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.

Calling all CEOs: Town Hall Series Kicks Off January 21

Mark your calendar to attend a CEO Town Hall meeting in 2016. The first opportunity to network with your Association and your peers is in Vancouver, on January 21.

Credit Unions Answer Student Debt Need

Student debt has become Millennials’ financial Achilles’ heel. True to their mission, credit unions are aligning with Millennial members to consolidate student loans and create a path to financial strength.

Northwest Credit Union Foundation Board Seat Open in District Four

An open seat on the Northwest Credit Union Foundation board presents an opportunity for a passionate credit union professional to make a difference. The person appointed to the District 4 seat will serve on an interim basis until October 2014.

How Will You Celebrate International Credit Union Day?

Credit unions in more than 100 countries will “unite for good” on Oct. 17, when they reflect on the movement’s history and promote its achievements on International Credit Union Day. Will your credit union be celebrating, too? Tell us how!

JA Finance Park as Rewarding for CU Volunteers as it is for Students

With Northwest Credit Union Foundation support, Junior Achievement will be able to bring its mobile “Finance Park” to communities of Southwest Washington and Oregon this coming school year. The realistic budgeting exercise is a great experience for students as well for credit union volunteers.

Ride and Rock Rolls in Two New Venues at Annual Credit Unions for Kids Fundraiser, Sponsorship Packages are Available Now

A popular annual Credit Unions for Kids fundraiser—the motorcycle charity ride—is adding two additional features this year. One is a rock concert and the other is a “teddy bear drop” at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. Sponsor partnerships are available now.

Association Town Hall Series Underway

The first of eight Town Hall Meetings scheduled for 2013 will take place at the end of March, giving credit union leadership in the Northwest an opportunity to voice concerns and discuss current issues with President and CEO Troy Stang, COO Denise Gabel and other Association staff.

Express Advantage’s Dave Sieminski to Join CFPB’s Office of Financial Empowerment

Dave Sieminski, managing director of Express Advantage Credit Union, has accepted a position in the CFPB’s Office of Financial Empowerment, a division whose work focuses specifically on leveling the playing field for low- and moderate-income consumers and empowering them to make better financial decisions.

Vote Now for the Northwest’s Next Emerging Credit Union Leader

Three finalists have been chosen for the NWCUA’s Emerging Leaders Contest. Visit the NWCUA online to learn more about each applicant and to cast your vote for the candidate you think deserves to attend the Emerging Leaders Program at no cost.

CFPB’s Chow to Discuss Regulations, Hear Feedback from Northwest Credit Unions

Before the ink has even dried on the CFPB’s rules implementing Dodd-Frank mortgage requirements, Northwest credit unions will have the opportunity for face-to-face dialogue with Edwin Chow, the agency’s regional director, through an exclusive discussion session on Feb. 4.

Join Us for a Dialogue with CFPB Regional Director Edwin Chow

This is your chance to get your concerns adressed, as well as to advocate for beneficial changes to these rules prior to when they go into effect.

The Search Begins for the Next Emerging Credit Union Leader

The NWCUA is launching a search to find the next emerging credit union leader. Cast your nominations now for a chance to send a co-worker, employee, boss, or peer—or yourself— to the 2013 Emerging Leaders Program tuition-free!

Media Reports of European Bank Strife Could Impact U.S. Consumer Confidence

News reports of the financial upheaval in Europe have begun describing the situation as a “bank run,” which will likely lead to consumer questions about the stability of American financial institutions as media coverage expands.

Compliance Question of the Week

Can a credit union have a lending promotion where people living in a certain area (like close to a new branch) get a discount on their interest rate?

Calling Credit Union Volunteers to JA Biztown, Finance Park for Financial Literacy

Junior Achievement BizTown and Finance Park are living examples of the credit union commitment to financial literacy education. Credit union volunteers are invited to three rewarding April events to give students “real life” money lessons.

Six Elements for Maximum Motivation of Credit Union Staff

Holly Herman will be the featured presenter at the NWCUA’s Woman Up Seminar, a one-day event held April 19 to help women in the movement advance their careers and excel as leaders. Here she writes about six keys to keeping staff motivated.

Credit Union Leaders to Gather in Oregon for Legislative Summit, Leadership Symposium

This week’s Legislative Leadership Summit and Leadership Symposium offer credit union leaders in the Northwest two critical opportunities to advocate for the movement and lobby legislators.