My story ties directly to my Grandma who was the first female grocery clerk for Safeway. She became a member when it was first available as the Safeway Credit Union, now Westerra! She signed me up for an account when I was born 53 years ago. She did the same for my brothers, my sister and cousin. Each week she deposited a dime and later raised it to twenty-five cents.
When we all had kids she started accounts for her great grandchildren. (10 more accounts!) I have maintained the account for all of these years. The only time I withdrew was for an airplane ticket to come see her! Grandma knew the value of a dollar and was a great saver. She was a clerk with Safeway for over 50 years. When she retired, with what she saved, she traveled to Ireland, Florida, the Northeast and also took balloon rides.
Back in 1980 when I was paying my way through my first 2 years of college, she also managed to send me book money. For me the tie to Westerra is the tangible tie to my Grandma who is gone now but taught me the value of working hard at whatever you do, saving for yourself and others, but most of all, enjoying your life.