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.
Submitted by Gene Pelham on Wed, 10/05/2016 - 00:00
I was sitting at lunch at the Real Deal Café just a block away from Jim and Harriet Johnston’s home and the incredible 60 year history of your credit union came flooding back to me. Back in October of 1956, a group of teachers gathered in a classroom to discuss starting a credit union. The prosperity of the post-war era was creating a new consumerism, but access to low cost credit was still out of the reach of most citizens. Yet, a wave was sweeping across Oregon and that wave was driven by a simple concept of people helping people. So, that group of teachers spent time that evening discussing a concept where by joining together they could help each other out. Bob Newland had heard about credit unions and shared the concept with this group and they decided to start their own credit union.
Submitted by Gene Pelham on Wed, 09/07/2016 - 00:00
It’s your choice to choose your financial institution and we work hard every day to make sure that you choose Rogue Credit Union. Many of our members and even our staff members are not aware that you almost lost that choice back in the late 90’s. In February of 1998, the United States Supreme Court struck down a regulatory rule that allowed credit unions to serve multiple groups of members. This decision put the future of all credit unions in peril.
Credit unions, our staff and our members rallied to fight for you to have a choice in whether you wanted a not-for-profit or a for profit financial services provider. Prior to this, I had never imagined that I would become a political advocate. I always believed that my one vote just wouldn’t matter. However, all that changed when I marched in 1998 with hundreds of credit union staff and members on the federal court house in Eugene. We talked to our elected officials and we helped them understand the benefit that the not-for-profit business model of credit unions brings to our communities.
Submitted by Gene Pelham on Mon, 08/01/2016 - 00:00
The old adage, “If you don’t know where you are going… any road will take you there…” is a lesson that we all need to be reminded of from time to time. I am reminded of this lesson as your credit union heads into our annual planning season. In August, we bring together leaders from all over the credit union to talk about the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead. Based on the credit union’s long-term strategic plan, we prioritize the opportunities and build plans on how to effectively leverage the opportunities and mitigate the challenges. All of this work is put together into a document that is approved by your Board of Directors in December of each year.
Submitted by Gene Pelham on Fri, 07/01/2016 - 00:00
On my way back from watching my Grandson play in the championship game of his youth baseball league, I had the opportunity to reflect on the elements that are necessary for a winning team. You see, my Grandson's team lost the seven of their first eight games. Things were looking pretty bleak for the young guys. There were several new team members and it was clear in the first few games that they were playing as individuals, not as a team.
Submitted by Gene Pelham on Wed, 06/01/2016 - 00:00
Summer is just around the corner and if you’re like me, you’re starting to think about your warm weather activities and getting out to explore all Southern Oregon has to offer. Whether you prefer an action packed adventure, a slow relaxing afternoon or something in between, you’re bound to find something nearby for your summertime destination.
Submitted by Gene Pelham on Sun, 05/01/2016 - 00:00
Summer is just around the corner, school is winding down and Rogue’s Student Branches are wrapping up another successful year.
You may not be aware, but Rogue Credit Union operates five Student Branches in local area high schools including South Medford, North Medford, Ashland, Eagle Point and Brookings-Harbor. This fall we are excited to open our sixth Student Branch at Grants Pass High School. We also just celebrated the 23rd anniversary of the Student Branch Program here at Rogue which began back in 1993 at the former South Medford High School building.
Our five Student Branches are operated by Student Tellers and are open during lunchtime at the schools. Through this program, our twenty Student Tellers gain hands-on experience opening accounts and processing transactions for students, faculty and staff.
Submitted by Gene Pelham on Fri, 04/01/2016 - 00:00
As we transition to April, it’s that time of year when the beauty of our valley blossoms. The cherry trees are in full bloom, tulips & daffodils are popping up in droves and this burst of color is our sign to get out and experience all that Southern Oregon has to offer in the spring. Spring also means its Pear Blossom Festival time and serves as a reminder of the importance of this event in our local community.