Tapcocu.org Wins One of Four Awards for TAPCO

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Credit union feted for excellence in communications and marketing.

The TAPCO Web site, www.tapcocu.org , is attractive, easy-to-use but most-importantly, it’s highly secure, which means our valued members don’t have to worry

TAPCO Credit Union, http://www.tapcocu.org , has just captured four awards for excellence in communications and marketing.

It’s especially noteworthy because the awards, known as the Spectrum Marketing Awards, are volunteer-driven and were given to TAPCO by a committee of peers from the Washington Credit Union League for credit unions with assets ranging from $150 million to $350 million.

TAPCO took first place for its Web site, http://www.tapcocu.org.

“The TAPCO Web site, http://www.tapcocu.org , is attractive, easy-to-use but most-importantly, it’s highly secure, which means our valued members don’t have to worry,” said John Bechtholt, the longtime TAPCO CEO. With six branch locations, TAPCO is the oldest credit union in the Tacoma, Pierce County area of Washington state.

TAPCO also took honorable mention for its newsletter, its annual Sweetheart Car Sale and its Youth Promotion.

TAPCO has a long history of winning awards and just last year, TAPCO won two awards:

The credit union won the Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Recognition Award for “outstanding achievement in a socially responsible program”; for its fundraising efforts on behalf of Crime Stoppers of Tacoma-Pierce County.

In 2006, TAPCO also captured the highest rating possible – 5 Stars – for strength and stability from BauerFinancial.

This year, at the request of the Tacoma Police Department, TAPCO was widely recognized for being instrumental in raising funds for the Zina Linnick family. She was the 12-year-old girl who was the victim of a kidnapping and murder in Tacoma.

TAPCO Credit Union started in 1934 through the hard work and efforts of nine City of Tacoma employees.

These nine employees realized that traditional banks and savings institutions were formed to make money for their owners. With this underlying purpose, it was sometimes hard for traditional workers to receive the help they needed.

The nine founding members created a cooperative institution dedicated to working for people, a not for profit financial institution also known as a credit union.

As word of the new credit union spread, membership grew. Employees from Pierce County and more than 200 businesses, associations and communities eventually signed on as approved member groups – providing the benefits of credit union membership to their own employees and members.

Today, over 24,000 people belong to TAPCO. Each member has learned firsthand about the advantages of belonging to a nonprofit financial institution. You can be a member, too.

As a cooperative, each TAPCO member is also an owner and has a voice in how the credit union operates. That voice keeps TAPCO focused on the founding members' vision of "People Helping People."

While maintaining a professional staff to run daily operations, TAPCO's governing policy is set by the Board of Directors, a group of hard-working volunteers elected annually by members.

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