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2018 Calendar of Events & Holiday Closures

  • Closed: New Years Day - Monday, January 1
  • Closed: President's Day – Monday, February 19
  • WCU Annual Meeting – Tuesday, March 20
  • WCU Student Scholarship Deadline – Monday, April 16
  • Taxes Due – Tuesday, April 17
  • Closed: Memorial Day –  Monday, May 28
  • Closed: Independence Day – Wednesday,  July 4 
  • Closed: Labor Day – Monday, September 3
  • Closed: Columbus Day – Monday, October 8
  • International Credit Union Day – Thursday, October 18
  • Closed: Veterans Day – Monday, November 12
  • Closed: Thanksgiving – Thursday, November 22
  • Christmas Eve early closure 2 pm – Monday, December 24
  • Closed: Christmas Day – Tuesday, December 25


 

In The News

  • Wauna Credit Union awards scholarships to students  (The Daily Astorian)
    To wrap up the 2017-18 school year, financial cooperative Wauna Credit Union (WCU) has awarded $11,500 in scholarships to WCU student members in Columbia and Clatsop counties. The scholarship recipients were selected based on GPA, community involvement and their need for financial assistance.

  • Wauna Credit Union awards over $11k in scholarships (The Chief)
    To wrap up the 2017/2018 school year, financial cooperative, Wauna Credit Union (WCU) has awarded $11,500 in scholarships to WCU student members in Columbia and Clatsop counties. 2018 marks well over $300,000 that WCU has awarded in scholarships over the years

  • Part 3: Marijuana business owners can’t buy a home (NBC 5)

    Chief marketing officer Debi Smiley says Wauna Credit Union is a community credit union that serves anyone who does business in Columbia, Clatstop and Western Washington counties in Oregon, as well as Pacific County in Washington. Earlier this year, the credit union rolled out a program that includes businesses in the cannabis industry. “They’re a legitimate business, and it’s our business as a community credit union to serve all businesses,” Debi Smiley said

  • Wauna Credit Union takes a futuristic banking approach (The Chief)

    Financial cooperative Wauna Credit Union [WCU] is answering the digital banking needs of its 24,000 plus members by upgrading their online and mobile banking platform. “U-Banking,” a new digital banking experience, offers dozens of high-tech features and is designed to ease friction and the pain-points of WCU’s online banking users.


  • Wauna Credit Union Chief Marketing Officer celebrates 3 decades of service (The Chief) 
    Wauna Credit Union (WCU) is announcing the thirty year anniversary of Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) Debi Smiley. WCU is recognizing Smiley’s dedication to the credit union, noting her invaluable contributions to the growth of WCU over the past three decades.

  • Wauna Credit Union’s CFO celebrates decade of service (The Chief)
    Wauna Credit Union (WCU) recently announced the ten-year anniversary of Chief Financial Officer (CFO) David Merrell. WCU is recognizing Merrell’s dedication to the credit union, noting his valuable contributions to the growth of WCU over the past decade.

  • Wauna Credit Union supports Backpack Program (The Chronicle)
    Clatskanie-based financial cooperative Wauna Credit Union (Wauna CU) was honored recently by Long Beach Mayor Jerry Phillips with the Mayor’s Award, having raised $13,135 throughout 2017 for local BackPack programs.

  • Oregon credit union, tech firm to offer marijuana banking services (Marijuana Business Daily)
    Oregon-based Wauna Credit Union has forged a partnership with Arizona tech firm Hypur that will allow the financial institution to service marijuana-related companies.

  • Wauna partnering with Hypur to serve marijuana businesses (The Daily Astorian)
    Wauna CU, with more than 25,000 members in Washington and Oregon, said in a press release that its management believes that providing banking access to CRBs “benefits not only the businesses themselves, but the entire community by bringing transparency and accountability to the cannabis industry.  Serving the CRB industry, we become part of the solution and not part of the problem. The CRBs have difficulty forming banking relationships due to the limited number of credit unions and banks serving this industry. Providing banking services to this industry legitimizes these businesses. Our partner, Hypur, with their state of the art compliance program, provides transparency to these operations. It also adds an element of safety and security to all of us that live and/or work in the community, which is in all of our best interests,” Robert Blumberg, CEO and president of Wauna CU, said.

  • Wauna Credit Union to serve cannabis-related businesses (The Chronicle) 
    Robert Blumberg, CEO and President of Wauna CU, said by serving cannabis-related business, Wauna becomes part of the solution and not part of the problem. Blumberg said cannabis-related businesses have difficulty forming banking relationships due to a limited number of credit unions and banks that serve the industry.

  • Tri-City Insurance becomes part of Wauna Credit Union (The Chronicle)
    Wauna Credit Union recently acquired the agency in a merger deal, which came right before the retirement of longtime owner and founder Glenda Worthington. The insurance company is now owned and operated under Wauna Services, LLC. Aside from non-members who want insurance services, Smiley said that the acquisition will also help give credit union members more options for insurance services. She added that in terms of auto loans and home ownership options, the services go “hand-in-hand.”

  • Wauna Credit Union announces Adopt-A-Teacher contest (The Chronicle)
    As the school year begins, Wauna Credit Union proudly supports the teachers in the communities it represents. To help area teachers, who often have to dig into their own pockets to provide supplies for the classroom, the credit union is hosting an “Adopt-A-Teacher” contest during the month of September, awarding $500 to the winning educator.

  • ‘Adopt-A-Teacher’ contest will net winner $500 (The Daily Astorian)

    To help area teachers, who often have to dig into their own pockets to provide supplies for the classroom, Wauna Credit Union is hosting an “Adopt-A-Teacher” contest in September, and awarding $500 to the winning educator. Community members are encouraged to post a video on WCU’s Facebook page explaining why their favorite teacher deserves to win. The entry with the most votes as measured by Facebook “reactions” wins the grand prize.

