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Our History


The Credit Union originated through the vision of Betty Pitman and Ken Bley. In October of 1962, Siskiyou County Employees Credit Union (SCECU) received its state charter. When the Credit Union was first chartered, it serviced only county employees, Mr. Bley however, knew they had just begun something that would only grow with time.

Betty Pitman opened the Credit Union on Tuesdays and Thursdays during her lunch hour. She serviced its members out of her desk drawer from the Welfare Department. As predicted by Mr. Bley, it was not long before the need of additional help and longer operations hours was needed.

By September of 1969, with the assets of $135,075.24, the Credit Union hired Marjorie Bley as manager. The office was than moved to a small space in the County Hospital Building Basement. The hours were changed and the office was now open four days a week from 11:00 - 2:00. Within a year, they hired another employee and the Credit Union continued to grow and expand.

In 1971 the field of membership expanded to include certified and non-certified school employees in Siskiyou County. It also included the employees of cities, city special districts, and the US Forest Service. In January of 1981, the Grange Credit Union merged with Siskiyou County Employees Credit Union to become a central credit union, changing its name to Siskiyou Central Credit Union.

September 1990 marked a huge milestone for Siskiyou Central Credit Union, We open the doors of our brand new 5500 sq. ft. facility. This facility was obtained through the joint planning and hard work of both staff and board.

September of 1991 marked yet another milestone for Siskiyou Central Credit Union, Our branch office was opened in the community of Mt Shasta located some 40 miles south of the Yreka main office. This office was located in a recently opened professional office building and was 500 sq. ft. of rented space. The office opened with two employees.

The growth of the Mt. Shasta Branch was such that in November of 1996 they moved to a new 2200 sq. ft facility built by the credit union. They now employ 5 full time employees.

January 8,2001 brought yet another change, Siskiyou Central Credit Union converted from a State charter to a community charter. This change became necessary for continued growth. Siskiyou County. Siskiyou County is the 5th largest county geographically in California, with a population of approximately 45,000. Our community has undergone many changes within the last several years. The timber industry is slowly declining, the schools are showing decline in enrollment and our young seem to be leaving to find employment opportunities. What is on the incline is our asset base of approximately $35,000,000.00

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