Northwest Chapters Connect Credit Union Professionals with Growth, Collaboration, and Engagement Opportunities

Southwest Washington Chapter Board Members attend a legislative event in October 2018.


Northwest Credit Union chapters continue to drive the Credit Union Movement forward by providing credit union professionals with a variety of development opportunities.

Part of a larger family of micro-communities that include Young Professional Groups, Credit Union Development Educators, and Global Women’s Leadership Network Sister Societies, these groups embody the spirit of collaboration and collective action in their communities. Several chapters have plans to help their credit union members network, develop their skills and leadership, share best practices, and give back to local communities in 2019.

“Cooperation among cooperatives is a core principle of the Credit Union Movement, and nowhere is it exemplified better than through micro-community service,” said Northwest Credit Union Association Director of Cooperative Momentum, Carmen Vigil. “It can be challenging to find ways to keep networking and professional development fresh, fun, and accessible, yet our Northwest chapters and Young Professional groups continue rising to the occasion.”

With a new year comes new opportunities for chapter board members to jump into their roles. The Willamette Chapter recently announced their board for 2019, which includes several YP Leads. Symantha Sermino, Member Business Services Program Coordinator at Oregon’s Northwest Community Credit Union and 2017 YP Lead, explained why chapter board service can be a valuable stepping stone for young professionals looking to advance their careers.

“Serving as a board member opens up a lot of opportunities that YPs may not usually have in their regular jobs,” said Sermino. “Being a board member puts you in a position of leadership where you have the chance to practice strategic planning and decision making, budgeting, and finding consensus in a group setting.”

The chapter is also excited to shift its programming toward community involvement in 2019, and has planned a credit union member appreciation event that will double as a fundraiser for the local Children’s Miracle Network hospital.

The Southwest Washington Chapter is also focusing on community in 2019, and will host roundtables, a legislative dinner, networking events, and online micro-courses. In addition, the chapter will host a legislative breakfast on Feb. 8 in preparation for the Washington Credit Union Day at the Capitol, which will feature members of your Association’s Governmental Affairs Team.

The Mt. Hood and Northwest chapters have officially merged into the newly named Cascadia Chapter —an exciting evolution for the greater Portland area. The chapter’s board is holding a contest to determine a logo for its merged group. The winning design will be determined by vote of its member credit unions and will be revealed at a Feb. 25 networking event. For more information, or to submit an idea, email the chapter directly.

The Northwest Corner Chapter is gearing up for a robust schedule that will provide credit unions in the greater Bellingham, Washington, area with networking opportunities and a planned in-depth fraud discussion, tapping local experts and resources. The event is tentatively scheduled for June.

The King County Chapter is focusing on the legislative climate for credit unions in Washington state and is planning events that focus on coaching in a sales/service environment. Its initial event will take place on Feb. 13 featuring two speakers from Yes Works. For more information or to register, click here.

The Capitol Chapter of Idaho is focused on reintroducing itself to local credit unions and providing training related to the LEAP pillars: Leadership, Education, Advocacy, and Philosophy in Action. The chapter plans to send a welcome email to its member credit unions, introducing them to the chapter’s renewed focus and outlining plans for the year ahead.

This is just a snapshot of the impactful programming that micro-communities are planning for 2019. For more information about credit union micro-communities or to find an opportunity near you, contact Carmen Vigil.

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