For 60 years now Valley Credit Union has
provided vital financial services to its members
in the mid Willamette valley.
What began as an alternative choice to conventional
banking for Health and Postal employees,
has since expanded membership to everyone who wants to join
the organization. Valley Credit Union has
evolved in to an ultra modern financial service
facility serving Marion, Polk, Linn and Yamhill
counties. The most recent addition is an
ATM card that can be used all over America.
Still true the roots Valley Credit Union is
member owned and run. Valley Credit Union
President and CEO, Pat Force is very proud to
note their mission statement was created by
the Valley Credit Union staff "Serving for the
success of our members." "Community First,
the Valley team lives in the same community
as our members and we want you to feel as
welcome here as you do in your own home,
we always answer the phone, you're never a
number with us, we know you by name, we
treat you how we would want to be treated, we
listen to the members needs and build a plan
from there." "Everyone is welcome here."
Once a member, you're always a member at
Valley Credit Union.
It's amazing just how often you see Valley
Credit Union staff at work in and around the
community volunteering and helping with the
local charity organizations that are so important
to the way of life in the mid-Willamette
valley. Family Building Blocks, Liberty House,
Garten Industries, March for Babies, Relay
for Life, Salem Health Wellness, Mid Valley
Literacy, High Street Hustle, Miss All America
Girls Princesses, are a few of the Charitable organizations
Valley Credit Union supports with
cash and even more important time spent by
Valley Credit Union staff. "Our employees are
pleased to give of their time off the clock to aid
the community in which they serve." said Pat
The 4570 members of Valley Credit Union
make for a strong and financially sound institution
that will certainly carry our areas most
popular credit union well through the next 60 years.
As an ultimate Credit Union, Valley offers the
most wide variety of banking services including
Credit Cards, Home Loans, Auto Loans,
Business Loans and Commercial Loans. The
network that honors Valley Credit Union Debit
and Credit Cards is 5600 locations strong
- making Valley Credit Union an earned "Premier
Credit Union." Salem is honored to have
such a distinguished and emanate economic
power house founded here.
Valley Credit Union is always there to educate
young people regarding saving and planning
for their future.
A Note From Denny Nielsen - A Valley Credit
Union Founder and Board Chair
I remember purchasing the original house
and grounds where our current building is located
from a Mrs. Denny. Mission St. was far
more residential than commercial - two narrow
lanes on Mission.
We paid $60,000 for the property. Back in
those days that it was actually a lot of money.
From our meager beginnings at the Salem
General Hospital site on Center St., with an
all volunteer staff operating from the reception
desk, we have always been about "People
We realized early on that strong relationships
developed through service to others
would be the cornerstone of a successful business.
That philosophy has not changed.
From the very beginning our Credit Union
has been family - they are the best! From the
wonderful staff to our nearly 5K share holders.
Women in Business - Behind The Teresa Lulay Legacy
Every Legacy has its starting line.
For local success story Teresa Lulay,
she was born and raised in
Gridley, Illinois. She learned at an
early age it takes hard work, creativity,
goal setting, and dedication
to succeed. These skills were
learned as she excelled in sports
and by jobs she took on starting at
She had her life's
plan in place, however,
was suddenly changed
by a tragedy in her life.
Rather than letting this
get her down, to persevere
she needed to
make major changes.
As central Illinois is
the State Farm capital,
she found herself at the
and was hired on the spot. In
a short time Teresa moved up the
corporate ladder, was transferred
to Minnesota and then Salem to
help establish the Health Departments.
During these years of transition,
she completed her Bachelors of
Science in Business Management.
Teresa always had a passion
to help people and protect them
from financial devastation, so she
jumped at the opportunity to open
her State Farm agency, Teresa
M Lulay Insurance Agency, Inc,
January 1, 1997. As she grew her
business she completed multiple
insurance designations, Charted
Life Underwriter and Long Term
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Teresa is not merely an outstanding
but a community icon.
Just ask or
look around, Teresa is there! Her
sense of caring for others includes
many of the non-profits like Salem
Rotary, Boys and Girls Club,
Trinity Covenant Church, Center
of Hope and Safety, NW Human
Services, and Western Mennonite
School to name a few.
hears of families in need she is
there, scheming how to help - give
them Christmas, help them setup
a home, or just to mentor. She has
served on multiple boards, including
The National Underwriter's
Association, Salem Rotary, and
Trinity Covenant Church.
In 2016, Teresa & her husband
Don, jointly received the Distinguished
Service Award for their
countless hours of community service.
We asked Teresa about what motivates
her in the insurance business.
"Protecting individual's and
family's financial security", she replied,
adding the genuine empathy
has been her credo for many years.
"I'm driven by compassion for others;
that keeps me going."
Teresa then added her recipe
for young women embarking on
their business career: "Do not be
fearful. If there is a will, there is a
way - think outside the box! Find
a mentor to guide her, and always
do the right thing."
West Valley Hospital
The Oregon Office Of Rural Health Has Recognized
West Valley Hospital As The Top Performing Critical
Access Hospital For The Second Year In A Row
Director of Clinical Operations
West Valley Hospital
"We're proud of our reporting
team and our Lean
problem-solving culture here
at the hospital," said Bruce
Rodgers, West Valley Hospital
officer. "Understanding our
quality measures shows us
our successes and opportunities
for improvement. It's
all part of getting better every
The Federal Office of Rural
Health Policy created the
Medicare Quality Improvement
Program in 2011 to
implement quality measures
focused on low volume Critical
helps these small hospitals
look at the quality measures
that fit best and to develop
quality improvement activities
that ensure the highest
quality of care to their patients. MBQIP is
voluntary and all 25 of Oregon's CAHs participate.
It's a proactive approach to ensure
CAHs are prepared to meet future reporting
requirements as well as performance-based
West Valley Hospital is the Dallas, OR
campus of Salem Health, which offers exceptional
care to people in and around Oregon's
Mid-Willamette Valley. Salem Health comprises
hospitals in Salem and Dallas, a medical
group of primary and specialty care providers,
plus other affiliated services.
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