July Anniversaries

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. We consider Wauna Credit Union a family, and caught up with a few family members having their anniversary this month.

Richard Bighill– 21 Years
What is your current position?

I am the Lending Support Clerk in the Lending Admin Dept.  My job is to support the rest of the department, who fund and underwrite loans.  I send Welcome Packets to all our new members to let them know everything their ownership of Wauna Credit Union gets them. I prep loan accounts and open share accounts as needed.  I also do Property Inspection Reports (including taking property photos) and appraisals for the Mortgage Dept.

What is your favorite WCU memory?
My favorite WCU memory was when my manager Sharon, who recently became our Security Officer, surprised me with my 20th anniversary present at celebration we had in July of last year for hitting $200 million in assets.  She gave me an official Seahawks jersey, with #13 Bighill!  My favorite number is 13.

What is something you like to do when you’re not at work?
I love working with my hands, whether it’s detailing cars or doing yard work I like to spend my free time making things look good. I also spend as much time as possible with my wife of almost 25 years Shelly.

Carli Lyon– 12 Years
What is your current position?
My title is AVP of Virtual Services. I supervise and manage the Communication Center and Virtual Center of Wauna Credit Union.  Both these departments assist our members by providing exceptional service virtually via phones, email, chat, and soon through video!Carli and the Virtual Team

What is your favorite WCU memory?
After being here 12 years, there are so many memories to choose from it is hard to narrow it down to just one or 2. But what I can tell you is that I truly love investing time in my employees. Coaching them to greater heights and encouraging them to break the law of limited performance. I pride myself in Carli, her husband and kids on the riverbeing part of their growth and upward movement. There are a group of employees that I have either hired or coached that have went on to very successful in their careers here at Wauna. I like to think I played a small role in that.

What is something you like to do when you’re not at work?
My hobbies outside of work consist of anything outdoors such as hunting and fishing and being with my family.

Heidi White– 5 Years
What is your current position?
I’m a Member Consultant in the Clatskanie branch – which means I listen to members needs and wants to help them find a solution, whatever it may be. I’ve always been somebody that focuses on helping people, so this is a great opportunity for me to really get involved with our members, and see their successes.

What is your favorite WCU memory?
The Clatskanie Branch went through a huge remodel last year. I got to assist with that from beginning to end. One of the great things about working here is they expect you to be involved no matter what your title is.  It was great to see the branch change to a modern financial center, built to meet our members’ needs.

What is something you like to do when you’re not at work?
Anything where I can spend time with my two girls (ages 5 and 6 months) and my husband Zach. We’re homebodies so mostly we do little projects around our house. Right now we’re fixing up the backyard to take advantage of the great summer weather.

Kristen DeForrest– 1 Year
What is your current position?
I am the Astoria Safeway Member Service Manager. In this position I am responsible for building relationships with members, assisting them with their financial needs, and also helping my team members learn and grow in their position. We have a great team here, and it’s so rewarding to watch people grow.

What is your favorite WCU memory?
I have many great memories over the last year, but I will share about a young girl names Maddy.  Maddy is about 8-years-old and always stops by for stickers and coloring pages. She has wanted a stuffed eagle for several years and in October 2016 (International Credit Union Day) we were able to give her one of her own. I have never seen her smile so big. She wrote us the cutest thank you card and then even invited us to her birthday. She loves to come see us and we look forward to seeing her. I believe she will be a member for life because of the WOW service.

What is something you like to do when you’re not at work?
I enjoy spending time at home with my husband, Cory. We enjoy having friends over, a good BBQ, and stay up to date on all our favorite TV Shows. We are Survivor fans J I also sell LuLaRoe clothing as a side business.

Others

  • Sue Whitton – 10 Years
  • Jan Durie – 7 years
  • John Moore – 4 Years
  • Shayla Frahm – 1 Year

Oregon Manufacturing Innovation Center Partners Announced

There was major news announced earlier in the week about a partnership that means more jobs for Columbia County. A group of seven companies with ties to manufacturing along with three universities announced that they have officially signed on as partners at the new OMIC (Oregon Manufacturing Innovation Center) in Scappoose.

