People Helping People: Thank You Rita Kenney

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Geauga Credit Union (GCU) Board of Directors consists of nine credit union members. Any member of GCU can apply to serve on the board where their application will be reviewed by the current board. If the application is accepted, a ballot is then mailed to all the members who may cast a vote. The board consists of folks who are actively involved in our community, bring a range of skills and talents, and serve without compensation.

On July 1, 2014, long time Board Member Rita Kenney retired. Rita started on the board in 1970 and at the time of her retirement she held the position of secretary. “Per Rita’s wishes, we aren’t having a retirement party for her,” says CEO Lisa Briggs, “so because of her many years of service, Geauga Credit Union decided to donate money to one of Rita’s passions in her honor.”

Rug Hooker
Rita Kenney (far left) with the rug hooking group

Rita is a retired home economics teacher from Kenston School and is still actively engaged in needle working. As part of an award-winning rug hookers group at the Chardon Senior Center, she made and entered three rugs in The Great Geauga County Fair this year and won two red ribbons and one blue ribbon.

Rita is also a member of the Burton Congregational Church. She has been a big part of the food pantry ministry which has been serving individuals and families for over 15 years. “She believes in the same philosophy as credit unions: ‘People Helping People,’ ” says Lisa. Because of this, “GCU decided to donate $1500 to Burton Congregational Food Pantry in honor of Rita’s years of service.

“To add to this, we are conducting an in house food drive throughout the months of November and December, and all of that food will also be donated to the Burton Congregational Church Food Pantry. We will accept all nonperishable food items and toiletries. We will have a ‘goal thermometer’ set up at Geauga Credit Union to keep tally of our donations. As we reach different goals, we will be donating money to the other six food pantries in Geauga County. Our goal is to reach $100 for each food pantry.”

Geauga Credit Union is very grateful for all of the dedicated years Rita has given to them as an active board member and hopes to carry on Rita’s passion for caring for the hungry through this food drive. Please consider dropping off donations at their location just north of the Burton square through December.

On a side note, speaking of December, every year GCU has a giving tree for Geauga County Job and Family Services’ foster children. Anyone who buys a gift for a child, they pay it forward by giving out a gift certificate for a beverage from Coffee Corners! So now you have two ways you can be part of the giving side of the holidays – both at Geauga Credit Union!

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