GRM Networks Awards $15,000 to Area FFA Chapters

GRM Networks’ Board of Directors has awarded $15,000 to area FFA Chapters to promote education about cooperatives. The award was funded by unclaimed capital credits of former GRM Networks cooperative members from Iowa.

According to Iowa law, GRM Networks may donate the unclaimed capital credits back to the communities in which those residents lived. The unclaimed capital credits may be used for teaching or promoting cooperatives through education.

“Cooperatives have existed for more than 200 years,” said Mitchell Bailey, CEO of GRM Networks. “Their longevity demonstrates their importance and the vital role they play in society. It is important to invest in our future. Through this monetary award, our next generation will develop cooperative-minded projects that provide hands-on learning, enabling them to observe the cooperative structure and experience the economic and social benefits cooperatives provide. We look forward to seeing the projects these FFA students develop.”

Awarded $10,000 was the Central Trail FFA Chapter. Pictured above from left to right are Central Trail FFA Instructor Rosa Sondag, Chapter Secretary River Hamaker, Chapter President Maddy Leahy, Chapter Vice President Grant Boyd, GRM Networks Board Member Kyle Kelso, Chapter Vice President Chloe Hamaker, Chapter Reporter Jenna Young and Chapter Treasurer Arianna Nopoulos.

The Wayne FFA Chapter was awarded $5,000. Pictured above receiving the grant are from left to right Wayne FFA Instructor Dan May, Chapter Secretary Lanee Davis, Chapter President Claire Carpenter, Chapter Vice President Morgan Arnold and GRM Networks Board Member Kyle Kelso.