(Editor's note: Carla Stamper, the Manager at Greensboro Postal CU, wrote the following open letter to credit unions in NC in honor of Evelyn Arnold, the previous manager who passed away earlier this month. You may view the obituary and sign the guest book by clicking here.)
Evelyn came to the Greensboro Postal Credit Union in February 1971 and retired in January 2007. During her 36 years, Greensboro Postal Credit Union grew and flourished. Many changes occurred during her employment. The credit union became computerized in 1977 and the passbooks became obsolete. In the 1980’s we offered share drafts to those who wanted checking accounts. In 1990, Evelyn was promoted to manager. Around the early 1990’s State and Federal Regulators were making sure that all credit unions were more solid than the savings and loans that at that time were failing. Evelyn was forced to comply with regulations that were new to our members. The words, “we have to have you complete a new application for each loan and have your credit checked for the examiners/auditors” became a common new phrase for many members. A second computer system was installed in 1991. In May 2001 the credit union moved to Wendover Avenue, its current headquarters with a branch at Pleasant Ridge. Evelyn also introduced Home Equity Lines of Credit and Debit/ATM Cards to the membership.
Evelyn’s heart attack in 2002 at the credit union office was a shock to many. She was determined to recover and she returned full time in May 2003 so that she could be with the members she loved and served. For the next 4 years, she continued to grow the credit union.
Many of you remember her from Annual Meetings in Pinehurst and the CUES meetings. She faithfully attended as many as she could to keep up with happenings in the Credit Union Industry. She also enjoyed her friendships throughout the State of North Carolina.
There are many reminders of Evelyn in the office that will live on. Our heartfelt condolences go out to Joe, her husband, daughters Teresa and Marianne and her grandchildren.
Love you Evelyn,
Carla and Staff