Randy Meents has spent 40 years working as a pharmacist. They both grew up near Lebanon and Conway. But the opportunity to buy a pharmacy in Greenfield attracted Randy, who started his pharmacy education at Southwestern Oklahoma State University, which offered strong training in running a small-town pharmacy.
The couple eventually bought out the other Greenfield pharmacy and consolidated into that location. Then, Citizens Memorial Hospital opened a clinic in Greenfield and the Meents struck a real estate and business arrangement with CMH to open a new pharmacy and clinic location in 2003. In April 2019, they decided to sell their business and retire.
“After moving three pharmacies, I said we’re not moving any more pharmacies,” says Renee, who spent 31 years teaching family and consumer science at Lockwood and Greenfield schools.
They used part of their proceeds from the sale to open a family fund at the CFO and made their first significant grant as an unrestricted gift to Greenfield schools.
“This amount of money would be leaving our pockets no matter what,” Randy says. “We can direct that money back to the betterment of our community rather than sending it to Jefferson City or Washington, D.C. It’s also giving us time to ruminate a little bit. Some will go to church, maybe an educational scholarship. But we have time to decide.”
Randy says they chose the CFO for their fund because the foundation’s values align with theirs and Renee, in particular, has been involved in the DACO Community Foundation since its founding in 2006.