Columbia CU Supports Legacy Classic; NW Priority CU “Fill the Satchel”; First Tech FCU Named “Best CU” for Everyone

First Tech FCU Named “Best CU for Everyone” by MONEY

First Tech Federal Credit Union has been named the “Best Credit Union for Everyone” by MONEY in its 2016-2017 Best Banks annual survey.

“We aspire to become the nation’s most admired credit union, and to be recognized as the nation’s best by MONEY is a testament to the effort our employees put forth to ensure that we’re advocating for our members and offering some of the best financial products and services in the industry,” said Greg Mitchell, president and CEO of First Tech. “First Tech members collectively save millions annually thanks to our low-cost and no-fee services coupled with higher-than-average savings yields versus traditional banks.”

Of note, MONEY praised First Tech for its Dividend Reward Checking account product that offers 1.57% yield, which MONEY analysts said is “roughly 20 times higher than the average interest paid by traditional banks.” In addition, First Tech scored high marks in national reach through its large CO-OP network of credit union partners, along with its 40 branches across the United States and Puerto Rico. Furthermore, First Tech does not charge maintenance fees on any personal accounts, a common practice in the banking industry.

From left: Mike True, Vancouver National Trust president and CEO and Leadership Clark County board member and chair; Shirley Gross, Salmon Creek Hospital Foundation associate director of development and planned giving; Steve Kenny, Columbia Credit Union president and CEO; Karen Sahlstrom, Salmon Creek Hospital Foundation board director; Paul Speer, Pearson Field Education Center Steering Team board member and chair; James Oneil, tournament director; Nancy McKibbin; Garrett Schmidt, Pearson Field Education Center director; and Angel Escobedo, Leadership Clark County executive director. Not pictured: Verdella Whareham, Salmon Creek Hospital Foundation board chair.

Columbia CU Remembers Community Leader John McKibben at Legacy Classic

Columbia Credit Union (Vancouver, WA) recently announced the results of their sponsorship of the inaugural John McKibbin Legacy Classic Golf Tournament, with more than $24,000 in raised.

Proceeds were presented to three Clark County non-profit agencies: Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center’s Child Abuse Assessment Endowment Fund, Pearson Field Education Center and Leadership Clark County. Each agency received a check for $8,078 during a gathering of event organizers and sponsors held at Esther Short Park in downtown Vancouver.

John McKibbin passed away on March 23, 2016 and is remembered as a respected civic and business leader who was involved in many Clark County projects over the years. The John McKibbin Legacy Classic Golf Tournament, held Aug. 29, 2016 at the Tri-Mountain Golf Course, was a celebration that honored John’s commitment to the community and raised funds for three of the causes John was most passionate about.

“The success of this event was another accomplishment by John and our community. It’s very rare to be a part of an event where companies and individuals within and outside of Clark County reach out asking what they can do to help,” said Tournament Director James Oneil. “John had the get-up-and-go that will never be matched by anyone. He was driven to bring out the beauty of Clark County and influence the necessary progress needed for generations to come. Personally, John did more for me in life that I can never equal in return. I often remember what he said to me over a cup of coffee a few years ago, ‘If I’m not over committed, then I’m not doing enough!’”

Columbia Credit Union served as the presenting sponsor of the 2016 John McKibbin Legacy Classic Golf Tournament. Steve Kenny, Columbia Credit Union President and CEO said, “We are proud to celebrate John’s accomplishments through this tournament and, we’re honored. This tournament gave us a wonderful opportunity to make life better alongside a tremendous groundswell of community leaders. We’ve already committed as the 2017 presenting sponsor and look forward to championing John’s legacy. Our participation helped raise funds for the causes he believed in, including education, children’s health, community knowledge and leadership.”


NW Priority tellers at the credit union’s main office with MDA satchel cards at their stations.

NW Priority Supports “Fill the Satchel” Campaign

Following a strong tradition, Portland’s NW Priority Credit Union announced more than $8,000 raised for the Muscular Dystrophy Association during their annual “Fill the Satchel” campaign recently.

Blue satchel cards peppered their branches, donning the donations and names of members from around our credit union.

One Member Service Representative at the credit union’s Milwaukie Branch raised $1,398.39 on her own. As a reward, NW Priority is sending the staffer, Jessica, to Muscular Dystrophy Association Summer Camp next year in Salem, where she will get to hang out with kids from all walks of life who have been taken under the wing of the MDA.

Check back in later issues of Anthem after Jessica’s trip for more.

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