"You have been an absolute gentleman, and a pleasure to have served with on the Board. On behalf of the Board, management and staff, both past and present, and the membership of Family First Credit Union, to which you have represented with distinction for so many years, a huge thank you for your enormous contribution and effort as your role as Director of Family First Credit Union. The Credit Union will definitely not be the same without you" that is how Board Chair Colin Lenton closed the September Board meeting held recently, with those sentiments being echoed by all attending the meeting.
Jeff is one of the very few Directors to have served on the Board throughout all phases of the Credit Union from its early stages as Small Arms Factory Employees (SAFE) Credit Union, then to Lithgow Mutual Credit Union until 1997 when the name was changed to as it is now known as Family First Credit Union.
Jeff first joined the Board of the Credit Union back in 1974 where he worked as a tool maker at the Small Arms Factory. That was the beginning of the role that then ventured for a further 44 years serving in almost every capacity and on every committee.
Jeff prided himself as representing the membership by always putting their interests first and foremost in every decision. "This was the most fundamental concept of being on a board of a mutual organisation" Jeff would say.
When Jeff joined the Board back in 1974, the Credit Union was $439k in assets and recorded an operating loss of $4k. Things have changed 44 years later with the Credit Union being $138m in assets with a profit of $618k.
On behalf of everyone associated with the Credit Union, both past and present, we all thank you Jeff for the significant contribution you have made in your role as Director of Family First Credit Union over the past 44 years and wish both yourself, Marion and family all the best in your retirement.