GOSHEN, Ind. (4/12/12)--Interra CU, Goshen. Ind., celebrates its 80th anniversary in 2012. One Interra CU member can say she's been with the credit union for every one of its--and her--80 years.
Interra CU will celebrate its 80th anniversary this year. Harriet Bainter, who will celebrate her 80th birthday this year, has been a member of the credit union since its inception. Pictured are Jack Sheets, Interra CU president, and Bainter at the credit union's 75th anniversary in 2007. (Photo provided by Interra CU)
Harriet Bainter was born in 1932, the same year six men and one woman deposited $19.50 to charter Elkhart County Farm Bureau CU. Bainter's uncle, Burnette Burkey, was one of the founding members.
As a gift to his niece, Berkey opened a savings account for her. The board report of March 1932 shows that her account had a balance of 75 cents.
In 1970, Bainter became the credit union's third full-time employee, and worked in that capacity until 1985. After that she spent her winter months in Arizona, and worked at the credit union part time. She retired in 1995.
Jack Sheets began working at the credit union in 1976 and has served as its president since 1987. When Sheets was a young member, Bainter helped him obtain a motorcycle loan.
Elkhart County Farm Bureau CU, changed its name to Interra CU in 2008. It now has $577 million in assets.
Bainter recalls that her two favorite departments to work in were member services and lending.
"That's where I got to know people and help them," she said. "Some are friends to this day."