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Kris Downey, marketing director at Bay Area Credit Union, will retire Thursday. Downey started her career in 1977 as an assistant to the past credit union manager when it was known then as Sohio Toledo Refinery Credit Union. Downey performed many functions, most recently as director of marketing.

She has a number of awards including: The Dora Maxwell Award for Social Responsibility (1998); Eastern Maumee Bay Business Association Prism Award (2000); Ohio Credit Union League Marketing Brilliance Award (2002); the Louise Herring Award for Credit Union Philosophy in Action (2006); and two Credit Union National Association (CUNA) Diamond Awards for Community Outreach (2006 & 2008).
“Kris is going to be missed by co-workers and members alike,” states President/CEO, Jennifer Ferguson, “During the week of December 15th through December 18th I invite you to stop by Bay Area Credit Union and wish Kris well as she prepares for retirement.”

Gold stars
Virginia Bahs, realtor with Batdorff Real Estate in Oak Harbor, has been awarded the “Presidents Sales Club” Award of Achievement designation from the Ohio Association of Realtors.

Bahs was recognized for achieving annual sales or commercial leases of at least $1 million.
Karen Garcia-Smeltzer, an American Family Insurance agent from Northwood, has announced that the company’s Teen Safe Driver Program has received A.M. Best’s E-Fusion Award for reducing risky driving behavior in teens.

The program was developed in association with DriveCam, a company that specializes in reducing risky behavior. More than 5,000 teens have participated in the program and DriveCam estimates that 86 percent of teens involved in the program have decreased risky driving behavior. For info go to

The right thing
Reliv International, a national firm that produces nutritional supplements, has donated nutritional supplements to 42,000 people, mostly children, in more than 10 countries. Joseph and Sharon Toth of Oregon are local independent distributors.

At the clubs    
The East Toledo Club will hold its annual holiday luncheon Thursday, Noon at Cousino’s, Woodville Rd. Kitty Slight from Unison Behavioral Group will speak. Call Andrea at 419-691-7651.
The Oregon Economic Development Foundation will meet Friday, 7:15 am at Bay Park Community Hospital. Call 419-693-9999.
The Eastern Maumee Bay Chamber of Commerce will meet Thursday, 11:30 am at Bay Park Community Hospital. Last minute gifts will be available from local vendors. Call 419-693-5580.

Plugs & freebies
The National Bank of Oak Harbor recently adopted the Identity Theft Red Flag Policy. This policy encompasses all areas of the bank in an attempt to protect customers from identity theft. The program uncovers potential problems and assisting customers in resolving them.

Just the fax: Fax items before Wednesday to The Workplace at 419-836-1319, e-mail to or send to The Press, Box 169, Millbury, OH 43447.    




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