Submitted by Gene Pelham on Tue, 12/01/2015 - 00:00
It is the time of year where we each take stock of what we are thankful for, and excitedly look forward to all that the new year will bring. This is the time of year that I take the time to reflect on your credit union's performance over the last year. I methodically review our past results and look to the future for our credit union. I just presented our 2016 Strategic Business Plan to our Board of Directors and had an opportunity to celebrate with our Board the great results your credit union has experienced over the last couple of years. As I started to add up how well your credit union is doing I almost had to pinch myself as I counted up all the ways that you, our members, have demonstrated support for your local credit union. Please let me share on behalf of each volunteer and staff member our sincere appreciation for your continued trust and loyalty of Rogue Credit Union.
Submitted by Gene Pelham on Sun, 11/01/2015 - 00:00
Did you know that Rogue Credit Union is a not-for-profit cooperative? You may even be wondering “what exactly is a cooperative?” A cooperative is an organization owned and operated by a group of people working together toward a common goal. It’s astonishing what like-minded people can accomplish when we pull our resources and work together! As a not-for-profit cooperative, we believe and operate according to the 7 cooperative principles. Cooperative principle number 7 is about concern for the community and states, “While focusing on member needs, cooperatives work for the sustainable development of communities through policies and programs accepted by the members.” As a not-for-profit cooperative, we are able to focus on what benefits our members and our community, not just the bottom line. We are honored to be able to give back to our members and provide our communities the support they need in order to do amazing things!
Submitted by Gene Pelham on Thu, 10/01/2015 - 09:12
At Rogue Credit Union, we believe in the importance of doing the right thing for the member. At times you may have questioned why we have changed processes or required documentation for different products and services. Our teams at Rogue work hard to simplify processes that are required while still staying in regulatory compliance. Sometimes, when new regulations are developed they have unintended consequences that impact the credit union and ultimately you, our member.
Submitted by Gene Pelham on Wed, 09/09/2015 - 00:00
At Rogue Credit Union, we believe in the importance of doing the right thing for the member. At times, you may have questioned why we have changed processes or required documentation for different products and services. Our teams at Rogue work hard to simplify processes that are required while still staying in regulatory compliance. Sometimes, when new regulations are developed they have unintended consequences that impact the credit union and ultimately you, our member.
Submitted by Gene Pelham on Tue, 08/18/2015 - 00:00
One of Rogue Credit Union’s little known community outreach efforts is our high school student branch program. This program takes us back to our roots, as Rogue began as a Teacher’s Credit Union in 1956. In 1993, Rogue opened the first student branch in the State of Oregon at South Medford High School. The program started innocently as a senior project for Jason Lukaszewicz. Jason was a special talent in 1993 and today he serves as the Partner in Charge of the Medford office Moss Adams LLP, a well-respected national accounting firm.
Submitted by Gene Pelham on Sat, 08/01/2015 - 00:00
I am so proud to be the CEO of a financial organization that is truly able to make our members our top priority! Credit Unions are cooperatives and are devoted to the idea of people helping people. As a credit union, Rogue is a not-for-profit cooperative organization, meaning that we get to give back to our members in the forms of better rates, lower fees and sometimes even no fees for certain products and services, rather than focusing on making profits for shareholders.
Submitted by Gene Pelham on Wed, 07/01/2015 - 00:00
I am always amazed at how quickly times change and technology advances, especially in the financial world. We’ve come so far from those paper-laden, time-consuming days and truly improved our efficiencies along the way. New issues have been brought to light and resolved, only to repeat the cycle as time marches on. Some of the biggest buzz lately has been around the mobile wallet; taking our long-time trusted cash and coins and replacing them with a digital representation, or in other words… a Mobile Wallet.
Submitted by Gene Pelham on Mon, 06/01/2015 - 00:00
Summer has finally arrived, and I am excited about all the opportunities we have to actively engage in life here locally, as we enjoy our beautiful home. From the natural beauty and outdoor options available, to all the exciting activities and events, there’s always something to do in the summer in Southern Oregon. Check out Travel Oregon’s Uniquely Rogue site to see a series of great videos on all the fun things to do in Southern Oregon.
Submitted by Gene Pelham on Fri, 05/01/2015 - 16:58
On April 21st I was excited to celebrate the ground breaking for our newest branch in Roseburg. Rogue Credit Union is experiencing amazing membership growth! This growth is not because of any special offer to buy new business… our growth is because of You! Our loyal members have been going out and spreading the word about their experiences with Rogue, resulting in over 90% of all new members joining the credit union because another member encouraged them to. I am humbled by the new member growth and by all the positive things I hear from our new members on why they joined the credit union. Whether it is our friendly staff, local focus, or a volunteer board ensuring that all decisions consider what it is like to live and work in Southern Oregon, new members are finding a local home at Rogue Credit Union.
Submitted by Gene Pelham on Sat, 08/03/2013 - 09:56
In my last post I discussed the concept of Living Local, and why it really is a Rogue thing. You can read that blog here if you missed it. I also mentioned that I would share with you what a credit union is and why a not-for-profit cooperative is truly different from other financial services providers.
Today, I wanted to share with you what makes a credit union different. If you’re like most members, you understand that there is a difference. As we often discuss that when you join a credit union like Rogue Credit Union, you become an owner. But today I wanted to take it a step further and help explain what this really means and why it matters.