OnPoint Member Invents ‘Complimentary Currency,’ Wins CO-OP THINK Prize

Justin Bean created Community Coin, a concept to allow communities to pay for community service work even when no money is available.

CO-OP’s THINK 15 Conference Raises $100,000 for Children’s Hospitals

Transaction Network Services donated $77,500 to push the four-day event’s fundraising total into six figures.

An Ad Campaign for Millennials

Marketer Derek Gillette creates an ad campaign to speak to Millennials, as part of his ongoing series imagining what a credit union for Millennials might look like.

Oregon Governor Kate Brown Visits Credit Union Advocates

The advocates were gathered for Oregon Credit Union Day at the Capitol, where they shared the value and impact of credit unions with lawmakers.

CO-OP Taps Into Power of the Crowd for 2015 THINK Prize

Challenge to “use the power of community to financially empower, educate and protect those who need it most” is open to all, with $10,000 prize.

Think 15 Speakers to Help Industry ‘Seize The Now’

Credit union employees invited to register for May 5-8 conference focused on seizing the unique opportunities of 2015.

CUNA Seeks Young, Enthusiastic Blogger

CUNA is looking for a new contributor to their MoneyMix blog, which helps millennials build financial understanding.

Jill Nowacki Talks about Maps Accomplishments, Connecticut Goals and What It Means to Leave Friends and Family Behind

In an exclusive interview with Anthem, Jill Nowacki talks about her new role as president and CEO of the Credit Union League of Connecticut, her accomplishments during five years at Maps Credit Union and what it’s like for a native Oregonian to leave friends and family behind and head east.

CO-OP Announces $199 Insider Rate to Register for Think 14 Conference

The CO-OP THINK conference is looked forward to by credit union professionals and their business partners who like to think outside their comfort zones. In this week’s Strategic Link Business Partner article, CO-OP invites you to register now—for a 70% savings.

Credit Union Directors to Learn Effective Governance Model at Volunteers’ Conference

Credit union directors will be more effective if they understand the difference between governance and management, and which of those roles they should play. Steve Winninger, a renowned credit union industry consultant, will enlighten directors by sharing the Policy Governance® model at the NWCUA Volunteers’ Conference June 7-9.

Scott Burgess Connects with Radio Audience on Credit Union Difference

Rivermark CEO Scott Burgess told a state-wide radio audience this week how consumers benefit from credit unions’ structure, value and community outreach. Burgess was a featured guest on Oregon Public Broadcasting’s Think Out Loud.

Unitus’ Irvine Named Credit Union Professional of the Year

Brian Irvine, vice president and chief information officer at Unitus Community Credit Union, is the Northwest Credit Union Foundation’s Credit Union Professional of the Year in recognition of his forward-thinking use of technology to support credit union operations and members.

Think You Are Safe With Regard to the SAFE Registry? Think Again.

The Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System (NMLS) and Registry, the registry for mortgage loan originators, has warned users that its renew status report contains errors.

Citybikes Uses Cooperative Structure to Keep Portland’s Cyclists Up and Running

In celebration of the International Year of Cooperatives, Anthem is featuring monthly profiles of local co-ops. Citybikes in Portland is a worker-owned cooperative providing new and used bikes and parts, bike repair and bike education classes.

Seattle Metropolitan Credit Union Presents Co-opalooza, a Celebration of the Cooperative Model

Seattle Metropolitan Credit Union has organized Co-opalooza to promote the cooperative model that is central to the credit union movement. More than 20 different cooperatives will work together to promote their organizations and ideals at the carnival-like event.

Member & Chapter News

Columbia CU won two SBA awards and a Seattle CU professional was a finalist for the COOP THINK prize, plus the usual trove of chapter announcements.

Explaining the Credit Union Difference in One Taxi Ride

Frank J. Diekmann ponders a new standard for explaining the credit union difference to his taxi driver in New Orleans.