Long-time friends Kinnell & Jon Steward and Dennis & Debbie Gorton always look forward to their annual camping trip with several other families, and the meal everyone looks forward to on that trip is Chicken Sundae night! “We do it potluck style and everyone would bring some of the toppings. As new families would join the group they would ask “what is this crazy dinner…I have never heard of a Chicken Sundae…we would just smile and say wait until you try it!” Steward said.
In the spring of 2015 the Gortons had an opportunity to sell Chicken Sundaes at a fundraiser for a friend who was battling brain cancer. They were an immediate hit! That June during the camping trip, they decided to bring the Chicken Sundaes to the people. The couples cobbled together their own money to buy equipment and supplies, and two months later Chop Chicken Sundaes made its debut at the 2015 Vernonia Friendship Jamboree. Their first real event was a hit!
“We decided to see where this crazy idea would take us so we started selling at Farmers Markets and Events,” Kinnell said. “We were a pop up restaurant, so we would pull up, unload our equipment, build a restaurant, prep our food, sell the food, clean up and pack it all back into our trailer. It was a ton of work. We knew that if we were going to keep following this dream we would need to find an easier way to do it, and that meant building a food truck.”
The couples researched and realized they would never be able to afford it on their own. The Stewards are long-time members with Wauna Credit Union, and presented their business plan to the Vernonia Branch. Right away Pam Weller, and the rest of the team at Wauna shared their vision, and went to work seeing how they could help the foursome realize their goals.
“The team at Wauna was super,” said Kinnell. “Pam and Sue worked with us to get the business plan together, and gathered enough evidence to make the loan.” Almost immediately Wauna’s faith in the business paid off and the friends were realizing their dreams of taking Chicken Sundaes all over the state of Oregon & beyond.
Chop Chop Chicken Sundaes has built a fanbase all over Oregon. “Even though it’s hard work at times, we’re having so much fun. We love talking to people, and introducing them to Chicken Sundaes,” said Jon. “We are so grateful to Wauna for seeing our vision and believing in us, we wouldn’t be where we are today if it weren’t for Pam and the team at Wauna.”
If you want to find out when Chop Chop Chicken Sundaes will be in your area, visit their website at www.choppdx.com, like their Facebook page or follow them on Instagram, and if you are interested in finding out more about what WCU can do for you, visit waunafcu.org.
One of the mantras we have at Wauna Credit Union is in order to be the financial institution that members choose first, use the most, and grow with throughout their lives, we have to have the best people. Every quarter we recognize one employee as the Employee of the Quarter. Our honoree for the final quarter of 2017 is Kailynn Daum. We sat with Kailynn to find out more about her experiences at Wauna.
What is your title?
For the last year, I’ve served as a Training Specialist after spending most of my six years at Wauna as a Teller/Member Consultant out of the Saint Helens branch-with a brief excursion on the Operations team in Clatskanie. I get to use my experience from being on the front line to teach our internal members (employees) in a variety of areas to help them better serve our members. I love that Wauna is committed to education and opportunity, and that I get to be a big part of that.
What brought you to WCU?
I have been a member since I was 16 and always felt valued and taken care of as a member, so when I saw a position open for an on-call teller in the Saint Helens branch I decided to go for it. I had a few years of waitressing experience but knew nothing about the financial industry so I was a little nervous coming in. With the help of my team I quickly found my bearings and I am very fortunate to have had some great mentors over the last six years that have helped me get to where I am now.
What is your favorite thing about working here? Wauna is really committed to employees education and growth. The Credit Union really invests in its employees which in turn benefits our members, and I love that I get to be a part of that in the Training Department. It is so rewarding to see an employee grow in to their position, develop a career path and find their success.
What project has been your favorite? The training team is very project focused so it’s hard to pick just one. The thing I love the most about taking on big projects is the sense of comradery that comes with it. Thinking back on the times that we have spent countless hours practicing for a big presentation or working in to the night on our card conversion, those were the times that really brought us together as a team.
Have you ever done anything embarrassing at work? When I was working in Saint Helens branch one of our call center reps called needing some information, I forgot to place her on hold and instead just set the phone down. While I was getting the information for her my colleague and I were throwing down a very dramatic duet of Bohemian Rhapsody. When I returned to the phone I realized what I had done and tried to play it cool, but she had heard everything. She did complement our duet but I think it was only because she felt sorry for us.
