It’s often been said if you’re looking for someone to do something, ask a busy person since they’re likely able and willing to find the time. Rodney Williams, area president of Whitaker Bank, is the embodiment of that sentiment.
He serves as chairman of the board of ROSM (Resource Office of Social Ministries); on the board of the Franklin County Humane Society; treasurer of CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates); and he’s in his second tour of duty on the board of the YMCA.
A member of Capital City Christian Church, Williams said he learned about volunteering at an early age, and that’s his motivation.
“My dad is the county judge in Bourbon County and is on the school board,” Williams said. “That had — and has — a huge influence on me, and his work impacted how I was raised.”
In his third year as chair of the ROSM board, which is made up of representatives from participating churches, Williams says his lifelong involvement in church helped influence his decision to serve. He’s impressed by the work Cindy Owen, the executive director, has done structuring the organization, which coordinates the work of member churches to help the needy of the community.
“I’ve been very impressed with her approach,” Williams said.
Williams believes he’s the first layperson to serve as chairman of the ROSM board. “At least that’s what Dr. O tells me,” he said, laughing. John Opsata is senior minister at First Christian Church and immediate past chair of the ROSM board.
Serving as treasurer of CASA seems to be a logical spot for a banker. “Franklin, Anderson, Mercer and Boyd counties are all currently part of CASA of the Bluegrass.
“CASA is a good organization that does a lot of important work in our court system.”
Williams says as Whitaker’s area president he’s the face of the bank and as such is encouraged to be involved in the community. Likely, he would be anyway.
He’s beginning his fifth year as a member of the Humane Society board, crediting Fred Deaton for getting him involved because of Williams' finance experience. He sees the work of the society as important as board and community members work to care for homeless animals and secure a new facility and funding for the shelter.
Williams said Sam Marcus has done a lot to help put the board — and the society — on the right track. “Our main need is a new shelter facility. When we can secure a location and some commitment from the city and county, then we can begin a fundraising campaign.”
He points to the effectiveness of the TNR (trap, neuter and release) program and to a higher percentage of cats and dogs being adopted.
Williams, 47, and his wife, Carrie, have three children. Trevor, 24, lives in Nashville; Noelyn, 21, is a student at Georgetown College; and Tatum, 16, is a student at Frankfort High School.
He concedes that sometimes he’s not home much, but he believes — and hopes — his wife and family understand.
Williams said the work is important and he can use his talents in finance to help. And, he manages to find time to do it all.