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Help Us Celebrate The 80th Anniversary Our Credit Union!

Steven Stapp

We are quickly approaching July 24, the day our seven founding members created our credit union 80 years ago.

Thank you, our members and communities, for coming together to build this financial cooperative around people helping people. Your continuous belief in the power of partnership, transparency, service and generosity have supported us through these years.

We are truly stronger together. This summer, please allow us to give back to you, the members and communities who have made this special day possible!

It has been delightful to see how our members have grown along with us these past 80 years. With all of the joys, challenges and triumphs we have experienced together over these years, some members have especially moved us with their remarkable stories.

Take for example Karen H, who left this heartwarming story on our Facebook page as part of our #Unitus80 campaign:

1969…only 25 years old. Working for Pacific Northwest Bell, a single mom without a clue about how to handle money… Back then it was [Oregon] TelCo. They have always been there for me. In 1971, we became “us.” 1973 brought another child. In 1982, we began the process of adopting 5 siblings, ages 8 mos to 15 years, so [Oregon] TelCo helped us buy our first home. Our family grew too when my husband’s son from his first marriage joined us. Through proms, graduations, weddings, grandkids, several more houses, right through to now, 47 years later, Unitus has been there for us. We feel like they are part of our family… They never let us down, the friendly helpful voice on the other end of the line, or smiling from across the desk, we know we can count on Unitus!

Thank you Karen for sharing your story as a #Unitus80 Facebook submission. It has been our solemn honor and privilege to help you reach your personal successes and milestones. We are thankful for your kind words and want you to know the feeling is mutual – to us, you will always be part of our family and we couldn’t be more grateful to continue serving you and your family into the future.

Celebrate with us!

On July 24, stop by one of our branches to enjoy delicious anniversary treats and enter a raffle to win $80! Learn more.

On August 2, we will be hosting a community event on the Unitus Plaza. Members who register for the event will enjoy complimentary catering by PDX Sliders, and all attendees will be treated to a live benefit concert by Hit Machine to support the Oregon Food Bank!

We are proud to help the Oregon Food Bank in their mission to distribute hearty, healthy food to end hunger throughout Oregon and Clark County, Washington. We encourage members to bring food and cash donations for the Oregon Food Bank during the event. Learn more and register here.

Stay in the know

We have a lot to celebrate, and we hope you will join us at a branch or at the Unitus Plaza! Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to stay updated on all of our member and community events. For the next two weeks, vote for your favorite #Unitus80 story and you can help a few special members win prizes!


Posted By: Steve Stapp

About the Author: Steve joined Unitus as President/CEO in September of 2016. He guides strategic leadership for the Credit Union by partnering with the Board of Directors, leadership team, and staff in establishing long-range goals and strategic initiatives that provide superior member value. Steve enjoys promoting credit union systems in developing nations as a board member of the World Council of Credit Unions, helping expand the credit union network domestically and internationally as a board member of the CO-OP Shared Branching Network, and educating people throughout the credit union industry with regular presentations on strategic planning, growth initiatives, and more.

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