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Robert Docter
Member Since: 1963
Occupation in 1963: Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Psychology and Counseling at San Fernando Valley State College

Account(s) Opened: Savings Account and Loan

What was the credit union like when you joined?
I was among the first 50 people to sign up for the credit union. It was a very small operation run by George Hawkes out of a small office. In later years, they moved operations to the back pasture of the campus. I believe it was an old farmhouse—one of the originals—that was on the property when the College took it over. I’ve always enjoyed doing business here.

Why did you join the credit union as opposed to a bank or another financial institution?
I heard it was opening and I said, “I’m going to put my money in there.” I think it was the interest rate that attracted me. Loans were also easily available. The credit union was very handy, and there were people that I knew—and still know very well—who were involved with starting the credit union. I’ve never been disappointed with the credit union. I had all my needs covered.

Why have you stayed with MCCU for so many years?
The interest rates on savings are better than what you get at the bank. You’ve always good rates; I’ve gotten car loans and personal loans over the years. I find the electronic deposits (ACH) very helpful. You’ve kept up to date with changing times—deposits and credit cards, check cards and things like that. It’s a habit, really. It would take a lot to get me to move my accounts elsewhere.

Do you have any interesting stories about the Credit Union?
I can remember calling Penny (in Member Services) saying I needed an emergency loan and I got it quickly. Times were tough and I had six kids. Anytime I need money, you come through for me. This is one of the first places I come. You even helped us with a loan to add on to our house where we’ve lived for 50 years.

The great days were when you were over there in the pasture. It’s always been very informal and easy. It’s kind of like down home, it’s friendly and easy.


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