Qualstar Credit Union Paying Out $2.5 Million in Loyalty Bonuses to 35,000 Local Members

Qualstar Credit Union is thanking its members for their continued loyalty by giving them back $2.5 million in bonus dividends this month. Individual bonus dividends range from $5 to several thousand, with the average member receiving a bonus dividend of $72.

Columbia Credit Union Begins Construction on Green Operations Center Addition

Columbia Credit Union has broken ground on a 20,000-square foot addition and remodel to its main Operations Center. The addition will be built to LEED Gold certification standards with expected completion in late 2013.

Submit Funds to Credit Unions For Kids, Raise More Through Holiday Icon Campaign

The deadline for submitting funds raised for Credit Unions for Kids during the 2012 campaign year is Jan. 4, 2013, but credit unions still have time to pad their fundraising totals by joining the 17 Northwest credit unions already taking part in the Holiday Icon Campaign.

Gesa Donates Time, Money to Support Local Habitat for Humanity Efforts

Gesa Credit Union employees took part in a one-day Habitat for Humanity volunteer event in Richland last month, and the credit union donated an additional $3,500 to the organization’s Volunteer Appreciation Night in Wenatchee.

Credit Union MBL Helps Radio Group Grow in Southwest Washington

A credit union MBL helped a family-owned radio station group grow its reach in the Longview-Kelso market. In a highly competitive industry, the stations own the entertainment, information and community connection categories in their community.

Horizon’s ‘Piggy Hunt’ Finds Its Way to Regional, National Recognition

A school-based scavenger hunt that promotes financial literacy has earned Horizon Credit Union a state-level CUNA Award and a second-place finish in the national competition. The Piggy Hunt was re-branded by “Biz Kid$” earlier this year for broader distribution.

Linn-Co Hits a Double in CUNA Awards Recognition

Emphasizing the physical and financial health of children in need, Linn-Co Federal Credit Union scored a rare double in the 2012 CUNA Awards competition, earning a first-place Dora Maxwell Award for its Kidzshop program and a Desjardins Award for its educational carnivals project.

North Coast to Host Cash Mob in Bellingham

North Coast Credit Union is hosting a cash mob to collect cash and goods for donation to Lydia Place, which provides housing and education to homeless women and their children in a formal, six-month program. Donations will be accepted through Monday, Oct. 22.

Local Efforts Pay Local Dividends for Tacoma’s TAPCO Credit Union

Recognized as the best credit union in Tacoma by readers of a local newspaper, TAPCO Credit Union credits a hyper-local focus as the primary reason why reader have it top of mind.

Credit Unions ‘Study Abroad’ During Wednesday’s General Sessions

The general sessions at Convention Wednesday had a distinctly international flavor thanks to a keynote address from Arnold Kuijpers of Rabobank Nederland and an afternoon panel discussion with leaders of the Canadian credit union movement.

Members in the News

Your rundown on who’s doing what in the Northwest credit union movement.

Rogue Federal Masters Low-Cost Media Coverage and Event Ownership

From soup to nuts, Rogue Federal is large and in charge of community events and media coverage in Medford. What’s the secret sauce? Read on to find out.

Wauna Federal Credit Union Unveils Mural to Celebrate Community History

Wauna Federal Credit Union unveiled a custom-designed mural painted on the roadside wall of its historic Astoria branch. The credit union plans to commission a new mural every two years to commemorate the community’s history and personality.

Northwest Credit Unions to Explore Rabobank’s Cooperative Structure at Convention

Like American credit unions, Rabobank Nederland’s governance model includes volunteer directors. Attendees at the NWCUA Convention and Annual Business Meeting will learn how Rabobank thrives with cooperative structure, global reach and local roots.

Advantis, OnPoint Credit Unions Receive Funds Through Responsible Banking Program

Less than a month after winning approval from Portland’s city commissioners, a responsible banking initiative championed by Mayor Sam Adams already has dollars flowing to local credit unions.

Save the Date for Miracle Jeans Day 2012

Your opportunity to once again get comfortable for a good cause is just around the corner, as thousands of individuals and companies will raise money for their local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital on Sept. 12 as part of Miracle Jeans Day.

Member Business Loan Helps Couple Open Second Restaurant

A Seattle couple financed their dream and hired 14 employees with a Member Business Loan from Harborstone CU. Balwant and Maninder Bahia now own two Subway restaurants.

MBL Banner Takes Message to Washington Politicians and Local Democratic Party

Serving members is the paramount duty of credit unions. After being unable to meet the needs of members seeking business loans, a Tacoma credit union decided to get active in the MBL fight.