Young Credit Union Professionals of Oregon and SW Washington Named a 2019 LEAP Winner


The Young Credit Union Professionals of Oregon and Southwest Washington hosted a successful advocacy barbecue in Washington in July with two state Senators, four Representatives, and staffers from seven credit unions. The Micro-Community also hosted one in Oregon this summer.

The Northwest Credit Union Association is proud to announce its 2019 Micro-Communities in Action Awards, which recognize groups from around the region that have excelled in four pillars: Leadership, Education, Advocacy, and Philosophy-in-Action. 

One awards is given in each category, and one Micro-Community is recognized for excelling across all four pillars of LEAP. The submissions were judged by the NWCUA Awards Committee, a volunteer group of credit union leaders responsible for connecting, recognizing, and honoring the Northwest credit union community.

Micro-Communities are groups of credit union employees, advocates, and champions that work together to build a brighter future for credit unions. They consist of Credit Union Chapters, Young Professional Networking Groups, Sister Societies of the Global Women’s Leadership Network, Credit Union Development Educator Networks, and others.

Starting this week, your Association will feature LEAP winners in every edition of Anthem over the next five weeks.

This year’s LEAP award in the Leadership category goes to the Young Credit Union Professionals of Oregon and Southwest Washington! The Micro-Community is designed to help credit union professionals grow their careers, a goal that champions a strong future for credit unions across the region.

The purpose of Oregon & SW Washington YCUP is to encourage inclusive engagement within the credit union community and to also offer opportunities that will help YPs flourish as leaders – because their successes will influence the future and quality of all credit unions,” said Toni Mathews, a board member of the group and VP of Operations with Trailhead Credit Union. “We strategize thorough considerations and planning efforts, in order to provide motivating and robust events that cover a wide-range of topics which reflect CU philosophies and today’s current environment. These are integral elements of  leadership  development and the foundation of YCUPs’ mission.”

Throughout the past year, the  Micro-Community’s  efforts epitomized the spirit of LEAP’s Leadership pillarMembers hosted five events that brought more than 200 attendees in 2019.

If the talents apparent in YCUP Oregon & SW Washington are any indication, the future of our Credit Union Movement is very bright. It is so inspiring to see these future leaders come together to develop professionally and share their passion with young leaders across their communities,” said Carmen Vigil, NWCUA Director of Cooperative Momentum.

Events throughout 2019 included networking opportunities, volunteering at the Oregon Food Bank, an Executive Roundtable, and co-hosting Hops for Hope with the Cascadia Chapter of Credit Unions. Members also hosted an advocacy barbecue and a diversity and inclusion panel discussion. Later this month, they’ll gear up for the return of their popular CEO Roundtable on Sept. 25. 

The CEO and Executive Roundtables have become some of the best-attended events for the Micro-Community, Mathews said. 

This year has “taught us a lot and we’re aiming higher in 2020including doubling our efforts in fundraisingexpanding diversity and inclusion initiatives, unveiling an innovative advocacy workshop, and hosting many of the same, super-improved events participants know and love,” said Michael Murdoch, the Micro-Community’s president and Communications Specialist for Wauna Credit Union. “Next year will be big for YCUP and for the Movement.” 

Mathews said the Micro-Community was thrilled to find out it had won the LEAP-Leadership award. 

“We are beyond proud and are so very honored by the news of this recognition!” she said. “In addition to the amazing direction and vision from our President, Michael Murdoch,  everyone  on the YCUP team brings with them a strong voice, overwhelming amounts of support, impressive dedication to frequent communications, and innovative ideas. We could not be more excited to have been considered and selected and are equally as eager to continue making a powerful impact.  

Editor’s Note: Winners of the Micro-Communities in Action  awards  will be further recognized at MAXX 2019, to be held in Spokane Oct. 15-17. There will be special recognition for LEAP winners, as well as  all CUNA and Summit award winners at the Awards Gala, to be held Oct. 17, on the final night of MAXX. Make sure to  register today  and don’t miss the celebration!

Also, in today’s Anthem,  we are proud to announce the  2019  Credit Union National Association (CUNA) award winners!

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