Northwest Credit Union Chapters See High Engagement at Recent Meetings and Events
Gatherings buzzed with networking and discussions on advocacy, training, and financial education.
Your Association’s Credit Union Chapter program promotes the unity, strength, awareness, and relevance of credit unions in their communities. Chapters provide credit union staff the opportunity to meet regularly, exchange ideas, plan projects, and pursue grassroots advocacy opportunities to influence local leaders and lawmakers about the value credit unions provide to their communities.
Northwest Credit Union Association’s Vice President of Legislative Affairs for Washington, Joe Adamack, recently met with several local chapters to learn their specific views and interests.
“Meeting with credit union representatives at local chapter meetings helps me learn the issues unique to their community and makes me a more effective advocate at the Capitol,” said Adamack. “The ability to take their stories, questions, and priorities to Olympia is an incredibly valuable tool when speaking directly with their elected officials.”
Advocacy is a priority for Northwest chapters. Recently, the Willamette Chapter hosted a “Tap into Advocacy” event at a local brewery in Eugene, Oregon, featuring Samantha Beeler, Vice President of Advocacy for your Association. More than 70 credit union professionals attended to learn about how they can advocate on behalf of the Credit Union Movement.
The Spokane Chapter featured a panel of Washington grassroots leaders who shared advocacy best practices and discussed how advocacy supports the credit union movement. Debie Keesee, CEO of Spokane Media Federal Credit Union; Traci McGlathery, Director of Community Relations at STCU; Linda Crane, Executive Administrative Assistant at Global Credit Union; and Kathleen Schlib, Community Relations Administrator at Horizon Credit Union, shared their perspectives on what credit union advocacy looks like and strategies to increase employees’ involvement.
The newly formed Cascadia Chapter attracted about 100 members to its inaugural networking event, which included bowling, games, prizes, and a reveal of the chapter’s new logo. According to Chapter President Sarah Buck, Training Coordinator and Marketing Assistant at Oregon’s USAgencies Credit Union, an impressive number of attendees were new.
“We had a lot more first timers who had no idea the chapter existed, and couldn’t believe we held fun events like this all the time,” said Buck. With such a strong first showing, she believes the Cascadia Chapter will continue to see attendance and participation grow.
Other Northwest Chapter Developments
Two other chapters focused on education by holding training events centered around the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) and robbery training. The Spokane Chapter featured speakers from Washington credit unions, including Roger Fitzpatrick with Numerica Credit Union and Jim Fuher with STCU. Meeting organizers also collected over 600 pounds of nonperishable food items to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank from participants.
Idaho’s Capitol Chapter connected local credit unions for a “lunch and learn” style presentation featuring Katie Clark, Director of Regulatory Affairs and Risk Management with your Association.
“Normally, Bank Secrecy Act training is provided at the individual credit union level,” said Clark. “By leveraging the cooperative spirit of credit unions and providing the training in a chapter setting, credit unions not only satisfy the requirement, they also benefit from hearing the perspectives of their peers at other credit unions.”
Both presentations satisfied annual training requirements and provided a certificate of completion to credit union employees in attendance.
Idaho’s Southwest Chapter is gearing up for the sixth annual High School Financial Reality Fair at Skyview High School in Nampa, Idaho, on April 9 and 10, and at Caldwell High School in Caldwell, Idaho, on April 17. Approximately 300 students from each high school will participate. This year, the chapter partnered with the Northwest Credit Union Foundation and received a grant to administer the fair through the Bite of Reality app.
For more information about NWCUA’s Credit Union Chapter program or to find a chapter near you, contact Carmen Vigil. Upcoming chapter events can be found here.