The full press release surrounding the news is below, but this is great news for the community, and for the possibility of increased employment in the area.

Oregon Manufacturing Innovation Center secures industry commitments to launch major manufacturing partnership

Seven leading manufacturing companies and three Oregon universities are partnering on R&D at new Scappoose facility

Scappoose, Oregon; June 29, 2017 The Oregon Manufacturing Innovation Center (OMIC) has taken another major step forward with the formal signing of a multi-party collaboration agreement, bringing together manufacturing industry partners with three Oregon public universities in a research and development (R&D) facility being developed in Scappoose, Oregon. This collaboration will launch OMIC’s mission to develop advanced metals manufacturing technologies that are expected to increase commercial productivity and augment state and regional capabilities for industry growth and innovation.

Pledging their commitment to the launch of OMIC R&D are companies with headquarters in Oregon, Washington and across the country:

OMIC R&D will provide economic, strategic, and technological solutions for its industry partners, bringing together the best talents and capabilities of manufacturing and three universities: Oregon Institute of Technology (Oregon Tech), Oregon State University (OSU), and Portland State University (PSU). The partnership – scheduled to launch its initial projects in 2017 – will provide “outside-in” applied research, technical advice, and support driven by manufacturing enterprises of all sizes to define the R&D focus. The facility will support new supply chain linkages, provide a critical mass of innovation, and promote the region as a major source of engineering and manufacturing expertise. Membership within OMIC R&D is expected to grow with several national and international companies already expressing interest in becoming part of the collaboration.

“This project represents an exciting opportunity for Boeing and other industry partners,” said Bill Gerry, program manager with Boeing Global Technology. “The partners are pooling resources and experience to problem solve, while also creating opportunity through research and development as well as training. The role of R&D is critical – with industry partnering with Oregon Tech, OSU and PSU – and will be instrumental in bolstering economic growth and deepening relationships with metals-related industry. This provides a glide path for Oregon manufacturers to be more competitive in the global market.”

OMIC R&D will be a state-of-the-art facility comprised of talented engineers and technologists as well as university faculty, and undergraduate and graduate students. All members of the collaboration have a track record of problem-solving related to industrial manufacturing, and access to a collective of world-class technology and equipment. OMIC has already received commitments from international machine tool and equipment manufacturers for the donation of state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment to be used in execution of the R&D projects.

“This industry-driven collaboration is unique, offering significant leverage for industry project dollars. This gain comes from OMIC R&D’s shared equipment, as well as access to the top engineering research faculty in the state,” said Laura McKinney, vice president of Oregon Tech’s Portland-Metro Campus and a lead on OMIC R&D development. “The university research and industry members are in this for the long run, expecting to create economic value for the partners, the state, and further afield. Oregon Tech is honored to be an academic research member in the R&D facility with such top industry partners, and is proud to serve as the host university for this important initiative.”

OMIC will coordinate its R&D facility research projects with hands-on “earn and learn” training programs led by Portland Community College, to be located in a nearby facility that PCC is building. The PCC-OMIC Training Center, scheduled to open in fall 2019, will emphasize craftsmanship, professionalism, and placing graduates into high-wage, high-demand jobs.

Senator Betsy Johnson, whose district includes Scappoose where OMIC is located said, “OMIC is the most exciting economic development effort that Oregon has seen in a long time. OMIC R&D is an Oregon asset that will have a ripple effect across the state. I anticipate that OMIC will bring jobs and new industries to Oregon as the research results begin to accelerate and grow manufacturing.”

OMIC has the strong support of trade unions, including the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers and the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace, which recognize the importance of training and apprenticeship programs in growing high-skill, high-wage manufacturing jobs in Oregon via innovation and industry growth. Metals manufacturing is a cornerstone industry for the Greater Portland area, with current employment estimated at nearly 28,000 and approximately 600 small, medium and large metals manufacturing companies. OMIC presents a significant opportunity for the retention and expansion of these firms and the workforce in the region.

