News & Notes: Here’s What’s Happening Around the Northwest

Rogue reaches 100,000 membership milestone; Sno Falls and Rivermark open new branches; ACU hires new CFO; Industrial supports F.A.R.M. for Kids and Maps teams up with PEMCO to award $6K in grants to teachers.

How to Pick the Best Credit Union for You

National website and newsletter Money Talks News highlights credit unions, and gives some tips for finding the credit union that’s right for you.

CO-OP Surpasses Bank of America in Number of Branches

The credit union shared branching network is now third in the nation in number of branches.

Fibre Federal Acquisition of TLC Creates Big Benefits

Members of both credit unions will benefit from more branches, better offerings, and a stronger overall position.

Rogue Student Teller Rises to Manage Branch Where He Started

Derek Reeser of Rogue Credit Union says that working at his high school’s student branch changed his life, and his career trajectory.

Port of Seattle Federal Credit Union Announces Plans to Merge With Sound Credit Union

Leaders from both credit unions agree that the merger is the best way to serve Port of Seattle members.

Lacamas Members Approve Merger Into iQ

Lacamas Community Credit Union members have approved a merger with iQ Credit Union. The new iQ will now serve 65,000 members in 15 branches.

Seven Things You Can Do Today to Create Your Branch of the Future

Rapidly changing consumer behavior has made the branch as we know it today irrelevant to many, but the truth is that consumers still want a personal relationship with their financial institution. The good news is that by focusing on the consumer experience, you can start to meaningfully transform your branches today without having to build a new and expensive showpiece.

‘Tis the Season: Northwest Credit Unions Find Creative Ways to Give Back During the Holidays

Northwest credit unions are doing their part this week to make sure that their neighbors have warm clothes, hearty meals and toys for the kids during the holidays with a sleigh-full of food drives and other special events.

Making Lives Better: Summit Award Winners Share A Deep Commitment to the Members They Serve

You can talk about how much they love their work. Or how proud they are of what they‘ve accomplished. You can even talk about innovation and their visions for the future. But spend five minutes with Rick Brandsma, Rick Hein, or Jill Nowacki and see if the conversation doesn’t somehow come back around to three simple words: making lives better.

Increase your Branch Network to 5,000 Overnight

While credit union membership continues to grow, consumers still may not be aware of the greatest convenience that separates credit unions from banks: shared branching. Our Strategic Link business partner, CO-OP, wrote the book on shared branching. Read this short article to find out what your credit union and your members may be missing.

Trust, Commitment are Keys to Financial Education Outreach

More than 30 credit union educators attended a Financial Education Best Practices Roundtable in Eugene Wednesday, sharing in the “secret sauce” of financial literacy. The NWCUA’s Financial Education Committee and the Northwest Credit Union Foundation will use the presentations to build an online resource library for educators.

CO-OP Shared Branching Reaches Milestone: 5,000 Branch Locations Nationwide

After a year of accelerated growth following CO-OP’s merger with FSCC, the CO-OP Shared Branching network has grown to include 5,000 live teller branch locations nationwide, making it the fourth-largest branch network with teller service in the U.S.

Rogue FCU to Retain Chetco’s Oregon Employees and Branches Through Acquisition

Breaking news: Rogue Federal Credit Union will purchase and retain Chetco Federal Credit Union’s Oregon operations, retaining branches and employees. Chetco’s Crescent City, Calif., branch and memberships will be assumed by Coast Central Credit Union. The announcement was made Friday evening by Rogue Federal, Coast Central and the NCUA.

Increase Your Branch Network to 4,400 Overnight

At a fraction of what it costs to build proprietary brick and mortar, shared branching is the easy, cooperative answer for credit unions looking to offer their members optimal branch convenience.

ICU Day Wrap-Up: Northwest Credit Unions Raise Spirits, Awareness

Credit unions in Oregon and Washington were active on Thursday’s International Credit Union Day, engaging members and celebrating the credit union difference.

Shared Branching Services Unite as FSCC Votes to Combine Services with Co-Op Financial Services

In a move that unifies credit union shared branching services, Financial Service Centers Cooperative, Inc. announced that it will combine operations with CO-OP Financial Services, effective early in 2012.

Credit Union High School Branches Give Teens Access to Financial Education

Northwest credit unions made it on to a distinguished top-10 list recently for the number of its credit unions operating in-school branches. Ranked seventh and ninth, respectively, Oregon boasts eight credit unions operating branches in 34 schools, while there are nine Washington credit unions operating branch offices in 25 schools across the state.