Dec. 13, 2015 at 4 a.m.
KINGSPORT, Tenn. — Eastman Credit Union is breaking its own record and soon will return a $10 million extraordinary dividend to members as a reward for doing business with ECU.
"Exciting doesn't begin to describe how we feel about announcing that ECU is giving back $10 million to members," said Olan Jones, the credit union's president and CEO. "Thanks to the loyalty of our members, the fine work of our staff and the leadership of our management and board of directors, we've exceeded expectations again with this year's payout."
Marking the 18th year of extraordinary dividend payouts, the 2015 year-end bonus, to be paid out in January, will bring ECU's Extraordinary Dividend total to $80 million in payouts since 1998.
"We have members all around the world who, collectively, make up ECU. They borrow with us, save their money with us, and we do everything that we can to give back to our members whether it's through dividends, convenient locations, or better products and services," Jones said.
The extraordinary dividend payout is based on the interest paid on loans and earned on deposits by members in good standing throughout the year.
Eastman Credit Union is one of the largest credit unions in the country, with more than $3.2 billion in assets. It serves more than 160,000 members at 24 branches.
Newgate Mission has awarded its Jerry Turner Outstanding Servant Award to John Green of Green Ad Agency, and its first Bargain Center Outstanding Volunteer Award to Betty Harris.
The awards were given Nov. 30.
"John and Betty exemplify what it means to serve those who hunger in our community," said Kristi Bogle-Sherman, Newgate executive director. "We can always count on Miss Betty at the store and John treats us like paying customers."
The nonprofit Newgate Mission was founded in 1990. It serves the physical and spiritual needs of hundreds of people each week through its meal, worship and other programs.
AUSTIN — Members of the Texas Wine Industry Development Advisory Committee, which will help assess the condition of Texas' wine industry and develop recommendations to assist in promoting and expanding the industry, has been selected.
The committee will be a key component of the Texas Department of Agriculture's efforts to administer the Wine Industry Development Fund and Texas Wine Marketing Assistance Program. The makeup of the committee was modified by Senate Bill 880 to represent various segments of the Texas wine industry. The members are:
Grape growers representing various regions of Texas:
Alphonse Dotson — Certenberg Vineyards, Voca
John Rivenburgh — Bending Branch Winery, Comfort
Gabriel Parker — Homestead Winery, Ivanhoe
Katy Jane Seaton — Seaton Farm & Vine Farmhouse Vineyards, Meadow
Rick Naber — Flat Creek Estate, Marble Falls
Wineries representing a variety of small, medium and large formats from across the state:
Joseph Southwell — Queen's Winery, Garland
Mark Hyman — Llano Estacado, Colleyville
Paul Bonarrigo — Messina Hof Winery, Bryan
Spencer "Cord" Switzer — Fredericksburg Winery, Fredericksburg
Stephen Morgan — Saddlehorn Winery, Bellaire
Researcher or educator specializing in viticulture or enology:
James Kamas — Texas A&M Co-op Extension, Fredericksburg
Consumers not affiliated with the alcoholic beverage industry:
David Newitt — Spring
Ellen Hasslocher — Austin
Texas Department of Agriculture:
Walt Roberts — Assistant Commissioner, Texas Department of Agriculture, Austin
Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission:
Thomas Graham — Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, Austin
DALLAS — The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will conduct the Distinguished Lectureship in Quail Management from 9:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Jan. 8 in Dallas.
Dale Rollins, AgriLife Extension statewide coordinator for the Reversing the Quail Decline Initiative at San Angelo, said the program will be in Seminar Hall C4 of the Dallas Convention Center. The program is in conjunction with the Dallas Safari Club's annual convention.
Admission to the quail lectureship is free, but admission to the Safari Club's trade show is $20.
The keynote speaker is Bill Palmer with Tall Timbers Research Station in Tallahassee, Florida.
The agenda features two presentations by Palmer with the remainder of the morning devoted to updates from the Rolling Plains Quail Research Foundation and from AgriLife Extension's Reversing the Decline of Quail Initiative.
For more information, contact Rollins at (325) 653-4576 or via email to email@example.com
NACOGDOCHES — Three Stephen F. Austin State University donors were honored during the 27th annual SFA Gala this weekend.
This year's Gala honorees were Jimmy W. Murphy, the late Marleta Chadwick and The Charles and Lois Marie Bright Foundation.
Proceeds from the Gala help build a permanent endowment created by the SFASU Foundation to honor faculty achievement. The honorees:
Jimmy W. Murphy
Murphy transferred to SFA in 1954 and in two seasons earned a reputation as an outstanding football player, receiving All Lone Star Conference tackle honors and being named to the Dallas Morning News All Texas Football Squad. Murphy graduated from SFA in 1956 with a bachelor's degree in physical education and received his master's degree in education from Sam Houston State University in 1959.
Murphy was named to SFA's Athletic Hall of Fame in 1976 and received the SFA Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni Award in 1987. He served on SFA's Board of Regents from 1995 to 2001, where his peers elected him to serve as chairman for two successive terms. In 1998, the university named the Jimmy W. Murphy Wellness Center in his honor.
Marleta Todd Chadwick
The late Marleta Todd Chadwick had a heart for giving and sharing with others.
She was an active member of the First Baptist Church in Center, where her husband Carroll served as pastor until his death in 1973. After his death, Marleta continued to serve the church in the children's area of Sunday school, teaching in the beginner's department and welcoming infants into the Cradle Roll.
The Charles and Lois Marie Bright Foundation
The Charles and Lois Marie Bright Foundation provides assistance to duly-qualified public and private foundations and charities, as well as governmental organizations located primarily in Nacogdoches County for the purpose of providing relief for the poor and disadvantaged; construction and maintenance of public buildings, monuments and works; the advancement of education and science; and prevention of community deterioration.
Charles and Lois Marie married in 1967. Charles owned and managed Bright Coop, a manufacturer of live-haul poultry transportation equipment, until his death in 2013. Lois taught public school in Nacogdoches until her retirement and later owned and operated an antique business until her death in 2006.
NACOGDOCHES — Stephen F. Austin State University's Department of Secondary Education and Educational Leadership named senior Josi Moore its Exemplary Student Teacher for fall 2015.
"My supervisor nominated me, and I honestly didn't expect to get this far," Moore said. "Student teaching has been extremely difficult, but also amazing and wonderful. I'm ecstatic to receive this award."
Each semester the award is presented to recognize students for exemplary performance during student teaching. Student teaching is a requirement by the Texas Education Agency for all candidates seeking educator certification in Texas. Candidates are placed in school for 15 weeks under the supervision of SFA faculty members and the classroom teacher.
A Tyler native, Moore graduated from Whitehouse High School in 2011 and attended Lon Morris College. She transferred to SFA to major in hospitality; however, a required history course ignited Moore's passion for the subject.