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About the Oregon Manufacturing Innovation Center

OMIC is a world-class collaborative environment bringing together industry, higher education and government in partnership to develop new tools, techniques and technologies to address near-term manufacturing challenges through applied research and advanced technical training. OMIC is modeled after the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Center (AMRC) in partnership with Boeing in Sheffield, England. The collaborative partnership includes: AFL-CIO, Business Oregon, City of Scappoose, Columbia County, Columbia County Economic Team, Greater Portland Inc, Manufacturing 21, Portland Community College, Portland State University, Oregon Employment Department, Oregon Institute of Technology, Oregon Manufacturing Extension Partnership and Oregon State University.

Wauna Credit Union 2017 Scholarship Recipients

One of Wauna Credit Union’s core tenants is commitment to the communities we serve. Nowhere is that more important to us than when working with the youth of Columbia County, Clatsop County, Western Washington County in Oregon and Pacific County in Washington. From our programs aimed at our younger members like our Jumpstart Savings Accounts, to our first-time car loan program, and even our financial education programs M3 Money Club and Elements of Money. One of the more rewarding things we do is awarding our annual scholarships to well-deserving members who are continuing their education.

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This year Wauna Credit Union continued our decades-long tradition, and awarded $7,500 in scholarships to 10 students who have shown commitment to their studies and to the area. The winners represented high schools from all over the footprint (Astoria, Clatskanie, Knappa, Rainier, Scappoose, St. Helens, and Vernonia), and demonstrated the great things that our young members are doing, and the great potential they have to change the future.

Earlier this week, several winners joined members of the credit union’s leadership team for a celebratory dinner, recognizing their achievement, and giving the recipients the opportunity to meet other members also furthering their education. At the dinner, our CFO David Merrell spoke to the group, reveling in their accomplishments, but also highlighting the opportunity a college education has, not just as a vocational endeavor, but also as an opportunity to learn about the world around them and better prepare them for a future as a leader.

When you look at who you are and what you do and what you’re intending to do is that you’re in position to contribute more. Not just that you hopefully make more money and do it that way, but you should be, you can be leaders. Leaders in just influencing people if that’s all it is.

We spend a lot of time trying to learn how to do well in our organization, how to create better organizations. Now you of course are geared towards that. You have a better ability to learn and you can contribute. I think that one of the best talks I’ve heard, some at the beginning of the school year addressing the student body, was will you lead. And that is so important today in society. Will you lead? Will you lead in the good? And we’re not just talking about in your environment. Will you lead in helping others to be better people and have the opportunity. And that’s one of the things that you get, a better opportunity as you go through and get better educated, a continuing education.

As we talk about ways to be better leaders now, I was listening to those talks on that as we go back and hear it again and they’re referencing books I read in high school. They had an impact. They’ve always impacted me. We’ve got engineering. We’ve got biology, science, kinesiology. Those are all good. The biggest impact in going to college is broadening of your knowledge. -David Merrell Wauna Credit Union CFO

The full list of Wauna Credit Union Scholarship winners is as follows:

