Submitted by Gene Pelham on Mon, 04/02/2012 - 08:07
Rogue Federal was founded on the desire to make our community a better place to live. The original group of teachers that started the credit union back in 1956 knew that together they were better. With an "anything is possible spirit" the credit union started in a pencil box, then grew into a living room, and ultimately took over the garage at the Johnston residence. Rogue Federal came into being and grew with the selfless contributions of a few dedicated individuals that sacrificed their personal time, talents, and treasures to ensure Southern Oregon had a reliable financial option.
Submitted by Gene Pelham on Fri, 03/09/2012 - 16:57
Many of you may have heard that Rogue Federal Credit Union was recently recognized as one of Oregon’s 100 Best Companies to Work For in Oregon. Rogue Federal was recognized as number 14 in the large employers’ category for the first time at the 100 Best Awards Banquet the first week of March. The 100 Best Companies to Work for in Oregon is an annual program conducted by Oregon Business Magazine. The program is designed to highlight the best places to work in Oregon. Our recognition is clearly an amazing honor for Rogue Federal Credit Union and hopefully a proud moment for our members and our community.
Submitted by Gene Pelham on Fri, 02/24/2012 - 16:54
I’ve been writing a lot lately about cooperatives and the important role they play in our communities, from providing employment to making contributions to benefit various organizations, charities, and events. Their impact and involvement help our local communities thrive. In many ways their ongoing commitment to Southern Oregon could be described as heroic. Well… I’m not done writing about the impact a dedicated volunteer or organization can have yet! This blog is devoted to another aspect of community involvement, namely those quiet heroes who, out of the goodness of their hearts, go above and beyond their regular days’ work and responsibilities to positively impact the lives of others – better known as “Community Builders.”
Submitted by Gene Pelham on Fri, 02/03/2012 - 16:53
If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time, you know that I love to talk on-and-on about the importance of supporting our local community. I have experienced the impact of community support first hand and also value the satisfaction felt when you get out and live local by helping others.
I have been fortunate, over the years, to work with various local organizations that help make Southern Oregon such a great place to live. As I look back, one organization that consistently stands out is the Chamber Leadership Program, organized by the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce.
Submitted by Gene Pelham on Fri, 01/20/2012 - 16:43
I regularly write about the credit union difference and how Rogue Federal is a not-for-profit cooperative financial institution. Rogue Federal is rooted in the cooperative ideals of self-help and caring for our community. In 2012, cooperatives from around the world are joining together to celebrate the International Year of Cooperatives. The Ashland Food Co-op, Grange Co-op, Medford Food Co-op, and Rogue Federal Credit Union have formed a unique coalition of cooperatives, Rogue Co-ops. We are poised and ready to celebrate the theme "Cooperative Enterprises Build a Better World," and focus on the concept of cooperatives putting people first, innovating to meet member's needs, and providing local service while being part of a global network.
Submitted by Gene Pelham on Fri, 01/13/2012 - 10:59
It is that time of year when everyone is setting New Year's resolutions, goals for the coming year, or fondly dreaming of a new beginning. As I was looking at all of the financial resources available that I could share with you, I realized that during this time of increasing hope for a brighter tomorrow there is no better time to get "Back to the Basics." So, that’s what I’m going to do, drawing on the mantra heard throughout our credit union which is to "Share, Save, and Spend Smart Too!" This is so basic it is the foundation of our kid's club “The Money Mammals." There is no better time to start with a solid foundation than today. So, let's talk about what "Share, Save, and Spend Smart Too!" means to all of us.
Submitted by Gene Pelham on Fri, 12/16/2011 - 14:22
One of the opportunities that the financial crisis has afforded us is to truly consider what is important to us. I recently had the opportunity to attend a training session for credit union staff members in Grants Pass. The training session was conducted by the Josephine County Consumer Credit Counseling Service and focused on Holiday Spending tips to help folks create an affordable gift giving plan. Their ideas revolved around making a plan and sticking to it. Once the folks shared their suggestions they asked the audience to provide some ideas on how to make holiday gift giving less about the money and more about getting back to the basics of the thoughtfulness of giving.
Submitted by Gene Pelham on Fri, 10/21/2011 - 10:38
I recently spent two days in Washington DC working to advocate for reasonable regulatory oversight and protect the rights of credit unions so we can continue to offer our members Business Loans. I am still amazed at how accessible our elected officials are in light of the difficult and challenging times they face in leading our nation. However, I also am saddened by the lack of progress on key issues that will create jobs and expedite the nation's recovery.
Submitted by Gene Pelham on Thu, 09/22/2011 - 14:25
As many of you know we have four student branches at Rogue Federal. Starting with our first branch in South Medford High School in 1992, we have expanded to Ashland High School, Eagle Point High School, and added North Medford High School last year. The branches provide a great opportunity for our credit union to reach out to our youth and the folks that are responsible for Rogue Federal being here today... teachers and staff. Yes, Rogue Federal was founded in 1956 by a group of dedicated teachers joining together to help each other out.
The students are hired during the summer and work at Rogue Federal training on our systems, products, and service culture. Then during the school year they run the student branches. A student manager is selected for each branch and we are fortunate to keep many of these students working for us for two to three years of their high school career. The student branches are normally open during the lunch hour and sometimes after school. This is a great opportunity for the students to get a head start on learning valuable skills that will help them succeed as they go on to college and begin their chosen career.
Submitted by Gene Pelham on Fri, 08/05/2011 - 10:52
Many of you know that I blab on and on about the importance of supporting our community and looking local first. I love Southern Oregon and, after struggling for over 18 years to return here, I have gained a personal appreciation of the special things about the valley that you cherish only if you live here.
One of those things we appreciate is the great parks system throughout Southern Oregon. With everyone watching how they spend their money these days, many of us are enjoying “staycations” this year instead of venturing out to places unknown. In Medford, we are fortunate to have some of the best recreation facilities around. Not only are these facilities fun places to visit, they help our local economy and of course I love anything that helps make Southern Oregon a better place to live and work! Just one example is the Medford Sports Park. This venue has attracted teams from all over the country that eat, sleep, play, and spend money in Southern Oregon!