FEDERAL WAY, Wash. (2/22/12)--The Northwest Credit Union Association's (NWCUA) proposed redistricting plan was approved Feb. 13 by a significant majority. NWCUA represents credit unions in Washington and Oregon.
The final vote tally was 98.7% in favor of the plan, and 1.3% opposed (Anthem Feb. 14).
The new district boundaries are the culmination of months of research and planning conducted by the NWCUA Redistricting Task Force, consisting of nine credit union CEOs from Washington and Oregon who were appointed by the NWCUA board in early 2011.
The task force co-chairs were Diane Owen, president /CEO of Clackamas FCU, Oregon City, Ore., and Mina Worthington, president/CEO of Solarity CU, Yakima, Wash.
"The most important element was that every credit union, whether small, medium-sized or large, felt they were supported," Owen said. "So, even if you're a small credit union in a remote part of the state, you still have a connection--someone that is responsible to you that you can turn to for support. I think that was the main goal for all of us."
Nowhere in the process did the task force struggle with a division between state lines in establishing the new district boundaries, Owen noted in the newsletter.
"I believe the process went very well," she added. "The committee was made up of both Oregon and Washington CEOs, and I thought the two groups worked very well together. We were not only merging geographic areas but also merging different cultures, which can be difficult. I was very impressed with the group's ability to focus on the same collective goal."