  • Beau Groom (Scappoose HS); Beau will be attending Azusa Pacific University to study Systems Engineering. He fondly remembers being a mentor for 8th graders, and how it taught him to be compassionate and consistent.
  • Cassidy Whitton (Vernonia HS); Cassidy is going to Oregon State to study Business and then Law. She likes belonging to a credit union because of the personal relationship, and how they know who you are when you walk in and great you with a smile.
  • Chelsea Sapp (Knappa HS); Chelsea is set to go to Whitworth University to study Biology and Psychology. She is planning on being a doctor, but wants to full explore all the sciences while in college to have as wide of a range as possible.
  • Jacob Hanes (St. Helens HS); Jacob is heading to Portland State University to study Engineering or Pre-Med. He is excited about the commitment students at his school are showing to their education, and believes that whenever a student furthers their education past high school they set an example for graduates to come.
  • Jadelynn Pickering (Astoria HS); Jadelynn is going to Portland Community college in order to get a degree in Dental Hygiene. She has focused her life in two-year increments, with a long-term goal of buying a house.
  • Jarod Shaw (Vernonia HS); Jarod is enrolled at Portland Community College’s Diesel Mechanic’s program. He credits his participation in Track in teaching him the importance of being part of a team even when you are an individual.
  • Makenzie Jahn (Rainer HS); Makenzie is entering her sophomore year at Oregon State studying business and interior design. She ultimately wants to start her own business, and contribute back into the community.
  • Maisy Horness (Clatskanie HS); Maisy transferred to Oregon State from Lower Columbia College. She is a Kinesiology major with a goal of earning a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. She credits volunteering at a hospital, as well as her time playing basketball with inspiring her to helping people recover from sports injuries.
  • Sage Miller (Clatskanie HS); Sage is attending University of Oregon in the fall, and will major in Business with a concentration in Sports marketing and a minor in Product Design. She wants to get a degree to help her be a strong leader that contributes back into the community.
  • Twyla Vittetoe (Clatskanie HS); Twyla will be attending Oregon State and studying Biomedical Science. She picked her major because she wants to be part of the decision-making process in medicine.

The application period for Wauna Credit Union Scholarships will begin again in February 2018. The application deadline is later in the year, and winners are announced in June. All members that are high school seniors or current college students (ages 18-22) may apply.

 

 

Teaching Children Financial Literacy

Until 1997 Oregon required personal finance classes. While schools are supposed to weave a host of things into their teaching, the reality is that most schools offer few, if any, financial literacy lessons. That means it’s up to you to teach your children important money lessons.

Two school children smiling

Paying the bills
Most kids don’t think about what keeps the lights on or the Internet powered at home. Talk to them about paying the bills. Explain that, if you fail to submit money every month to utility companies, there’d be no running water, TV, etc. It’s a good way to get them to start appreciating the role of money in day-to-day life.

Savings account
Introduce the concept of saving money by opening a savings account in your children’s names. You’ll have control, but they’ll start to get a sense of responsibility. Plus, they can see cash go in and out, earn interest and more. It’s a great, real-world experience that takes the piggy bank to the next level.

Managing money
The best way for children to learn about money is to actually have some. Whether it’s allowance, income for chores, or birthday money, give them cash when it’s appropriate and let them choose how to spend it.

They’ll probably be tempted to blow it all at once, so talk to them about priorities. Should they spend their cash on candy right now, or put some away for that bike they’ve been saving for?

Don’t forget, teaching your kids to manage their money now can put them on the path to financial success later in life.

Jobs at WCU – Careers With Growth

Wauna Credit Union has been growing like crazy. That growth, and our belief in promoting from within, means we have a bunch of new jobs throughout Clatsop County and Columbia County.

If you thrive on helping others, consider a career at Wauna Credit Union! Our employees are proud of our “people helping people” philosophy. They work hard to make a difference for others through Wauna CU’s mission and vision. Jobs at WCU are career opportunities in a growing credit union that believes in serving members.

Oregon Business Magazine even recognized us as a “Top 100 Nonprofit” to work for in Oregon.

Oregon Business 100 Best nonprofits to work for in Oregon 2015 Oregon Business 100 Best green workplaces in Oregon 2016

We put together a video to highlight what working for WCU is all about.

A more detailed listing of all job openings can always be found on our Careers Page: https://waunafcu.org/about/careers.shtml

Below are our current openings.

Position: Member Consultant I (Multiple)
Location(s):  Clatskanie, Scappoose, Vernonia, Warrenton, Astoria
Description: This position is directly responsible for the needs of our members in the lobby.  The primary responsibility is to use The Member Advantage™ sales and service principles while greeting and serving members, providing “hip-to-hip” service in a consultative manner.  Position will assist members with: transactions; deposit and loan accounts and services; questions, complaints and member related concerns; procedural and policy concerns; resolution of account problems.  Position will cross sell to meet goals by using AID,INC to identify needs, describe, recommend and sell products and services that are best suited to fulfill the needs of the member and contribute to attainment of CU goals.  This is a non-exempt position.

