Come in for a cookie and a free membership Published October 18, 2016 We're offering free $10 memberships this week! The free memberships are part of our celebration of International Credit Union Day®, an annual salute to the credit union movement, on Thursday, Oct. 20. We'll give away cookies and door prizes at each of our nine branches that day. The McNary branch prizes are Ducks and Beavers coolers; other branches’ prizes are $50 gift certificates to Bauman’s Farm and Garden. Sponsored by several trade associations, International Credit Union Day has been celebrated every third Thursday of October since 1948. This year’s theme, “The Authentic Difference,” focuses on the fact that, unlike banks, credit unions exist to serve their members, not make profits. Credit unions don’t answer to or pay stockholders. Instead, they return earnings to members via lower rates on loans and higher interest on deposits. Maps was started in Salem by a handful of teachers in 1935, one year after the Federal Credit Union Act became law. Board meetings took place in a Salem Senior High School classroom; deposits were kept in a teacher’s desk drawer. Since then we've grown into a full-service financial institution that offers credit cards, car loans and more. We have nearly $600 million in assets and more than 52,000 members. There's always room for more, so if you're not already a member, now's a great time to join!