Over 450 gather at 57th Annual Meeting


They came to see old friends, enjoy the food and get a prize and hear updates. More than 450 members and guests attended our 57th Annual Meeting on Tuesday at the Baxter Hood Center in Rock Hill.

“I enjoy seeing the progress,” said Frances Anderson, who joined Family Trust not long after it started in 1957 at the Rock Hill Printing and Finishing Co. “I come to see people I haven’t seen in a while.”

Four candidates running for four seats on the Board of Directors were elected by acclamation. They were: Beverly Ellis, Brown Simpson Jr., Patsy Walker, and newcomer Trina Ricks, who previously served on the Supervisory Committee.

Lee Gardner, President/CEO gave an overview of 2013 and set the stage for 2014 and beyond. The credit union grew $30 million in assets to end the year at $319.5 million. Income was up 19 percent to 2.5 million, and loans increased 10.6 percent to $241.4.

Going forward, he said Family Trust’s new headquarters will play a big role in the Knowledge Park, which is being developed between Winthrop University and downtown Rock Hill. The three-story headquarters to be constructed at the site of our White Street branch will include a branch, a community room, and Family Trust Investment Services.

“We’re very pleased to say we’re going back to where we began,” he said. “We have a rich history and a strong foundation.”

Billy Gallien was awarded the $1,000 Eddie Reeves Scholarship. A junior at Clover High School, Gallien is an Eagle Scout with Troop 37, vice president with Future Farmers of America at the school, and an active volunteer with the SC Division of Children of the Confederacy.

Billy Gallien and members of the Eddie Reeves family.

The son of Renee and Tim Gallien, he hopes to major in forestry or environmental and natural resources at Clemson University.

“I’ve always grown up around people doing the right thing,” he said. “I’ve learned that not everybody has what I have and that I need to appreciate it.”

Finalists receiving $500 were Alexandra White and John Edmunds. Finalists receiving $100 were Laura Saboley, Kathryn Boyle, Allison Hannah Simpson, and Anna Gooch.

The Clover Air Force JROTC presented the colors and Sheila Caldwell entertained and sang the National Anthem. We gave out $1,500 in gift cards.