Position: Virtual Teller I
Location(s): Astoria
Description: This position is directly responsible for the needs of our member’s teller transactions. The primary responsibility is to use The Member Advantage™ sales and service principles while greeting and serving members, providing teller services via the Interactive Teller Machines. Position will assist members with: transactions; deposit and loan accounts and services; questions, complaints and member related concerns; procedural and policy concerns; resolution of account problems. Position will cross sell to meet goals by using AID, INC to identify needs, describe, recommend and sell products and services that are best suited to fulfill the needs of the member and contribute to attainment of CU goals. This is a non-exempt position.

Position: Real Estate Loan Manager
Location(s):  St. Helens
Description: This position will assist members with regard to credit union mortgage loan products and services.  Tasks include, but are not limited to: greeting the members; reviewing and understanding credit reports; making decisions on whether to grant consumer and real estate loans; processing consumer and real estate loan applications and disbursing loans; cross selling by identifying, describing and recommending loan products and services that are best suited to fulfill the needs of the member; perform collection efforts on loans granted; counseling members with regard to their credit; answering account questions; handling complaints; and making changes to accounts as necessary.  May assist with lending coverage in all branches and identifying training needs. This is a non-exempt position.

Position: Marketing Specialist
Location(s):  Clatskanie
Description: This management position is responsible for a wide variety of duties to support the Marketing Department objectives and our corporate growth and brand goals.  Position supports all marketing initiatives and works closely with Chief Marketing Officer, Management and the Marketing Team to make WCU an industry leader embodying and demonstrating best practices in financial services, marketing and brand management. Responsible for developing new concepts and strategies and to provide support to other Marketing Department staff.  The versatile position acts as a representative for internal and external communication and public affairs for Wauna Credit Union; leads corporate volunteerism program; oversees activities associated with corporate giving programs; advocates significant matters pertaining to the credit union industry; provides advanced graphic design and web/social media-management skills at the Credit Union; performs hands on marketing to support branch retail and outreach recruitment activities, special projects and events, and vendor/partner relations.  This is an exempt position.

Position: Maintenance Supervisor
Location: Flexible
Description: This supervisor position oversees or performs maintenance and repair of all facilities and grounds owned and operated by Wauna Credit Union, including routine plumbing, carpentry, painting, electrical, preventative maintenance, landscaping and other repairs as needed.  Oversees custodial work in all locations, directing and supervising the Custodians; oversees maintenance of credit union fleet cars; responsible for facility project management, including remodels and new construction.  This is an exempt, floating position that does not have a fixed work location.

Position: Custodian
Location: Astoria
Description: This part-time position is to provide routine and regular cleaning, custodial and light maintenance work of assigned credit union facilities and grounds maintenance work as assigned.  Responsible for a wide variety of tasks and keeping assigned areas in a clean, safe, and orderly condition. This is a non-exempt position.

May Anniversaries

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 we provide our members. The reason for that great service is our amazing employees. We caught up with a couple who are having their anniversary this month.

Laura Wells 5 Years
What is your current position?
My position is Accountant, and I’m part of our “Accounterations” team, Accounting and Operations Support.  Much of my job is to make sure that what happened yesterday balances and makes sense today.  I also balance and monitor the credit union’s corporate account on a daily basis to make sure we always have sufficient cash balances and that everything that should have posted did (and vice versa).  Another one of my tasks is maintaining fixed asset and Laura Wellspersonal property records for the credit union.  We’ve been working on a lot of projects lately, like the Clatskanie remodel and the addition of our Mortgage Origination Office in Long Beach, so there has been (and will continue to be) quite a bit to do for this, which is exciting!

