​News Release: Harvester Financial Credit Union’s Jerry Walters inducted into Indiana Credit Union Hall of Fame

Friday, October 21, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS – Jerry Walters, board member of Harvester Financial Credit Union in Indianapolis, was inducted into the Indiana Credit Union Hall of Fame during the Indiana Credit Union League’s statewide convention. He was honored at the Chairman’s Awards Banquet at the JW Marriott Hotel on October 14.
Walters has been a board member of Harvester Financial Credit Union since 1977, and he has been chairman since 1979. He has overseen a merger as well as the construction of two headquarter buildings and a successful branch in Shelbyville. His tenure occurred at a time when many thought the credit union would not survive. There were delinquencies and loan losses that were, in Walters’ words “sky high,” as the membership fought through the longest strike in UAW history and the most massive layoff in the auto industry. The credit union pulled through these downtimes and is stronger today. Walters has served the credit union industry nationally since 1982 as a board member of the Combined Council of America’s Credit Unions, an organization that facilitates and promotes education for management, directors, supervisory and audit committees and which advocates for regulatory and legislative issues on credit unions’ behalf.
Walters has always been an active credit union volunteer, attending many legislative events, interacting with legislators at the state and federal level and visiting Washington, D.C. on countless occasions to represent credit union interests on Capitol Hill. He was also active in leadership of the Central Chapter of Credit Unions in Indiana, and he organized the first Executive Luncheon, an event the chapter still holds. He was the Indiana Credit Union League’s Leadership Achievement Award recipient in 2011, and he is also a Kentucky Colonel. Jerry is involved in numerous organizations outside the credit union business including the Masonic Lodge, where he is a past master, the Murat Temple, Eagles and the Tennessee Outdoorsman conservation group.
Jerry Walters (left) of Harvester Financial Credit Union receives his award from League Chairman Matt Lambert of Encompass Federal Credit Union.