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Saint Helens and that is where my husband and I decided to stay. We love being outdoors so being within a couple hours drive of the river, ocean, and mountains (and family) is great.
Wauna Credit Union has had a lot of exciting things happen this year, our 50th year of serving members of the small towns surrounding the Columbia River. We’re continuing to grow (if you want to join us check out our careers page). Today we wrap up the year by hearing from the employees who celebrate their anniversary in December.
Amy Grubb – 5 years
What is your current position? My current position is Member Service Manager of the Scappoose branch. My main focus is making sure my branch runs smoothly and supporting and training my MC’s so that our members are receiving the best possible experience and helping them with their financial needs.
What is your favorite WCU memory? My favorite Wauna memory is when I was a teller in Scappoose and one of my favorite members told me his birthday is Christmas Eve and it wasn’t really celebrated much growing up, I went out and bought him a birthday cake. He was so surprised and now I buy him a cake every year for his birthday. We also had a couple members who were struggling around Thanksgiving one year and I was able to contact a local church and got them hooked up with a full turkey dinner. I loved seeing the look of relief and joy when they got their boxes full of dinner and all the fixings, they were so happy to be able to provide a nice dinner for their family.
What is something you like to do when you’re not at work? My husband and my son love to ride quads and go camping! I am also addicted to Fixer Upper and am going to Magnolias in Waco, TX in April 2018.
Ashley Erickson – 2 years
What is your current position? My current position is Accounting Clerk. I make sure all of our member’s daily financial transactions are posted correctly and balance, and pay all of the credit union’s bills.
What is your favorite WCU memory? My favorite WCU memory is the Clatskanie Branch’s remodel open house we had last year. It was great getting to meet our members as they had the chance to see all of our changes at the branch. You could tell everyone was excited about our growth and new work spaces.
What is something you like to do when you’re not at work? When I am not working I enjoy reading and coloring, going to the gym, wine, and playing tennis with my boyfriend.
Rachael Eaton – 1 year
What is your current position? I’m an Member Consultant at the Warrenton branch. I assist members with their transactions, answer questions and explain things in a straightforward way that’s easy to understand. I also help with loans and credit cards. It’s great to be able to help our members build their credit and meet their financial needs.
What is your favorite WCU memory? Just the fun we have. The way we celebrate holidays, member recognition, contests. This is truly a fun place to come to everyday.
What is something you like to do when you’re not at work? When I’m not at work I’m either reading my kindle, hanging out with my nieces, or spending time at home with my boyfriend.
Josh Rein – 1 year
What is your current position? I’m the Digital Marketing Specialist for Wauna. I make sure our members know about all the great promotions we have going on, and all the fun things we are doing in the community. I also break the fourth wall when I do the December Anniversary blog post.
What is your favorite WCU memory? My favorite memory was this year’s annual meeting. It marked a real kick-off of celebrating our 50th year of serving the community, and it was great to see actual members come and help set the direction of the credit union. It’s really what makes us different than a bank. I also got the opportunity to meet Erlene Darby who shaped Wauna more than any other person.
What is something you like to do when you’re not at work? I have an 8-year-old and a 4-year-old, so most of my time is spent with them and taking them to their various activities, and in general having fun being a dad.
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51st Annual Meeting
Tuesday, March 20, 2018, 6:30 pm at the newly dedicated
Erlene Darby Learning Center
49249 Hwy 30, Westport, Oregon
Doors open at 6 pm/light refreshments served
The Governance Committee of the Board of Directors has approved three nominees for three positions on the Board of Directors from applications submitted by members. Their names and biographical information are included below.
An election will not be conducted by ballot, and there will be no nominations from the floor at the annual meeting when the number of nominees equals the number of positions to be filled, which is currently the situation. Any other member who desires to run for the Board may do so now only by a nomination by petition signed by 211 credit union members over the age of 18-years.
An application may be requested by calling 1-800-773-3236, ext 3124 or ext 3115. Completed applications must be received by end of business on February 8, 2017, and may be mailed to Wauna Credit Union, Attn: Governance Committee, PO Box 67, Clatskanie, OR 97016, or may be turned in at any branch location by the end of business February 8, 2017. The incumbents are:
Chrissy Johnson, Scappoose OR
Bob Perry, Vernonia OR
Jennifer Teeter, Astoria OR
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For decades, Wauna Credit Union has offered a Holiday Club account, with
a higher interest rate so members can earn more on their money! Members earn interest starting at a $50 balance, and as their balance grows, so does the bonus
Members can set up automatic deposits for any amount they want to drop into the account daily, weekly, or monthly — which makes building your Holiday Club fund super simple! Then, around the end of October, the account empties right into your checking account to use for holiday shopping, property taxes, or other expenses.