What is your favorite WCU memory?
It’s not one particular memory, but I like when all the employees get together; whether it’s for our annual in-service day or for the annual Christmas party, or during various trainings that are held throughout the year. I like seeing and building relationships with all my coworkers in person that I’m always talking to on the phone or emailing, and in a different context than the everyday grind. I really feel the team and family spirit of the organization when we’re all together.

What is something you like to do when you’re not at work?
I love to travel, both around the US and abroad.  I’ve been to 22 countries. Each place is amazing in its own unique way. I love talking with our CEO Robert about his home country South Africa. Cape Town is one of the most traditionally beautiful cities I’ve ever been to. I have a trip planned to Korea next month.  I taught English there for a year after college and it will be my first time back since moving home seven years ago! Day to day though I’m a bit of a homebody and content with the simple things.  I love coffee dates with friends and spending time with family playing board games, and I don’t mind just hanging out at home watching Netflix with my dog Surrey after a long day at work.

Debi Smiley  29 Years
What is your current position?
I am the Chief Marketing Officer.  My primary job is to oversee the marketing functions/activities of the credit union.  I have the privilege of overseeing a 4 person department dedicated to finding ways to communicate what we offer to the consumer in a creative and effective manner.  In addition, I have the supervisors of the Communication Center, IT Department, and Facility/Maintenance Department report to me.  Having a diversity of teams to work with provides me with the variety and multiplicity that I enjoy.

What is your favorite WCU memory?
One of my favorite memories is when I was able to work with member to assist them in avoiding losses with a very sophisticated scam being presenter to her.  She was confused and I was able to assist her in understanding the situation and the seriousness of what was happening to her.  Through these efforts, she was able to avoid losing thousands of dollars.  It was very rewarding to be a small Debi Smileypart in assisting this member.

What is something you like to do when you’re not at work?
The thing I enjoy the most is FAMILY!  I truly cherish and look forward to spending time with them.  This includes attending many grandchildren events, BBQs, family reunions, day visits, and the holidays.  I am truly blessed and enjoy being with them as often as I can.  The other love I have is traveling with my husband.  We take adventures as often as we can and enjoy visiting new sights whether it just going down the road locally or across the country.

Others

  • Loren Ames – 8 years
  • Tonya Dick – 8 years
  • Cory DeForrest – 2 years
  • Amanda Leader – 2 years
  • Jennifer Clark – 1 year

Do You Need a New Car? It’s Time to Spring Into Action!

Wauna Credit Union is Offering an amazing way to save on a new/used car purchase this week.

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Spring Fling Coastal Auto Sale:

This weekend (May 11-13) is the 4th Annual SPRING FLING Auto Sale at four coastal auto dealers – Astoria Ford, Lum’s Auto Center, Ocean Crest Motors, & Warrenton KIA.

Wauna Credit Union will have lending officers on site to make your financing happen immediately. Plus, we are offering 60 Days No Payments and giving people a chance to win a great new barbecue! All of the auto dealers will be offering special low prices during the days of the sale, May 11, 12 and 13th. Come out and take some test drives and find yourself a great new car!

Get Pre-Approved!

No matter where you are in our service area – from Scappoose to Vernonia to Warrenton – All of our branches offer great low rates and can answer any question you have about the process.

Plus, if you get pre-approved at one of our branches or with online/mobile application, we offer much lower rates on Mechanical Breakdown Protection (MBP) & Guaranteed Auto Protection (GAP), and we also have competitive rates on Auto Insurance!

Force Ghosts and Your Credit

Last week was Star Wars Day, which Wauna Credit Union always dutifully celebrates—we’d also celebrate John Wayne Day if anybody wants to help us get that going. On its surface, Star Wars Day is just a fun way for us to dress up like Darth Vader and have fun with our members, but there are actually several things that the preeminent saga of our time can teach us.Image of WCU employees wearing Star Wars garb

One of those things is how things we do and decisions we make can stay with us throughout our life. In Star Wars Luke literally sees and hears Obi Wan, Yoda and eventually Anakin–Sebastian Shaw not Hayden Christensen thank you very much—who continue to guide him. Similarly, we are all guided by the lessons imparted on us by our parents, teachers and other influences. Very often these lessons help us, but sometimes people learn the wrong way to handle finances.

