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Martin resigns Fellowship Cup post

By LYDIA BAKER-CRAWLEY, Mt. Pleasant News | Feb 16, 2011
Fellowship Cup’s Board of Directors today announced the resignation of Erica Martin, Fellowship Cup director. The Cup has seen considerable expansion during Martin’s tenure. She has accepted a position at Iowa Wesleyan College. Her resignation from the Cup is effective Friday, Feb. 25. – MPN File Photo

After five years as executive director of the Fellowship Cup, Erica Martin is stepping down.

“I think it’s an exciting move for me and I’m excited about my new position,” Martin said.

Martin will end her position as director Friday, Feb. 25 in anticipation of a new career with Institutional Relations at Iowa Wesleyan College.

Martin’s first day with IWC is scheduled to be March 1.

As of Feb. 15, Martin had been with the Fellowship Cup for five years. At the time she started in 2006, she replaced outgoing director Chris Scheer, who had held the position since the organization’s inception 25 years prior.

Martin stated of the resignation, “It was time and I feel like I’ve accomplished the goals I had when I started here.”

Some of the accomplishments Martin has seen since 2006 have been: a building addition and move of the Quarter or Maybe More Store to its current location on the town square and securing an Enhance Henry County Communities Grant to help develop a kitchen and facilities for a meals program, including the daily senior meals and summer lunch program.

“The number of families that we are serving is certainly not something we’ve just done over the past five years,” Martin said. “We have gone from serving 40 families a month and we’re at 300 families a week now. Just in the food pantry.”

Most of the increase in pantry numbers, Martin attributes to the economy, but she is grateful that the Fellowship Cup is there to service the needs of the community.

A press release issued by Board Secretary Joy Lynn Conwell explained, “At the February meeting of the board of directors of the Fellowship Cup; Erica Martin, executive director of the Fellowship Cup, submitted her letter of resignation.

Accepted unanimously with regret by the board, Martin’s resignation will be effective on Friday, Feb. 25.”

For more on this story, see the Feb. 17 issue of the Mt. Pleasant News.

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