Longtime organizer stepping aside
PARRSBORO – Local seniors gathered at the Parrsboro legion on Dec. 5 for their annual Christmas dinner, taking in an afternoon of live music and fellowship, but they also took time to say thank you.
Dora Fuller, longtime organizer of the annual event, was presented with a certificate from the town and a bouquet of flowers in appreciation for her efforts. The 86-year-old volunteer decided this year to step away from the responsibility, and received rousing applause from those gathered.
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Parrsboro deputy mayor Lisa Ward (left) presentes a bouquet of flowers to Dora Fuller in appreciation for her many years of volunteer efforts organizing the town's annual seniors' Christmas dinner. The presentation took place at this year's dinner, at the Parrsboro legion on Dec. 5.
Catherine Meredith, another busy volunteer, estimated that Fuller has been working on the event for more than 20 years, beginning as an initiative of the Healthy Parrsboro and Area Committee.
“Dora has worked hard,” said Meredith, another busy senior volunteer. “We also used to put on monthly dinners for seniors, and it was all Dora’s doing. She’d cook for 30-some people. Sometimes we wondered if we could stretch it enough, but through the grace of God we always had enough for the people who came. We just appreciate Dora so much.”
Parrsboro deputy mayor Lisa Ward, who will be taking over responsibility for the annual dinner, presented Fuller with the flowers, and thanked her on behalf of the town and its citizens.
County councilors Don Fletcher and Ernest Gilbert were also on hand to present certificates of appreciation on behalf of the municipality.
Fuller was very appreciative of the kind gestures, and thanked all of those gathered.
“It’s been beautiful working with people,” she said. “Everyone has been so welcoming and so nice to know. You’re all beautiful, and don’t let anyone ever tell you anything different, either.”