Submitted by Gene Pelham on Mon, 01/09/2017 - 00:00
It is that time of the year where we look back at the past and think about the coming year. Many of us have already set New Year’s resolutions with high expectations for making great changes in our relationships, health, or career. As I was thinking about what message I could share with you, I got a friendly reminder from my wife that it was time for our annual personal financial planning and budget check up. Her reminder brought back memories of juggling expenses to make ends meet as our kids were growing up. We juggled our family’s expenses by relying on a simple, trusted process. That process included Taking Stock, Making a Plan, and we learned that our success was directly proportional to Keeping it Simple.
Submitted by Gene Pelham on Wed, 12/07/2016 - 00:00
I am sitting in Washington, D.C. on November 9th, the day after the election. This message is NOT about the election, I will leave history to judge the results. However, as I sit here, I am listening to citizens discussing the results in a passionate, but civil way. I am hearing citizens express consternation, excitement, disbelief and hope. I am seeing first-hand what has made our country great... I am seeing people debate with incredible passion how we move forward as one country.
That is what my message is about this month. If one lesson will be learned from the election, it is that we all have a voice. We must exercise our voice through involvement with our elected officials regularly and not just the few months before an election. Then, no matter who is elected we must still stay connected with them so that our elected officials listen directly to us, our voice should guide their decisions, not some poll or political analyst.
Submitted by Gene Pelham on Thu, 11/03/2016 - 00:00
I have always believed in the power of ownership and connection. I have felt that power and connection more at “My Credit Union” than in any other job I have ever held. That power is reinforced for me when I talk with members and they easily proclaim ownership of their credit union when they call Rogue “My Credit Union.” Each time I hear a member call Rogue “My Credit Union” I am uplifted and feel a sense of pride. I only hope that each of you that claim Rogue is “My Credit Union” feel that same sense of pride.
The exciting part for me is that 60 years ago this month a group of teachers gathered together to sign the charter application for the credit union we now call Rogue. As we celebrate 60 years of service to Southern Oregon, I am hearing Rogue Credit Union called “My Credit Union” by more people than ever. So, I thought that as we kick off the celebration of our 60th year, you would like to hear about some of those members also.