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

NWCUA mourns the passing of longtime OCCU Board Member Don Moon Lee; Spokane credit unions, Habitat for Humanity host community day; Northwest Community Credit Union awards scholarships.

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Political Advocacy With a Side of Slaw

Northwest Young Credit Union Professionals welcomes industry professionals looking to make a difference to political advocacy on the ‘Que!

NWCUA Annual Convention Gets New Name

MAXX is about pushing limitations, testing boundaries and MAXXimizing growth.

Northwest Credit Union Leaders Trek to Washington DC for Spring Hike the Hill

The twice-yearly trip shows advocacy in action, allowing credit unions face time with legislators and regulators.

Credit Unions Urged to Update Information, Connect With Potential New Members

www.asmarterchoice.org,a website that allows consumers to search for credit unions in their area, is seeking up-to-date information from participants.

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.

Northwest Credit Unions Partner With NWCUF and National Groups to Host Financial Reality Fairs Across Region

Approximately 600 students from Northwest high schools took part in Financial Reality Fairs to learn real world financial skills. 11 credit unions partnered with the NWCUF, CUNA Mutual Group, National Credit Union Foundation and MindBlown Labs for 12 events, and nine in one day.

NWCUF Board Nominating Committee Formed for 2016

Five Northwest credit union professionals have accepted appointments to the Northwest Credit Union Foundation’s Board of Directors Nominating Committee. Their task will be to help facilitate the Foundation’s governance model.

Three Northwest Credit Unions Recognized at CUNA HR & Organizational Development Conference

Verity Credit Union, Rivermark Community Credit Union, and Advantis Credit Union received awards for employee engagement and management practices, respectively, at the 22nd Annual Conference in Orlando this week.

Northwest Credit Unions Celebrate Financial Fitness Day

Credit Unions around the Northwest—and around the country—celebrated Financial Fitness Day on April 6. Here is a rundown of the stories shared on social media with the #FinancialFitnessDay hashtag.

Meet Eric Horvath, NWCUA Communications Manager

The Northwest Credit Union Association’s new Communications Manager, Eric Horvath, takes the reins of your Anthem newsletter.

Seattle Children’s Hospital Receives $64,000 Donation from Credit Unions for Kids, Toy Donation From Seattle-Area Credit Unions

Two Seattle area credit unions donated toys, red wagons, and delivered a donation of more than $64,000 to Seattle Children’s Hospital as part of Credit Unions for Kids.

Northwest Credit Union Leaders Join the Credit Union House Hall of Leaders

Parker Cann, general counsel at BECU, and Patricia Smith, president and CEO of Unitus Community Credit Union, were among 17 inductees into the Credit House Hall of Leaders in February.

Set the Stage for Career Growth; WCMS Scholarship Available

A three-year scholarship is available for a Northwest credit union employee to attend the prestigious Western CUNA Management School. The combination of on campus and in-credit union curriculum is considered to be among the nation’s highest level educational opportunities for credit union professionals.

Forward-Looking Debie Keesee Continues Northwest Presence on CUNA Board of Directors

Debie Keesee, CEO of Spokane Media Federal Credit Union, has begun her term on the CUNA Board of Directors, maintaining a Northwest presence on the Board.

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Congress to Cordray: Dodd-Frank Not Intended for Credit Unions, Community Banks

The majority of Congress—including a large delegation of Northwest members— agrees that the CFPB’s approach may unintentionally burden credit unions and community banks. More than 240 Members of Congress have written Director Richard Cordray to tell him so.

Merkley Tells GAC Delegates He Will Cosponsor Wyden’s MBL Parity Bill

The Northwest sent one of the largest delegations to CUNA GAC to message the Credit Union Difference. The group visited with all Northwest Members of Congress and U.S. Senators.

Northwest Delegation Over 200 Strong at CUNA GAC; Rick Hein Receives Prestigious Advocacy Award

Thousands of credit union advocates from across the nation are gathered in Washington D.C. this week for the CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference. Against that backdrop, Oregon State Credit Union’s Rick Hein received the nation’s highest advocacy honor.