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    ECU Donates $25K to Fielding Rolston Rotary Fellow Designation

    August 24, 2021

    KINGSPORT – Eastman Credit Union (ECU) made a memorial contribution of $25,000 to the Rotary Club of Kingsport Foundation in honor of former ECU board chairman, Fielding Rolston.

    “Fielding’s volunteer spirit was well-known.   As an ECU board member for more than 20 years, his volunteer leadership and service were vital to the growth and transformation of the credit union.  He shared that same leadership and vision with many other organizations, including the Rotary Club of Kingsport Foundation, which he spearheaded to provide financial support for local community projects.  ECU’s board of directors were eager to support this memorial donation in Fielding’s honor,” said Kelly Price, ECU’s President and CEO.

    The Rolston Rotary Fellow designation will recognize entities supporting the objectives of the foundation. While the Rotary Club of Kingsport is well-known for global and national projects, Rolston’s vision for the foundation was to provide funding and support for local organizations in need.  Over the years, the development of the local foundation led the Rotary Club of Kingsport to support projects that include:  the Kingsport City Schools Homeless Education Program Clothes Closet, the Day Cabin at Bays Mountain Park, Borden Park picnic shelter construction, a new playground at Kennedy Elementary School, Kingsport’s Miracle Field for disabled children, and Sullivan County’s Isaiah 1:17 House for foster children in Kingsport.

    “Anyone who had the opportunity to work with Fielding knew that he cared deeply about our region.  It was evident in the way he served,” said Price.

    Rolston, who passed in 2019, lived a life of leadership and service.  Employed for 38 years at Eastman Chemical Company, he began as an industrial engineer and retired as a Vice President in 2003.  Among Rolston’s achievements and volunteer roles, he served on the Tennessee Board of Education, the Board of Trustees for Emory & Henry College, the Board of Directors of Barter Theatre, and the National Assessment Governing Board.

    About Eastman Credit Union

    ECU is one of the largest credit unions in the country, with $6.7 billion in assets. ECU is a not-for-profit financial service cooperative serving over 270,000 members at over 30 locations. Credit Union members have access to more than 56,200 surcharge-free ATMs nationwide through the Allpoint™ and Presto!® Networks and a wide range of financial services, including free checking and free online banking.  For additional information about ECU, visit www.ecu.org or call 800.999.2328.  

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