The Erlene Darby Learning Center is a Special Place


It was an adventurous spirit, as her children like to recall, that inspired Erlene Darby to do many of the things she did throughout her 79 years of life. In 1970, it was that spirit that led Erlene and her kids on an impromptu, 3-month road-trip across the United States.

Erlene clearly loved traveling and experiencing life. But she was also was well-known for her sympathetic ear and kind heart, and she was always ready to support family, friends, and her credit union.

“I had thought of a number of words to describe her and came up with committed, caring, leadership, supportive. She mentored me both professionally and personally. And she did it from the heart. That meant a lot to me.” — Debi Smiley, Chief Marketing Officer at Wauna Credit Union.

Erlene Darby volunteered at Wauna Credit Union for over 30 years. She served in almost every capacity. From Board Chair to Board Treasurer, she did it all. Erlene watched the credit union grow and change — her adventurous spirit, a beacon, guided the credit union through ups and downs.

So, in recognition of this steadfast commitment to Wauna Credit Union, to her adventurous spirit, and to the inspiration and wonder she shared throughout her three decades with us, we are proud to announce the dedication of our Westport Learning Center to Erlene Darby.

“I think dedicating this building – the learning center for all of the future and current employees and volunteers that we’re going to have here at Wauna – to come through and to see her name and her image says a lot about what she stood for,” said George Dunkel, WCU’s Board Chair.

Erlene’s Family at the Dedication Ceremony

As a special way of celebrating Erlene, we hosted a small ceremony dedicating the “Erlene Darby Learning Center.” There, joined by Erlene’s family and friends, we shared laughs and tears.

While the mood was light, the memories and feelings were strong. The affair became a proud moment forever marked in time for not only Wauna Credit Union, but for Erlene’s family.

“What a wonderful honor it was to be included in the dedication ceremony,” said Erlene’s daughter, Melinda Puzey. “My family and I were both impressed and humbled by the dedication, and for Wauna’s regard and appreciation for my mother’s service and commitment. It made me very proud to be her daughter, and I know it would have meant so much to her.”

Erlene’s Plaque

Her plaque, proudly displayed on the front of her learning center, reads:

Dedicated to the loving memory of Erlene Darby with appreciation of her dedication and passion for lifelong learning. She inspired us with 35 years of steadfast volunteer service.


Board of Directors Voting Open

Whenever we talk about Wauna Credit Union and what we do it comes back to the members. Anybody who has an account, loan or credit card at Wauna CU is a member and a shareholder, and gets a say in what we do. Nowhere is that more tangible than with the voting for our board of directors. Today through February 26, 2017 all members age 18 or older who are in good standing are eligible to cast a ballot, either online, by mail or on Facebook.

Unlike for profit banks, where maximizing dividends for stockholders is most important, a credit union’s board sets policies to make sure decisions are in the best interests of you, the member-owners. Wauna Credit Union’s board consists of dedicated volunteers who represent the interests of the member-owners by meeting regularly with credit union management. This year we are electing three people, each of whom will serve a 3-year term.

As an added incentive 10 random voters will win $50 as a thanks from us for helping make sure our board reflects the wants and aspirations of all our members.

To learn more about the elections, as well as our annual meeting where we will announce the new board, visit our annual election page ( Each of the candidates has provided a few words on why they want to serve on the voting page (

There are three ways to vote.

To vote by electronic ballot:

  • Go to the Wauna CU website (
  • Click the link for the 2017 Board of Directors Elections
  • Select the Vote Now button and follow the instructions now

To vote by mail:

  • Call 877-597-9507
  • Select the option to vote by paper ballot
  • All ballots must be received by February 26

To vote on Facebook:

We hope everybody gets a chance to vote. The more members vote, the more opportunity to have a board that fully represents the membership, and the better Wauna Credit Union is able to meet the needs of our diverse community.


October 2016 Statement Insert:



Call For Nominations: 50th Annual Meeting Scheduled For Saturday, March 4, 2017

Wauna Credit Union announces its annual Call for Nominations for the election of members to its volunteer board of directors. Elected officials help to set the direction and the policies for our member-owned, member-directed financial institution.

Qualifying candidates must be at least 18 years of age and in good standing with the Credit Union. Candidate applications are now available at any branch, by mail (call 800-773-3236), and on our website. The deadline to submit a completed application is close of business Thursday, November 10, 2016. The By-Laws do offer a petition option; petition deadline is January 23, 2017. There will be no nominations from the floor during the 50th Annual Meeting.

If you have any questions, please contact the Board Governance Committee Chair, Chrissy Johnston, at 503-728-6124 or
by email at

Election Information:

The next elections for open positions on the board of directors will be conducted by electronic ballot, commencing January 26, 2017, and concluding at midnight, February 26, 2017. Results from the election will be announced during our 50th Annual Meeting, scheduled for 2:00 p.m. on March 4, 2017, at the Clatskanie Cultural Center (Clatskanie, Oregon).

