Long-time members share their stories, like Charles, a member for over 60 years!

In honor of Redstone’s 65th Anniversary, we met with some of our long-time members to hear their stories of how they became members and what has kept them with the credit union for over half a century. Read on to discover their stories and see what they wish for Redstone as we celebrate 65 years of serving the Tennessee Valley.  

Anniversary Wishes from Long-Time Members

November 21, 2016

The Nolens have been married for 60 years, and members for even longer!

In honor of Redstone’s 65th Anniversary, we met with some of our long-time members to hear their stories of how they became members and what has kept them with the credit union for over half a century. Read on to discover their stories and see what they wish for Redstone as we celebrate 65 years of serving the Tennessee Valley.

 

Charles A. Nolen
Member for 63 Years

Charles opened an account with Redstone Federal Credit Union® in 1953. He and his wife, Shirley, have been married 60 years. They remain committed to one another and to their credit union.

Charles said the branch office had recently been set up when he opened his account. His manager, who was a founding Credit Union member, brought him his membership card to the chemistry lab where he worked. The Nolens met in that chemistry lab when Charles accidentally knocked Shirley over while she was entering the lab, carrying an arm full of office supplies.

“He knocked me off my feet— literally,” she said with a smile.

“We hope you stay around for another 65 years. You have done a great service to the community, to Redstone Arsenal and to the military personnel. You’re just part of our community. We just feel comfortable doing business here.”

 

Brenda Brock
Member for 50 Years

She remembers that opening her first account was no easy task. “It (the branch) was located in a small building, and the line was long. We had to answer a multitude of questions because the credit union did not just take anybody.” She has remained a member all these years for many reasons, including being able to talk to a real person when she needs to.

Brenda likes what Redstone is doing, and her anniversary wish is that the credit union “keep it up.”

 

Joseph M. Jones
Member for 60 Years

Joseph M. Jones has been a Redstone member since May 1956. He remembers the month and year because he joined by depositing $5 into his share account; then he turned around and borrowed $100.

“It was to keep me afloat until my first federal payday—I had spent all of my ready cash paying moving expenses to Huntsville,” Joseph said.

For many years the credit union has been Joseph’s only financial institution. “I gave up my bank connections decades ago. It was later in life, however, that I discovered the very fine investment services of RFCU. Thanks for more than half a century of good service.”
 

We thank all of our other long-time Redstone Federal Credit Union members for their membership and trust for more than six decades. Have an Anniversary wish you'd like to add? Let us know in a comment! 

This article was adapted from our Aspire! member newsletter. See all the articles here

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