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I am never surprised when I hear directly from someone about the difference our staff make in the lives of so many other people. As our Holiday Luncheon ended today I was especially touched by two people who made a point to let us know how important and special our staff are to them.
First, we received a very kind and generous donation from an individual who only six weeks earlier, accompanied by his wife, was seen in our Drews Low Vision Clinic. His gift was a result of his time spent with our Social Worker in intake, his welcome when he arrived, time with the pre-appointment person, then, the Low Vision Optometrist and finally the Low Vision Therapist. He learned more about his eye condition and secured multiple devices which enable him to continue to read and do other daily activities. His unexpected year-end generosity was overwhelming and will help us continue to help so many others.
Then there was Barbara, who asked to speak to me to tell me that she had only become active with the Society this past year. Barbara wanted to let me know, with her daughter present, that through her participation and involvement with us she had met new friends and her life was impacted in such a positive way. As she said, our staff are special people who are so thoughtful, caring and warm.
Although I knew all this, I could not have said it better! As I walked away I could not help but feel pride for all the special people we have here who make such a difference in so many lives! Special people helping other special people is a wonderful way to think of the holidays, ending a year and beginning a new year.
I am always proud of the quality and commitment of all our staff, who do so much for so many people. Too many times they do not get the individual recognition they deserve for what they do, whether it be here at the office helping someone or in someone’s home or school!
With this in mind I am pleased and proud to let everyone know that Brenda Wendling, our Director of Adult Services, was recently honored by the Social Work Leaders in Health Care of Metro St. Louis with their Social Worker of the Year Award! Well deserved for an outstanding person and professional. Congratulations Brenda, and Thank You!
David Ekin, President