SMCU’s Romero, Lower Valley CU Take Honors; Rivermark Community CU Empowers New Entrepreneurs

Romero was recognized in mid-October, while Lower Valley Credit Union took home honorable mention during the recent National Federation Conference. Rivermark Community CU supported the next generation of business leaders.

Northwest CU Professionals Win Big at CUNA Lending Council Conference

Rivermark Community Credit Union’s Gayle Gustafson received the Phil Greer Award, while Lower Valley Credit Union was recognized for excellence in lending to members of low-to-modest means.

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

Qualstar Credit Union & Puget Sound Federal Credit Union announce merger; Fun(d) competition between Global Credit Union & Spokane Federal Credit Union; Fibre Federal Credit Union hosts Financial Reality Fair, Valley Credit Union announced new CEO.

Lower Valley Credit Union Proves Its Worth to the Hispanic Community

Washington’s Lower Valley Credit Union is the first in the Northwest to receive the Juntos Avanzamos designation, showing it is willing and able to be a strong partner to this growing community.

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

STCU announces new branch; Clackamas Federal gives $50k to community college; Rivermark catalyzes library effort; TAPCO supports Apple-A-Day; Lower Valley gives big.

Washington Credit Unions get CDFI Grants Totaling Over $3 Million

The CDFI Fund awarded grants to two Washington credit unions for work with underserved market niches, community development.

Lower Valley Credit Union’s Suzy Fonseca: ‘Planting Seeds of Opportunity for a Better Tomorrow’

With 2013 in the rear-view mirror, Anthem asked Northwest credit union presidents and CEOs to reflect on the past, consider what lies ahead and talk about the challenges — and the opportunities — that await credit unions in 2014. Today: Suzy Fonseca, president and CEO of Lower Valley Credit Union, talks about what it means to “serve the underserved.”

Lower Valley Credit Union Honored at GAC for ‘Service to the Underserved’

Lower Valley Credit Union was honored this week with Credit Union Times’ Trailblazer Award for Outstanding Service to the Underserved. The award, which was presented during the Governmental Affairs Conference, honors credit unions that promote change by creating and implementing innovative strategies and solutions.

Putting Members in the Driver’s Seat, Part IV: It’s Easy Being Green

Kermit the Frog used to sing “It’s not easy being green.” But if you’re a car buyer in today’s market, automotive journalist John M. Vincent says in Part IV of “Putting Members in the Driver’s Seat,” it’s certainly easy to buy green — and it’s getting easier every day.

Compliance Question of the Week

What does compliance with the Servicemember’s Civil Relief Act mean to credit unions in terms of how they apply the mandated rate reductions to loans?

Oregon Supreme Court Ruling Partially Overturns Lower Court Ruling Regarding MERS

An Oregon Supreme Court ruling opens the door for financial institutions to return to a quicker, less expensive non-judicial foreclosure process. More on how the ruling could affect credit unions is explained in this week’s compliance report.

Interchange Legislation Could be Introduced This Week

Credit unions are calling on Congress to stop, study and start over on planned interchange fee regulations, and legislation that would do just that could be introduced later this week.