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October 8, 2020   •   News  

SAFE Credit Union Board Chair Terrance Tremelling receives J. Alvin George Outstanding Volunteer Award

FOLSOM, Calif. (Oct. 7, 2020) – From assisting former foster youths to advocating for the credit union movement, SAFE Credit Union Board Chair Terrance Tremelling works tirelessly toward improving the lives of those who live and work in the Greater Sacramento region.

His spirit of volunteerism is being celebrated by the California and Nevada Credit Union League as it rewards him the prestigious J. Alvin George Outstanding Volunteer Award for 2020 during its REACH conference in early November.

“I am so honored to receive the J. Alvin George Outstanding Volunteer Award,” says Tremelling. “As Chair of the board at SAFE Credit Union, it is a privilege to lead our commitments to the economic well-being of our members and the Greater Sacramento region through philanthropy and volunteerism.”


The award honors significant contributions by people who serve credit unions in volunteer capacities, such as a board director or committee member. It was renamed in 2013 in honor of the longtime credit union volunteer, J. Alvin George.

Tremelling has served on the SAFE board since 2006 and as chair since 2017. His leadership and strategic thinking has helped SAFE become one of the most profitable, as well as philanthropic, credit unions in the Sacramento Metropolitan region. As a result of his leadership, SAFE Credit Union, now the second largest credit union in Sacramento, has modernized its branches, installed new logos and signage, revamped its advertising, as well as added new financial products. 

Tremelling’s achievements far surpass the obvious financial success of SAFE Credit Union.  Some of his most notable community achievements include:

  • Leadership in recommending that SAFE become the naming rights partner for the Sacramento Performing Arts Center and Convention Center. This is the first time that a credit union has become a major supporter of the arts in Northern California. Moreover, the decision to back the 25-year commitment in the SAFE Credit Union Convention and Performing Arts District was applauded by the arts community and helped jump start economic development in the downtown core area. There were countless jobs created in all sectors as a result of this bold decision.


  • Tireless advocacy on the part of all credit unions on the local, state, and federal level. Tremelling has lobbied consistently on major issues concerning credit unions, including tax status, strong charter, data security, and other regulation vital to the entire credit union industry. He attends each year the Credit Union National Association’s Governmental Affairs Conference in Washington, D.C., and the California Credit Union League’s Governmental Relations Rally in Sacramento.


  • Raising money for a variety of philanthropic causes outside of the credit union industry. Tremelling, along with his wife, Joanne, has worked tirelessly with Soroptimists International to help prevent sex trafficking throughout Northern California. Tremelling has helped raise money for this cause, as well as helped raise the visibility of this problem throughout the community.


  • Through Tremelling’s leadership, SAFE has widened its philanthropic efforts to include such nonprofit efforts as the Social Justice Center, which helps people in abusive relationships. as well as the Foster Youth Education Network, which provides scholarships and computers to foster children who have aged out of the state system. He has also served as a board member for the Regional Advisory Council for By Design, a nonprofit that provides financial counseling services to those in need.


About SAFE

SAFE Credit Union has made members an integral part of its vision since 1940. Over the years the credit union has kept the focus on what really matters, putting members first, a formula that has seen SAFE grow into a leading financial institution in Northern California with more than $3.5 billion in assets and about 238,000 members. SAFE crafts every cutting-edge product and sterling service with members’ needs foremost in mind. In addition to banking services conveniently available through online, chat, mobile, or phone options, SAFE offers in-person care for members and small businesses at service centers across the Greater Sacramento region and a mortgage lending office serving Contra Costa and Alameda counties. SAFE is a not-for-profit, state-chartered credit union with membership open to businesses and individuals living or working in Sacramento, Placer, Yolo, El Dorado, Sutter, Butte, Nevada, Solano, San Joaquin, Contra Costa, Yuba, Amador, and Alameda counties. Insured by NCUA.

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