I would like to write in response to the letter written in last week's paper by Shanna Maguffee. Wow! I don't know what article you read regarding the Senior Center, but the one I read gave BOTH Mrs. Connie Godwin and Mr. Ed Haas a chance to give their knowledge of the situation. I don't believe that Mrs. Godwin, at any point in the article, said anything bad against Mr. Haas or WRAAA. In fact, I do believe she wished the next people that take over this program the best of luck. What I would like to know is why are YOU, Ms. Maguffee, so defensive? Do you, or have you ever, had anything to do with the Senior Centers in Fulton County? Are you the one taking over as the new programs leader on July 1?
In being a teacher, I realize that change needs to occur for growth. I am constantly looking for new programs that will benefit my students. The skills I taught my fourth graders 19 years ago, are close to the same skills I'm teaching my second graders today. So, if the Senior Centers need a different kind of program that will benefit the elderly, (which, by the way Ms. Maguffee, is the most important element here -- that the focus should be on the people who use this program), then so be it. That is what Mrs. Connie Godwin was saying in the article. So, you have the right to give your opinion on the program, but that's not all you did. You hit below the belt and attacked Mrs. Godwin's character. You called her a liar and accused her of being dishonest. Maybe you need to open your bible and visit Matthew 7:1-2. Do you even know Connie Godwin personally? I don't believe you do. You see, I do, because she's my mother. So while I could use this article to do the same to you, I won't -- because that's not how I was raised.
Over the last 30 years, my sisters and I have watched our mother, along with our father, Dale (who also has a full time job), put in countless volunteer hours for the center with many, many fund raisers. There were numerous, pancake breakfasts, fish fries, spaghetti suppers, weekly dances and other events that my parents put their time and effort into for the center. And, correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't remember seeing you at any of these fund raisers to witness the dedication that my mother and father had to this center. They would also stay late, hours after these activities, to clean so that the center would be ready for the next days operating hours. Because of this, they have had to miss some of their children's and grandchildren's involvement in activities. We have also witnessed our mother bringing her work home with her, working on budgets at the kitchen table, worrying about her employees, and making sure they were taken care of. In my opinion, that's the kind of employee most programs are looking for. So, are you the one that's going to be taking over these responsibilities? If so, best of luck to you. I hope that whoever is the next "leader" of the center, that it continues to have dedicated people who care about the clients personally, because that's what my mom did.
Although this chapter of my mother's life is ending, my sisters and I can't help but feel a little selfish in being glad it's over. Her health has taken some hits over the last few years, which have resulted in hospital stays. But even in her weakened condition, she would get materials from her office and bring them home to work on. Knowing that she will no longer stress and worry about the center is such a relief. Our mother is a well respected member of the community and my father and her have raised three daughters that have grown to become God-fearing, responsible adults. She has been the most supportive and loving mother to us, as well as the best grandmother to her six adoring grandchildren, who think she hung the moon. We are so blessed to have such a person of her character as an example for us.
Kelly Godwin Reed, CES Teacher, Highland, Ark.; also on behalf of: Shelly Godwin
Johnson, Owner/Office Manager of Sharp Office Supply and Carrie Godwin Bates,
HMS Special Education Teacher
-- Proud Daughters