Holiday Club accounts are a throwback to a bygone era, but still as relevant for saving as ever! While it’s a great way to save, most members don’t take advantage of this higher rate account or even know it exists. Stop in your local branch to start a Holiday Club account today, so you’ll be ready for the holidays
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Live for Today! Plan for Tomorrow Starting an IRA to save for retirement or your children’s college education can be easy and pain free. Speak to a Member Consultant at any Wauna CU branch to learn just how simple saving for the future can be. Our robust IRA program will help you play more and worry less.
Notice For Holders of IRAs
Payments from your IRA are subject to federal income tax withholding, unless you elect no withholding. You may change your withholding election at any time prior to your receipt of payment. To change your withholding election, complete
the appropriate form provided by Wauna Credit Union. Withholding from IRA payments, when combined with other withholding, MAY relieve you from payment of estimated income taxes. However, your withholding election does not affect the amount of income tax you pay. You may incur penalties under the estimated tax rules if your withholding and estimated tax payments are insufficient.
Every quarter Wauna Credit Union celebrates one employee who exemplifies our mission to “Provide opportunities for our members to build their financial well-being,” and our vision to be “the financial institution that members choose first, use the most, and grow with throughout their lives.” For this quarter our Employee of the Quarter is Alex Peck. If you’re interested in becoming the next Employee of the Quarter check out our Careers Page.
What is your title?
I’m an MC 2. I’ve been a Member Consultant in our St. Helens branch since I started out at the credit union four years ago. It’s fun to look back, and see all that has changed over that time. One of the most rewarding things is I’m in the position to mentor the other MCs. Wauna is really great about letting us take on more responsibility, and being self-reliant.
It’s also fun to establish relationships with the members. We have our regulars, and over time you become part of each-other’s lives. You know about their families and what’s important to them.
What brought you here? I used to work at the Dockside in St. Helens. Sara, who used to be the Member Services Manager here, and now leads our training team, would come in occasionally. I must have made an impression because she encouraged me to apply.
What is your favorite thing about working here? There’s so much to like about working at Wauna. I love helping people, and really feel like I’m making a difference. One of my favorite things is how my coworkers and members feel like family. A credit union really is different than a bank. We’re not here to get people in and out, or make as much money as we can, but instead we want to help people. Wauna Credit Union’s Vision is to be the financial institution that members choose first, use the most, and grow with throughout their lives, and I get to be a big part of that.
What project has been your favorite?
My favorite project isn’t one project, but it’s any time we all get together. Whether it’s training, or a holiday party, or something else, it’s a lot of fun to get together with my colleagues and get to know them better.
Where did you grow up/Why did you move to St. Helens?
I am from Helena, MT. I moved to Portland to finish school, and gradually worked my way north. Helena is a smaller town, and I’m a lot happier working and living in a smaller town. There’s still a lot to do, especially if you like the outdoors, and people know each other instead of being strangers.
Wauna Credit Union believes in giving back. Each year we pick a charity to focus our donations on – although we do support other charities as well throughout the year.
This year we chose to focus on Backpack Programs. Many children rely on free lunches, and don’t have access to food when not at school. These services provide easy to prepare food for school-aged children for the weekend.
$6 provides food for one child for one weekend
$24 provides food for one child for one month
$216 provides food for one child for the entire school year
In the spirit of holiday giving those who donate $5 will be entered to win their choice of either a Coca-Cola gift basket or a local Clatskanie gift basket. Both winners will be drawn on December 18th.
Those who donate $10 can instead choose to be entered to win 4 tickets to the January 7th Trail Blazers game against the San Antonio Spurs. The winner of this basket will be drawn on December 21st.
Members and non-members can contribute in person at any of the credit union’s branches in Astoria, Warrenton, Clatskanie, Vernonia, St. Helens and Scappoose, as well as the Mortgage Origination Office in Long Beach. Members can call the Wauna Credit Union Communication Center at 1-800-773-3236.
