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Retirement ends Haskell’s 34-year career at HCFCU PDF Print E-mail
Written by Brenda Johnson Brandt   

Thirty-four years of service at Holyoke Community Federal Credit Union will mark the retirement of manager/president Dolores Haskell June 30.

In an HCFCU 75th-anniversary story last June, Haskell said the main focus of the credit union is people serving and helping people.

And that’s what she’ll miss the most—the connection with credit union members.

In over three decades with the credit union, Haskell has seen the business grow and change immensely. Not only has the staff size grown from two to eight full-timers, but the services offered have seen extensive expansion.

Haskell vividly recalls the day in 1980 that she went into the credit union office to make a payment. She said it was obviously a tough day for manager Dorothy Leeper.

“I just plopped in a chair and said, ‘Dorothy, how would you like some help?’”


After a 34-year career with Holyoke Community Federal Credit Union, manager Dolores Haskell looks to retirement.
—Enterprise photo


The next day, Leeper called Haskell, and her employment began. She had previously worked for 19 years at Highline Electric Association, leaving as billing clerk to help her husband Leon in his fertilizer business.

But she welcomed the chance to assist Leeper. She started by converting ledger cards to a computer system. She laughs now when noting that she worked 8-5 every day but was still considered part-time for five years, through Leeper’s retirement in 1985.

When she started in 1980, the credit union was located in the municipal building in the 100 block of North Baxter Avenue, above the current fire department meeting room.

Savings and loans were the only service options at the local business.

In 1982, the credit union moved into its current location at 101 W. Denver St. And in 1985, it was still a two-person office with Ron Goldenstein hired as manager and Haskell assisting as a teller.

An additional employee was hired in 1987 when the credit union started offering checking accounts or share drafts.

Haskell recalls many long hours when phone lines would mess up transmissions to the processing center in Dallas and would double-post checks or send only half of the postings.

Technology advancement cleared up a lot of headaches and also added service opportunities for the credit union.

 


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Holyoke Enterprise June 26, 2014