Often people fall behind early and are constantly being visited by malevolent ghosts who encourage them to spend more than they have, not pay bills on time and consistently over-extend themselves. Wauna CU has multiple online ways to help with this, education programs like Balance for adults, The M3 Money Club for young children and The Elements of Money for teens.

A lot of us prefer in person help as well, for that we offer a credit enhancement program. As a community-oriented institution we want to help be that positive Smiling woman helping members-Stock Force Ghostinfluence for our members. Our member consultants will sit down with a member whose credit isn’t quite where they want it to be, and go over their credit report, explain what the different notes and indications mean, provide a plan of attack and then periodically check in to apprise progress. Teaming with our members like this is one of the ways we stay true to our goal of being a true member of the areas we serve.

Employee of the Quarter Laura Lovegren

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 Laura Lovegren.

How long have you been at WCU? This is my second go-around at Wauna Credit Union. I initially worked as a teller, which is now called an MSR to reflect all the work they do for our members, about five years ago. It was such a great experience to interact with all the members and be hands on with what we do at the credit union. When there was an opening to come back in 2015 I jumped at the opportunity, and have been there since then.

What brought you here? I wanted to go to a place where I could serve my local community and grow my career. WCU is so great about providing career paths for all of our employees. As long as you’re willing to work hard there’s opportunity.  

What is your title? I’m an EFT Clerk. That means I’m responsible for  putting electronic payments and money transfers through the ACH process. I make sure everything is correct, and then push the transfers through. Before I was an EFT Clerk, I was an MSR and MC. Working with our members every day was such a great experience.

What is your favorite thing about working here? That’s easy. It’s the family culture. I love that we set goals and when we grow we set more. I am happy to come here every day, and feel empowered by the people I am surrounded by, who help me work to become a better person.

What project has been your favorite? Learning to my job as EFT has been exciting for me. WCU really emphasizes Integrity Coaching. I love learning about who people are and how to better communicate.

Where did you grow up? I’m a Clatskanie lifer. My son and daughter went to high school here, and I still volunteer with the school even though my son is always on the road performing in logging shows and my daughter now has a child of her own. Growing up here really led me to enjoying all the community has to offer. I enjoy spending time with my family, friends and four dogs, clam digging and organizing (yes as a hobby!).

 

Astoria Earth Day Riverwalk Cleanup

Like many of our members, Wauna Credit Union is deeply committed to sustainability and green initiatives. The careers of our founding members way back in 1967 were tied to the environment, Two women pose with bagsand thousands of our current members work in fields like fishing, timber, and food production. We rely on our natural environment for our livelihood and for our recreation. Wauna Credit Union even built the very first LEED Certified Credit Union branch in all of Oregon!

With our commitment to the environment and to being involved in the community, we were incredibly excited to partner with member Buoy Beer and SOLVE, a non-profit with the goal to enhance the livability of Oregon, on an Earth Day clean-up of the Astoria Riverwalk.two young girls drink root beerEven with a grey day that turned into a hard rain nearly 50 people, including employees of the credit union, Buoy Beer, Clatsop Community College and the Astoria Coast Guard picked up an estimated 300lbs of trash and debris from a 3-mile stretch along the Astoria Riverwalk.

Two people with dogsIt was especially great to see children involved in the cleanup. While we know it’s always hard to get kids out in the rain, they had a great time splashing around in the puddles, and helping their parents with the work at hand. Everybody who participated received a free beer, or non-alcoholic drink, thanks to Buoy Beer.

Overall in the state, 6,000 volunteers partnered with SOLVE to remove over 35 tons of trash, plant 3,300 native trees and shrubs, and clear 10 acres of invasive plants from 162 different sites across the state.
Woman holding two full bagsBeing part of the community is a huge part of who we are, and we’re always happy to partner with our commercial members to help keep the cities we live and work in beautiful. Let’s do it again next year!