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Reminder: Today, Pacific Crest Federal Credit Union Celebrates Grand Opening of Christmas Valley Branch (Photo) - 11/20/17

The new branch is providing a much-needed financial lifeline to residents in the rural area.

CHRISTMAS VALLEY, OR. --For several years, residents of Christmas Valley, Oregon and surrounding communities in North Lake County had no local financial service options. The 60-mile trek to the nearest bank branch presented quite a challenge for those needing to deposit paychecks or conduct other financial transactions in person. Now, residents in the area have a local credit union branch.

Klamath Falls-based Pacific Crest Federal Credit Union (Pacific Crest FCU) celebrates the Grand Opening of its new branch in the heart of Christmas Valley today, Monday, November 20.
Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR), learned of the need for financial services options in Christmas Valley, and looked to credit unions for the solution.

"When Senator Merkley's office reached out through the Northwest Credit Union Association regarding the needs of this community last year, we felt Pacific Crest might be able to serve the people who live in North Lake County," said Chad Olney, Pacific Crest FCU's President/CEO. "Access to financial services is a vital thread in the tapestry of any community."

"Credit unions across Oregon play a critical role in supporting our small businesses and rural economies," said Sen. Merkley. "By opening this branch, Pacific Crest is bringing much needed reliable financial services and economic opportunity to the region."

Pacific Crest FCU's decision to open a branch in Christmas Valley is consistent with credit unions' not-for-profit, cooperative model that puts people's needs first. In fact, a 2017 independent analysis by economists at ECONorthwest found that credit unions are often the only financial services lifeline in rural counties.

"While many out of state, for-profit financial services institutions have closed branches in rural communities, local credit unions remain committed to serving these populations," the report noted. Credit Unions are present in 31 of Oregon's 36 counties, serving 413,000 credit union members who live in rural areas.

The Christmas Valley branch, Olney says, meets consumers' needs without creating a large footprint. The branch has two full-time employees and one part-timer who will serve members on site. Technology will also allow the members to video conference with Pacific Crest FCU loan officers in Klamath Falls--a financial opportunity the community has never experienced.

"We were fortunate that a lot of people in the community worked hard to bring fiber internet service to the area," Olney said. "This enables us to provide high tech, and high touch services in North Lake County."

Olney notes the new branch will also provide local access to financial services for the community's businesses.

Olney says as he hoped the Christmas Valley branch model could serve as a blueprint that other credit unions can replicate as they work to provide financial opportunities to rural consumers in the Northwest.

WHAT: Pacific Crest Federal Credit Union Opens Christmas Valley Branch
WHERE: 57269 Park Rd. Christmas Valley, OR
WHEN: TODAY, Monday November 20, 11:00am-3:00pm, with ribbon cutting at 1:00pm
Pacific Crest Federal Credit Union is a Not-For Profit financial cooperative that has been headquartered in the Klamath Basin since 1936. Pacific Crest's mission is to provide our members and communities with the opportunity to prosper through financial products, services, and education that expands what is possible for our members to achieve. Today Pacific Crest serves nearly 16,000 people throughout the region with branches in Klamath Falls, Lakeview, Alturas, and Christmas Valley. myPCFCU.org

Pacific Crest Federal Credit Union Opens Branch in Christmas Valley (Photo) - 11/17/17

The new branch is providing a much-needed financial lifeline to residents in the rural area.

CHRISTMAS VALLEY, OR. --For several years, residents of Christmas Valley, Oregon and surrounding communities in North Lake County had no local financial service options. The 60-mile trek to the nearest bank branch presented quite a challenge for those needing to deposit paychecks or conduct other financial transactions in person. Now, residents in the area have a local credit union branch.

Klamath Falls-based Pacific Crest Federal Credit Union (Pacific Crest FCU) celebrates the Grand Opening of its new branch in the heart of Christmas Valley on November 20.
Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR), learned of the need for financial services options in Christmas Valley, and looked to credit unions for the solution.

"When Senator Merkley's office reached out through the Northwest Credit Union Association regarding the needs of this community last year, we felt Pacific Crest might be able to serve the people who live in North Lake County," said Chad Olney, Pacific Crest FCU's President/CEO. "Access to financial services is a vital thread in the tapestry of any community

"Credit unions across Oregon play a critical role in supporting our small businesses and rural economies," said Sen. Merkley. "By opening this branch, Pacific Crest is bringing much needed reliable financial services and economic opportunity to the region."

