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Northwest CU Association honors directors
VANCOUVER, Wash. (6/17/14)--The Northwest Credit Union Association (NWCUA) honored four credit union board members and two credit unions at its June 10 Directors' Conference gala dinner in Vancouver, Wash. 
 
The awards celebrated the achievements of NW Plus CU Director Warren Kuwahara, and Lee Duncan, Jerry Hauck, and Jan Uffelman--board members from IBEW & United Workers FCU, Rogue FCU and Mid Oregon CU respectively.
 
TwinStar CU and USAgencies CU were also honored for institutional achievements.
 
The NWCUA represents more than 160 credit unions in Washington and Oregon.
 
Kuwahara, who has served with NW Plus for 25 years, was recognized with the Director of the Year award for expanding the credit union by promoting open membership and shared branching.
 
Duncan was given a Spirit of the Community award for raising almost $400,000 for Doernbecher Children's Hospital on behalf of IBEW & United Workers CU. 
 
Hauck, a Rogue FCU board member for eleven years, won the Distinguished Impact Award for his service during the financial crisis, and for fostering better executive performance by creating an enhanced executive evaluation program.
 
Uffelman, a lifelong teacher before winning a seat on Mid Oregon's board, was given the Oregon Advocate of the Year award. She has attended the Credit Union National Association's (CUNA) Governmental Affairs Conference seven times and has frequented congressional town halls. She has also met with both of Oregon's U.S. Senators, Ron Wyden (D) and Jeff Merkley (D), and maintains a direct correspondence with six state legislators. 
 
The Advocate of the Year award for Washington, meanwhile, was given to TwinStar CU. Its board was recognized for its decision to endorse candidates for encouraging senior leaders to be politically engaged.  
 
The CU Commitment to Board Excellence was given to USAgencies CU. It earned the honor through its associate volunteers program, which requires potential board members to undergo a year of training. The syllabus includes a mentorship with veteran board members, and CUNA Volunteer Achievement Program (VAP) financial literacy training.
 
NW Plus CU is based in Everett, Wash. and has about $155 million in assets.
 
IBEW & United Workers FCU is based in Portland, Ore. and has about $65 million in assets.
 
Rogue FCU is based in Medford, Ore. and has about $484 million in assets.
 
Mid-Oregon is based in Bend, Ore. and has about $185 million in assets.
 
Twinstar CU is based in Olympia, Wash. and has about $850 million in assets.
 
USAgencies CU is based in Portland, Ore. and has about $72 million assets.


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