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

Washington’s rural Vashon Island will have two credit unions when Our Community Credit Union opens a new branch there next week; Valley Credit Union helps raise more than $14,000 for crime victims and collects much-needed supplies for struggling families; Providence Federal Credit Union’s ‘Community Impact’ Committee sees immediate results; Next week’s Young Credit Union Professionals meeting will focus on advocacy.

Kim Vu Steps into New Role to Advance Community Investment and Social Impact for Northwest Credit Unions

An innovator known for building partnerships between credit unions, philanthropic programs and technology ventures will join the Northwest Credit Union Association as its Vice President of Community Investment and Social Impact. Kim Vu will also serve the Northwest Credit Union Foundation as Executive Director.

Inside the GAC: Cheney Shares Strategic Vision, Matz Discusses Retooled NCUA

The CUNA GAC got off to an inspired start in Washington Monday, starting with President and CEO Bill Cheney’s call to credit unions to “Unite for Good” and ending with a gala celebration of credit union excellence at the Herb Wegner Memorial Awards dinner, emceed by the NWCUA’s Denise Gabel.

Credit Unions Carry On Year-Long ‘Season of Giving’

The holidays are behind us, but credit unions continue to make generous donations of time and money to community organizations in need of support.

Solarity Credit Union Uses Foundation Grant to Boost Financial Education Programs

Solarity Credit Union kicked off its third-annual financial education season last Thursday with a no-cost seminar on personal financial record management.

Green Acres Supports Expanding MBL ‘Landscape’

According to Richard Kansky, president of Green Acres Landscape in Salem, Ore., his relationship with Valley Credit Union has been the key to helping his business survive the recession: “It is so important to be able to sit across the table from someone who understands your business needs and has the authority to address those needs,” he said.

Valley, Maps Listed Among 100 Best Non-Profits to Work For in Oregon

Oregon Business Magazine honored Maps Credit Union and Valley Credit Union on its annual list of the top non-profits to work for in the state. Maps ranked 16th in the large non-profits category, while Valley checked in at No. 16 among small non-profits.

Valley’s Pagenstecher Named Young Credit Union Professional of the Year

Just three years after joining Valley Credit Union, Steve Pagenstecher has been named the Young Credit Union Professional of the Year, thanks to his tireless efforts and involvement in virtually every aspect of the credit union movement.

Members in the News

Your rundown on who’s doing what in the Northwest credit union movement.

Yakima Valley and Catholic Credit Unions Unveil New Name, Brand

Recently-merged Yakima Valley and Catholic Credit Unions announced that they will begin operating under the name Solarity Credit Union after the merger is complete on Oct. 1. Included is video footage of the brand launch.

Yakima Valley Credit Union Membership Approves Merger with Catholic Credit Union

Two Washington credit unions will join forces this fall, as Yakima Valley Credit Union and Catholic Credit Union announced a merger, effective Oct. 1, 2011.

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.

Member Directions September 1, 2010

Recent news of your colleagues and the credit union movement.

Member Directions November 1, 2010

Recent news of your colleagues and the credit union movement.