Jennifer Cullenbine - CEO and Founder of Family Giving Tree

As her response to an MBA program to create a program that adds value to another person's life, Jennifer started Family Giving Tree in 1990. We learned that the program celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2015 and in 2017 the gifts given had grown from 2000 in 1990 to 80,000 gifts, 40,000+ backpacks. A record 682 agencies were served. Amazing statistics but more touching was the story of boy in that first year who asked for two pillows only. No toy?, he was asked. No. No toy. When asked why not, it was learned that two family members were sleeping on the floor.
Jennifer, a Rotarian and a Past President also shared a tip that President Sara picked up on immediately: "Minute to Win It" --- a great way to add fun to our meetings.