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Credit union donates $1,000 to school
Participants in the check presentation were (l-r) Fort Stewart Georgia Federal Credit Union Board member Kim Tootle, credit union vice chairman Charlotte Webb, Eddy Rogers’ daughter Ashlea Rogers, and wife Martha Rogers, credit union CEO Elaine Tuten, board member Susan Ammons, vice president of marketing Mary Hancock and Glennville Christian Academy Principal Charles Barnard. - photo by Photo provided.
In a tribute to the memory of Eddy E. Rogers and his affiliation with the Fort Stewart Georgia Federal Credit Union as well as Glennville Christian Academy, several officials of the FSGFCU and staff presented a $1,000 check to GCA Principal Charles Barnard.
The presentation was made by Elaine Tuten, CEO of the credit union, who had worked with Rogers for 32 years, along with Kim Tootle, Charlotte Webb, Susan Ammons, and Mary Hancock, who all had worked with him several years and/or served on the board with him. On hand for the presentation were Rogers’ wife and daughter, Martha and Ashlea.
“I’m thankful that we can make this presentation today in memory of Eddy, who was so devoted to the Fort Stewart Georgia Federal Credit Union and held a special place in his heart for GCA, where his daughter attended school,” Tuten said.
“I began my tenure with the FSGFCU in February 1974,” she said. “Eddy Rogers was on the board of directors at that time.  In fact, he was one of three who was responsible for hiring me.”
Tuten said Rogers had served in several positions on the board, including supervisory committee chairman, treasurer,  vice president and chairman.  He was elected as chairman of the board in 1994 and served in that capacity 12 years.
“Eddy was dedicated to the credit union industry,” Tuten said. “He truly believed in our motto, ‘People Helping People.’ One focal point we shared with all our hearts was in the education of young people, particularly high school students, in the wise use of financial services and in financial education.  His dream of founding an educational institute to teach financial education, and to assist our high schools and colleges with getting this education into our classrooms, is a dream we hope we can accomplish this year.”
She said she looked forward to turning his dream into a reality this year.
Rogers, a graduate of Georgia Southern University with a degree in accounting, began employment with the Department of the Army as an auditor in 1967.  Soon after joining the FSGFCU that year, he was approached to become a member of the board of directors.
He has also served on the state level as a member of the public awareness and community involvement committees.  He was recognized by the Coastal Empire Chapter in 1999 as volunteer of the year.
Susan Ammons said she became involved with the FSGFCU because of Rogers.  He asked her to serve as chairwoman of the supervisory committee. She said she hesitantly accepted, but soon became very committed to the Credit Union and its ideals.
“I am proud to have known and worked with Eddy Rogers during these years,” Ammons said. “He was a fine man with strong Christian values whom I truly respected.”
She now serves on the board.

Tootle is a writer for the Glennville Sentinel
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