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Tailwinds filled TwinStar Credit Union’s business sails in 2017. Loans grew by more than $100 million and deposits increased by just over $80 million. TwinStar members displayed the optimism that wage growth and low unemployment create. Our members increased balances in their savings and checking accounts, but also borrowed at a brisk pace for home improvements, mortgages and automobiles. TwinStar was able to help thousands of our members get a handle on credit card debt with low rate balance transfer programs.
The Member Business Services product line has been fully built for several years now and local businesses are seeing the value. Business deposits and loans grew at rates that actually outpaced our consumer side. We are excited to extend TwinStar’s high touch-service culture to our local business owners – there are more than 6,000 Member Business accounts at this time. This growth also provides an important diversification for our deposit and loan portfolio.
Our positive operating results allowed TwinStar Credit Union to maintain capital at 9.94% and continue to make the significant technology and computing infrastructure investments. One addition you’ll notice on our mobile and online banking platforms is the ability to set up transfers to accounts at other financial institutions. Just click the “Transactions” tab next time you are logged in to check it out. TwinStar made significant strides in member information security and redundancy in 2017. We now have the ability to switch our entire computer system to another location in the event of a major disaster or business interruption. These improvements are time consuming and expensive, but we also know that our members want safety, security and convenient access to their funds and we are well positioned to provide that.
If you’ve been through Aberdeen lately, there’s no doubt you’ve seen our new Aberdeen branch. We’re pleased to have our anchor in the Grays Harbor community running now and ready to serve our members for a very long time. We’ll be opening a branch in another core market in 2018 – this one will be inside the Safeway on the north side of Centralia.
The pace of change is rapid right now, in fact, it can be dizzying at times. There are a few values at TwinStar Credit Union you can count on, regardless of how you contact us. We will treat everybody with respect and kindness. We will be friendly, knowledgeable and accurate; we will be transparent if we make a mistake. We are driven to provide a good deal for each of our members.
Thank you for your continued patronage of TwinStar Credit Union. I would also like to thank our volunteers, management team and nearly 400 staff members for their continued dedication to our financial cooperative.
Eighty years ago, a small group of teachers started Thurston County Teachers Credit Union to make loans affordable for other teachers and school employees. A humble beginning has since grown into TwinStar Credit Union and is one of Washington’s leading credit unions with assets over $1.25 billion and 20 branches from Pierce County, WA southward to the Portland, OR metropolitan area.
Delivering value to each credit union member is an integral part of TwinStar’s history. Additionally, we have committed to going beyond providing financial services and diligently work to build a better community through education, financial empowerment and a long list of community partnerships.
As noted above, our total assets for 2017 ended at $1.25 billion exceeding our goal by more than $10 million. TwinStar Credit Union continues to add new households at a brisk pace; we welcomed more than 10,000 new households through direct and indirect channels in 2017. See the 2017 Financial Statement for other operational statistics.
Thanks to All
To my fellow Board members, I would like to express my gratitude for your hard work and loyalty to TwinStar Credit Union. We remain a strong and vibrant financial institution through a collaborative relationship with Management. The Board of Directors also greatly appreciates the trust of our membership and will endeavor to retain that trust moving forward.
Rhodetta Seward, Chair
Board of Directors
2017 Supervisory Committee Report
The Supervisory Committee and TwinStar’s Management Team ensure the credit union is operating in a safe and prudent manner and in the best interests of our membership. To fulfill our responsibilities, we engage a CPA auditing firm, CliftonLarsonAllen, LLP, to perform the annual financial audit and a verification of member accounts. The last report verified TwinStar is well-capitalized and operating in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles.
The Supervisory Committee also manages the Internal Audit department and its annual audit plan. The plan is established each year using the credit union’s risk assessment to ensure that member’s interests are met and to improve controls within the credit union.
To ensure accuracy and the strength of internal controls, the Supervisory Committee meets as required by Washington state law with management and internal auditors. Meeting agendas include a review of the quality of financial reporting, the regular completion of internal audits, various external operational audits and to ensure that sound operations and compliance are in place.