  • Credit union breaks ground on long-vacant FG lot (Forest Grove NewsTime)
    Forest Grove city leaders and Wauna Federal Credit Union representatives held a groundbreaking ceremony at the lot Thursday, Sept. 21. "To have one of the blank spots in our community filled with a building a year from now — that'll be tremendously beneficial to Forest Grove," said Forest Grove/Cornelius Chamber of Commerce Director Howard Sullivan. "Forest Grove will have a different look and feel now as people come into town."

  • Letters: Summer social & auction successful (The Chronicle)
    (The Black Tie & Blue Jeans Summer Social & Auction) sponsors cover the costs of the event, making it possible for the contributions made by attendees to directly fund the scholarship program. This year we were honored to receive Gold Sponsorships from Global Partners and Hudson Garbage Service, and Silver Sponsorships from CalPortland, Columbia River PUD, Dillard’s Moorage, Dyno Nobel, Kivel & Howard, Pacific Stainless, PGE, Portland & Western, and Wauna Credit Union.

  • Backpack meal program in urgent need of funds (Chinook Observer)
    Wauna Credit Union recognized the need the Backpack Program filled in the community and wanted to help. The credit union, with branches in Long Beach, Astoria, Warrenton, Clatskanie, Vernonia, St. Helens and Scappoose made the Backpack Program of Pacific County its official charity for the year and throughout the year fundraises for the organization in many different ways.

  • Battle tested, career ready (The Daily Astorian)
    From 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, 16 local businesses and labor groups — including Fred Meyer, Lektro, Providence Seaside Hospital, Tongue Point Job Corps Center, WorkSource Oregon and Wauna Federal Credit Union — gathered in the Fort George Brewery’s Lovell Showroom to connect with veterans looking for jobs.

  • Help United Way "Stuff the Bus" (The Chronicle)
    Join United Way and its community partners to help provide school supplies so children can begin school ready to learn and not worried about having the necessary supplies. All donations stay within the community where they are made. Look for the “Official Drop Site” (Including All Wauna Credit Union Branches) sign at businesses in Columbia County.

  • Wauna FCU announces scholarship recipients (The Chronicle)
    Continuing a decades-long tradition, Wauna Credit Union provided $7,500 in scholarships to ten students in Columbia and Clatsop counties.

  • News and Notes: Here’s What’s Happening in Northwest Credit Unions (Anthem)
    This month, Wauna Credit Union continued its decades-long tradition of presenting scholarships to deserving members who are continuing their education. This year, Wauna distributed ($7,500) in scholarships to ten students for their commitment to their studies and to their communities. The winners represent high schools from Astoria, Clatskanie, Knappa, Rainier, Scappoose, St. Helens, and Vernonia.

  • Wauna Credit Union launches 'Give a Hoot About Saving' event (The Clatskanie Chief)
    In an effort to help kids develop good saving habits, Wauna Credit Union (WCU) is joining thousands of Credit Unions across the country to celebrate National Credit Union Youth Month. WCU will host a savings challenge to celebrate National Credit Union Youth Month by launching Youth Week, April 24 to 29, 2017. Young people will be encouraged to save for something they care about and offered prizes for participating.

  • Wauna FCU sees member growth (St. Helens Chronicle)

    Clatskanie based Wauna Credit Union announced it’s membership grew by 7.52 percent over the past year. It now claims 23,168 members in Columbia, Clatsop and western Washington counties.

     
    During it’s annual meeting held Mar. 4, CEO and President Robert Blumberg and Board Chair George Dunkel reported the state of Wauna Credit Union. Total assets in 2016 grew to over $214.61 million.

  • Business news briefs for March 2017 (Coast Business Journal)
    Each year Wauna Credit Union awards higher education scholarships to student members. “The annual scholarships are one of many ways that WCU gives back to the communities that it serves,” WCU noted in a press release.

  • Wauna Credit Union offers scholarships (The Daily Astorian)

    Every year, Wauna Credit Union (WCU) awards higher education scholarships to student members. Recipients must have graduated from high school within the last five years, and be a member in good standing of WCU. Former winners are eligible to re-apply.

    The WCU Scholarship Committee determines the number and amount of scholarships to be awarded, depending on the number of applicants. The scholarship may be used for tuition, room, board, books and fees. Applications are being accepted through April 15; scholarship winners will be notified in June.

  • News briefs (Pamplin Media Group)
    Applications for Wauna Credit Union scholarships are now being accepted. The deadline for submission is April 15. The application form is available via a link on the WCU website, at any WCU branch, and at local high schools. Applications may be returned to any branch or mailed to: Wauna Credit Union Scholarships, c/o Jenifer Katon, P.O. Box 67, Clatskanie, OR, 97106. Scholarship winners will be notified in June.

  • Wauna Credit Union dedicates new Long Beach office (Chinook Observer)
    In January Wauna Credit Union dedicated its new lending office at the corner of Pacific Avenue and Sid Snyder Drive in downtown Long Beach and opened an ATM. Attending the ribbon-cutting ceremony, from left: Debi Smiley, WCU chief marketing officer; Monica Lauber, WCU Mortgage Department vice president; Steven Linhart, Long Beach city councilor and mayer pro-tem; Jeff Parker, WCU real estate relationship officer; Robert Blumberg, WCU CEO and president; Natalie Hanson, Long Beach city councilor, McKenzie Wilson, WCU real estate loan officer; and Paige Tischer, WCU real estate loan officer.

 




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