#1 Coca-Cola Basket: Valued at over $140, this basket was generously donated by Colvin’s Pub and Grill. It includes; 1- party drink tub ($40), 1 ice bucket ($30), I snack tray ($15), 1 straw holder ($10), one lunch box ($40), 1 tin bank ($10), 1 wreath.
For every $5 donated to the backpack program you will be entered to win.
#2 Portland Trail Blazers vs the San Antonio Spurs drawing: This drawing will be held on December 21st. All entries must be received by December 20th. This drawing is for 4- Portland Trail Blazers vs the San Antonio Spurs tickets. The game will be held on Sunday, January 7th at the Moda Center in Portland at 6 pm.
For every $10 you donate to the backpack program you will be entered to win.
#3 Local Clatskanie gift basket:
All items in this basket have been donated from local Clatskanie businesses. All money raised for this basket will go to the Clatskanie Back Pack program.
For every $5 donated to the backpack program you will be entered to win this AMAZING gift basket.
Thanks to our local Clatskanie businesses.
30-day membership and 1 free training session
Clatskanie Builder’s Supply
$25 Gift Card
Conestoga Pub and Grill
$25 Gift Certificate
Cora Bee Naturals
Cora Bee Products
Discounts and Deals
Labrador retriever clock ($14.50)
Coffee Mug and $5 Gift Card
$20 Gift Card
$25 Gift Card
Gun & Boot & Gear
$50 Gift Card
John’s Auto Detailing
Full Window tinting ($250 Value)
Katon Kids Custom Bird Houses and Crafts
Essential Oil Diffuser Bracelet and Necklace ($45 Value)
Double and Triple Rewards Points
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Earn triple rewards points December 24th!
*VISA Rewards Credit Cardholders will earn double rewards points for purchases during November and December 2017. They earn triple rewards points for purchases conducted November 23 through 27 and December 24, 2017. Rewards points are not transferable. Complete promotion details available at waunafcu.org. Membership with Wauna Credit Union is requred. This special offer ends December, 31, 2017.
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Wauna Credit Union is growing fast (if you want to join us check out our careers page). The main reason for that is the great service our amazing employees provide our members. Employees celebrating anniversaries this month like to get out and about, and explore their world.
Brianna Malcolm – 11 years What is your current position? I am a Communication Center Representative III in the WCU Communication Center. The Communication Center serves as a virtual branch. We answer all of the phone calls for seven branches and help our members who call with any of their financial needs. Even though we don’t see the people we help, we have our regular members who we recognize by voice. It’s great to help members from all over.
What is your favorite WCU memory? That happens every year. It’s being able to get together with everyone from all of our branches. Since we only talk to everyone on the phone I love getting together with everyone for training, Christmas parties or anything else we get together for. We are at work more than we are at home so everyone is considered our Wauna Work Family.
What is something you like to do when you’re not at work? My favorite thing to do outside of work is spend time with my family. We have a four-year-old daughter who is absolutely amazing and I love watching her grow and learn! We love to go camping and spending time outdoors.
Michael Woods – 6 Years What is your current position? I am a mortgage member consultant. I usually work out of our Mortgage Origination Office in Long Beach, but I am currently filling in working with our Warrenton members.
What is your favorite WCU memory? One of my favorite memories was when I was a member of the Lending Admin team. I helped a member get a loan. I was just doing what I felt was right, but he was so appreciative, and to this day he always thanks me, and shakes my hand, no matter where we are, or who we are with. It’s actually what inspired me to join the Mortgage Team. Just to think I could impact somebody’s life so much really gives my work purpose. You’re forever linked to your members, because you helped them get their home. It’s a great feeling, and one that I get to experience over and over.
What is something you like to do when you’re not at work? When I am not at work, I like to spend time with my almost three-year-old daughter. It’s amazing to watch her grow up. I also enjoy playing cards, and watching sports. I am a die-hard New York Yankee and Dallas Cowboys fan. (Editor’s note, the views of our employees on the November Anniversary Post do not represent the views of the credit union. We cannot condone rooting for these two teams.)
Alex Peck– 4 Years What is your current position? I am an MC in the St. Helens branch. I really enjoy my job. I have grown fond of the relationships that I’ve formed with my members. It is great to see a member you’ve developed a friendship with over the years walk in the door.
What is your favorite WCU memory? I loved the opportunity to volunteer a couple of years ago for the Columbia Humane Society Denim and Diamonds fundraiser. Wauna was sponsoring the Humane Society that year. The team I was on got to stage the event in the pavilion at the Columbia County Fairgrounds.
