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1984 saw Larry Squance still in the seat as General Manager of our local Co-op. Our 50th Anniversary was celebrated in 1989. Over the years to come, we would see renovations and additions to our store and service station to bring it up to what it is today.
With the loss of our own bulk fuel tanks and a new plant erected at Newdale, we started hauling fuel from there, which warranted the purchase of a new Mack fuel truck. A new shed was erected across the street from the service station for feed, etc.
1995 brought sad news for our store with the pass ing away of one of our most loyal and long time employees, Dorland Burkett. Diane Wruth then moved into the posi tion as Grocery Manager. Also, in the same year, we lost our District Director, Gordon Sinclair, who died in a traf fic accident. On April 30, 1996, Larry Squance retired, serving 33 years with the Co-op - 16 of those years in Erickson.
|Talk of amalgamation||with Heritage Co-op|
(Minnedosa) started that year. Our Co-op had a member ship (purchasing and inactive) of 1805 with sales of just over $5 million. After much deliberation and special meet ings of both Board of Directors, a voting meeting was held on June 19, 1996, at both Erickson and Minnedosa, with the results being to amalgamate. Dean Fisher was acting Manager at Erickson at the time.
The amalgamation would bring the Board of Directors to 11 members with three being from Erickson. Erickson would go from District W 4 to W3 and Minnedosa would change their age by-law to 65, as Erickson's was at 65. Erickson would retain an Information Meeting for a time, as now the Annual Meeting would be in Minnedosa and members would have one membership number. The last Board of Directors to serve Erickson was Marion Usick, Larry Chern erika, Kim Fleming, Gordie Kuharski, Earl Wickdahl, Brian Pearce, Orville Berg, with Sherian Chern erika as recording secretary.
The Board of Directors of today is Richard Lemoing, Ken Jenner, Vivian Bazin, Lawrence Bell, Wayne Charles, Craig Gugin, Bill Moorehead, Katherine Kingdon, Larry Chern erika, Brian Pearce, Earl Wickdahl, with Sherian Chererika as recording secretary.
January 1, 1997 saw the Erickson Consumers Co operatives Ltd. name disappear and the amalgamated name become 'Heritage Co-op 1997' . We have seen moderu technology bring in such things as food scanning and on board computer in our fuel truck to track member purchases and print invoices. Heritage Co-op continues to make vari ous donations throughout the year, such as High School bursaries, Camp Wannakumbac, curling bonsipiels and many other functions.
The top priority remains the same as in the past - to continue equity repayments to our members. As was stated in our last history book, "As we look at the Co-op Store
in our town, let us be reminded that it is a concrete symbol of the faith of the pioneers in the Co-operative movement in the district. They believed and worked 'One for all and all for one'." This is still the belief for today and for the future.
ERICKSON CREDIT UNION LIMITED
The Erickson Credit Union was founded by a hand ful of people in the spirit of community growth and co-operation. In 1952, at a cost of five dollars per share, ten local residents purchased one share each and their investments provided the initial assets for a banking insti tution. It was incorporated on September 2, 1952 as the Erickson Credit Union and was operated from the home of Mr. Ted Lee. With Mr. Lee acting as manager, the ten founding members formed the first Board of Provisional Directors. They included: Alfred Thoren, telephone agent; Fred John Rognan, farmer; Robert Harold Sanderson, farmer; Dorland Dale Burkett, store clerk; John Harvey Korberg, farmer; Glen orman Shellborn, store manager; John Mathias Lee, farmer; Clifford Victor Carlson, fanner; William Frank Johnston, fanner; Mary Ella Mae Thoren, farmer.
Unfortunately, inexperience and the lack of suffi cient lending money did not see the Erickson Credit Union thrive immediately. This situation changed, however, when Bill Kalinowsky, a chartered accountant from the Co-op Store, agreed to devote some of his time and attention to the makings of a more organized and functional Credit Union. In ovember of 1960, the position of manager was passed to Ted Brewer and, in 1963, to Mrs. Elvie Hutton. By 1964, there were approximately one hundred active members and the Credit Union had outgrown the office shared with the Co-op Store. The Credit Union office was moved to the St. John Law Office building where full serv ice was now provided to its membership. During this time the position of manager was filled by Ed Turner, who was also Mayor of Erickson.
Continued growth of the membership over the next few years necessitated even more office space and better business surroundings for the Erickson Credit Union and, in 1968, a new building was constructed to house what was now a recognized community banking service. The offi cial opening of the structure was attended by Walter Weir, then Conservative MLA for the district, who assisted in the ribbon cutting and door opening ceremonies. New members joining the Erickson Credit Union at this time paid a twenty-five cent entrance fee and made an annual contri bution of fifty cents to cover the operational costs of the Credit Union League.
By ) 972, the membership had blossomed to five hundred and fifty and the new office was expanded and reno vated further in 1977-78. Ivan Humeniuk replaced Ed