Two familiar faces bid adieu

Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Bittersweet goodbyes Democrat Photo/Melonie Roberts Cassville Senior Center Administrator Linda Parker and Pam Klepper, assistant administrator, pictured above, have both resigned their positions at the center to pursue other opportunities. Their last day was Friday. Clients showered the ladies with mementos, flowers and cards in recognition of their efforts on behalf of the center. "We're going to miss our seniors," Klepper said. "We offer the senior center our best wishes in its future endeavors," Parker added.

Two familiar faces at the Cassville Senior Center bid adieu to their duties on Friday, March 8, to pursue other goals and projects.

Linda Parker, senior center administrator, and Pam Klepper, assistant administrator, spent their last day at the office bidding a bittersweet farewell to old friends and senior clients at the center.

"I've been here nine years," Parker said. "I was the area supervisor over 12 senior centers when I first started here. I traveled a lot, but I've really enjoyed the job."

Parker has overseen daily operations for the Cassville Senior Center, seeing the meal program expand to include serving over 6,000 meals a month to senior guests and homebound residents.

"We've done a lot of fundraisers, added equipment and furnishings during my tenure," Parker said. "The most important thing, though, is increasing the activities for our seniors' lifestyles and providing a warm, friendly and inviting place for our seniors to come and fellowship."

Klepper, who has served as assistant administrator for three years, was also feeling nostalgic last Friday.

"We really love our senior citizens and are going to miss them," she said.

Both ladies made the decision to pursue other opportunities and projects at this time in their lives.

"It has been a real pleasure to be a part of Barry County Senior Services," Parker said. "I'm very proud to have been a part in bringing the center to where it is today, and hope my successor will continue to move forward into the future."

Klepper has accepted another position locally. Parker is presently mulling over several offers she has received in recent weeks.

As yet, Parker said, a new administrator has not been named by members of the Barry County Senior Tax Board.

"I want to express my thanks and gratitude for members of the community, business leaders, sponsors and volunteers who have made working here so pleasurable," Parker said. "This job has been a love of mine for all these years, and I wish only the best for the center's continued endeavors."

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