What is something you like to do when you’re not at work? I love to travel and explore the Pacific Northwest. Whether it be a quick trip out to the coast or a road trip up to Seattle or head south to Northern California.
Mark Crandall – 2 Years What is your current position? I’m a mortgage loan specialist. My job is to assist members with all of their home mortgage needs. It can be anything to helping a member purchase their first home, borrowing equity to do home improvements or lowering their payments to improve their cash flow.
What is your favorite WCU memory? My favorite memory is helping a couple purchase their dream home on the Columbia River. They had a challenge with another lender before they came to us for help. We were able to work together and come up with a solution to get them qualified and make their dream a reality.
What is something you like to do when you’re not at work? If I am not at work, I am with my wife. We enjoy spending time with our family, horseback riding and landscaping.
Jeremy Grover – 2 Years What is your current position? I currently am a Training Specialist II at our wonderful Learning Center in Westport. I assist new hires to learn our mission and vision statements and explain how they impact everything we do. I also help current internal members learn our lending philosophies that help all to build their financial well-being. Continued training helps make our credit union the finest to not only work at, but to do business with.
What is your favorite WCU memory? My favorite memory doesn’t come from being an employee, but from being a member. I grew up in Clatskanie and my parents had been members for as long as I can remember. When I turned 18, I had big plans to purchase my dream car from my parents (1969 Dodge Charger R/T). To my surprise, I wasn’t laughed at or criticized for my non practical choice in a first car,
but shown respect and dignity and soon after I was cruising Clatskanie with the car of my dreams! That experience has stuck with me and has shown me the importance of treating people with respect and never judge a book by its cover and has lead me down a long history of lending with Wauna and encouraged me to apply so I could have that same impact on other members that may be starting out like I did so many years ago. Two Goals met, I have a great career with Wauna and I still have my dream car.
What is something you like to do when you’re not at work?
Anything that involves spending time with my family. My Dad taught me the importance of taking time to just hang out and enjoy every experience that your wife and children get to enjoy together. I have never heard anyone say “I wish I didn’t spend all that time with my family”
This Thanksgiving as we gather around a table, to join with our friends and family the holiday season really starts to kick into gear. While Wauna Credit Union is closed today so that our member-employees can spend time with their families, we also wanted to extend a thanks to our members.
This season isn’t just about the food at the table, or the football on TV. It’s a time to reflect on our lives and what we are truly thankful for. This is just as important for a business as it is for individuals, so we wanted to take some time to write down what it is that we are all thankful for here at WCU.
First and foremost, thanks to our members. Without our members, we would not exist. We thank each and every one of you, from those who have been a member for all 50 years, to those who just joined yesterday.
Thanks to the communities we serve. One of the things that makes us special is we live within our communities. We get to see the daily impact the credit union has, but we also get to know our members and future members as friends.
Thanks to the future. You may have heard we announced we’re opening up a branch in Forest Grove, but we also see tons of future in our current communities as well. We know the only way the credit union will grow is by continuing to provide the best products and services.
We hope your holiday is filled with laughter and love this year! We welcome you to come visit us tomorrow as you get ready for your holiday shopping, and remember Triple Rewards Points start today through the 27th.
We’re also celebrating Shop Local with Columbia County Keep It Local, so come on by and support local businesses.
I know it’s a bit early to start thinking about decking the halls, and planning holiday dinners, but as the calendar turns to November, well at least as the date on your smartphone says November, and the weather begins to cool, it’s time to admit that the holiday season is upon us. At Wauna Credit Union, we want to be the first to give you a gift. That’s why in November and December, all purchases on your Wauna Credit Union Visa Reward Credit Card will earn Double Rewards Points. In fact to make it even sweeter, when you make purchases November 23-27 and on December 24 will earn Triple Rewards Points!*
The Not For Us There’s an almost unlimited amount of items available. Please get whatever you want. We however will probably not get the cordless ear vacuum.
*VISA Rewards Credit Cardholders will earn Double Rewards Points for purchases during Nov. & Dec. 2017. They earn Triple Rewards Points for purchases conducted Nov. 23-27 & Dec. 24, 2017. Rewards Points are not transferable. Membership with Wauna Credit Union is required. This special offer ends Dec. 31, 2017.