and are provided through Rivermark’s innovative Personal Teller Kiosk system where tellers are available through a video screen to perform transactions.

“Personal Teller Kiosks have really helped take our service to a new level,” said Seth Schaefer, Vice President of Operations at Rivermark. “Extending the availability of our tellers beyond the traditional hours of 9 am to 6 pm sets Rivermark apart from other financial institutions and we’re pleased to bring that level of service to the residents and businesses of Happy Valley.”

America’s Credit Union Hires New Chief Financial Officer

America’s Credit Union in Dupont, Washington, has hired Gary Schminkey as its new Chief Financial Officer. Schminkey is a veteran commercial banker with more than 30 years of financial institution experience, at both community and regional banks in the Western United States. He most recently served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Columbia Banking System, Inc. in Tacoma, Washington.

Throughout his career Schminkey has worked in a variety of accounting, finance, information, technology, and capital markets related capacities, including conducting multiple bank acquisitions. He began his career in various positions with Hewlett Packard Company and Mannesmann Tally Corporation. Schminkey later joined Key Bank of Washington, formerly Puget Sound Bancorp, in Tacoma as Vice President of Accounting and Finance before moving into the role of Vice President and General Manager.

Meridian High School students accept a donation from Industrial CU that will help them to continue teaching the F.A.R.M. for Kids Program to elementary school students.

Industrial CU Steps Up to Support Future Farmers of America

Bellingham, Washington-based Industrial Credit Union continued its support of Whatcom County agriculture by getting behind the Meridian High School F.A.R.M. for Kids Program. The F.A.R.M. for Kids Program is offered by Future Farmers of America and is designed to give students a better understanding of the agriculture industry. Meridian students enrolled in FFA partnered with five classes of first graders to present several hands-on lessons exploring agriculture industry responsibilities, resources, and products.

During National FFA week, Industrial CU made a generous financial contribution to help support Meridian High School’s teaching efforts.

Maps, PEMCO Insurance Award $6,100 in Teacher Grants

The Maps Community Foundation, an affiliate of Salem, Oregon-based Maps Credit Union, and PEMCO Insurance teamed up to present $6,100 in grants to teachers in five regional school districts.

The foundation’s annual Mini Grants program supports projects promoting financial literacy and college preparedness.

The Mini Grants are a way of honoring Maps’ roots as a teacher’s credit union.

“These grants remove the financial barriers that keep teachers from implementing these terrific projects and programs” said Mitzi Smith, Maps’ Community Development Officer.

In addition to support from PEMCO, funding for the Mini Grants program is raised by Maps Credit Union’s Free Community Checking Accounts, which generate a penny for the foundation every time members use their Community Checking debit cards.

Questions about this story? Contact Lynn Heider: 503.350.2225, lheider@nwcua.org.

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