Pacific Crest FCU's decision to open a branch in Christmas Valley is consistent with credit unions' not-for-profit, cooperative model that puts people's needs first. In fact, a 2017 independent analysis by economists at ECONorthwest found that credit unions are often the only financial services lifeline in rural counties.

"While many out of state, for-profit financial services institutions have closed branches in rural communities, local credit unions remain committed to serving these populations," the report noted. Credit Unions are present in 31 of Oregon's 36 counties, serving 413,000 credit union members who live in rural areas.

The Christmas Valley branch, Olney says, meets consumers' needs without creating a large footprint. The branch has two full-time employees and one part-timer who will serve members on site. Technology will also allow the members to video conference with Pacific Crest FCU loan officers in Klamath Falls--a financial opportunity the community has never experienced.

"We were fortunate that a lot of people in the community worked hard to bring fiber internet service to the area," Olney said. "This enables us to provide high tech, and high touch services in North Lake County."

Olney notes the new branch will also provide local access to financial services for the community's businesses.

Olney says as he hoped the Christmas Valley branch model could serve as a blueprint that other credit unions can replicate as they work to provide financial opportunities to rural consumers in the Northwest.

WHAT: Pacific Crest Federal Credit Union Opens Christmas Valley Branch
WHERE: 57269 Park Rd. Christmas Valley, OR
WHEN: 11:00am-3:00pm, with ribbon cutting at 1:00pm

Pacific Crest Federal Credit Union is a Not-For Profit financial cooperative that has been headquartered in the Klamath Basin since 1936. Pacific Crest's mission is to provide our members and communities with the opportunity to prosper through financial products, services, and education that expands what is possible for our members to achieve. Today Pacific Crest serves nearly 16,000 people throughout the region with branches in Klamath Falls, Lakeview, Alturas, and Christmas Valley. myPCFCU.org

BECU Board Member Roger Mauldin Accepts the Distinguished Director of the Year Award at the Northwest Credit Union Association's MAXX Convention. Mauldin has decided more than  three decades to BECU Board Service.
BECU Board Member Roger Mauldin Accepts the Distinguished Director of the Year Award at the Northwest Credit Union Association's MAXX Convention. Mauldin has decided more than three decades to BECU Board Service.
BECU's Roger Mauldin Honored for Outstanding Board Service (Photo) - 10/27/17

Elected by his fellow members, Mauldin has dedicated 35 years of service to the Board of Directors

SPOKANE, WASH. --When Roger Mauldin was elected to serve on the Boeing Employees' Credit Union (BECU) Board of Directors in 1983, the credit union served 79,000 members. Today, BECU has more than 1 million member-owners and manages over $17 billion of their financial assets.
That growth is the outcome of BECU's continued service and commitment to its members. As a director, Mauldin has been a leading voice in the credit union's member-first focus and has helped to determine the products and services offered to help the members increase and maintain their financial health.

For his decades of service, Mauldin received the Northwest Distinguished Director Award--the region's highest honor for a board member--from the Northwest Credit Union Association (NWCUA). The NWCUA is the trade association representing more than 180 credit unions in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. Mauldin was honored October 25 during the NWCUA's MAXX Convention in Spokane.

As not-for-profit cooperatives owned by the members who use their services, credit union boards are comprised of members who are elected to serve--a commitment that often requires 50-60 hours of their time each month, and exceptional business skills. Mauldin certainly brought financial acumen to the role. He spent 30 years at Boeing, leading computing, finance, internal audits, and business management initiatives.

"Roger has the ability to uphold BECU's history and cooperative values, while at the same time advocating for innovation and change," said NWCUA President and CEO Troy Stang.
Mauldin volunteers his time to visit with state and federal lawmakers as well, to advocate for credit unions and their members.

"As a long time board member, Roger has provided a steady hand and heart to actively advance the reach and potential of BECU and help bring the credit union difference to more people, therefore strongly strengthening the unique industry advocacy voice as a whole." said BECU President and CEO Benson Porter.


The Northwest Credit Union Association is the not-for-profit trade association representing over 180 credit unions in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho, and their 6.3 million consumer members. Northwest Credit unions are not-for-profit cooperatives, owned by their members. Credit unions help members achieve their financial goals. All earnings in excess of operating expenses and required reserves are returned to members in the form of lower loan rates, fewer fees and higher interest paid on savings. For information on how to join a credit union, please visit http://www.asmarterchoice.org.

