Archive for February, 2011

Don’t change Interchange: the song

I guess it would be nice!

To learn more about how Interchange works, and how it may be affected by proposed regulations from Congress, visit the Electronic Payments Coalition.

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Taking our message to Congress

First, thanks to all our members for supporting our Interchange petition drive. We had a lot of members agree with our message in the branches and here on our site, and we appreciate all the support.

Second, we’re taking a broader message to Congress:

[Credit unions are] gathering to advocate for credit union members– to protect them from rising costs, to allow the financial institutions they own build more capital, to help them help the economy recover and grow – and to ensure that their credit unions are around to serve them for a long, long time.

The Hill reports that CUNA’s Governmental Affairs Conference will be a gathering of credit union pros who will take the credit union philosophy – not-for-profit tax status, lower fees, sensible government regulation – to our representatives in Congress.

It should be a heated, active event, especially considering all that’s going on in the financial industry.

Paws & Claws Expo 2011 photos

Paws & Claws Expo - Dolled up

It’s ruff (ha!) being a pet fashion show model: all that attention and scratches behind the ear.

But our doggie models strutted their stuff down the cat (dog?) walk during Saturday’s fashion show at the Paws & Claws Expo. Check out all the pictures from the event at our Flickr gallery.

And thanks to everyone who came out to support these great pets and the Cascades Humane Society.

Scam Visa calls going around

We’re getting reports of members receiving calls soliciting their Visa information from someone saying their account is going to be closed. The caller comes from an unavailable number and won’t leave a name or identify themselves.

If you receive such a call, don’t give the caller any information. If American 1 has to call you, we already have your account information and don’t have to ask. That, and we’re not afraid to identify ourselves over the phone and leave our phone number. In fact, your caller ID may list us on the display.

When you receive calls like this, simply hang up and call the credit union yourself and ask about the situation. If there is one, you know you’re calling the right people. Plus, we like to stay on top of fraud situations like this.

Staff Snowpocalypse sledding trip

Snowpocalypse Sledding - Vanessa and Katherine

Who was crazy enough to go sledding down Cascades Hill during the blizzard of 2011?

A small group of American 1 employees, that’s who.

And unlike a lot of places in town, our branches are still open to serve our members on Wednesday, Feb. 2.