Member-FIRST – not-for-profit cooperative
When you join Calcasieu Teachers & Employees Credit Union, you become one of our most important people in the credit union – an OWNER! This means that when we make a decision at the credit union, we think about you first.
On October 28, 1954, Calcasieu Teachers and Employees Credit Union was chartered in the State of Louisiana with $1,200. The Credit Union was born out of the vision of Mr. Joel Jones and 22 fellow teachers of the Calcasieu Parish School Board. The original Board of Directors was comprised of Joel L Jones (President), Miss Grace Cotey (Vice President), Miss Marguerite Bozeman (Secretary/Treasurer), Mr. Roy C Collins, Mr. S.S. Andrews, Mr. Rex H Smelser, & Mr. S.S. Quine.
Since 1954, the Credit Union has slowly and methodically grown in products and services to the members of the all the schools in Calcasieu Parish. We continue to offer higher dividend rates on savings accounts and lower interest rates on loans in an effort to bring excellent personal service and to save our members money.
At Calcasieu Teachers & Employees Credit Union we come to work every day with one singular purpose:
Building lifelong relationships, one member at a time.
This means that you are family to us. We work hard every day to get to know you better and your family in order to provide better products and services for the things you need.
Our vision for the credit union and for you as a member is that:
We will improve lives and fulfill dreams
This means that in everything we do and every decision we make, we are always thinking about the impact on our member’s lives and how we can fulfill their dreams. We understand that nothing is small to our members and we want to help you achieve whatever may be important to you.
At the Credit Union, we have a set of core beliefs that are essential and run through everything that we do.
We Love People
We love our members and we believe our purpose is to serve them in every way we can. We are in the people business. We are always seeking to spend time with, listen to, encourage and resource the members to the best of our ability.
We Pursue Excellence
We pursue excellence in the big things and the small things. We do more with less, knowing that efficiency and frugality are a part of excellence. We never stop getting better. We continually grow because we never stop reading, learning and studying those that doing things better than we do.
We Choose Joy
We take fun seriously. We impact our environment by bringing energy and joy. We do this not because we must. We do it because we believe we are living out our purpose here. We love our credit union and we are honored that we get to do it to make a difference. No matter how challenging, we choose joy!