Fifth-Graders Test Mettle, Business Savvy at JA BizTown

“So how’s your biz? Mine has a LOT of paperwork,” read a memo from one fifth-grade CEO to another during Tuesday’s JA BizTown event in Auburn, Wash. Representatives of Woodstone, Harborstone and the NWCUA were on hand as volunteers.

Senate Vote on MBL Bill Expected Next Week as Credit Unions Continue Advocacy

Credit union activists from Oregon and Washington have logged more than 1800 contacts through CUNA’s advocacy site in support of raising the MBL cap. With a Senate vote not expected until next week, there is still time to deepen the impact.

Elder Abuse Bill Signed Into Law with Credit Union Advocate in Attendance

Credit union employees are often the first line of defense protecting elders from financial abuse. New Oregon legislation protects senior citizens while improving law enforcement’s ability to investigate and prosecute such cases.

Financial Literacy Fundraiser in Portland Showcases Finance Games

Financial Beginnings, a Portland-based financial literacy organization, expects to serve 16,000 students in the next year. Tickets are available for the organization’s “Game of Life” fundraiser, scheduled for April 26.

IT Support Specialist

Rivermark Community Credit Union – Beaverton, OR

Oregon DCBS to Host Financial Information Seminars as Part of Money Smart Week

Oregon DCBS will host forums in April in Eugene, Portland, and Salem as part of Money Smart Week, giving consumers information and resources on insurance, Medicare, reverse mortgages, the prevention of consumer and Medicare fraud, and identity theft.

NWCUA, CUNA Issue Call to Action Regarding MBL Legislation

With the U.S. Senate primed to vote on credit union MBL legislation as soon as April 16, the NWCUA is developing an “all-in” strategy that depends on immediate participation from each Northwest credit union.

ICUL Service Corp Rolls Out ‘Moms, Dads & Grads’ Line of Gift Cards

The ICUL Service Corporation, a Strategic Link business partner, offers several programs to help credit unions compete with gift card and reloadable “stored value” debit cards, including a new series geared toward soon-to-be graduates.

NWCUA Regulatory Advocacy Update: Association Collaborates with CFPB, CUNA

The weekly Regulatory Advocacy Update outlines the NWCUA’s efforts to reduce the regulatory burden on credit unions and protect the larger movement. Included here are updates on the CFPB and an upcoming meeting about Oregon public funds legislation.

Compliance/ Risk Manager

Northwest Community Credit Union – Springfield, OR

Senate Majority Leader Promises Floor Vote on MBL Legislation

U.S. Senate majority leader Harry Reid to Congress: “Democrats and Republicans are going to have to make a decision on where they stand for American credit unions.”

Co-op Launches Mobile App to Log Volunteers’ Hours

Reward Volunteers is a free mobile app that allows volunteers to track their hours and earn rewards for themselves and the organizations they serve. Participation is free for all 501(c)3, tax-exempt organizations.

IRS Releases the Dirty Dozen Tax Scams for 2012

The IRS has issued its annual “Dirty Dozen” ranking of tax scams, reminding taxpayers to use caution during tax season to protect themselves against a wide range of schemes ranging from identity theft to return preparer fraud.

Northwest Credit Union Foundation Begins Post-Merger Process of Planning and Re-Branding

The Northwest Credit Union Foundation met for three intensive days of brainstorming, planning and strategizing last week as it begins to lay out its priorities and establish new branding heading into 2012.