Penny Tompkins – Treasurer



Tell us about your family:

I was raised in Solon, Iowa and moved away for 20 years, and then back to Solon  in  1988.  I  have  3  children,  8  grandchildren  and  1  great granddaughter  who  all  live  in  Marion  or  Solon.

Tell us about yourself:

I  am a widow, and after nine years, I  am  still  trying  to figure out what I  am  going  to  do  with  my  life  when  I  retire.  I  tell  everyone  my husband  planned  the  fun, and  I  planned  the  work, so  I  have  to determine  how to  balance  that  out  more.  I  do  keep  very  busy with grandchildren’s  activities.  My immediate family, mom and siblings are close  and  love  to  spend  time  together  as  well.

What is your position at SUMC?

I began my work as treasurer at SUMC in 2014 as a volunteer and became officially one of the staff in January of 2016.  I retired from my full-time job for a general contractor in Cedar Rapids in 2018, so no longer work 2 jobs.   My work as treasurer has been challenging, engaging and rewarding.  It is a part “of coming home”.  I went to Sunday School here as a child, John and I were  married here, as were some of my children and John’s memorial services were held here.  I enjoy having my church family be part of my life.

 What’s on Your Bookshelf?

I love to read for the fun of it – Christian fiction or romance.

What is your favorite activity?

I love to flower garden in the summer.  I have made a few quilts and as I ease into retirement hope to make many more.

I am a member of the board of Solon Dollars for Scholars.  It is a passion of mine, feel free to ask me about it.

What is your favorite way to spend free time?

My favorite thing to talk about is grandchildren , so exercise caution there or you may hear more than you would like.

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