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Employees in Galveston face ordeal with humor
FARMERS BRANCH, Texas (9/23/08)--Employees of JSC CU’s Galveston, Texas branch laughed when they had to “launder” the credit union’s money last week to get rid of the dead fish odor. JSC CU was hit by Hurricane Ike, which made landfall in the area Sept. 13. Part of the credit union--including its money--was underwater (LoneStar Leaguer Sept. 22). Joetta Petteway, JSC CU branch manager, and assistant branch manager, Lisa Cannon, dressed in rubber boots and gloves to get the money out of the submerged credit union’s vault and ATM. Becky Day, JSC marketing coordinator, told the Texas Credit Union League the money had to be washed, dried with lavender dryer sheets because of the fish odor, and ironed. “We were literally laundering money--no pun intended,” Day said. The lavender aroma “beat the heck out of dead fish odor. We all got a good laugh out of the ordeal,” she added. Petteway has not been able to return to her home on Galveston Island since the storm. She left her home before Hurricane Ike hit to stay with her sister in Texas City. Petteway’s home remained intact after the storm, although houses surrounding hers sustained major damage. Despite not being able to enter her home after Ike, Petteway reported to work Tuesday after the storm at one of JSC’s Houston branch. “This just goes to show the dramatic lengths our people will go to in order to help others in the community,” said league President/CEO Dick Ensweiler. “It’s selfless, heartwarming and an inspiration to all of us in the credit union community.”


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