As the Chairman of the Supervisory Committee, I speak on behalf of the Committee members when I say it has been our pleasure to serve you in 2017. We will work diligently to ensure the credit union remains a safe and sound institution throughout 2018.
Erik M. Kupka, Chair
Statement of Financial Condition as of December 31, 2017
|Cash and Cash Equivalents||98,789,411||106,702,973||119,881,329||74,289,896||63,309,830|
(Net after Allowance for Loan Loss)
|Accumulated Unrealized Gain/Loss on Investments||(861,021)||(1,095,701)||(869,784)||(1,162,999)||(4,328,844)|
|Total Net Worth||124,256,964||113,267,817||104,730,191||96,382,416||84,521,651|
|Accounts Payable & Other Liabilities||25,012,467||26,917,232||23,629,902||10,908,028||10,668,373|
|Accrued Payable Interest or Dividends||128||57||134||101||82|
|Total Member Shares,
Net Worth & Liabilities
Note: Unaudited Financial Statement as prepared by TwinStar Credit Union. Reflects only TwinStar Credit Union.
|Financial Asset Growth|
|Loan Productivity Comparison|
|Consumer||16,294 loans for $212.6M||15,000 loans for $168.6M||17,531 loans for $207.9M||17,464 loans for $218.8M||16,468 loans for $219.6M|
|Dealer Financing||2,449 loans for $58.2M||4,177 loans for $103.7M||4,800 loans for $122.6M||5,198 loans for $137.5M||6,343 loans for $171.0M|
|Mortgage||871 loans for $144.9M||473 loans for $80.4M||668 loans for $121.1M||730 loans for $146.5M||580 loans for $115.3M|
TWINSTAR CREDIT UNION 79th ANNUAL MEETING MINUTES
Red Lion Hotel, Olympia • March 18, 2017
I. WELCOME AND INTRODUCTIONS
Gayla Duerr welcomed everyone to the 79th TwinStar Annual meeting and led attendees in the Flag Salute.
II. CALL TO ORDER
Gayla Duerr introduced Jeff Kennedy, CEO. Jeff introduced the following members of TwinStar’s Senior Management Team:
Becky Breen, Scott Daukas, Matt Devlin, Jerrod Keller, Aaron Palmer, Kim Peterson, Mary Beth Spuck, Elkan Wollenberg
and Tammy Teeter.
Jeff introduced the credit union’s Board Chair, Rhodetta Seward, who called the 79th Annual Meeting to order at 10:46 a.m. Tammy Teeter was appointed Recording Secretary and Jerry Morrissette was appointed Parliamentarian.
Rhodetta introduced the Board of Directors and Interns, Supervisory Committee and Intern and their guests. She requested all credit union volunteers stand and be recognized for their many hours of service. Rhodetta also recognized all employees in attendance and noted the Board’s appreciation for their dedication and support of the credit union’s vision and mission.
IV. 2016 ANNUAL MEETING MINUTES & CHAIR REPORTS
Rhodetta began the business portion of the meeting by establishing a quorum of 15 voting members was present. She noted a copy of the 2016 Annual Meeting minutes and a wrap up of the credit union’s financials at each table.
Rhodetta called for a motion to approve the minutes. The motion was made, seconded and approved.
The 2016 reports from the President (Treasurer), Board and Supervisory Committee Chairs were presented. Rhodetta asked for a motion to approve the reports. The motion was made, seconded and approved.
Rhodetta introduced the Nominating Committee Chair, Gayla Gjertsen, who introduced the Nominating Committee as Scott Horner, Mark Neary, Brock Williams, and Amy Nelson. He announced the following slate of candidates running for election:
- Board of Directors – 3 year terms: Donna Feliciano, Anil Puri
- Supervisory Committee – 3 year term: Diane Bingaman, Christy Raske
Since the four open positions were uncontested, Gayla called for a motion to accept the slate of candidates as presented. The motion was made, seconded and approved. Gayla thanked and congratulated each newly elected official.
VI. NEW BUSINESS
Rhodetta called for any new business. No new business was presented.
Rhodetta thanked everyone for attending the Annual Meeting and requested a motion to adjourn. The motion was made, seconded and approved. The business meeting was adjourned at 10:52 a.m.