Spokane Chapter ‘Hits Nail on the Head’ for ICU Day Playground Build

Spokane-area credit union staff, volunteers and resources are needed to join in the effort to build a new playground for the Northeast Youth Center on October 20.

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TAPCO CU’s New Brand: A Perfect Blend of “Where We Came From and Where We Are Going Together”

Tacoma-based TAPCO Credit Union’s rebranding process embraced marketing best practices with an all-inclusive engagement strategy and a local, resonate message.

Offer TRID Grace Period: NWCUA to CFPB

The Association sent a letter to the CFPB with three requests regarding upcoming TRID implementation, the most urgent of which is for a transitional implementation grace period through the end of the year.

Credit Unions Help Washington Lumber Community Endure Job Losses

When a lumber mill and a plywood company announced closures and layoffs, local credit unions rallied the community to help.

Movement for LGBTQ Credit Union Accelerating

A small team in Seattle is working to found Equality Credit Union, a financial institution committed to the values and needs of the LGBTQ community.

Financial Reality Fair Gives Students a Real-World Look at Budgeting Options

Credit unions’ commitment to financial education played out in a live, interactive Financial Reality Fair during Credit Union Day at the Capitol last week. Students from River Ridge High School and a team of credit union volunteers impressed Washington legislators by demonstrating that students do have an appetite for financial education – and that credit unions are ready to provide it.

What I Learned at Compliance School

NWCUA Director of Compliance Services David Curtis reflects on his week spent at “The Happiest Place on Earth” for Compliance School. Did you know remittance transfer disclosures must be in at least 8-point font?

Oakland Leaves Member-First Legacy After Stepping Down at BECU

Long-time BECU President and CEO Gary Oakland has officially stepped down at BECU after a career that spanned more than 30 years. His philosophy? “How is it going to benefit the member? How can we make a positive difference in our members’ lives?”

Compliance Review of Healthcare Benefits in Order Following Supreme Court Decision

Credit unions should perform compliance reviews following the Supreme Court ruling mostly upholding the Affordable Health Care Act. Provisions already implemented will remain in effect, and now is the time to prepare for the pending requirements.

Supreme Court Ruling Creates Concerns, Opportunities for Credit Unions

The Supreme Court ruling mostly upholding the Affordable Health Care Act gives credit unions reasons to address compliance concerns for their coverage.

Award Winning Marketer Urges Conference-Goers to Think Outside the Box

NWCUA Marketers’ Conference participants were given many tools to improve their skills. Session leader Kelley Parks inspired participants to not be held back small budgets; urging them to step outside the confines of traditional messaging and marketing.

How Has the CFPB Impacted Credit Unions?

Hal Scoggins, featured presenter at the NWCUA’s upcoming Legal Update Seminar, discusses the main ways the CFPB has impacted credit unions and gives a glimpse at what’s to come as the bureau continues to expand its authority.

Brorson’s ‘Life on the Edge in Kitsap County’ Event to Shed Light on Challenges of Poverty

True to the “People Helping People” philosophy, Kitsap Credit Union’s Cathy Brorson is working to illuminate the true challenges associated with poverty-based decision-making and to engage community leaders from all sectors in finding solutions.

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.”

NWCUA Convention Kicks Off with Annual Business Meeting

The NWCUA Convention will cut right to the chase with Tuesday afternoon’s Annual Business Meeting, which is to be immediately followed by keynote speaker Bill Cheney’s opening address. Cheney has been the president and CEO of CUNA since July 2010.

Convention Speaker Climbed to the Top in More Ways Than One

Convention speaker Susan Ershler has literally taken the 30,000-foot view. She has climbed to the top of the world in more ways than one. Her September 21 address takes a different approach than any other presentation being offered at the Tacoma gathering of northwest credit union leadership.

Try These Stress Busters!

Brown & Brown, the independent insurance and benefits firm, presents 10 stress relievers.

May You Live in Interesting Times

Living in interesting times would be an apt description of these last couple of years, and with the passing of the Financial Reform Act things will only get more interesting, at least as far as compliance is concerned.