Chapters Take Action


Chapters spanning all three states continue to build enthusiasm for the Credit Union Movement through events that not only educate and inspire credit union staff, but also invite creative collaboration among credit unions.

From community service projects to enlisting the help of Wonder Woman to promote advocacy, here are some of the ways Chapters made an impact over the past month.

May 18: Spokane Chapter and Willamette Chapter

The Spokane Chapter and Willamette Chapter events both centered on the theme of leadership. At the Willamette Chapter event, Gay Wayman, organizational development leader at Northwest Community Credit Union, addressed how leaders should consider different learning styles (e.g. visual and kinesthetic) in their communication strategies to most effectively reach their target audiences.

May 24: Mt. Hood Chapter

The Mt. Hood Chapter brought several local credit unions together to participate in a volunteer event at the Oregon Food Bank, packing more than 8,000 meals for community members in Portland.

“Events like this truly demonstrate the power of the cooperative movement — what can be accomplished when credit unions work together to have a positive impact!” said Carmen Vigil, community manager for Northwest Credit Union Association.

June 6: Northwest Chapter

The Northwest Chapter served up advocacy with a superhero twist during their June event. Troy Stang, CEO of Northwest Credit Union Association, and Samantha Beeler, the Association’s AVP, Advocacy, spoke to a sold-out theater in Beaverton, Oregon, about why advocacy is important to the Credit Union Movement. A showing of the new film, Wonder Woman, followed the discussion.

“The Northwest Chapter event helped highlight what it means to be part of the Credit Union Movement,” said Beeler. “The chapters are such an important venue to discuss and engage an advocacy, and I know our team will be happy to help any Chapter put on an event like this! We can host anything from an educational meeting to grassroots engagement like a tweetathon, or even host legislators for a luncheon.”

June 15: Kitsap County Chapter of Credit Unions

During its second quarter meeting, Kitsap County Chapter focused on making financial institution staff — including front line staff, BSA, risk management, fraud prevention and investigations, and senior management — aware of human trafficking. The session addressed how to identify red flags, the financial institution’s obligation to investigate and file suspicious activity reports, and who to call for specific questions regarding a possible human trafficking event.

June 28: King County Chapter

The King County Chapter hosted its annual golf tournament to raise money for Credit Unions for Kids at the Golf Club at Redmond Ridge, Washington.

Find opportunities to get involved in a Chapter event near you by visiting our Chapters page, or by contacting Carmen Vigil, Northwest Credit Union Association’s community manager, at

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