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.

Maps CU Branch Manager Wins Tuition-Free Registration to Emerging Leaders

Nearly two dozen credit union professionals who are on their way up the career ladder will soon begin six months of “transformational” training in the 2016 Emerging Leaders Program. Just three spots remain open.

Pat Smith Inducted Into CUES Hall of Fame

CUES cited Smith’s long list of professional achievements and contributions to the Credit Union Movement in adding her to the distinguished company of the CUES Hall of Fame.

Picture of an award

Hooked on Credit Unions: Unitus President/CEO Pat Smith Wins Lifetime Achievement Award

Thirty-five years ago Pat Smith took a temporary job at BECU and was soon hooked on the “head and heart” combination of credit unions. Smith was honored with the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award by the NWCUA.

Unitus Community Credit Union Says Goodbye to Barbara Leonard

The Portland credit union community mourns the passing of Barbara Leonard, a 20-year director for Unitus Community Credit Union. She is being remembered as a “celebrated wife, mother, professional and influential community partner.”

Oregon’s ‘Quiet Primary’ Includes Several Notable Races

Ellen Rosenblum won Oregon’s Democratic primary for attorney general, one of several important races across the state.

Elder Abuse Bill Signed Into Law with Credit Union Advocate in Attendance

Credit union employees are often the first line of defense protecting elders from financial abuse. New Oregon legislation protects senior citizens while improving law enforcement’s ability to investigate and prosecute such cases.

Heightened Credit Union Awareness Extends to Elected Officials

Last fall’s Bank Transfer Season resulted in increased membership and greater public awareness of credit unions, even among legislators, with many officials pushing to deposit public funds in credit unions as part of broader support for the movement.

Mayor Adams Supports Movement of Portland Funds to Credit Unions

Portland Mayor Sam Adams will pursue a plan to move Portland’s funds out of national banks and into local credit unions, supporting mayoral candidate Jefferson Smith’s challenge for the city to keep its money in local financial institutions.

Harborstone’s Jones Speaks at Small-Business Forum

Harborstone Credit Union CEO Phil Jones spoke on behalf of the credit union movement at Rep. Adam Smith’s Small-Business Forum last week, highlighting the capacity of credit unions to provide capital to small-business owners through increased member business lending.

Changes on the Horizon in the Oregon House

This Oregon legislative update explains how the Oregon House of Representatives will look different after 2012, as several House members have announced their resignation or are running for a different office.

Credit Union Implements Board Term Limits to Increase Member Engagement

Through a methodical and deliberate process, management and the board came up with a process that addressed concerns and prepared the credit union for the future.