P1FCU’s Chris Loseth Honored for Community Service

P1FCU President and CEO, Chris Loseth, accepts the Don Poe Award for Community Spirit.


P1FCU President and CEO, Chris Loseth, has received one of his community’s highest honors — the Don Poe Award for Community Spirit. The award is named for an iconic local business and community leader from Clarkson, Idaho.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Lewis Clark Valley bestow the Poe award annually on a leader and community servant at a breakfast attended by youth and business leaders. This year was different; due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the breakfast was held virtually.

Jon Evans, the Clubs’ Executive Director, told the Lewiston Tribune that Loseth has been a “servant leader” for many years.

Loseth has rolled up his sleeves at community events, provided leadership in the local United Way campaigns, served on local foundation boards, and has instilled a culture of volunteerism for his team at P1FCU.

In a recent Q&A with Anthem, Loseth reflected on what it meant to him to be honored with the Poe Award. Service, he says, is a privilege.

“It is an honor to be recognized for my community spirit efforts in trying to make a positive difference in people’s lives, in my community, and in the many communities the credit union serves.

“I am a guy that believes we get to do things we don’t have to. My life Is enriched and made more meaningful from what I get to do. It is a privilege to be able to encourage and support my staff in their community service efforts.

“We get to be involved in helping mentor and coach youth, we get to volunteer our time for organizations, we get to work on projects to improve our communities, we get to help people in need, we get to be part of making the world a better place to live. We don’t have to; it is a conscious choice to get involved in the world we live in and make it a better place for all of us,” said Loseth.

Lewiston-based P1FCU has come a long way in the more than 30 years that Loseth has been its leader. Today the $1.2 billion asset-sized credit union serves more than 100,000 members — and to Loseth, a credit union’s mission is about a lot more than financial services.

“I want to make a special shout out to the 272 wonderful staff members and nine board members of P1FCU. This is an all-star team where I get to mentor and coach, and together, we have had 31 straight undefeated years. I have much appreciation and thanks for all they do for the communities we serve. They deserve recognition and their own award for their wonderful community spirit enhancing our members lives every day.”

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