Wauna Credit Union Preparing To Better Serve Washington’s Pacific County

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WAUNA CREDIT UNION Readies Building For Affordable Mortgages:

moo2 moo3 moo5Wauna Credit Union officials are pleased to announce the pending development of a Mortgage Origination Office at its newly acquired property at 910 Pacific Avenue in Long Beach, Washington. Initial construction at the property began July 12th with demolition of an existing structure.

The new Mortgage Origination Office, which is tentatively scheduled to open in late September 2016, will provide local, affordable Real Estate services to the Credit Union’s growing membership in Pacific County. All residents, businesses, and organizations throughout Pacific County are eligible for membership with Wauna Credit Union.

A more formal announcement will soon be made by Wauna Credit Union to its membership and to the public about this new facility to serve Pacific County.

 

For more information contact:

  • Wauna Credit Union
  • Amy Stocky, Marketing Coordinator
  • 503-338-1843
  • amy.stocky@waunafcu.org

Wendys Fast Food Restaurants Victim Of Cyber Attack

 

Watch Your Bank & Credit Card Statements For Unauthorized Charges

bank-robberMore than 1,000 Wendy’s restaurants have been the victim of a cyber attack, and thousands of their customer credit & debit card data may have been stolen.

Read More: http://www.wsj.com/articles/wendys-says-about-20-of-u-s-franchise-stores-affected-by-cyberattack-1467908433

Wauna Credit Union statement: 

Wauna Credit Union reminds all members of the importance to remain diligent in reviewing their account statements and/or transaction activity. Debit and Credit Card security breaches continue to occur at retail stores, restaurants, gas stations, and other industries – including an alert issued this month by Wendy’s Restaurants. Account statements (paper statements and e-statements) provide members a periodic, detailed list of their recent account activity. Services such as Online Banking and Mobile Banking provide the opportunity to monitor account activity in real time. Please be sure to immediately report any suspicious or incorrect activity to Wauna Credit Union.

Congratulations! Richard Bighill Celebrates 20 Years at Wauna CU!

Twenty Years & Still Going Strong! Thank You Richard!

richard- bighill-2016Please join Wauna Credit Union in congratulating Richard Bighill, as he celebrates his 20 year anniversary.  What a milestone!  On July 8 wa-a-a-ay back in 1996 Richard started his career at Wauna.  Wow, has he ever seen a lot of change in the past 20 years!

 

When Richard first joined Wauna he was our Administrative Secretary.  He reported to past CEO Eileen Cheuvront, and also to Debi Smiley, who was the Marketing Manager at that time.  He was very busy helping both bosses and in time he became the backup for the Marketing Department (which consisted of just one person).  He took meeting minutes, helped update procedures and other documents, made board packets, and had a plethora of other behind the scenes duties.  Richard was also in charge of supplies for all branches, and he continues to make sure we have all the office supplies, forms and miscellaneous items that we need to keep things running smoothly here at Wauna.  And he seeks out good deals!

In 2003, Richard became the Administrative Assistant to past CEO Dave Baggett who came to Wauna when Eileen retired.  Dave appointed Richard to be our official Wauna “Minister of Fun” (yep, you read that right!).  Employees looked forward to his jokes, fun facts and activities in our branches, and they were simply meant to add some fun to our day.  A few of us remember bowling with pumpkins, having paper airplane contests, and other fun games.  Don’t let Richard’s quiet demeanor fool you; he has a great sense of humor and comes up with the funniest lines at the most unexpected times.  But back to his work, Richard was also past CEO Bruce Mallory’s Administrative Assistant, so he has directly served 3 CEOs.

And then in 2005 Richard had the extreme good fortune to join the HR Department. He became responsible for payroll and variety of HR administrative duties that include all our insurance and 401k enrollments/changes, our HR system software, compliance assistance, on-boarding new employees, and much more.  He has experienced 3 payroll systems and countless insurance carriers in the past 11 years, not to mention all the new laws we need to comply with.  He continues to take on new responsibilities as our number of employees increases and our systems become more sophisticated.  Yes, many changes indeed!

A few things you might not know about Richard…  He has an identical twin brother (and Richard claims to be the better looking of the two!).  He will celebrate his 24th wedding anniversary this year (wow!).  He has 2 sons, he is a HUGE David Bowie fan, and a big fan of the Seahawks and the Mariners, too.  He loves cars, burgers, and chocolate (he always has a stash of peanut M&Ms).

Richard is very proud to be a member of Team Wauna and the HR Department, and he enjoys serving all our employees.  Please be sure to give him a high five and thank him for all he does here at Wauna.  And a big “Go Seahawks” is always welcome!)

Richard, thanks for your dedication, your work & your positive outlook for all these years.  Happy anniversary and congratulations!!

Written by Sharon Borgardt, SPHR, SHRM-SCP 

What is “Thanks A Latte”?

 

Support The Credit Union Movement!

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Thanks A Latte launches to support Credit Unions

July is CULAC month in the world of Credit Unions, but what does that mean?

CULAC stands for the Credit Union Legislative Action Council, they work to influence our leaders in Washington DC to protect the rights – and the very existence – of Credit Unions against the powerful lobbyists from banks.

This year, we are encouraging our members to donate via “Thanks A Latte”, which asks you to donate $3 or more to CULAC. To make donating easy, we have “Thanks A Latte” boxes and envelopes in every branch of WaunaCU for that purpose.

Wauna Credit Union strongly supports CULAC and their grassroots efforts to keep Credit Unions alive, thriving, and part of the fabric of America. Please support this organization if you can.

Thank You!