Is your mind on your money and your money on your mind? We can help…


Balance is a Financial Education service offered for FREE to all Wauna CU members. Sign up for an account on our website and get tools to help budget, reach saving goals, and learn more about an array of financial topics – from teaching teens about money to navigating a bankruptcy.

Balance offers FREE financial counseling for our members with professional advisors, offering debt repayment advice, home purchase help, and foreclosure prevention solutions.

It’s yours FREE for being a member of Wauna Credit Union! Why? Because our ONLY mission is to provide opportunities to our members to build their financial well-being!


Be proactive in defending your accounts by using the CardValet app. You’ll know every time your debit card is used, and be able to turn it off when not using it!

  • CardValet allows Debit Card users to literally turn their card off & on with one click!
  • CardValet can alert you every time your Debit Card is used!
  • Control your spending by setting up dollar amount limits.
  • Set your Card automatically turn off if it’s more than a certain distance away from you!
  • For Android & Apple!

2016-ICU-Day-Principles[1]International Credit Union Day!

  • October 20, 2016
  • All Branches

Win Prizes in our Website & Facebook contest! Coloring Contest for Kids!!
Stop in any Wauna CU branch for refreshments & to learn more about the Credit Union Movement!

April 2016 Statement Insert: Election Winners, EMV Cards, & Clatskanie Remodel

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Election Results for Board of Directors

A Record Number of Ballots were cast during Wauna CU 2016 Board of Directors Elections! Thank you!

The 49th Annual Meeting of the Wauna Credit Union membership occurred Saturday, March 5th, in Westport, Oregon.

Election results for the Board of Directors were announced; congratulations to: Debbie Huffman and George Dunkel (incumbants), and Neil Christensen, each elected to a 3-year term; and, Bill DeJager (incumbant) was elected to a 1-year term to complete a vacancy on the Board.
Wauna Credit Union officials thank the 658 members who voted by electronic ballot during this year’s election period.

Please visit the Wauna CU website or Facebook page to view the 49th Annual Report, plus additional details about the Annual Meeting, elections, and other related activities.

Clatskanie Branch Remodel Scheduled (April-July)

The Clatskanie Branch remodel project starts in early April. For complete details about the remodel, including a preview of the new lobby and drive-up area, please visit our website or Facebook page.

A few important details about the remodel include:

• Branch/Drive-up closed Friday, April 8.
• Branch reopens Monday, April 11, in a temporary
area of the building.
• Drive-up service will be unavailable
during the remodel period (April – July).
• The drive-up ATM & Night Drop will continue to
be in service throughout the remodel period.

Chip Technology Coming Soon to Wauna CU Debit, Credit Cards!

Wauna CU officials are excited to announce the delivery of chip technology with enhanced security for our Debit and Credit cards. When used at a chip-enabled terminal (such as at a point of sale or an ATM), chip cards provide a new layer of protection against unauthorized use and even card counterfeiting.

The Credit Union will begin issuing new chip Debit Cards this spring; and, members with a Wauna CU Credit Card will be issued a new chip card this summer. Please visit our website for more exciting details about our new chip technology for Debit and Credit Cards!

VOTING OPENS for our Board of Directors – Enter to win $50!

Go-Vote-500x500[1]Democracy In Action! Wauna Credit Union Board of Directors Elections: Vote Now!

Like a bank, Wauna Credit Union has a Board of Directors, but the difference is, our Board is made up of volunteers, who have the same $5 share of ownership in the Credit Union that you or I do. They are not serving for high pay and dividends, they are civic minded people elected by credit union members who vote annually.

Our Board of Directors help govern and lead the credit union to best serve its member-owners. A credit union is not for profit like a bank is, it is for improving the lives of its members with financial services, education, and assistance, and that is all. Any profit made is returned to Credit Union members via lower interest rates and fees, higher yields, and community support.

At Wauna Credit Union the time to vote is here – From February 1 until Midnight on March 1, 2016, all members in good standing & who are 18 or over, are encouraged to vote for up to 4 candidates.

All members are also eligible to run for our Board of Directors, each autumn we have a Call For Nominations to invite all interested members to apply for candidacy.

To be part of our democracy in action, please vote:

Our Board Of Directors Needs YOU!

iconNegocios[1]There are only a few days left to apply to be a candidate in our Board Of Directors elections. We need dedicated and caring individuals to step up and  help lead our Credit Union to greatness!

Our Board of Directors are volunteers, they are dedicated members of Wauna Credit Union that want to help guide and shape our future.

As a financial cooperative, we are member-owned, and all members in good standing and of legal voting age are welcome to run in an annual election for our Board Of Directors.

Our Board of Directors meets monthly, and attends special planning weekends and other retreats, to learn about the latest in Credit Union advancements and hear from experts, to make the best decisions for our organization.

Please take an active part in Wauna Credit Union and apply to be a candidate!

Thank You!

Deadline is Nov. 20, 2015

Download the application: