Online voting for board of directors available


Electing our Board of Directors is one way we’re different from a bank, and voting begins today. For the first time, members can vote online. Voting ends March 18.

“In these busy times, it’s difficult for some members to attend the annual meeting where we’ve traditionally voted,” said Lee Gardner, CEO. “Online and paper ballots open the process to more of our members.”

Three candidates are running for four seats. Results will be announced at the annual meeting Tuesday, March 24, at the Baxter Hood Center. Candidates are:

Erika Bell – is membership and marketing director for the Upper Palmetto YMCA’s 10 branches. She is chair of the Family Trust Supervisory Committee and has been a member 18 years. See Q&A with Erika.

Elizabeth “Ann” Reid – is retired from Clinton Junior College and the Rock Hill School District, where she serves on the school board. A member 32 years and a board member almost 20, she is co-chair of the Business Advisory Committee and previously served on the Supervisory Committee. See Q&A with Ann.

Chris Ruh – is executive vice president of sales and compliance at Williams &Fudge, where he has worked 16 years. A Family Trust member five years, he is an Associate Director and previously served on the Nominating Committee. See Q&A with Chris.

Ron Russell – retired from York County Natural Gas and serves as 1st Vice-Chairman on the Family Trust board. A member 24 years, he has served on the board 10 years and previously served on the Supervisory Committee. See Q&A with Ron.

Our volunteer Board of Directors serve two-year terms and are responsible for setting credit union policy.

Click here for voting instructions. Members who receive paper statements will receive a ballot in the mail or can vote online at any branch.

The board approved electronic voting last fall. “Participation is an important part of belonging to a credit union,” said Brown Simpson, chairman. “This is a big step toward making sure everyone has a voice in Family Trust.”