Northwest Adventist Federal Credit Union Celebrates 50 Years

June 01, 2012 | Cindy Chamberlin

The Northwest Adventist Federal Credit Union in Portland, Ore., celebrated 50 years of service on March 14 at Adventist Medical Center (AMC) in Portland, Ore. More than 178 guests came to have dinner prepared by the hospital cafeteria staff.

Those who attended received John F. Kennedy 50-cent pieces. Five "lucky" winners received solid silver Ben Franklin half dollars from 1962 (the founding year). In lieu of other commemorative door prizes or expensive giveaways, the board of directors voted to donate $1,000 to International Children's Care (ICC). Amid enthusiastic applause, Joel Reyes accepted the gift on behalf of ICC.

Shayne Gustafson, credit union president and CEO says, "Our longevity in such a competitive market is based solely on not losing our focus of who we serve. We began tithing in 2000, and have been blessed by God's grace in our unwavering mission to connect to every member in need. We truly are a financial institution that has our members' best interest at heart."

The credit union was chartered in 1962 with an initial purpose of serving employees of AMC. Since then, it has expanded to serve North Pacific Union Conference employees, Adventist members within the Portland-metro area, and Northwest conference employees.