Want to know more about what CULAC does? Check out this video:

 

From the CUNA Website (http://www.cuna.org/Grassroots-And-Political-Action/CULAC/What-Is-CULAC):

CULAC’s purpose, as defined in its Articles of Association, is to “provide the opportunity for individuals interested in the future of the credit union movement to contribute to the support of worthy candidates for federal office who believe, and have demonstrated their belief, in the principles to which the industry is dedicated.”

CULAC accomplishes its mission by contributing to and supporting federal candidates and committees that support the Credit Union Movement. It is your continued involvement, support and dedication that provides us with the resources to elect credit union advocates to Congress.

 

July Statement Insert – HELOCs & RVs – Must be Summer!

July 2016 Statement Insert – look for it in your statement!
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“It’s Go Time” for your DIY Projects!

*Special offer ends July 31, 2016

Home Equity Line Of Credit Special:
• Low Introductory Rate for 6 months!
• No Origination Fees!
• Quick, easy access to your funds!
• Plus, a Wauna CU Project Starter Kit!!

Where Will Summer Take You?

Find your Next Adventure with a new or pre-owned RV, Boat, Motorcycle, or Toy and an Affordable Loan from Wauna CU!

Wauna Credit Union
waunafcu.org  800-773-3236

Career Opportunity in our Astoria Call Center! Apply Today!

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Join our all-star team!!

Are you sick of earning only minimum wage?
Interested in 100% of employee medical premiums paid by your employer?
Does a “People Helping People” philosophy appeal to you?
Want to help your community and its members’ dreams come true?
We may have the career for you!
If you have outstanding communication, customer service and
problem solving skills; you need to check out our
F/T Communications Center Representative
position in our Astoria branch!
We offer an opportunity to serve your community
AND enjoy competitive wages, generous
incentives, great benefits, career growth opportunities and FUN.

Please apply at waunafcu.org and visit our careers page.
Tell us all about you – include resume and cover letter.
Pre-employment drug test and background check required.

Backpack Program offers children in need food on the weekends

backbackprogrampicIt’s hard to believe that in America, the richest nation in the world, children are going hungry. Sadly, that is a hard truth in the world today. Even in our own communities there are many children living below the poverty line, and while schools work hard to make sure all children are eating enough during the week, there’s still the weekend.

2013-BackpackIn Clatskanie and St Helens, concerned people got together and began a chapter of what is known as The Backpack Program. The Backpack Program provides school children with a backpack of food every Friday, so they will not go hungry on Saturday and Sunday.

We found out these participating schools had waiting lists for children because so many more were in need than they could serve. This meant children would line up on Friday, and they would pass out as many backpacks as they could, and after they ran out, the kids at the end of the line just went home empty handed. This literally broke our hearts.

Hearing about this wonderful program and their waiting list, Wauna Credit Union staff took action! All across our service area our staff donated money, sold candy, and raffled prizes. Some employees even set up automatic payroll deductions to assist this amazing cause!  Members participated too, by buying candy at our branches and donating to be part of raffles for a beach weekend and Trailblazers tickets.

We have raised money since the beginning of the year, and as school comes to a close for the summer, we are proud to say, there is no more waiting list! All of the needy children at the participating schools are getting backpacks of food every Friday, the program was even able to expand to the high school to help older kids who need it.

As the fundraiser comes to a close, we are helping more than 120 children and have donated more than $5500 to assist the caring volunteers who organized this program, purchase food, and come in to fill backpacks every week. We are so proud to help in this smallest of ways!

If you know of a great program that could use help, please let us know. Or, if you would like to start a Backpack Program at your school, we are glad to put you in touch with the organizers we worked with. It’s the small acts of kindness that can really change the world, and the acts of regular people trying to make a difference. We at Wauna Credit Union try to honor our communities every single day!

Columbia County! Auto Sale June 23-25 at 2 locations

SummerautosaleVVadJoin Wauna Credit Union for the Summer Auto Sale!

3 Days: June 23-24-25!
2 Great Locations: MAPS Auto Center & St Helens Auto Center

* Each Auto Dealer will be offering Amazing Sale Prices!
* Wauna Credit Union is offering 60 Days No Payments!
* On the Spot Financing & Drive Away The Same Day!
* All qualified Buyers will receive a $30 VISA Gift Card!
* Plus, Raffles, Prizes & Snacks!

Find Your New Car and Make Your Summer Grand!

MAPS Auto Center
http://mapsautocenter.com/
51801 S Columbia River Hwy
Scappoose, OR 97056
503-987-1250

St Helens Auto Center
http://www.sthelensautocenter.com/
St. Helens Auto Center
57895 S Columbia River Hwy
Warren, OR 97053
(800) 246-5454

Here’s the link to the Facebook event too: https://business.facebook.com/events/1743505432560596/

UPDATE! Clatskanie Branch Remodel In Words & Pictures

DSC02826This is a very exciting time for Wauna Credit Union and the Clatskanie community as we watch our Clatskanie branch morph into a modern Financial Center! Our Clatskanie branch was built back in 1988, and has looked basically the same for all these years! Today, with financial services changing, we wanted to create a new style of branch that serves our member needs now.DSC02823

Aside from the amazing physical changes shown in these photos, the entire way our branch works will also change! Very soon when you come to our Clatskanie branch you’ll be greeted by our Member Consultants. No longer will members have to speak to different staff for loans or for transactions, they will all be able to serve in every capacity. We will also be introducing “hip to hip” banking, so instead of being across the counter, you will see exactly what out staff is doing on the computer screen! DSC02820DSC02819

We are also expanding our administrative area on the second floor to better serve our growing organization. Currently, our back office staff is getting rather crowded together, and the time has come to redesign our floor space to better serve our departments.DSC02869

We are very excited about these changes, and we welcome the community to join us on June 20th. We will unveil the first phase of our remodeled branch and then take on the other side and finish the second floor. Stay tuned for more details to come…

Check out the event on Facebook!

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