Over 500 attend 56th Annual Meeting

More than 500 attended Family Trust’s 56th Annual Meeting on Tuesday at the Baxter Hood Center on Anderson Road, which felt more like a reunion than a business gathering. “My whole family is a member,” said Gloria Self of Rock Hill. “For us, it really is a family affair.”

Carol Weichman, Elizabeth “Ann” Reid and Ron Russell were re-elected to the board of directors.

Elected chairman was Brown Simpson Jr., a board member five years and co-chair of the Business Advisory Committee. He is director of Parks & Recreation for the Town of Fort Mill. His wife, Kim, and their two daughters are all are Family Trust members.

Lee Gardner, president and CEO, reported the credit union ended 2012 with $291 million in assets, up 7.8 percent from 2011. Loans grew over 9.2 percent and membership grew 6.5 percent. Family Trust become more efficient and focused during the last few challenging years and is positioned for a bright future, he said, adding construction on the new headquarters on White Street in Rock Hill is set for 2014.

“This gives us an opportunity for growth and an opportunity to make a signature statement in downtown,” he said. “It’s an opportunity to move back to our home base.”

The meeting’s theme was “Helping you, helping each other,” and members mentioned the financial counseling, car loans, credit cards, mortgages and other services as ways the credit union has helped them through the years.

“Family Trust is more involved,” said Cathy Hensley of Rock Hill. “Other banks don’t care about you. They just leave you out in the cold.”

McKayla Adams of York received the Eddie Reeves $1,000 scholarship, which is awarded to a Family Trust member who is an exemplary volunteer.

McKayla, 17, is a senior at York Comprehensive High School has gone on mission trips with First Baptist Church in York, and volunteers at God’s Kitchen in Clover, Tender Hearts Ministry in York, the American Red Cross and Operation Christmas Child. She is a member of the Health Occupation Students of America group, and last semester, spent several mornings a week helping residents at White Oak Manor.

Finalists receiving $500 were Victoria Biggers of Clover and Jeremy Cleary of Rock Hill. Finalists receiving $100 were Luke Lancaster and Mary Lyn Mitchell, both of York, Will Crute of Rock Hill and Forrest Holloman of Fort Mill.

The Rock Hill High School Air Force JROTC presented the colors. Melissa Harper, a singer/songwriter from Rock Hill sang the national anthem and provided entertainment. Family Trust gave out $1,500 in gift cards and Family Trust Investment Services gave out three $100 bills.

Four generations, left, and Family Trust employees enjoy the 56th Annual Meeting on Tuesday.