News and Notes: Here’s What’s Happening in Northwest Credit Unions


Unitus Community Credit Union Celebrates 80 Years of Member Service and Community Involvement

This month, Unitus Community Credit Union celebrates 80 years of service to their membership and communities. Founded by seven Pacific Telephone & Telegraph employees in July 1937, Unitus has grown to more than $1 billion in assets and now serves nearly 90,000 members.

“We certainly have a storied history to celebrate as one of the longest established credit unions in the Northwest, but what really excites me are the opportunities we are pursuing to improve the lives of our members moving forward,” said Steven Stapp, President and CEO of Unitus. “We want to embrace the convenience of new financial technologies, but also expand our in-person service with new branch openings in new communities. We are humbled to support the generations of families in our membership, and energized by the possibilities to further improve our service, dedication, and support for our members.”

Laurie Kresl, Chief Marketing Officer at Unitus, also commented on the credit union’s commitment to giving back to the community. “I believe our organization has grown so consistently for so long because we prioritize investing in our communities. Our jobs become more rewarding when we regularly get to visit Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, hold rallies to provide school supplies for underprivileged kids, mentor the Court Princesses in the Portland Rose Festival, or share once-in-a-lifetime opportunities with young children as part of our award-winning Dream Come True program. When your main goal is to help people, the internal rewards are continuous and external rewards often follow,” she said. “Our success would not have been possible without our Board of Directors and Leadership team but most importantly, our amazing team of employees devoted to improving the financial well-being of our members.”

Beehive Federal Credit Union Holds Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for New Pavilion at Annual Picnic

On June 22, Rexburg, Idaho-based Beehive Federal Credit Union once again drew thousands to Porter Park for the Annual Member Appreciation Picnic to raise funds for Children’s Miracle Network. This year, more than four thousand people attended, raising over $5,000 to benefit local children at Primary Children’s Hospital.

The credit union also used the event as opportunity to celebrate the completion of the new, 800-square-foot Beehive Federal Credit Union Pavilion.

Beehive Federal Credit Union officials decided to build the pavilion after spending years setting up a stage for its annual event. The credit union covered the cost of the entire project and donated the pavilion to the city as a way to give back to the community.

Brenda Worrell, Chief Operating Officer, ICCU

Brenda Worrell of Idaho Central Credit Union Honored for Excellence in Finance by the Idaho Business Review

Brenda Worrell, Chief Operating Officer at Chubbuck-based Idaho Central Credit Union, was recognized with the Idaho Business Review’s Excellence in Finance award.

The publication honored 16 Idaho financial professionals as “the best of the best” in the financial space. Honorees were evaluated in the areas of leadership, mentorship, achievements, community leadership, and community service.

“We are proud to once again recognize financial professionals whose fiscal accomplishments set a high bar for their companies and Idaho’s business economy,” said Cindy Suffa, associate publisher for Idaho Business Review.

Posted in Around the NW.