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Annual Meeting: Food, Music, Awards

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It was like a family reunion Tuesday at Family Trust’s 2017 Annual Meeting at First Baptist Church in Rock Hill. More than 380 attended the meeting, where food was collected for Project Hope as part of the credit union’s 60th Anniversary celebration.

“I try to come every year so I can see people I used to work with,” said Everett Kendall, who joined in 1957 when the credit union was established at the Rock Hill Printing and Finishing Co. “Back then, we all wanted a little bit of money going into savings and we wanted to borrow a little bit.”

CEO/President Penny Pratt reported that credit union assets grew 14 percent to $455 million in 2016. Member deposits increased 17 percent and loans grew 8.5 percent. She said 2017 will bring a new mobile and online banking platform with improved budgeting tools and account aggregation.

Board member Elizabeth “Ann” Reid was named Director Emeritus for 25 years of service. She was instrumental in bringing credit union services to the Crawford Road community in the 1970s and to employees with the Rock Hill School District in 1982. The designation of Director Emeritus is bestowed on a board member who has served a minimum 15 years and is an exemplary volunteer.

Chris Ruh, Ron Russell and Tim Smoak were elected by acclamation to the Board of Directors. Ruh is executive vice president of sales and compliance at Williams & Fudge; Russell retired from York County Natural Gas and has served on the board 12 years; and Smoak is vice president of business development at Comporium.

Peter Kaufman of Fort Mill received the $1,000 Eddie Reeves Community Commitment Scholarship. Kaufman, a senior at Nation Ford High School, volunteers with over 10 groups, including Worry Free Fitness, Habitat for Humanity, Dorothy Day Soup Kitchen, the York County Humane Society and many others. He and his siblings cofounded Medals for Courage that gives medals to pediatric patients.

Scholarship finalists receiving $500 were Jared Coccia and Madison Tarlton, both of Rock Hill.

The York Comprehensive High School NJROTC presented the colors, and Erica Jackson, assistant vice president of branch administration, sang the National Anthem. The Oneppo Brothers entertained; food was provided by Jackson’s Kitchen.

The meeting didn’t disappoint Gloria Dixon of Fort Mill, who attended with her sister, Eva Hoyles of Rock Hill. “We try to come every year to find out the latest news" she said. "Plus, I get to see my sister.”

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