RACINE — As Maxine Rose completed her last day as loan clerk at Home National Bank in Racine, she was surrounded by bank employees and customers wishing her well.
After 25 years, Rose is retiring and says she plans to spend time with her family that includes two sons, a daughter, two grandsons and a “granddog.”
“I’m just going to do what I want to do,” she said. “I’ll continue volunteering in the community and in my church, and of course, spend time with my family.”
Rose began her career at HNB in 1990, before the bank moved to its current location 502 Elm St. in 2010. She recalled being at the former location in downtown Racine during snow storms and floods, and said everyone who worked at the bank had a “hands-on” approach in ensuring the bank was open to customers.
“I remember the flood of 2002,” she said. “It was the biggest flood during the time I worked at the bank. Everything was flooded. We waded through water and cleaned carpets to get the bank ready to re-open for our customers. It was nice when we moved to our new location and didn’t have to worry about floods anymore.”
Snow storms presented problems as well, and she said it was typical for everyone to be shoveling snow, clearing sidewalks and making sure the bank drive-through was passable. Rose said she could always get to work first because she lives nearby and seldom missed a day because of the weather.
“In the 90s, we had a blizzard, snow was as high as the stop signs, everyone was shoveling,” she said. “A customer came and plowed our parking lot, and we were open for business.”
Rose has had a role in every department during her 25 years. She began as a bookkeeper and moved to the loan department. Later, she worked in IT and then as a teller before returning to the loan department.
“I’ve worked in many jobs at the bank and I enjoyed every department. It gave me a better perspective on bank operations and how best we can serve the community,” she said.
HNB’s program, “Stop Hunger at Home,” started when Rose said she realized while working in the community just how many people are in need.
“We take for granted that we have food on our table, but everyone isn’t as fortunate, and I wanted to do something about that,” she said.
Rose coordinated many food drives for “Stop Hunger” and a pernament receptacle was placed in the bank’s foyer for food donations. One of the latest events was “A Cup of Soup” during lunchtime at the bank. Everyone was invited to enjoy a cup of soup and donate a canned food item.
“We (HNB) really try to reach out to the community, and I will continue being a part of this program after I retire,” she said.
Rose has also volunteered at Racine’s Party in the Park, HNB Family Nights at area basketball games and the Meigs County Fair. Not surprising, she said what she will miss most about her retirement are the people — those she worked with as well as the customers.
“I’m going to miss everyone,” Rose said.
And bank employees and customers alike said they will miss Rose, but in a small community like Racine, she is certain to keep in touch.
Contact Lorna Hart at 740-992-2155 Ext. 2551.