Credit Union Auction in Spokane Raises Over $300K for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals - 10/24/17

Spokane credit union community sets record on bidding for Scared Heart Children's Hospital


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SPOKANE, WA -- Northwest credit unions came together in a lively auction in Spokane Tuesday night to raise more than $300,000 for Children's Miracle Network hospitals. Credit union professionals from Washington, Idaho, and Oregon, are in the Lilac City for the Northwest Credit Union Association's (NWCUA) annual MAXX Convention, and the money raised will directly benefit the eight CMN hospitals in the three-state region.

Among the highest items bid was a toy-filled wagon designated for children hospitalized at Sacred Heart Children's Hospital. That wagon alone generated $25,000, a collaborative gift by Spokane area credit unions.
Bidding was inspired when Nate Powers and his family addressed the audience. Nate was diagnosed with a rare heart condition when he was two years old. A 3-D printer created an image of his heart that guided medical teams at Sacred Heart in performing successful surgery that saved Nate, and today he is a thriving five-year-old.
Tuesday's auction honors a tradition that Northwest credit unions stared thirty-one years ago, when they established the "Credit Unions for Kids" charity. Credit unions across the nation adopted the charity in 1996 and have since raised over $160 million for CMN Hospitals.
"Credit unions are the trusted financial services partners of more than 270,000 consumers here in Spokane," said Troy Stang, NWCUA president and CEO. "As local, not-for-profit cooperatives, credit unions care about their members, and their communities. Credit Unions for Kids is an important tradition we are proud to honor."

The Northwest Credit Union Association is the not-for-profit trade association representing over 180 credit unions in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho, and their 6.3 million consumer members. Northwest Credit unions are not-for-profit cooperatives, owned by their members. Credit unions help members achieve their financial goals. All earnings in excess of operating expenses and required reserves are returned to members in the form of lower loan rates, fewer fees and higher interest paid on savings. For information on how to join a credit union, please visit http://www.asmarterchoice.org.

Washington's Potential to Drive the Drone Economy, Idaho Beyond Potatoes, and Oregon's Worldwide Influence on How We Eat - 10/24/17

The Northwest's powerful economic future to highlight credit union convention in Spokane

SPOKANE, WA --Northwest states aren't going to be left behind in the next economic revolution--they're leading it. Hundreds of credit union professionals attending the Northwest Credit Union Association's (NWCUA) MAXX Convention in Spokane Tuesday will get a front row seat when thought leaders lift the curtain on Northwest state's growth opportunities.
Here's a sample of what's in store during this afternoon's "Ted Talks" from the main stage at MAXX:
* Washington is poised to own the "drone economy." The demand is huge--one million will be sold this year. The need for drones is infinite--from public safety to consumer deliveries. The job market the drone economy will create is phenomenal. Get the scoop from Tom Hagen, President of AUVSI Cascade Chapter, which represents over 400 stakeholders in the unmanned systems and robotics industry.
* Oregon's family owned farms initiated the "farm-to-table" movement and now are evolving to feed not only the 30 million families in the region, but to influence grocery and restaurant menus worldwide. Justin Freeman, President of Oregon Tilth, explains the impact of Oregon's farm and food industry.
* Idaho's tagline for decades has been "Famous Potatoes," and that industry is still very important. But the Gem State's "Spirit of Adaptation" has opened doors to many other large industries, resulting in a rapidly growing economy. Shawn Barigar, Mayor of Twin Falls, Idaho, explores opportunities blossoming in Idaho, an economic powerhouse.

As leaders of the Northwest's not-for-profit, cooperative credit unions, MAXX attendees are focused on finding the best values, technology, economic, and social responsibility opportunities for their 6.3 million member-owners. Find out more about the Credit Union Difference at MAXX Convention.

WHAT: Northwest Economic Empowerment Unleashed!
WHEN: Today! Tuesday, October 24, 2017 3:15 p.m.--4:30 p.m.
WHERE: Spokane Convention Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. Spokane, WA 99201

The Northwest Credit Union Association is the not-for-profit trade association representing over 180 credit unions in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho, and their 6.3 million consumer members. Northwest Credit unions are not-for-profit cooperatives, owned by their members. Credit unions help members achieve their financial goals. All earnings in excess of operating expenses and required reserves are returned to members in the form of lower loan rates, fewer fees and higher interest paid on savings. For information on how to join a credit union, please visit http://www.asmarterchoice.org.